One of my classmates proudly boasts of appointment to "the last three-point charge in the South Georgia Conference." These multiple-congregation pastoral charges are, of course, a product of American Methodism's frontier days of circuit riding. Although they used to be the norm, multi-point charges are increasingly rare. I've heard some voices say that it's better to have a part-time local pastor in one church than a full-time local pastor (or commissioned or ordained) over several. What do you think?
Should the UMC continue to have multi-point pastoral charges?