Methodist ministers and “retirement” – sort of

Recently we have been picked up by a few Google searches for information on retirement of Methodist ministers. They no doubt drew a blank because it’s not a matter on which we’ve ever posted, so this is an attempt to rectify that omission.

In principle, Methodist ministers never retire: a minister who “sits down” in theimgres ministry ceases to have a pastoral charge but is nevertheless expected to continue to contribute to the ministry of the Church for as long as he or she is able. Standing Orders 790 (Application to become Supernumerary), 791 (Status and Stationing) 792 (Continuing Ministry) and 793 (Return to the Active Work) apply to the situation. Continue reading