John Wesley's Class Meeting: A Model for Making Disciples

John Wesley's Class Meeting: A Model for Making Disciples

by D. Michael Henderson


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John Wesley was an eighteenth-century Anglican priest and Oxford tutor. He and George Whitefield were the primary leaders of the Evangelical Awakening which had a profound effect on the spiritual, social, and political life of both England and colonial America. Wesley gathered converts into a network of small groups for personal accountability, behavioral change, leadership training, and the transformation of their communities. Central to his system was the "class meeting," which proved to be one of the most effective tools for making disciples ever developed. This study examines the historical development, the theological foundation, and the social outcomes of John Wesley's class meeting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990345923
Publisher: Rafiki Books
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Pages: 190
Sales rank: 626,373
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

As Publisher of Rafiki Books and Executive director of Heart of Africa, Dr. D. Michael Henderson serves as our lead author and curator of original titles.

Heart of Africa is a specialized mission which helps African Christian leaders design effective programs in outreach, training, publishing, community development, discipleship, and church planting, and which assists Americans who want to make an effective investment in African Christian ministries.

Has been a pastor and college/seminary professor for more than forty years, specializing in personal discipleship and small groups. He was most recently the teaching pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Florida. Currently, Mike and his wife Martha live in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he directs the work of Heart of Africa.

Table of Contents

1.The Wesleyan Revolution17
2.The Formation of Wesley's Method33
A Remarkable Beginning34
Ordination and Ordered Life40
The Holy Club42
The Mission to America44
The de Renty Model47
The Moravians51
The Aldersgate Experience55
The Herrnhut Model58
The Fetter Lane Society63
Field Preaching70
The Foundery Society72
3.Wesley's System of Interlocking Groups83
The Society: The Cognitive Mode83
Class Meeting: The Behavioral Mode93
Band: The Affective Mode112
Select Society: The Training Mode121
Penitent Bands: The Rehabilitative Mode125
4.Why Was Wesley's System So Effective?127
The Foundation Principles128
Group Strategies139
Leadership Principles145
Supplementary Instructional Aids155
Appendix AChronology of Major Events Related to the Development of Wesley's Group Models Up to July, 1741161
Appendix BOrders of a Religious Society Meeting in Fetter Lane162
Appendix CJohn Wesley's "Preface to the 1739 Hymnbook"165
Appendix DTwelve Rules of a Helper168

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