History of The Church
The roots of the Methodist Church The Gambia goes back to the time of John Wesley in 18th Century Britain.
The religious settlement that emerged following the missionaries coming to The Gambia from the Methodist Church in gave the Methodist Church The Gambia the distinctive Methodist identity that it has retained to today. It resulted in a Church that consciously retained a large amount of continuity with the Methodist Church of John Wesley and that of Britain, in terms of its use of the creeds, its pattern of ministry, its buildings and aspects of its liturgy, but which also embodied Protestant insights in its theology and in the overall shape of its liturgical practice. Although today the expression is that the Methodist Church The Gambia is both 'autonomous and a partner church.'
The changes that have taken place in the Methodist Church The Gambia over the centuries have been many and various. What has remained constant, has been the Church's commitment to the faith as revealed in the Holy Scriptures and in the catholic creeds, its maintenance of the traditional three fold order of ministry, and its determination to preach the gospel and scriptural holiness throughout the nation through word and sacrament and in the Holy Spirit.
The structure of The Methodist Church The Gambia continues to follow some of the patterns introduced by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and also the Methodist Church Britain. It is organised in a methodical way ,which enables consultation, decision-making and common shared ways of working within the church. The structure is as follows:
The ‘Connexion’ is made up of local churches and circuits, which link all Methodists together.
The Local Church
The local church is also known as a Society. It is a place of worship for a congregation of members of the Methodist Church and for any other persons who would like to attend.
A circuit is made up of one or more local churches.
The Methodist Conference
The annual Methodist Conference meets in different parts of the country and is the central decision-making body of the Church.