- Corporate body
Presbyteries in the United Church of Canada are courts of the Church within geographical boundaries made up of a number of Pastoral Charges. Presbytery membership consists of ordained ministers of the Charges within the Presbytery, United Church lay persons, and corresponding members. A grouping of Presbyteries within a larger geographical area make up a Conference, a higher court of the Church. The functions of the Presbytery include: overseeing Pastoral Charges within its bounds, including the designation of new Charges; receiving and disposing of petitions and appeals from lower governing bodies or courts; transmitting the above to higher bodies or courts; licensing lay persons recommended after examination; overseeing education of students looking forward to ministry and supervision of members of the Order of Ministry within its bounds. Living Waters Presbytery was established in 2009 with the restructuring of Toronto Conference; it includes pastoral charges formerly part of Muskoka Presbytery, Simcoe Presbytery and York Presbytery. It disbanded on December 31, 2018 with the reorganization of the church court structure. Communities of faith within its boundaries became part of Shining Waters and East Central Ontario Regional Councils.