Ministers of other Churches

For many years the British Methodist Church has welcomed those who are ordained and in good standing with other Churches to work formally on its behalf. However for the next 2 years, it has been decided that the British Methodist Church will not be accepting any new applications.

The rationale for his is explained in this statement.

However during this time, the following applications are still being accepted:

  • Ministers who are already ‘Recognised and Regarded’ to apply either to extend their ‘R&R’ status or to transfer into Full Connexion.
  • Ministers who are currently ‘Authorised to Serve’ to apply to transfer either as ‘R&R’ or into Full Connexion.

The various positions are explained below.

Recognised and Regarded
For use where presbyters or deacons are seconded by their own Church to work wholly or primarily for the British Conference and (for the period of their secondment) are fully under its discipline and at its disposal.

Authorised to Serve
For use where presbyters or deacons are partially seconded by their own Church to work for the British Conference, often in local situations where there are shared governance arrangements between different Churches (denominations) for the joint oversight of mission and ministry.

Associate
For use in ecumenical situations where there are not shared governance arrangements between different Churches (denominations) for the joint oversight of mission and ministry, and where presbyters and deacons work primarily for their own Churches but the Conference affirms and owns their work in particular circumstances as if it were done on its behalf.

Ministers wishing to be received into Full Connexion
This is usually following a period of service in the Methodist Church in Britain as one of the categories above. However in certain circumstances, ministers can apply directly to be received into Full Connexion which is a permanent transfer.

 

Induction processes for newly arriving Ministers of Other Churches and the Circuits receiving them

A handbook for ministers and circuits receiving them is available to be downloaded here. This contains details of what a newly arriving minister might need and might expect. An induction gathering is held each year for two members of circuits. An induction year is given to the ministers , with various events through the first year, which are described in the handbook.

Material for circuits receiving a Minister of another Church or Conference in August 2022

A powerpoint presentation will be available here for circuits receiving a MOCC this year in due course. Those circuits will be informed when it is available.

If you have any queries, please contact ministryoffers@methodistchurch.org.uk

 

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