The Connexional Team have produced new guidance on Circuit amalgamations available on the Methodist Church Website:
In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Circuit mergers across the Connexion. The Connexional Team has produced new guidance on the procedure for merging Circuits and the approval required, as set out in Standing Order 501. It can be found via this link.
The guidance outlines the formalities to be observed in respect of Methodist policy and charity law, as well as questions to ask when deciding if a merger is right for your Circuits. It emphasises the importance of liaising closely with the Conference Office throughout the process and seeking professional advice regarding charity law where necessary.
Reflecting the status of the Circuit as the primary unit of Mission, the Connexional Property Strategy encourages an approach whereby ‘decisions about property are taken in the context of the whole Circuit and District.’ It can be downloaded via this page on the Methodist Church website.
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For further queries on or suggested additions to the guidance, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org