District Policies

The Liverpool District of the Methodist Church District Policies are as follows :

"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” Ephesians 4 v 11 and 12

The detail of the Liverpool District Training policy is at the document link at bottom of this page – the objective as outlined in Ephesians is to Equip the Saints. The mission and purpose of the training policy is to fulfill the vision as set out in "Our Calling” and "The priorities of the Methodist Church”
  • By the enabling and encouragement of effective management of change
  • The promotion of Safeguarding
  • By releasing human resources for mission
  • By envisioning and growing transformational leaders
  • By funding and providing planned programmes for discipleship and lifelong learning
  • By encouraging the development of reflective practitioners

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The evangelism group sponsored Mission shaped Ministry courses in various parts of the District throughout the year in order to help Churches to think more missionally and to engage with thinking about Fresh Expressions of Church.

Future courses are likely to run in Liverpool North, West Lancashire and Wirral and dates will be published when they are available.

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"Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."

Matthew 6:9-15

Although prayer should be a natural and frequent part of every Christian's daily routine, it can easily get neglected. Prayer needs nurturing and encouraging if we are to spend quality time with God regularly, as individuals and together with other Christians. Church leaders have a key role in developing the capacity of the church for prayer.

This may be in an un-structured way, as long as unstructured doesn't mean non-existent! Just as adding some structure to our prayer times can bring a benefit, so too can the development of the prayer life of a church through a prayer strategy. The District will, through its prayer coordinators, encourage and support circuits and churches in developing their prayer ministry.

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The District Advance Fund is a resource to support growth and development of churches and circuits within the district as they seek to engage effectively in God’s mission.

The district is committed to encouraging and enabling circuits, churches and district projects to grasp mission opportunities by supporting them with grant aid where it is appropriate and possible.

The district advance fund is intended primarily for development rather than maintenance and is an example of the Methodist principle of connexionalism at work, whereby resources are shared in order to help and support imaginative mission focussed projects.

Applications can be submitted to the District Grants Committee using the form below:

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"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptised by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."

1 Corinthians 12:12-14.

Ministry in the Methodist Church relies on more than ordained people, the District strategy aims to allow for those with particular gifts, skills and training to use them; to enable particular pieces of work to be undertaken; to recognise that ministry isn’t limited to the maintenance of the institutional Church, whilst at the same time valuing and affirming those called and committed to what might be termed ‘traditional’ ministry.

When we speak of ministry we are not referring only to the ordained. If we engage effectively in mission and evangelism this is a whole Church activity, lay and ordained in partnership, the whole people of God. When we speak of available and deployable ministerial resource this must include those called to lay ministry in all its aspects.

Through its resourcing strategy the District will always seek to :
  • support and affirm the value of existing work which focuses on mission
  • encourage and support mission orientated work in Churches and Circuits which lack financial or other resources
  • encourage fresh ways of being Church
  • support community development and action for justice, especially among the most deprived and poor – in Britain and worldwide

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In Britain today many church buildings constitute a significant part of the country's heritage. Some are "listed" or in conservation areas and many more have architectural or historic merit. Many new churches are innovative and significant, both architecturally and theologically so it is important that these buildings are properly maintained for future generations.

Church Councils and Circuit Meetings, as Managing Trustees, have responsibility for the maintenance and repair of church property. This involves annual inspections, professional five yearly inspections (known as quinquennial inspections) and the reports produced form part of an important historical record of the buildings and area.

Details of the District Property Strategy can be found at the link below and more technical notes and guidance can be found on the Methodist Church website at :


The enormous value of voluntary property work carried out by church members is significant and their work on behalf of the managing trustees is recognised.

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Every person has a value and dignity which comes from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. We see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm.

The Liverpool Methodist District Safeguarding Team aims to:

  • Circuits
  • Churches
  • Individuals

  • Good practice procedures
  • The promotion of Safeguarding
  • The Creation of safer Space


  • Training
  • Guidance
  • Monitoring

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The District’s ecumenical officer works within the following framework to support ecumenical working across the District, including in relation to the Anglican-Methodist Covenant.

Current Principles are those that emerged from the ‘Not Strangers but Pilgrims’ Inter-Church Process of the 1980’s, leading to the Swanwick Declaration of 1987, and thesetting up of new ecumenical instruments in 1990, including Churches Together inEngland and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (initially the Council of Churchesfor Britain and Ireland).

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