The President and Vice-President
"Will you endeavour so to lead the Church under your care in
unceasing mission that Christ's name may everywhere be proclaimed
and that many may be brought to salvation and built up in that
holiness without which no one shall see the Lord?"
Question put to the President at induction
Each year at the Methodist
Conference, the following year's President (always an ordained
presbyter) and Vice-President (always a lay person or deacon) are
John Wesley himself was the original President of
the Methodist Conference, but after his death it was agreed that in
future, so much authority would not be placed in the hands of one
Instead, the President would be elected for one
year only, to sit in Wesley's chair.
"Will you endeavour so to discharge the duties of your office
that under your leadership all the members of the Church may be
encouraged in the exercise of their ministry, strengthened in their
witness, and kept alive to their charge?"
Question put to the Vice-President at induction
When lay people were admitted to the Conference
in 1878, a lay Vice-President was also elected, and the two now
serve in partnership.
The President and Vice-President follow Wesley's
example in travelling the length and breadth of Great Britain. They
preach widely and contribute articles to the Methodist press, often
choosing a particular emphasis or theme for their year. They
represent Methodism in the wider world.
Former Presidents and Vice-Presidents often
continue to exercise influence in senior Methodist committees and
decision making bodies.
Current President and Vice-President of
engagements and contact details
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