In June 2018 the Methodist Conference agreed that the eight current districts would be reduced to three and that each would have a full-time District Superintendent [DS]. The role of the DS is to provide oversight, leadership support and Connexional vision for the mission and ministry of Societies, Circuits and ministers.
On Thursday 14th March, Dr Heather Morris, accompanied by Rev Stephen Skuce [DS] and Mr Tony O’Connor visited Omagh Methodist Church to discuss the new structures. Each one present was given a booklet of “Frequently Asked Questions” which addressed most of the issues. Dr Morris opened the session with readings from the New Testament which make Mission central to God’s purpose. She recalled how John Wesley grew Methodism through structures which addressed the challenges of the day and urged the present day Methodists to do the same
Tony O’Connor used a power point presentation to show how the new structures were expected to work and invited questions. Reassurance was offered on the many concerns expressed, it being clear [in the words of a familiar hymn] No turning back, No turning back.