Chorley and Leyland Methodist Circuit

Church Life Review

CLR 2018

The September 2018 Circuit Meeting approved a proposal from the Circuit Leadership Team (CLT) to undertake a year-long process of strategic review throughout our Circuit.

We are calling it our Church Life Review.


In the light of a shortage of minsters (presbyters and deacons) across our denomination (and indeed the wider Church); with real issues concerning the sustainability of some of our church buildings, a widespread shortage of office holders and a struggle to make new disciples, our churches are being asked to grapple with some serious and urgent questions. Our prayer is that through the process, we’ll be challenged about different ways of doing things – particularly how ministry (in the broadest sense) takes place in our churches. There is a contemporary challenge to the whole church to explore discipleship, vocation, ministry and particularly Lay ministry. For some really interesting articles see the 
Connexion magazine.


Each local church is being asked to open up a discussion and submit a completed questionnaire to the CLT by the end of February 2019. Individuals within churches are being invited to contribute their personal thoughts to their church leadership through an Individual Questionnaire.


The CLT will receive all completed church questionnaires and make proposals to the Circuit Meeting on 16th May.

Please hold this very important task in your prayers over the next year. A Prayer Resource is available as an aid for your personal devotions.