What do circuit stewards do?
Inviting the appropriate ministers, overseeing finance
and supporting local churches as they tackle the challenges of
being church in the 21st century are top of the agenda for the
However, worshipping God is the central pursuit of the Methodist
Church so the starting point for all circuit stewards is their
relationship with God and other Christians; meeting together for
worship and friendship to sustain their service to the church and
people of the Crcuit.
As well as regular practical challenges circuit stewards are also
commissioned to take on strategic leadership decisions. Because the
role gives a panoramic view of the Circuit, stewards are able to
help co-ordinate the development of evangelism and mission within
local churches in their area.
Circuit stewards have to strike the right balance between the
practical and spiritual responsibilities of their role and, because
the role carries increased responsibility, it may be a good idea
for potential stewards to scale back other commitments in the local
Some of the circuit stewards' duties,
- Along with ministers, deacons, probationers and other circuit
stewards, stewards form a leadership team. This means they take
responsibility for the spiritual direction and wellbeing of the
churches in their Circuit.
- Uphold and act upon the decisions made by the Circuit Meeting
- Invite ministers to serve in the Circuit and give a warm
welcome to new ministers and their families when they move to the
- Provide pastoral care to circuit staff and their
- Meet with presbyters, deacons and probationers as a leadership
team at least twice a year, before the Circuit Meeting.
- Attend all the official meetings connected with the Circuit and
specially arranged district meetings, like the Synod.
- Collaborate with other circuit stewards as treasurers of the
Circuit Fund. Among other things this fund pays the stipends for
presbyters, deacons and probationers.
- Look after the houses in which ministers live while they serve
in a Circuit.
- Organise Circuit Days, when all churches in the circuit can
meet together for worship. A big group of people singing and
worshipping together can be inspiring!
- Plan induction courses for new presbyters, deacons and pastoral
workers, covering issues such as
- information about the community
- the ethos of the local church
- what resources are available for collaborative ministry between
the circuit staff and for ecumenical work
- what resources are available for collaborative work with local
- holidays, days off and places for retreat
- how pastoral support may be offered in the
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