The Jamaica Methodist District is one of 8 Districts linked together in a "connexional" system
to form The Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas, popularly called the MCCA
or The Connexion.
The 8 Districts of the MCCA are:
The MCCA was legally established in 1967 by a Deed of Church Order as an autonomous
body of Christian believers. Its headquarters are located in Antigua, where Methodism first
began in the Caribbean.
The Deed of The Church Order sets out the Church's:
· Doctrinal standards
The Connexional Conference is the governing body of the MCCA with full legislative
powers. It is made up of 22 ministerial representatives and 22 lay representatives from
the 8 Districts of the Connexion. The Connexional Conference has no administrative
authority over the District Conferences who regulate their own affairs within the District
as mandated by the constitution.The Conference meets once every three years and is
administered by a Connexional President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Connexional Council is the Executive Body of the Connexional Conference and
administers the affairs of the Conference between its triennial meetings. The Council
meets twice per year. It comprises the 4 Connexional Officers (President, Vice
President, Secretary and Treasurer), 8 District Presidents, 8 District Lay Representatives
, the immediate past Vice-President, and the Secretary of the Commission on Ministry.
THE JAMAICA METHODIST DISTRICT
The Jamaica Methodist District is divided into 27 Circuits which are further divided into
The District Conference is the governing body of the District.and is made up of all
Presbyters in the District, all Circuit Stewards and equal numbers of Lay Representatives
from each Circuit to match the number of Presbyters.
Presbyters and Deacons, and a Representative Session attended by both Ministerial and
Lay Representatives. The Conference is administered by a District President, Secretary
The General Purposes Committee is the Executive Body of the District Conference
and administers the affairs of the Conference in between annual meetings.
The Standing Committee s of the District Conference provide reports to the Represen-
tative Session of the Conference on the work of Circuit and District organizations, groups
and committees over the previous year and highlight recommendations from the sub-
committees. They are:
The General Purposes Committee (described above.)
The Resources and Development Committee reports to and advises the Conference
on financial, budgetary, property and investment matters.
The Mission Evangelism and Church Growth Committee reports to and advises
the conference on membership, arrangement of Circuits, chaplaincies, evangelism,
Christian social witness, stewardship, faith and order, ecumenical relations, preachers'
affairs, family life, health care etc.
The Christian Education Committee reports to and advises the Conference on the
work among children, youth, young adults, men, women, in church school, groups
and organizations. This Committee also reports on Training of Class Leaders,
Communication and Information.
The General Education Committee reports on various issues in Methodist schools
including chaplaincies, Boards of Management, religious education, curricula, discipline,
finance, property etc. In addition to the Standing Committees there are other
committees such as the Nominations Committee, the Stationing Committee and the
Ministerial Training Committee.
The Circuit Meeting is the governing body of the Circuit and meets once per year for
"fellowship, education, consultation, information and inspiration." Each Circuit is under
the general oversight of a Superintendent Presbyter. The Circuit Steward is the chief Lay
Executive Officer and Treasurer of the Circuit funds. The Circuit Meeting receives reports
and discusses the general state of the Work of God in the Circuit.
The Circuit Council is the Executive and co-ordinating body in the Circuit. It exercises
general oversight of the spiritual, numerical and financial condition of the Congregations in
the Circuit and all organizations and institutions connected with them. It meets at least
twice per year.
The Congregational Meeting is a meeting of all the confirmed members of the
congregation and is held at least once per year. It receives reports, elects representatives,
and appoints Stewards, Class Leaders and other Officers.
The Congregational Council is the Executive and coordinating body of the Congregation.
It meets twice per year, prior to the corresponding Circuit Council meetings. It prepares the
Congregation's annual programme as approved by the Congregational Meeting and Circuit
Prepared by: Shirly Carby.