MINISTERS of the Methodist church who intend to run for political office have to step down from their operational role in the church.
The church's communication secretary, Reverend James Bhagwan, said this was standard policy for all ministers and leaders.
"There are two areas when it comes to church ministers standing for politics; one is you cannot hold a position within the church and stand for politics, and secondly, people have to understand that there is a process of ordination so a person is still a reverend or a minister even if they stand for politics," Mr Bhagwan said.
"So there is the spiritual element and the administrative and operational side.
"In terms of operational side, they cannot serve in the circuit, they will have to stand down from that area if they decide to contest."
Mr Bhagwan explained they had to consider that the pulpit was holy and they could not have ministers using the pulpit for their political campaign.
He also said the church understood some of its members would run for political office.
"While we may not campaign for office, we have members who are doing so.
"So our responsibility then is to advise them and give them the right biblical scriptures, the right biblical interpretation and preaching to inspire them to be good leaders."