District Superintendents

We are grateful to God for the people who have been designated as District Superintendents. They are Rev W Philip Agnew (North Eastern), Rev Andrew J Dougherty (Southern) and Rev Dr Stephen F Skuce (North Western). However, neither they themselves, nor indeed structural change in isolation, is ‘the answer’ to the challenges and many opportunities we face as a denomination. It is the breath of God’s Spirit which brings life and throughout this period of change our challenge, indeed the invitation before us, is to keep our eyes on God, our Creator, Saviour and Sustainer.

1. What difference will having full-time District Superintendents (DS) make?

Having full-time District Superintendents will mean that, for the first time, we will have a person in each district whose sole job and permanent full-time focus will be on supporting and enabling local churches to fulfil their visions for mission. This should help us all to bring a greater focus to our mission work, to grow and learn together, and to operate on a Connexional basis in a more coordinated manner. It should also mean that individual circuit superintendents and ministers are freed from some of their administrative burdens and committee obligations, thus enabling them to focus more clearly on the core work of mission in their communities.

2. What will be the primary focus of the DS?

The primary focus of the DS is to serve the MCI by "encouraging, enabling, coordinating and implementing the Church’s vision for missional discipleship". The new structures are being introduced in the context of both a renewed emphasis on mission within our church, and the reality that we face significant challenges in that, overall, our church is facing a decline in numbers and effectiveness. The new DSs will be firmly focussed on these two areas while proactively seeking opportunities for mission and witness.

The likelihood is that you'll have more questions on the new District Superintendents, so we've tried our best to cover all the questions we think you may have in this booklet. Just turn to pages 7, 8 and 13 for more information.