Methodist ministers looking to move are reading intently at the moment. It’s the start of the stationing process, which in a nutshell involves two large documents issued in PDF or paper form. (the PDF was emailed out yesterday).
The first, seen by the ministers who are moving, contains profiles of each ‘station’ looking for a new minister (usually a church/churches within a larger group called a circuit). The second, which the churches and circuits get to see, contains the profiles of the ministers.
A matching process then takes place which involves declaring top preferences and all the district chairs having a very long meeting (which I always imagine takes place in a war room where instead of pushing tanks around a map with long sticks, they rearrange little people..) After the meeting, ministers go to visit potential ‘stations’ and everyone decides if the ministers/churches fit together and could work together well. If not, the second…
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