Over this past week, the Conference of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa has been meeting in Gauteng. Conference is made up of ministerial and lay representatives from all the districts in our Connexion, and they meet to celebrate the work of God in and through the Methodist Church, as well as make decisions and plan for the way forward. Conference ends today, with the Ordination Service of those ministers who have completed their training and probation, and who are to be sent as ministers, ordained to the ministery of Word and Sacrament, in Methodist Churches around our Connexion. It was at Conference in Lesotho, six years ago, that Michael and I were ordained after completing six years of training and probation. It is easy to forget that we, as Umhlali Methodist Church, are part of something so much bigger than just our Sunday congregation. And sometimes even the words we use to describe the different parts of the Methodist Church don't make much sense. So here is a quick summary of what the Methodist Church in Southern Africa looks like.
Our national structure is called the Connexion, and we are the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, as our Connexion includes Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho.
The Connexion is presided over by our Presiding Bishop, Zipho Siwa.
The Connexion is divided into Districts, and we are a part of the Natal Coastal District, of which Mike Vorster is the Bishop.
Within each District is a Circuit, which is a geographical grouping of local churches.
Our circuit is the Lower-Tugela Circuit, and the local congregations in our circuit include Methodist Churches from Tongaat up to Darnall, as well as Gledhow, Maphumulo, Madundube and Uthukela.
We have fifteen churches that make up our circuit.
It is always an incredible privilege to consider the reach and extent of the Methodist Church. Here at Umhlali we belong and are connected to the work of God that extends so much further than we realise. Won't you pray this week for the work of God in and through the many Methodist Churches that make up this family of God.
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