What would a multiplication movement look like in the West? There is no better example of church multiplication than the Wesleyan revival, which grew exponentially in the early years. The movement started with only a handful of people in the 1700s and grew into a movement that reached thousands of people and established hundreds of societies in England and the United States. From 1850 to 1905, American Methodism averaged planting more than seven hundred churches per year. Do the math!
In this eBook, Winfield Bevins identifies the principles that propelled the Methodist movement and are present in other church multiplication movements. As Bevins says, “the mark of a true leader is their ability to prepare their organization to outlast themselves,” so we should take notes from John Wesley whose influence lives well beyond his own life.
10 Marks that Characterized the Methodist Movement
- Movements start from personal encounter.
- Movements are built upon prayer.
- Movements empower lay leaders.
- Movements spread rapidly.
- Movements are led by apostolic leaders.
- Movements unite evangelism and discipleship.
- Movements create disciple-making systems.
- Movements engage in holistic mission.
- Movements outlast their founder.
- Movements reproduce everything.
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