Within a few months of beginning field preaching in 1739, Wesley had set up the basic structure that was to mark Methodism for more than a century: Societies, Bands, and Class Meetings.
From the beginning, the Wesleyan Revival was a movement largely for and among the poor, those whom “gentlemen” and “ladies” looked on simply as part of the machinery of the new industrial system.
John Wesley was a master of holding things in tension. Howard Snyder shares three important tensions Wesley got right.
Wesley’s role in bringing spiritual renewal to a rapidly industrializing society and his understanding and practice of Christian discipleship suggest his continuing worldwide relevance.
What are the characteristics of a healthy church? Howard Snyder shares insight from the renewal movement.
How large should your church be? Silly question, you say. Depending on your theology or worldview, you might add: * Large as possible! Bigger is better! * That’s up to God! * I’m shooting for 1,000 (or 2,000, or 3,000, or whatever). * I like small and intimate! Here’s a better answer: A congregation should
Can both views be incorporated into one understanding of the church and church renewal that affirms both the necessity of a present, vital experience of Christian community and discipleship and also the validity of the church in its more institutional form?
One hundred miles west of London lies Bristol, in Wesley’s day a bustling port city of thirty thousand people and the second city in the United Kingdom.1 Located near the Welsh border, it was the coal-mining center which fed England’s boom…
Ponder these short parables: The king of a great land was about to take a long journey. He called his top three officials together. “I am putting you in charge while I am gone,” he said. “I am giving each of you $50,000 to manage. You are to invest these funds carefully so that when
Let’s ponder the promise and peril of populism. Or maybe the triumph and terror of populism. Follow the news for a random hour, and you’ll probably hear the words populism and populist. “Populist revolt.” “populist anger.” Populist challenges to “elites.” Anger toward “the establishment” or “those in power,” and so forth. We hear of “a