Support for Candidates

East Central

Candidate Support - a programme of daytime events to help those entering the candidating process for 2020/21

Support Day 1 – 26 September 2020

Support Day 2 – 7 November 2020

Support Day 3 – 12 December 2020

Support Day 4 – 27 February 2021 (afternoon only)

To be led by District Candidates’ Secretaries and the Learning Network. Exact timings and venues TBC – dependent on latest Covid guidance etc. For more information see this flyer. You can also contact Michael Wadsworth.


East of England

Candidates support offered in the East of England region is done through the regional peer support group that engages in a continual support conversation throughout the process and support that is part of a larger group that connects with the East Central region.   These are happening on the following dates:

  • 26th September 
  • 7th November 
  • 12th December 
  • 27th Feb 

Exact timings and venues TBC – dependent on latest Covid guidance etc, concurrently meetings are happening online via social platforms as Zoom. 

For further details Contact: John Banks at 


North West and Mann

The aim of the group is to provide information relating to the process of candidating and also to provide support through what can be a challenging year.

In each session we review where candidates are up to in terms of the process, especially as this changes during the course of the year. We also briefly share what we have been reading, specifically the recommended books or other things which we think others may find helpful. We refer frequently to the Candidating material and resources and, certainly in the earlier sessions to the requirements of CPD. In each session there is time for questions and discussion which means that sometimes those questions take priority over the set programme.


13 June 2020 (Via Zoom)
5 September 2020
26 September 2020
14 November 2020
5 December 2020
9 January 2021
6 February 2021

For further details Contact: Jasmine Devadason at or Christine Jones at


North East

Contact Tricia Mitchell with enquiries.

North East peer support group is meeting on:

Wednesday 16th September

Wednesday 23rd September. 


Southern and Islands Region

In the Southern and Islands region we are running 4 Candidate Support Meetings. The first of these is on the 29th September from 7-9pm, via Zoom. The other meetings will fall in October, November and January (dates TBC). The first three meetings will all take place via Zoom, with the fourth either Zoom for face to face, depending on the current Covid guidance. These meetings will cover all aspects of the candidate’s criteria in order to prepare them for the Circuit, District and Connexional Candidates Committees. There will be a chance to ask questions, gain mutual support and reflect on and articulate their own experience of calling. The final meeting in January will also be a chance for them to share their creative presentations. Contact Revd Adrian Roux for further details


South West Region

Support for candidates is arranged in partnership between the Learning Network and the District Candidates’ Secretaries according to the needs of the various candidates. Contact Dr Wendy Allen, Learning and Development Officer (South West) for specific information


London Region

Bryant Street Methodist Church
London E5 4RU

Time:  6pm to 8.30pm

11 December 2019

For further information contact Jonathan Mead


Yorkshire Plus


For anyone considering candidating for presbyteral or diaconal ministry in the Methodist Church. An opportunity to work through this process with others sharing the same journey. The offer of information, practical help, mutual support and theological reflection along the way. We usually meet in the centre of Leeds but due to COVID-19 are currently meeting via Zoom and this is likely to continue – hence dates and times are liable to change.

'Frequency and timing has been perfect ... the design has been relevant to each step of the process’ (Candidate 2019/20)

Thursday 3 September 2020                        1.30pm – 3.00pm (via Zoom)

Saturday 5 December 2020                          10am – 3.00pm (date and time liable to change)

Saturday 6 February 2021                             10am – 3.00pm (date and time liable to change)

For more information and to confirm dates and times please contact:

Rev Graham Jones: or 07799 902574

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