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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In Britain, the Methodist Church had a major effect in the early decades of the developing working class .
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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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Specifically Methodist means, such as the class meetings, provided his chief examples for these prudential means of grace.
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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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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 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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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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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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Korean Methodist Church is one of the largest churches in South Korea with around 1.
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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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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 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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