How Does Methodism Fit Into The Rest Of The Christian Church?

The Methodist Church is the fourth largest Christian Church in Britain after the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches and the Church of Scotland. It has close spiritual links with these and the United Reformed Church and other free churches.

All the Christian Churches share in common a belief that God is the creator and sustainer of all life and that the death on a cross of God's son Jesus Christ was an act of total love, which through his resurrection offers a new start beyond our wildest dreams. We share this belief because of the presence of God the Holy Spirit, who continues to move and inspire in the world today.

Methodism encourages links between its churches, recognising the significant benefits in being part of a national movement. This, in Methodism, is called 'Connexion'. The Church is governed by the Methodist Conference - a democratically elected body that meets annually.

Local churches are grouped in Circuits, which organise worship for congregations. Pastoral care is also provided. Two thirds of all Methodist services are conducted by a local (lay) preacher. Stewards and a number of other members of the church council are elected by a General Church Meeting. At every level up to the Methodist Conference itself, lay people share in making decisions alongside ordained ministers and deacons. Every individual can play a part in influencing church policy.