The Joint Implementation Commission

(2003-2014)

When, in the summer of 2003, the Methodist Conference and the General Synod of the Church of England approved An Anglican-Methodist Covenant, they also agreed to set up a Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) to monitor and promote its implementation. The Commission was given an initial life of five years; in 2008 it was renewed for a further five years.

During that time it reported five times before producing its final report to the General Synod and the Methodist Conference in 2014. The reports were:

In the Spirit of the Covenant (2005)

Living God’s Covenant (2007)

Embracing the Covenant (2008)

Moving Forward in Covenant (2011)

The Challenge of the Covenant: Uniting in Mission and Holiness (2013)

When the last of these was published in September 2013, a draft of a report to be presented to the Methodist Conference and the General Synod in 2014 was also released:

The Challenge of the Covenant: Uniting in Mission and Holiness: Draft report to the Methodist Conference and the General Synod of the Church of England in 2014

This served as the basis for a consultation throughout both churches which led to the JIC’s final report being presented to the Methodist Conference in July 2014 and to the General Synod in November 2014; both bodies voted strongly in favour of its recommendations.

It was presented to the Methodist Conference in the Agenda of the Conference:

The Challenge of the Covenant: Uniting in Mission and Holiness

and it was presented to the General Synod appended to a report from the Council for Christian Unity (GS 1971):

The Anglican-Methodist Covenant: A report from the Council for Christian Unity, to which is appended the Final Report from the Joint Implementation Commission

Click here to read more about the recommendations and the work that has flowed from them.

Membership of the JIC

The members of the JIC in its first phase (2003-2008) were:

The Methodist Church:
Prof Peter Howdle (Co-chair)
Miss Margaret Faulkner (Secretary)
The Revd Ken Howcroft (2008)
Deacon Hilary Smith
The Revd Neil Stubbens
The Revd Alison Tomlin
The Revd Peter Sulston (Co-convenor)

The Revd Dr Martyn Atkins (Consultant)
Dr Clive Marsh (Consultant)
The Revd Dr Martin Wellings (Consultant)

The Church of England:
The Rt Revd Ian Cundy (Co-chair)
The Revd John Cole
The Revd Canon William Croft
The Revd Prebendary David Houlding
Miss Janet Price
The Revd Dr Paul Avis (Co-convenor)

The Revd Will Adam (Consultant)
Dr Martin Davie (Consultant)

The United Reformed Church:
The Revd Richard Mortimer (Participant)

The members of the JIC in its second phase (2008-2014) were:

The Church of England:
The Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth (Co-chair)
The Revd Dr Will Adam
The Revd Jonathan Baker
Dr Philip Giddings
The Venerable Janet Henderson (until October 2011)
The Revd Venerable Dr Jane Steen (from November 2011)
The Revd Dr Paul Avis (Co-convenor until November 2011)
The Revd Dr Roger Paul (Co-convenor from November 2011)

The Revd Canon William Croft (Consultant)

Anglicans from Scotland and Wales:
The Revd Canon Prof John Richardson (Scottish Episcopal Church)
The Revd Dr Bernard Sixtus (The Church in Wales, until February 2013)

The Methodist Church:
Prof Peter Howdle (Co-chair)
Mr Steven Cooper
Deacon Sue Culver
Mrs Jenny Easson (Scotland)
The Revd Catherine Gale (Wales)
The Revd Ruth Gee
The Revd Neil Stubbens
The Revd Ken Howcroft (Co-convenor)

The Revd Dr Peter Phillips (Consultant, until August 2013)
The Revd Nicola Price-Tebbutt (Consultant, from September 2013)

The United Reformed Church:
The Revd David Tatem (Observer-Participant)