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Those called to be presbyter or deacon are called to be persons in public, ordained ministry in the Methodist Church.
‘Public’ implies a person who is recognised as representing the Methodist Church in the wider community and who has a self-awareness of being a representative person to the Church also.
‘Ordained’ implies a person belonging to an ordered group of people with a common discipline.
Those who are ordained enter into a covenant relationship with the Methodist Conference, defined as “being in Full Connexion”. They are accountable to Conference for their ministry and the Conference is responsible for their support and direction. Deacons in the Methodist Church express this explicitly by being members of a religious order, living by a Rule of Life.
To find out more about what is involved in Candidating for the Methodist ministry, go to the national web site.
In this District, we have someone who is dedicated to supporting people through the first stages of the Candidating process, if you would like to be put in touch with him, contact Juli Wills, Training Officer in the District People page.