Notes on General Responibilities

1.      SUPPORT AND CARE:

  • Be available for Circuit staff and seek help if need be
  • Be sensitive to needs and situations
  • Provide support rather than make inappropriate demands
  • Be aware of special arrangements which are necessarily needed for World Church/American Interns
  • Offer listening/supportive role to Minister/Lay Employees
  • Be available if necessary to intercede between Minister/Lay Employees and local church
  • Participate as appropriate in the Circuit Staff review process

2.     OFFER HELP TO INCOMING/OUTGOING MINISTER/LAY EMPLOYEE

  • Prepare welcome pack
  • Discuss welcome or farewell service with Superintendent
  • Publicise events and arrival well in advance
  • Make contact with sensitivity
  • Consider particular circumstances with young families/retirement
  • Make time for social contact

3.     CIRCUIT STEWARDSHIP: TEAM WORK

  • Let each Circuit Steward work with one or a group of churches
  • Try to attend services and events as well as Church Councils
  • Let your role be known within the congregation
  • Exchange information with other Circuit Stewards
  • Allocate one Circuit Steward to work with one Minister/Lay Employee

4.     ATTEND MEETINGS

  • Make an effort to attend Synod and any specially arranged District meetings
  • Work with Superintendent/Leadership Team to make meetings more efficient and effective
  • Ensure proper preparation for meetings
  • Share with other Stewards attendance at meetings

5.     CREATE A SENSE OF CIRCUIT COMMUNITY

  • Organise Circuit Day for all churches to worship together
  • Circuit Fundraising/event/retreat/quiet day
  • Be present and make yourself known
  • Join Circuit review sessions

6.      THE WORK EXTENDS BEYOND THE CIRCUIT BOUNDARIES:

  • Participate in area Circuit Steward meetings
  • Keep abreast of Methodist Recorder and sister church publications
  • Surf Methodist web site
  • Keep informed of Synod, Conference and Connexion decisions/policies
  • Ministers as well as Circuit Stewards have responsibility to disseminate information from District and Connexion
  • Be aware of ‘other mother church’, if your Circuit has LEP churches

7.      ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY:

  • The Circuit Meeting has overall responsibility
  • Be aware of where to get advice on matters of: property, lay employment, safeguarding, finance, charity (see Handbook page 23)
  • Ensure records of Circuit business are maintained and accessible
  • Never be afraid to ask for guidance from District or another Circuit
  • Keep an up-to-date Synod Directory at hand (see Handbook page 23)
  • For any matter of discipline, confer with your friendly District Chair

8.     CIRCUIT VISION:

  • Live by Kingdom Values
  • Share spirituality
  • Organise review/discussion/consultation/vision days
  • Keep the work/mission/vision of the Circuit under constant review
  • Be alert to changing patterns of ministry within the Methodist and wider Church
  • Prayer

9.       PRACTICALITIES:

  • Let one member of the team take responsibility for Circuit finances
  • Let each Circuit manse have its own Manse Steward
  • Let one member of the team take responsibility for co-ordinating all property matters (all manse and church building matters)
  • Ensure you offer adequate support and information to your successor (possibly using this handbook as your transition checklist)
  • Use CPD (see page 23)

(LEP)  :         Local Ecumenical Partnership

(CPD):         Constitutional Practice and Discipline of the Methodist Church

Quote: ‘I would have become a Circuit Steward sooner if I’d known it was possible to share the responsibilities around the team’


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