Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Methodist Church may get bishops for the first time in UK in mutual recognition pact with Anglicans

From Christian Today-

Methodists and Anglicans are embarking on a process of consultation of towards historic proposals that could  recognise the ministers, priests and bishops of both churches for the first time since they split in the late 18th century.

And for the first time ever, the proposals, if agreed, would  give Methodists in the UK some bishop of their own.

The person elected annually as president as the Methodist Conference would take  the title 'President-Bishop' instead of just 'president' and would  be ordained by at least three bishops including bishops from the Church of England.

The Methodist church in the United States already has bishops but the church in the UK has never adapted to the episcopal model before.

A report being disussed at the Methodist Conference in Birmingham this weeked says that the main proposals, if implemented, 'will enable an interchange of presbyteral ministries between our churches that has not been possible since the parting of the ways between Anglicans and Methodists in the late eighteenth century.'

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