Ways into Partner Churches

The best route is through the church leaders/representatives, the district's geographical partners.

• Take time to learn about their Christian traditions, as well as sharing about Methodism.
• Seek opportunities to worship within their traditions, as well as sharing in worship on ecumenical occasions.
• Arrange to receive their directories and in return circulate your district directory - updating these regularly.
• Read their reports on matters of common interest. Sometimes one Church will produce a report on a particular social issue - this may well be of use to all.
• Be alert to what is happening in the councils of Partner Churches, nationally and beyond.
• All of these possibilities can be handled through the church leaders' meeting, so need not be a major burden. It is a case of seizing opportunities.
• Send a brief note to an ecumenical colleague when something significant is happening within that Church - it will be appreciated out of all proportion to the time it takes.

Listed below are some books which will deepen understanding of Partner Churches.

Anglican
An Anglican-Methodist Covenant - Methodist Publishing/Church House Publishing 2001.
In the Spirit of the Covenant - Interim Report on the Anglican / Methodist Covenant - Methodist Publishing 2005
Living God's Covenant - Interim Report on the Anglican / Methodist Covenant - Methodist Publishing 2007
Embracing the Covenant - Final Report on the Anglican / Methodist Covenant - Methodist Publishing 2008

Moving Forward in God's Covenant - Interim Report on the Anglican Methodist Covenant - Methodist Publishing 2011

Latest International Report

Baptist
Baptist Methodist Agreement on Baptismal Policy within Local Ecumenical Partnerships

United Reformed
How to make it work (see note 31)

Roman Catholic
Reports of MRCIC (Methodist Roman -Catholic International Commission). The latest is 'The Grace Given You in Christ', published by the World Methodist Council in 2006.

New Churches and Black Majority Churches are increasingly significant players - the best access is via local networks and perhaps websites

Over-view
See chapter 2 of Flora Winfield's book Growing Together - (SPCK2002) - these pen-portraits of Partner Churches are an invaluable guide.

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