03 April 2007

The March meeting of the Methodist Council

The Methodist Council met on 30-31 March, for its last meeting before the annual Methodist Conference in July. As it always the case for the last Council meeting before Conference, it addressed a wide range and a large number of topics. The Council papers are online here.

The main topic was the Team Focus process, which is reconfiguring the Connexional Team in order to better serve the circuits and districts and to release resources to churches for innovative new mission. This subject has created a lot of discussion within the Council and the wider church, and the Council addressed it in three separate sessions in order to be confident in the proposals it sends on to the Conference.

The Revd Ken Howcroft, Coordinating Secretary for Conference and Communication, said 'thanks to the hard work of the Council and everyone else who has contributed to the process, the Team Focus proposals are now ready to be prepared for presentation to the Conference. Some of the decisions have been difficult to make. The details of others still need to be worked out and tested before they are finalised, but we are now confident that we have the right structure for the Team in order to encourage and liberate exciting work in churches, circuits and districts.'

Other topics discussed include the future shape of the Youth Conference, the best way to structure adult training and the leadership of the Church.

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