Ministers of other Churches FAQs

Where can I find information about the structure of the Methodist Church in Britain?

Information about the structure of the Methodist Church in Britain can be found here:

www.methodist.org.uk/who-we-are/structure

When is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for new applications is 1st March in any year. The deadline for those seeking to change or extend an existing status is 30th August in any year. Applications received after those dates cannot be accepted.

What exactly can I apply to do?

There are various ways in which ordained ministers of other conferences and churches can apply to serve in the Methodist Church in Britain. They are detailed on the website. If you have any questions, please contact ministryoffers@methodistchurch.org.uk.

What is the difference between 'Recognised and Regarded' and 'Full Connexion'?

A minister who is Recognised and Regarded remains under the authority of his or her own home conference or church while exercising ministry in the Methodist Church in Britain, usually for a period of five years, with the intention of returning to the home church.

A minister who is in Full Connexion transfers from his or her own home church to become wholly and permanently under the authority of the Methodist Church in Britain.

Those who are Recognised and Regarded are stationed in the same way as Ministers in Full Connexion and are asked to exercise the same level of responsibility. It is common (but not necessary or possible in every case) for a minister to seek to serve as Recognised and Regarded for a few years in the first instance before seeking to transfer into Full Connexion.

Where are the application forms?

Email ministryoffers@methodistchurch.org.uk to register your interest and you will be sent the application forms within the application period: January to March for new applicants, May to August for existing applicants seeking to change or extend their status.

I've only just been ordained - is that ok?

Whilst there are no formal policies that insist on a length of service before applying, the panels tend to have more hesitations about applicants who are only recently ordained and you may therefore wish to reflect on whether you are sufficiently experienced in ministry before you apply.

I am not yet ordained - can I still apply?

It is possible for recommended candidates, student ministers or probationers to transfer into the Methodist Church in Britain but not to be Recognised & Regarded. If this is your situation, please get in touch with us (by e-mailing ministryoffers@methodistchurch.org.uk) and we shall discuss the options with you. This is currently under review.

I have retired from active ministry. Can I still apply?

It is sometimes possible for ministers who have retired to be received into Full Connexion and to take up and appointment; it is not possible for those who have retired to be Recognised and Regarded. For those who have settled in Britain after retirement a common avenue is to transfer as supernumeraries.

When are the interviews?

For new applicants for transfer, interviews are held in March or April. For applicants seeking to change or extend their status, interviews are held in November. 

Who pays for me to attend the interview?

Applicants who live overseas are responsible for covering all their own costs of visa and travel to attend the interviews as well as any accommodation before and after the interviews.

You will be required to stay overnight at a conference centre for the interviews and the accommodation costs of this 24 hour period are covered by the Methodist Church in Britain for all applicants - those from overseas and those already in the UK.  

When do I find out the decision of the panel?

You will be contacted within a week of the panel with its recommendation.

Is there anything else I am required to do once recommended?

All ministers must comply with safeguarding requirements.  Recommended applicants must supply evidence of satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service DBS Certificates if in the UK or Police Certificates if living overseas.

How long is the process?

The process is outlined in this document.

If I am recommended, can I choose where I am stationed?

All ministers who are recommended by a transfer panel and who will be entering their first appointment in the Methodist Church in Britain go through a process called ‘initial stationing.’ The Initial Stationing Sub-Committee will take into account your gifts in ministry and your personal circumstances – however, you cannot ‘choose’ your appointment. The sub-committee will agree a match based on the needs of the Church and the gifts, skills and circumstances of the ministers available. If no suitable appointment is available, the Initial Stationing Sub-Committee will attempt to match you with a suitable appointment the following year.

Who pays for my visa?

As noted above, you are responsible for covering the cost of your visa (if necessary) to attend the interviews. If you are coming from outside the United Kingdom and are recommended and stationed, you may need a visa to work in the UK. The cost of this visa application will be borne by the Methodist Church Fund. The costs will be restricted to the period of an initial appointment to serve the Methodist Church in Britain and will cover the costs of the application for you and up to three additional dependents, ie four persons altogether.

Will I have an interview with the local church before I'm stationed?

A circuit or minister will only be able not to accept the stationing match in exceptional circumstances, so there is no interview. Normally, a minister will visit the circuit with which he or she has been matched before taking up the appointment. This is a chance for introductory conversations between the circuit and the minister. However, this is not a requirement for ministers currently living overseas. In these instances, the circuit may well want to speak with you via Skype or similar means.

Will any kind of training be provided?

The Methodist Church offers a comprehensive induction programme for those entering their first station in this country in which we expect that accepted applicants will participate. If you are accepted and matched with an appointment, you will be sent the details. The first part of the programme will be in the fortnight before your appointment formally begins, so you will need to arrange to be in Britain in good time to be part of that.

How much is a stipend in the Methodist Church in Britain?

If you are recommended to be stationed to an appointment in the Methodist Church in Great Britain, you will be sent full details of the financial arrangements that we make for our ministers.

What about my pension?

If a minister works in the UK they should be automatically enrolled onto the pension scheme - the Methodist Ministers' Pension Scheme.

The benefits they accrue may be able to be transferred once they return to their home church but this depends on whether this is permitted by HMRC in the UK. If the transfer is not permitted the benefits can remain in the UK and be paid out at retirement in the form of a pension, or a pension and lump sum. The pension can be paid to an overseas bank account.

Can my own church prevent my transferring?

Yes.  We can only receive applications from ministers who are in good standing with their home church and who have the permission of their head of church to serve in the Methodist Church in Britain.

I am ordained but no longer a minister in my own denomination? Can I apply?

Former ministers of other conferences and churches can apply to be received into Full Connexion with us. 


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