Linking Irish Methodists with Methodists around the world
The Methodist Church in Ireland is divided into three large Districts covering the whole island of Ireland. World Mission Partnership has linked each District with a world church partner for the purposes of, together, sharing Christ around the world. This will involve learning, praying, serving and giving for all partners.
These links will be fully launched in February 2020. There is much to receive, as well as give, through these relationships. World Mission Partnership is genuinely excited for both the partner churches and Methodist Church in Ireland.
In time, WMP, along with the District Superintendents, will be seeking District ‘Champions’ to promote learning and engagement on each District.
North Eastern District
is linked with Methodist Church Ghana
Methodist Church in Ireland has had a long association with Methodist Church Ghana (MCG). MCG was established in 1835 when local Christians requested British missionaries. Becoming autonomous in 1961, it now has over 800,000 members spread across 21 Diocese (Districts). MCG’s priority is evangelism and it also has a strong social witness, including hospitals and schools.
North Western district
is linked with United Methodist Church in Poland
Protestants make up just 0.2% of the Polish population and yet the United Methodist Church in Poland has 50 congregations with 25 ministers. As in Ireland, some groups are growing and others are struggling. There is a general openness to welcoming ‘the stranger’ with the influx of migrants from Russia and the Ukraine.
is linked with METHODIST CHURCH TOGO
Methodist Church in Ireland’s relationship with Methodist Church Togo started in 2007 when an Irish group visited. MCT is a growing church, currently with 150,000 members. Evangelism and church planting into the north, where there is Islam and animism, is a priority. As well as people’s spiritual needs, the church also responds to the social needs of its communities e.g. schools, clinics and agricultural training.