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The infamous "President of the Methodist Conference v Parfitt  ICR 176," was inspired as a result of a desperate bid to establish if indeed there is a Contract of Employment that involved the Methodist Church and the Applicant. It was established during the hearings by a majority decision of the Industrial Tribunal that the specific arrangement that existed between the church and the minister of the gospel also in the church is clearly stated in the church's rule book, which does not exclude the extent to which any minister under these stated provisions is subject to…
t and should therefore be viewed as such. To this end, Dillon L.J was quoted as saying:
I have no hesitation in concluding that the relationship between a church and a minister of religion is not apt, in the absence of clear indications of a contrary intention in the document, to be regulated by a contract of service. I do not doubt that there probably are binding contracts between the Methodist Church and its ministers in relation to some ancillary matters, such as the compulsory superannuation scheme and the obligation, of which Mr. Parfitt told us, on trainees to repay a proportion of the expense of their training if they do not remain in the ministry for at least 10 years. ...
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