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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:


Bahamas Turks and Caicos Islands District

Belize/Honduras District

Guyana District

Haiti District

Jamaica District

Leeward Islands District 

Panama/Costa Rica District

South Caribbean District


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 
· Constitution and discipline. 
· Membership and ministry. 
· Holding and management of property and funds. 
· Appointment and functions of officers, committees etc. 
· Standing orders to regulate its affairs.


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 is divided into 27 Circuits which are further divided into

172 Congregations.


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. 
The Conference is divided into two parts: a Ministerial Session attended only by

Presbyters and Deacons, and a Representative Session attended by both Ministerial and

Lay Representatives. The Conference is administered by a District President, Secretary

and Treasurer.


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.


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