The role of the DPC
The District Policy Committee (DPC) is responsible for:
- formulating policies which will advance the mission of the Church in the Circuits and Local Churches of the District
- promoting and encouraging inter-circuit and ecumenical co-operation
- contributing and responding to the development of Connexional policies recommended by the Conference or Methodist Council
The members of the District Policy Committee also form the Trustee body for the registered charity Bristol District of The Methodist Church (registration number 1134873).
The DPC is supported in its work by the District Scrutiny Group (DSG) .
The work of the DPC and DSG
The main focus of the work of DPC is around District policy, including but not limited to stationing, mission development and district development.
The DPC has oversight over all of the work of the District, however, much of this is undertaken by other committees or officers of the District.
The DPC is supported in its work by the District Scrutiny Group (DSG) which enables much of the detailed work of DPC to happen in advance, for example ensuring that processes and applications to ‘cease to meet’ or to appoint lay workers are followed correctly. When necessary, it can request other officers of the District or committees to look at particular pieces of work.
Ultimately, DSG will make recommendations to DPC for approval.
The Secretary to both DPC and DSG is Leigh Maydew, Leigh is responsible for liaising with Superintendents and District Officers so that items are brought to the two meetings as required.