The Methodist Church is still organised in a methodical way
using many of the structures introduced by its founder, John
Wesley. However, the Church is quite pragmatic, and is willing to
make changes where they seem desirable.
Structures are there to enable decision making that takes account
of all concerns and views within the Church. No one is given
supreme authority - consultation is vital. At the same time,
churches cannot simply arrange their own affairs, but have some
shared disciplines and ways of working.
Methodists are linked together in a
'Connexion' of churches, circuits and districts.
The local church is the congregational
place of worship, where Methodist members and attenders are
A circuit is a group of local churches,
served by a team of local preachers and ministers including the
The district serves a geographical group of
circuits and is led by the district chair.
The annual Methodist Conference meets in different places and is
the supreme decision making body of the Church. At the start
of Conference a new President and
Vice-President are appointed to preside over that
Conference and spend the year travelling around the Connexion,
and abroad representing the Methodist Church.
Map of the
Methodist Districts (PDF)
diagram of the Methodist Church
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