David Deeks, General Secretary of The Methodist Church, to retire in 2008

The Revd David Deeks, General Secretary of the Methodist Church and Secretary of the Methodist Conference, wishes to retire at the end of August 2008. David became the Church's first ever General Secretary on 1 September 2003, and will be 66 when he seeks the permission of the 2008 Methodist Conference to become supernumerary - the term for Methodist ministers who are leaving active ministry.

As the first General Secretary for the Methodist Church in Britain, David has had to define the role at the same time as fulfilling the needs that led to its creation. The post of General Secretary within the Church is being reviewed, and David felt it best to announce his intentions early in this process.

David is keen to stress that, although he has now marked his first day of retirement in the calendar, he is not winding down. 'The next 22 months will be amongst the busiest in my ministerial career,' he says. 'There are several vitally important pieces of work to be completed, and past experience says that there will also be unforeseeable issues as well. Although I am looking forward to retiring, I will be working hard until the day before.'

At the October Methodist Council a Review Group was formed to review the role of General Secretary. This review will also link into to existing groups looking at the structure and roles of the Methodist Conference and Council, and of the Connexional Team, which supports and assists the Conference and the wider Church in fulfilling the priorities of its mission and worship. These groups will all report to the Methodist Conference in either 2007 or 2008.

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