Broadwaters




KIDDERMINSTER AND STOURPORT METHODIST CIRCUIT



What is the Circuit?

At a Circuit Away Day held in March 2008 our Superintendent Minister explained the ways in which the circuit works.  Some of the diagrams and explanations are reproduced below.


Trinity




Foley Park




Stourport Wesley




Areley Kings




Callow Hill




Bewdley



The Kidderminster and Stourport Circuit is made up of its 7 churches. The circuit is not something beyond the churches – it is US!

Trinity

Broadwaters

Foley Park

Stourport Wesley

Areley Kings

Callow Hill

Bewdley

KIDDERMINSTER AND STOURPORT METHODIST CIRCUIT

CIRCUIT MEETING

Staff

Circuit Stewards

CLT

Property

Local Preachers

Other Circuit officers Eg NCH, Missions, MHA, Public Issues etc.

The main governing body of the Circuit is the circuit meeting. Its membership is made up by representatives from each of its churches together with various officers drawn from the churches and the staff. You could imagine the circuit a bit like a wheel with the churches on the rim, touching the ground, doing the really important work and then with the circuit meeting at the hub resourcing the churches with the help of the spokes made up of circuit officers and staff.

The circuit staff (the ministers) are appointed to the circuit which then decides which churches they will be primarily responsible for.  Local Preachers are trained and admitted and exercise their calling within the circuit

The Circuit Stewards are the main lay leaders in the circuit. They are elected by the circuit meeting and serve for 6 years. The ministers, circuit stewards, circuit treasurer, lay chaplains and circuit meeting secretary form the Circuit Leadership Team which is responsible for overseeing the life of the circuit between circuit meetings; for giving leadership to the circuit and ensuring that circuit meeting decisions are put into place. They therefore have both a leadership and management role in the circuit. Other officers are appointed  to take responsibility for certain areas of circuit work, for example property and other important aspects of circuit life such as our interest and support for World church, NCH, Methodist Homes, and public issues.

The purposes of the Circuit therefore include:

Effective deployment of the resources of ministry

•          People

•          Property

•          Finance

As they relate to:

•          Methodist Churches in the Circuit

•          Churches of other denominations

•     Local community including schools, colleges and in ecumenical                  work.

The Circuit also received input from the Methodist District and Connexion (the word used for the church nationally) and from Conference (the main governing body of the Methodist church nationally) and can offer suggestions to the District and Conference.

The Methodist church designates the circuit as the primary unit in which local churches express and experience their interconnexion in the body of Christ. This is exercised through mission and mutual encouragement and help.

This diagram helps show how these relate to each other.

Leadership, Management and Governance

CIRCUIT MEETING

Church Reps

Staff

Circuit Stewards

Treasurer

Secretary

Sec for Property

Other Circuit officers

Circuit Leadership Team

Staff

Other Circuit officers

District and Connexion

Consultation

Review

Care Home Chaplaincy

Finance