Groups of churches in a geographic area are organized to form a district. Often, churches in a district will work together to provide training and mission opportunities.1
Each district is led by a district superintendent (“DS”), an elder appointed by the bishop, usually for a six-year term. The DS oversees the ministry of the district’s clergy and churches, provides spiritual and pastoral leadership, works with the bishop and others in the appointment of ordained ministers to serve the district’s churches, presides at meetings of the charge conference, and oversees programs within the district.2
1 From United Methodist Member’s Handbook by George Kohler (Discipleship Resources, 1997), p. 24.
2 From What Every Teacher Needs to Know about The United Methodist Church (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 30.