Methodist URC Collaboration

Collaboration between the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church is extensive although little is written down as formal agreements. Both Churches cover England, Scotland and Wales and together are unique in that respect.

The Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury Resolution

Methodist Conference and the URC Assembly in 2008 both voted on a District Resolution to pursue closer working between the two churches.  Methodist Conference voted to direct Methodist Council to engage in further conversations with the URC in order to further enhance collaboraton over mission, outreach and unity.

Methodist URC Liaison Group

This Group meets twice a year and focusses on the local and intermediate dimensions of the relationships between the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church. The churches have equal numbers of members on the Group and they are appointed for their experience in Local Ecumenical Partnershipsand/orEcumenical (United) Areas.

Special Arrangements with the URC

How to Make it Work

Group of people from How to Make it Work website How to Make it Work  documents most of the details of the relationships between Methodist and United Reformed Churches. This site includes a service for the induction and welcome of ministers, a checklist for church stewards and elders, orientation for incoming ministers to Methodist and URC Local Ecumenical Partnerships, a model declaration of intent for a Single Congregation partnership and a paper about Baptists in Local Ecumenical Partnerships with the Methodist and United Reformed Churches.

United Area Associations

United Area Associations are considered to be both a Methodist Circuit and a semi-autonomous body within a United Reformed Synod. The legislation governing United Area Associations can be found at SO 512 (under their old name as United Ecumenical Areas). There are increasing numbers of UAAs, already existing or planned.

United Area Associationss were established as joint Methodist Circuits and URC District Councils. Now that District Councils have been abolished, there is concern they could end up simply as Circuits. This has been compounded in recent years by a Methodist Church decision to allow only Methodist Ministers to act as Circuit Superintendents. URC Ministers can be Authorised to Serve in Methodist Churches but are no longer Recognised and Regarded as Methodist Ministers. Whilst both these issues have been resolved they illustrate the need for flexibility in the way local structures such as United Area Associations are administered.

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