Planning for Retirement

Booking has now closed for the 2018/19 programme of workshops to help ministers and their partners plan for retirement. Details of further workshops will become available later in the year.

If you have an enquiry about the workshops, please contact

Planning for later life and retirement is an important part of a minister’s journey and relationship with the Methodist Church. As life expectancy increases the options are more varied and retirement can become a time for reflection and renewal as well as  a time for relaxation and leisure. Pension choices are more complex and money matters are an important part of life planning.

Ministers who are in their final appointment (or last five years of ministry) are invited to attend a residential workshop which provides support for this important transition into retirement.

The workshop will help you to

  • Reflect on change and what retirement means
  • Explore your options and decide what’s right for you
  • Develop greater understanding of your gifts and ways of working
  • Reflect on your changing role, identity and relationships within the Methodist Church
  • Understand your pensions and financial considerations
  • Be confident about managing change positively

The workshop is participative and will encourage self-reflection, exploration, discussion and shared learning.

The event is hosted by a retired presbyteral couple and retired single deacon and the sessions are delivered by Judith Wardell, an external facilitator who specialises in later life planning, supported by the hosts and the Methodist Ministers Pension team and Housing Society.

The workshop is held over 48 hours, starting early Tuesday afternoon and ending with lunch on Thursday.


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