Image via WikipediaThe group focusing on ethos at the Closer Working Methodist URC Consultation, made the following points about Methodists URC and Anglicans working together. Remember this was a consultation for Methodists and URC. It would be interesting to hear what Anglicans make of these points!
- That the three denominations might look more closely at boundaries with a view to making them coterminous at Diocese, District, Synod level to Circuit, Deanery and Area level. This with a view to how we can work together for mission and enable a strong emphasis on ecumenical commitment in appointments both ministerial and lay.
- Training and development of ministry and laity in ecumenical working is vital to enable insight into each other’s denominations.
- Cumbria model. County Ecumenical Development Officer. In two parts – social responsibility, ecumenical development – paid appointment through Churches Together (in Cumbria). Can be lay or ordained and each denomination pays into the pot.
- Team Ministry – sharing resources especially in villages where one clergy person from any denomination has pastoral support for all.