Presbyteral Ministry: A Methodist Perspective 57 Presbyteral Ministry: A Methodist Perspective* MARTIN WELLINGS [ECCL 1.2 (2005) 57–74] ISSN 1744 –1366 ABSTRACT This paper traces the history of presbyteral ministry in the British Methodist tradition. It begins with the Wesleys’ Methodism and the evolution of Wesley’s preachers from ‘extraordinary messengers’ to Methodist ministers. It examines nineteenth-century developments against the background of diverging Methodist traditions and explores the issues and tensions present in the Methodist union of 1932. It then considers twentieth-century official statements in greater detail, concluding with the 2002 document What is a Presbyter? Introduction The Perfect Minister preaches for exactly fifteen minutes; he condemns sin but never upsets anyone. He works from 8 a.m. until midnight and is also a good caretaker. He receives about £50 net per week, wears good clothes, never looks shabby, keeps his library up to date, entertains regularly, drives a new car and gives about £2500 a year to the poor and to the congregation. He is 28–30 years old and has approximately 25–30 years’ parish experience. He has a burning desire to work with teenagers and spends all of his time with senior citizens. The Perfect Minister smiles all the time
Ecclesiology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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