Local preacher secretaries

Local Preachers' Meetings during Coronavirus

In times like these, it is even more important to remain connected to each other.  Here are some ideas and suggestions about how Local Preachers' (and Worship Leaders') Meetings can be held during lockdown:

LP Guidance Note - Meeting in Lockdown

The Learning Network have also produced a helpful video introducing Zoom, which makes video meetings easy to do.

Lockdown Issues

A few questions that have been asked...

With no public worship taken place during lockdown, is it acceptable for a service reported to the Local Preachers’ Meeting to be online?

Under the current circumstances, there is no problem if the reported services are online services of some form provided the level of involvement of the preacher in preparation and delivery is comparable with what they would have done in a physical setting.  This applies equally to the service referred to in Standing Order 564A (7) prior to the preacher moving to “On Trial” and to the services reported quarterly to the Local Preachers’ Meeting.  However, the final Trial Service before admittance as a Local Preacher (referred to in Standing Order 566(4)(i)) should ideally take place in a physical setting with a congregation present.  Hopefully, the current restrictions will be eased in good time to allow this to happen without too much inconvenience.

What about the Admission Service for a Local Preacher?
This service should be a physical congregational service if at all possible, although this advice may need to be reconsidered in view of government advice on public worship.  However, the recommendations from the Local Preachers' meeting and acceptance by the Circuit Meeting can still take place, and certificates can be issued on request.

Remembering our Call - An Annual Service for Local Preachers 

Each year, Local Preachers are required to attend a service of reaffirmation of their call (SO 563(3)(v)). 

A PDF version of  the order of service for this can be downloaded here.  

A Word version (which can be edited) can be downloaded here.

A set of PowerPoint slides for the service is available here.

LPWL Return Form

To report Local Preacher developments in your circuit, including requesting accreditation material or Long Service Certificates or registering new students, tutors or mentors for training, please fill in an LPWL Return Form:

Click here for the electronic Return form.  

Please note that the first and final pages are mandatory to complete, for the rest of the pages you only need to complete what is relevant. 

If you would rather send a copy via post please request a hard copy version from localpreachers@methodistchurch.org.uk

Local Preachers' Accountability and Review

Since the 2018 Conference, Local Preachers are required to "review their ministry" every three years.  These two Guidance Notes explain what is required of us, and how peer review can become a helpful part of our continuing development as local preachers:

Long Service Certificates

Long Service Certificates are provided by the Connexional Team to celebrate 25, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 years of service.  Unfortunately, we are not able to issue certificates signed by the President and Vice President to mark any other anniversaries. 

However, an alternative Long Service Certificate is available online. This certificate is designed to be signed by the Superintendent of the circuit.  It allows for years of service to be recognised at any point in the ministry of a local preacher, or to mark occasions such as retirements or other significant milestones.

Please print and present these certificates locally yourselves, as with the Worship Leader certificates.

If you have trouble printing these new certificates please contact us at localpreachers@methodistchurch.org.uk

 Guidance for Local Preachers' Meetings:

Guidance and Forms for Local Preacher Training:

  • Training of Local Preachers - the process of discernment, formation and training for local preachers, set out in table form.
  • Circuit Interviews for Persons On Trial - guidance on conducting the two circuit interviews for local preachers on trial, including suggestions for using an Appreciative Inquiry approach.
  • Worship & Preaching Feedback Form - to provide constructive feedback for one service each quarter for those on note and on trial, as required by Standing Order 564B (5).  A PDF version is also available, for Apple device users only - please click here.
  • Congregation Feedback Form - to provide informal constructive feedback for any worship leader or local preacher as requested by them as part of their initial training or continuing development.  A PDF version is also available, for Apple device users only - please click here.
  •  Request to extend 'On Trial' period - this form should be used when submitting a request to the District Policy Committee


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District Local Preachers' Officers

District Local Preachers' Secretaries and Tutors perform a vital role in supporting the work of circuit Local Preachers' Meetings and connecting people involved in training and development across their District. 

This Role Description has been produced in consultation with District Officers to assist in explaining these roles, and encouraging districts to make the most of the opportunities they present. 

All District Officers are invited to an annual meeting at Methodist Church House, to share issues and concerns and contribute to the development of training and support for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders.

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