The circuit is normally a
group of churches served by a team of ministers. Occasionally there
are circuits with only one minister. A minister will have pastoral
charge of one or more churches, but will preach and lead worship in
different local churches in the circuit, along with local
preachers. The arrangements for leading worship in a circuit are
drawn up in a quarterly Plan.
The circuit is led by the superintendent minister who presides
over the circuit staff (both lay and ordained) and the circuit
meeting, and with lay and ordained colleagues facilitates and
encourages mission throughout the circuit. He or she is also
responsible for drawing up the Plan and arranging the gathering of
information about activities (eg baptisms, weddings, and funerals)
and about membership statistics in the circuit.
For more detail see the
What is a Circuit Superintendent?
Responsibility for the direction and policy for the circuit is
shared between lay and ordained. Voluntary circuit stewards have
responsibility for maintaining, buying and selling circuit property
(usually manses), and for the general welfare of the ordained and
employed staff in the circuit. There is also a circuit
The circuit is the place where new initiatives and changes in the
pattern of church life need to happen. This is where the staffing
capacity, where closures of chapels are debated, and where fresh
expressions of church or new pioneer ministries are launched.
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