Ministers of other Churches

The Methodist Church in Great Britain welcomes those who are ordained by and currently in good standing with other Churches to work formally on its behalf. For information about the various ways in which this is possible, please download the handbook. When you have considered all this information, should you wish to proceed, application forms can be downloaded from the following pages:

Recognised and Regarded
For use where presbyters or deacons are seconded by their own Church to work wholly or primarily for the British Conference and (for the period of their secondment) are fully under its discipline and at its disposal.

Authorised to Serve
For use where presbyters or deacons are partially seconded by their own Church to work for the British Conference, often in local situations where there are shared governance arrangements between different Churches (denominations) for the joint oversight of mission and ministry.

Associate
For use in ecumenical situations where there are not shared governance arrangements between different Churches (denominations) for the joint oversight of mission and ministry, and where presbyters and deacons work primarily for their own Churches but the Conference affirms and owns their work in particular circumstances as if it were done on its behalf.

Ministers wishing to be received into Full Connexion
This is usually following a period of service in the Methodist Church in Britain as one of the categories above.

Processes also exist for recommended candidates, student ministers and probationers of other churches and conferences wishing to train and serve in the Methodist Church in Britain. These individuals are advised to send an email outlining their circumstances to ministryoffers@methodistchurch.org.uk with their status (ie recommended candidate/student/probationer) and the word 'transfer' in the subject heading.

Guidance (approved by the Stationing Committee) is also available for the stationing or reinvitation of ministers who are recognised and regarded as ministers of the Methodist Church admitted into Full Connexion and who are currently serving in an appointment in the Methodist Church in Britain. The guidance can be found here

Work is currently underway on processes relating to ordained ministries of other churches in the service of the Methodist Church in Britain; further updates will be made available on this page.

If you have any queries, please contact ministryoffers@methodistchurch.org.uk

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Recognised and RegardedThe first of three formal ways in which ministers of other Churches may serve the ConferenceRead more  
  • Authorised to ServeThe second of three formal ways in which ministers of other Churches may serve the ConferenceRead more  
  • AssociateThe third of three formal ways in which ministers of other Churches may serve the ConferenceRead more  
  • Ministers wishing to be received into Full ConnexionHow to transfer fully and permanently into the Methodist Church in BritainRead more  
  • Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently asked questions by ministers of other conferences and churches, September 2016 Read more  
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