Hired Local Preachers were sometimes employed by PM circuits as ancilliary to the itinerant ministry, often to meet an opportunity for mission or extension. They were employed for a limited period only and were not subject to being stationed by the Conference. The nearest equivalent in more recent Methodism is the 'minister in local appointment'.
The term also occurs among the Bible Christians, where is seems usually to refer to men employed in circuit work prior to their being accepted for the itinerancy; e.g. John Luke.