The district

The district is made up of a number of circuits, and is led by a district chair.
As well, as providing leadership within the district, the chair is a member of the connexional leadership team, with an overview of the whole Connexion.

Districts hold a twice yearly district synod which sets district policy and may bring matters to the Conference. They also hold a ministerial synod for presbyters and deacons, which is an opportunity for ministerial training as well as for debating issues.

Districts differ in terms of the kind of support they offer to local churches and circuits, but this can often include:

  • encouraging connexional priorities 
  • offering or subsidizing training
  • giving pastoral care to ministers, deacons and key lay people
  • providing people who represent Methodism to the local media
  • having an overview of legal obligations
  • organising large initiatives.

Some changes to district boundaries and titles were introduced in September 2006, and futher changes to the Methodist Church in Wales were made in 2007.

District Map: Download a map of the districts  (Pdf)

The 31 districts are:

Synod Cymru
The Methodist Church in Wales
Birmingham
Bolton and Rochdale
Bristol
Cumbria
Channel Islands
Chester and Stoke-on-Trent
Cornwall
Darlington
East Anglia
Isle of Man
Leeds
Lincolnshire
Liverpool
Manchester and Stockport
Newcastle upon Tyne
Lancashire
Nottingham and Derby
Northampton
Plymouth and Exeter
Sheffield
Southampton
West Yorkshire
Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury
York and Hull
Scotland
Shetland
Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire
London
South East

Where districts have their own website, these are linked above.
See the Circuit and District websites for links to circuits and other Methodist organisations within each district.

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