The calling of the Methodist Church is to respond to the gospel of God’s love in Christ and to live out its discipleship in worship and mission.
The Methodist Church is still organised in a methodical way using many of the structures introduced by its founder, John Wesley.
The Connexion: Methodists are linked together in a ‘Connexion’ of churches, circuits and districts.
The local church: The local church, such as Burnt Ash Methodist Church, is the congregational place of worship, where Methodist members and attenders are nurtured.
The circuit: A circuit is a group of local churches, served by a team of local preachers and ministers including the superintendent minister. Burnt Ash is part of the Blackheath & Crystal Palace Methodist Circuit which comprises nine churches.
The district: The district serves a geographical group of circuits and is led by the district chair. The Blackheath and Crystal Palace Circuit is part of the London District of the Methodist Church.
The Conference: The Conference is the body that agrees policy for the Methodist Church.
For further details see: The Methodist Church in Britain.