52 Facts About Methodist


Methodism, called the Methodist movement, is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity whose origins, doctrine and practice derive from the life and teachings of John Wesley.

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Wesleyan theology, which is upheld by the Methodist churches, focuses on sanctification and the transforming effect of faith on the character of a Christian.

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Denominations that descend from the British Methodist tradition are generally less ritualistic, while American Methodism is more so, the United Methodist Church in particular.

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In Britain, the Methodist Church had a major effect in the early decades of the developing working class .

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Methodist revival began in England with a group of men, including John Wesley and his younger brother Charles, as a movement within the Church of England in the 18th century.

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Methodist preachers focused particularly on evangelising people who had been "neglected" by the established Church of England.

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Methodist women formed a community that cared for the vulnerable, extending the role of mothering beyond physical care.

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However the centrality of women's role sharply diminished after 1790 as Methodist churches became more structured and more male dominated.

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At first most effort was placed in creating Sunday Schools but in 1836 the British Methodist Conference gave its blessing to the creation of "Weekday schools".

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Some Methodist denominations publish catechisms, which concisely summarise Christian doctrine.

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Methodist churches teach that apostasy can occur through a loss of faith or through sinning.

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Methodism has inherited its liturgy from Anglicanism, although American Methodist theology tends to have a stronger "sacramental emphasis" than that held by evangelical Anglicans.

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Specifically Methodist means, such as the class meetings, provided his chief examples for these prudential means of grace.

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Worship, hymnology, devotional and liturgical practices in Methodism were influenced by Lutheran Pietism and, in turn, Methodist worship became influential in the Holiness movement.

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British Methodist Church is less ordered or liturgical in worship, but makes use of the Methodist Worship Book, containing worship services and rubrics for the celebration of other rites, such as marriage.

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Traditionally, Methodist connexions descending from the tradition of the Methodist Episcopal Church have a probationary period of six months before an individual is admitted into church membership as a full member of a congregation.

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Methodist Council helps to run a number of schools, including two public schools in East Anglia: Culford School and the Leys School.

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Methodist was one of the group of Protestant churchmen who met with Provisional IRA officers in Feakle, County Clare to try to broker peace.

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French Methodist movement was founded in the 1820s by Charles Cook in the village of Congenies in Languedoc near Nimes and Montpellier.

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Sixteen Methodist congregations voted to join the Reformed Church of France in 1938.

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Methodist missionary returning from Britain introduced Methodism to Germany in 1830, initially in the region of Wurttemberg.

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Methodist Church established several strongholds in Russia—Saint Petersburg in the west and the Vladivostok region in the east, with big Methodist centres right in the middle, in Moscow and Ekaterinburg .

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Methodist returned to the Caribbean that same year and on his subsequent return began to preach to his slaves in Antigua.

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Baxter was a Methodist and had heard of the work of the Gilberts and their need for a new preacher.

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The Nova Scotia Methodist Minister noted young Fraser's sincerity and commitment to his congregation and encouraged him by appointing him as assistant.

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Methodist was later freed and admitted to the Methodist Ministry to serve in Antigua and Jamaica.

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Methodist was later appointed to the Legislative Council of Barbados, and fought for the rights of pensioners.

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Nigerian Methodist Church is one of the largest Methodist denominations in the world and one of the largest Christian churches in Nigeria, with around two million members in 2000 congregations.

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Methodist had come in response to the request for missionaries by the ex-slaves who returned to Nigeria from Sierra Leone.

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In 1893 missionaries of the Primitive Methodist Church arrived from Fernando Po, an island off the southern coast of Nigeria.

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Today, the Nigerian Methodist Church has a prelate, eight archbishops and 44 bishops.

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Methodism in Ghana came into existence as a result of the missionary activities of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, inaugurated with the arrival of Joseph Rhodes Dunwell to the Gold Coast in 1835.

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Methodist established Methodist Societies in Badagry and AbeoKuta in Nigeria with the assistance of William De-Graft.

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Methodist Church operates across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, with a limited presence in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

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The first Methodist lay preacher at the Cape, George Middlemiss, was a soldier of the 72nd regiment of the British Army stationed at the Cape in 1805.

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The Methodist Church based in Britain sent missionary George Piercy to China.

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In 1949 the Methodist Church moved to Taiwan with the Kuomintang government.

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In 1857, the Methodist Episcopal Church started its work in India, and with prominent evangelists like William Taylor the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Vepery, was born in 1874.

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Korean Methodist Church is one of the largest churches in South Korea with around 1.

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Methodist was Canada's first saddlebag preacher and travelled from Lake Ontario to Detroit for 50 years preaching the gospel.

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The chapel for the First Methodist Church was built on the corner of King Street and Jordan Street, the entire cost of the building was $250, an amount that took the congregation three years to raise.

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Methodist Church came to Mexico in 1872, with the arrival of two Methodist commissioners from the United States to observe the possibilities of evangelistic work in Mexico.

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However, the Methodist Federation did call for a boycott of Japan, which had invaded China and was disrupting missionary activity there.

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American Methodist churches are generally organized on a connectional model, related, but not identical to that used in Britain.

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In 1945 Kingsley Ridgway offered himself as a Melbourne-based "field representative" for a possible Australian branch of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America, after meeting an American serviceman who was a member of that denomination.

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Since the 2000s many independent Methodist churches have been established or grown by Tongan immigrants.

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The Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma, the largest religious denomination, is an important social force along with the traditional chiefly system.

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Methodist Church is the third largest denomination throughout the Samoan Islands, in both Samoa and American Samoa.

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In October 1999, an executive committee of the World Methodist Council resolved to explore the possibility of its member churches becoming associated with the doctrinal agreement which had been reached by the Catholic Church and Lutheran World Federation .

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In July of the same year, in Seoul, South Korea, the Member Churches of the World Methodist Council voted to approve and sign a "Methodist Statement of Association" with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, the agreement which was reached and officially accepted in 1999 by the Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation and which proclaimed that:.

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Methodist Church of Great Britain is a member of several ecumenical organisations, including the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches, the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Churches Together in England, Action of Churches Together in Scotland and Cytun .

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At the 2008 General Conference, the United Methodist Church approved full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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