CANACOM exists to foster partnership in mission among Churches in the Caribbean and North American region through sharing of resources, accompaniment, and empowerment for creative engagement in God’s mission in our local communities and global context. There are fourteen (14) member churches attached to CANACOM. (see Member Churches for more details)
In expression of our partnership in mission we shall:
- Share our understanding of, vision for, and commitment to mission.
- Share people in mission.
- Share financial and material resources for mission.
- In pursuit of these aims, each Member Church is called to share its resources of prayer, people, money, gifts, faith, experience and understanding with all other Member Churches, as labourers together with Christ. This means both giving and receiving.
- Practices of careful listening where all voices are heard
- Equal delegate participation in decision making
- The autonomy of Member Churches to state their own mission priorities
- Recognition and stewardship of all gifts
- Mutuality in relationship
- Gender equality in diverse forms of ministry
- Dignity and respect
- Voluntary financial contribution
Common Areas For Mission
- Theological Education
- Education in Mission
- Youth/Young Adult Ministry
- Pastoral Support
- Church Development
- Leadership Development
- Peace and Justice
- Social Service
- Development Action
- Healing Ministry
The following areas of mission have been selected as priorities for CANACOM:
- Human trafficking
- Poverty and Inequality
- Church growth and renewal
- Gender and violence
- Please see our resources section for more information on these issues.
Each Member Church is allowed two delegates to attend biennial Council Meetings where the work and witness of CANACOM is reviewed and charted for the next period. In addition to the delegates, there is also one youth/young adult representative each from the Caribbean and North America; a representative from the Council for World Mission; and observers to the meetings.
The Administrative committee consists of the elected officers together with five others: an at-large North American member, an at-large Caribbean member, both the Caribbean and North American Youth/Young Adult Representative, and a representative of CWM
The Officers of the Council shall be – a Chairperson, a Deputy Chairperson, a Secretary, and a Treasurer. Officers shall be elected for a term of one (1) term, (a term being the period from one council meeting to the next) but are eligible for re-election.
The current members of the AC are:
Mrs. Anne Phillips (PCC) – Chairperson
Rev Carlington Keen (UCJCI) – Deputy Chairperson
Rev Denyse Rattansingh-Atwarie (COS) – Secretary
Mrs. Merle Buchanan (UCJCI) – Treasurer
Rev Izett Sama Hernandez (IPRC) – Caribbean Representative
Pastor Sim Rushton (UCC) – North American Representative
Ms. Sanya Beharry (PCTT) – Caribbean Young Adult Representative
The Finance and Administration Support Group (FASG) was instituted to provide support for the EIM-S and Administrative Assistant of CANACOM. It is located in Jamaica along with the Secretariat. The
FASG does not make decisions but rather enables the EIM-S to ensure her work helps CANACOM thrive.
The Administrative Staff
The Administrative Staff or Secretariat is responsible for the implementing the goals and projects of CANACOM. Currently, Jennifer P Martin holds the position of Education in Mission Secretary, and Ms. Leslene Laing serves as Administrative Assistant.
The Education in Mission Secretary (EIM-S):
- Provides opportunities for Churches to develop and share ideas which focus on the partnership in mission enterprise.
- Designs, organizes, implement and monitor programmes of education in mission in consultation with the Member Churches of CWM (Caribbean Region) and CANACOM.
- Arranges programmes, etc., with the intention of promoting mission by the Member Churches.
- Makes quarterly reports to the Finance and Administrative Support Group in the country of residence of the Secretary, and annual reports to CWM and CANACOM.
Map Showing our Member Churches