District Superintendent (Methodism)

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A District Superintendent, often abbreviated D.S., in the United Methodist Church is a clergyperson (specifically Elder) who serves in a supervisory position over a geographic District of churches (varying in size) providing spiritual and administrative leadership to those churches and their pastors. According to the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church,

District Superintendents were once called Presiding Elders in United Methodist Churches, and still are in other Methodist denominations.[2] The term of office for a district superintendent usually is up to six years but he may serve eight consecutive years. She or he may serve no more than eight years in any consecutive eleven years and no more than fourteen years in his lifetime.[3]

History and Task[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2008: Chapter Three. The Superintendency. Section II. Offices of Bishop and District Superintendent - ¶ 402. Special Ministry, Not Separate Order(retrieved 2 October 2009).
  2. ^ "Church Global Directory". The African Methodist Episcopal Church. Retrieved 2007-05-23. 
  3. ^ The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2008, ¶418
  4. ^ The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church 2008: ¶ 401 - Task (retrieved 2 October 2009).

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church--2008. Copyright ©2008 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.