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The ministries committee brought two resolutions: resolution 28 asked Assembly to note the projection for numbers of stipendiary ministers of word and sacraments likely to be funded from the Ministry and Mission fund until 2025, while resolution 29 was concerned with the formula to be used to allocate ministers to synods.

The URC currently has 393 (stipendiary) ministers of word and statements, but, by 2025 this is predicted to fall by around 40% to 235.

Read more: Deployment of ministers

Resolutions 42 and 43 – concerning youth representation at General Assembly, Mission Council and Synod – were introduced by the clerk at the end of Monday’s final business session. Both resolutions were passed unanimously.

Resolution 42 would involve changes to the Structure of the URC, so it will now be referred to synods, which will then report back to the General Secretary.

General Assembly on Monday morning passed a revised version of resolution 37, which now instructs the mission committee to develop its existing work in connection with Israel-Palestine. The issue had been referred to a facilitation group on Sunday 10 July after Assembly failed to reach consensus.

The Revd Matthew Prevett, on behalf of the facilitation group, presented the new resolution, which reads as follows:

Read more: Assembly refers Israel-Palestine work to the mission committee

The World Council of Churches has condemned the 14 July attack on Nice, calling faith organisations to prayer and to action. 

Acting General Secretary of the World Council of Churches Georges Lemopoulos stated, "We are praying for the victims and their families, and for all the people of France, as are many Christians and our partners in dialogue from other world religions.

Read more: WCC calls for prayer and action in the wake of Nice atrocity