About EMC

Purpose & Mission

The European Methodist Council exists to:

  • enable member churches to consult together on matters of common concern
  • develop a stronger Methodist witness in Europe
  • enable member churches to share resources with one another, as need may arise
  • enable member churches to be more adequately represented in ecumenical and secular bodies
  • enable member churches to share with other ecumenical partners in Christian mission in Europe
  • co-ordinate existing co-operative Methodist work in Europe
  • offer advice to member churches.

The Council is consultative only, and its decisions are not binding on member churches. However, as the members of EMC are among the senior leaders of the member churches, discussions and learning at the Council often serve to inform and influence the decisions made in members churches. The Council meets once per year for around 3 days. Meetings include time for prayer and reflection, learning days and discussion on the issues facing the church in Europe.

The Council has one standing Committee: "Fund Mission in Europe". The responsibility of FMiE is to raise and distribute funds for those churches and conferences in Europe who need help in their mission and social work.

Members

EMC welcomes members from a broad range of churches who have links with Methodism, including European Methodist churches, churches who have Methodist heritage and Methodist churches from outside Europe who have a significant presence in Europe. Currently, the membership comprises:

The Council relates to other Methodist bodies in Europe, and invites each of them to report to the Council each year.

The Executive

The Executive consists of a two co-Chairs from different Methodist traditions, a Secretary and a Treasurer (the Officers), and up to three other persons appointed by the Council. The Executive meets once a year, and continues its work online between meetings.

Bishop Christian Alsted (Denmark), Co-Chair
Bishop Sifredo Teixeira (Portugal), Co-Chair

Elaine Robinson, Secretary (Great Britain)
Superintendent Stephan Ringeis (Germany), Treasurer

Greetje Van der Veer (Italy)
Doug Swanney (Great Britain)
Emil Zaev (Macedonia)

Committees / Related Organisations

Fund for Mission in Europe:
Commission on Mission in Europe: Rev’d Bill Mullally (Ireland) Chair