by Bob Whitesel D.Min., Ph.D., 10/12/17.
The Power of the “Method“
The method … “gave rise to church denominations such as the
- United Methodist Church,
- African Methodist Episcopal Church,
- African Methodist Episcopal Zion,
- Christian Methodist Episcopal,
- Christian and Missionary Alliance,
- Church of God in Christ,
- Free Methodist,
- Freewill Baptists,
- Church of the Nazarene,
- Assemblies of God,
- Church of God (both Tennessee and Indiana affiliations),
- Seventh-day Adventists,
- Church of Christ,
- Foursquare Church,
- Calvary Chapels,
- Vineyard Churches,
- Salvation Army,
- many others and of course, Wesleyans.
John Wesley was the most influential Christian leader since the Apostle Paul because he carried out the Great Commission in it entirety. When Wesley died, there were 243 Methodist churches in the United States. By the War of 1812, there were 5000 Methodist churches. Wesley not only preached the gospel to lost people, he raised up an army of circuit riding preachers, each one of them planting up to 50 – 100 churches. Within in one generation after the death of John Wesley, his movement, the Methodist Church – became the largest protestant movement in the world. (Elmer L. Towns, Nov. 3, 2014, Co-founder and Vice President, Liberty University, Dean of The Liberty University School of Theology)
So, what is the Method?
(1) Geordan Hammond, Ph.D., F.R.Hist.S., director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Manchester, England, email message to author, 2017.
(2) Bob Whitesel, Enthusiast! Finding a Faith that Fills (Indianapolis: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2018), p. 17.
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