11 October 2011
A vision of fruitfulness for the Methodist Church
The Methodist Council discussed the Church's long-term vision
when it met at High Leigh Conference Centre on 10-11 October.
Council members considered two key documents setting the Church's direction and focus for the coming years: the General Secretary's report to the 2011 Methodist Conference and the Fruitful Field report, which re-examines the Church's learning and training resources. Revd Gareth Powell, Secretary to the Methodist Council, said, "This Council meeting has offered a rare opportunity to spend significant time in thoughtful discussion about what kind of Church we believe God is calling us to be in today's world. What we are concerned with is preparing the Church to fulfill its calling, to become more confident and effective in our task. We look to the future with hope as we work out what this looks like in practice."
A wider consultation on the Fruitful Field project's proposals will be launched on Monday 17 October. See www.methodist.org.uk/fruitfulfield
Speaking to Council members about the Church's need to focus in order to be effective, Revd Dr Mark Wakelin, Secretary for Internal Relationships, said "There is always cost and loss, as well as benefits. But I feel a real call and a real commitment to encourage the Church to believe that it is possible to be different. It is possible to be more effective as a discipleship movement shaped for mission." Other matters discussed by the Council include plans to establish the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust to support the Church's 65 state funded schools in their transitions to becoming academies.
Other matters discussed by the Council include plans to establish the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust to support the Church's 65 state funded schools in their transitions to becoming academies.
Note: The Methodist Council meets three times annually to undertake ongoing work on behalf of the Methodist Conference, which is the governing body of the Methodist Church. Methodist Conference 2012 will take place in Plymouth from 28 June to 5 July.