United Methodist Church Developers Urged to Learn from their History

Great article: United Methodist Church Developers Urged to Learn from their History.

“Early Methodism was evangelistic,” the Rev. Dr. Laceye Warner
explained to the 2009 United Methodist School of Congregational
Development. “When the Wesleys talked about spreading ‘Scriptural
holiness,’ they meant evangelism.” She defined evangelism as preaching
the gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ and “living it out.”

She also identified 4 key strengths of Methodism in the early days (see the articvle for more details).

  • Growth in grace is as important as growth in numbers, and preoccupation with membership figures can become an obstacle to gospel proclamation.
  • Theological reflection is essential.
  • Sustained Christian practices maintain the community of faith.
  • Wealth and material goods are meant to be shared.

Sounds good to me.

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