The Sector Ministry has more recently come to be called 'Ministry in other appointments'; that is, outside the circuit, District and connexional ministry. A distinction must be made between 'permission to serve an external organisation and ministers running a business on the side.
For many years a few ministers were given permission to serve in senior appointments, usually in universities. From the 1960s the concept has been widened by a Conference decision that the Church should be represented by ministers serving in social work, hospital chaplaincies, the Health Service, industry, the media, education, counselling and even bus driving. The Conference Advisory Committee on Ministerial Appointments considers all applications to serve in 'the Sectors' and reports on them to the Stationing Committee.