Personal update

by Richard on November 27, 2012

I’m really enjoying my job with the Wales Training Network, but it is no secret that I’ve missed being in pastoral ministry. One result of The Fruitful Field project is that WTN will be coming to an end in 2013 to be replaced by one of the new regional training teams. In truth, the new structure probably won’t be be very different from what we already do in Wales, but this change has provided me with an opportunity to go in to the Methodist stationing system with a view to a new appointment.

I’m excited to say that stationing matched me to a circuit and they didn’t run a mile when they met me. So (subject to the Conference, as always) from September 2013 I’ll be the superintendent minister of the Shropshire & Marches Circuit.

Gulp!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

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Paul Martin 11.27.12 at 7:53 pm

Best wishes for the rest of your current post and for an exciting new beginning in September.

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Chris Pritchard 11.27.12 at 8:21 pm

Glad you have got something sorted shame you are not coming this way but I am sure that it will be a good situation for you. I guess you have spent the best part of your time the WTN job driving through that circuit.

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Sarah 11.27.12 at 8:42 pm

Do I see that that includes the old Shrewsbury circuit among others? That’s rather exciting, I shall look forward to hearing how things are going down that way. Good news for the Methodist church, even if it means you’re not a whole lot nearer!

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Richard 11.27.12 at 9:26 pm

Thanks all. Yes Sarah, this circuit includes the old Shrewsbury circuit, amongst others. I’ll have pastoral charge at Bayton Hill.

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Tim Chesterton 11.27.12 at 10:51 pm

Congratulations, Richard!

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Pam 11.28.12 at 7:41 am

A new challenge Richard.

And you have lots of time to pack.

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Gareth Hill 11.28.12 at 7:46 am

Congratulations Richard. My father-in-law was Super of Llanymynych Circuit done years ago and lived in Pant. I used to enjoy preaching there and remember leading their Camp Meeting one year. Be blessed in your new appointment.

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Patricia 11.28.12 at 7:47 am

Nice part of the world, know it fairly well, maybe I’ll drop by when visiting my cousin in Shrewsbury - keep in contact :-)

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Richard 11.28.12 at 7:48 am

One of the eccentricities of our system is that all ministers move at the same time and the decisions about moving are made a year before they happen. ‘Lots of time to pack’ isn’t a bad way to at it.

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Richard 11.28.12 at 8:05 am

I hope you’ll drop in Patricia - the manse is in Shrewsbury and it would be great to see you.
I wonder if they still have camp meetings in Pant, Gareth? That would be a change.

It isn’t a circuit I know at all, despite the fact thatnot only have I regularly driven the whole length of it on my way to Cardiff, but have to cut through it if I’m leading worship in Llangollen. I said very specifically on my stationing profile that I didn’t want to go to a large circuit, and then when the appointments werepublished I found myself strangely drawn to this one. God moves in mysterious ways?

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Tony Buglass 11.28.12 at 10:41 am

If you want to make God smile, tell him your plans? When I first entered circuit, I noticed friends were moving into appointments with RAF bases nearby, and taking on part-time chaplaincies. I have always loved aeroplanes, and kept suggesting to God that he might profitably use me in such an appointment, but it never happened. Then a few years before leaving my last appointment, I was offered the part-time chaplaincy at a nearby base: RAF Fylingdales, the one RAF base for miles around with NO aeroplanes… And I’m sure God grinned. I had three happy years there before moving, and it was a continuous joke that the padre had better aircraft recognition skills than most of the guys in blue suits.

I’m sure God has his reasons for dropping you in - sorry, sending you - to one of the largest circuits in Methodism. And I’m sure you and they will be richly blessed.

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dave perry 11.28.12 at 12:34 pm

Many congratulations Richard. I am sure that you will relish being in Circuit Ministry as a Super. After one year in post I love my new role and think that it is such a fab time to be in leadership within Methodism. Every blessing as you prepare to make the transition.

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Tim Chesterton 11.28.12 at 4:32 pm

So, are you a sort of a bishop, now, Richard? Pardon my ignorance of Methodist structures!

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Richard 11.28.12 at 6:12 pm

Mention ‘bishops’ in British Methodist circles, and fisticuffs are likely Tim!

When I was young and foolish, I did have a purple clerical shirt. I kept it mostly for ecumenical occasions because it irritated my Anglican colleagues. Simple pleasures…

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Tim Chesterton 11.28.12 at 8:44 pm

Mention ‘bishops’ in British Methodist circles, and fisticuffs are likely Tim!

Well, I do have a certain sympathy for that point of view! However, I was simply asking about ‘episkopé’, not ‘bishops as the C of E knows them’!!!

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Richard 11.28.12 at 11:30 pm

Sorry Tim - I misjudged that last comment. We had a conversation in Methodist a few years ago about our understanding of episcope and whether our titles / structures need to be changed. There was an overwhelming rejection of the term ‘bishop’, largely for emotional reasons I think. The word is simply too tied into Anglican models in our minds. We express episcope through our district chairs, Circuit superintendents and ultimately the Conference. Nobody would claim that it’s perfect of course.

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Tony Buglass 11.29.12 at 12:28 pm

But it does mean we can tell the Anglicans we have the right sort of bishop, rather than a post-Imperial Constantinian heresy. Just sayin’… ;)

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Richard 11.29.12 at 12:31 pm

That gets no argument from me Tony :)

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Tim Chesterton 11.29.12 at 4:51 pm

Tony, I’m not a C of E Anglican, but you’ll get no argument from me on that one!!!

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