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Methodism
Methodism
or the Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant
Protestant
Christianity
Christianity
which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley, an Anglican minister in England. George Whitefield
George Whitefield
and John Wesley's brother Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley
were also significant early leaders in the movement. It originated as a revival within the 18th century Church of England
Church of England
and became a separate denomination after Wesley's death. The movement spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond because of vigorous missionary work,[1] today claiming approximately 80 million adherents worldwide.[2][nb 1] Wesley's theology focused on sanctification and the effect of faith on the character of a Christian. Distinguishing Methodist doctrines include an assurance of salvation, imparted righteousness, the possibility of perfection in love,[3] the works of piety, and the primacy of Scripture. Most Methodists teach that Jesus
Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, died for all of humanity and that salvation is available for all; in theology, this view is known as Arminianism.[nb 2] This teaching rejects the Calvinist
Calvinist
position that God has pre-ordained the salvation of a select group of people. However, Whitefield and several others were considered Calvinistic Methodists and held to the Calvinistic position. Methodism
Methodism
emphasises charity and support for the sick, the poor, and the afflicted through the works of mercy.[4] These ideals are put into practice by the establishment of hospitals, orphanages, soup kitchens, and schools to follow Christ's command to spread the gospel and serve all people.[5] The movement has a wide variety of forms of worship, ranging from high church to low church in liturgical usage. Denominations that descend from the British Methodist tradition are generally less ritualistic, while American Methodism
Methodism
is more so, the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in particular.[6] Methodism
Methodism
is known for its rich musical tradition, and Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley
was instrumental in writing much of the hymnody of the Methodist Church.[7] Early Methodists were drawn from all levels of society, including the aristocracy,[nb 3] but the Methodist preachers took the message to labourers and criminals who tended to be left outside organised religion at that time. In Britain, the Methodist Church had a major effect in the early decades of the developing working class (1760–1820). In the United States, it became the religion of many slaves who later formed "black churches" in the Methodist tradition.

Contents

1 Origins

1.1 Separation from the Anglican Church

2 Theology

2.1 Salvation 2.2 Sacraments 2.3 Sources of teaching

3 Worship and liturgy 4 Lifestyle 5 Contemporary Methodism

5.1 Europe

5.1.1 Great Britain 5.1.2 Ireland 5.1.3 Italy 5.1.4 Nordic and Baltic countries 5.1.5 France 5.1.6 Germany 5.1.7 Hungary 5.1.8 Russia

5.2 Caribbean

5.2.1 Antigua 5.2.2 St. Bart's 5.2.3 Jamaica 5.2.4 Barbados

5.3 Africa

5.3.1 Nigeria 5.3.2 Ghana 5.3.3 Southern Africa

5.4 Asia

5.4.1 China 5.4.2 India 5.4.3 Malaysia and Singapore 5.4.4 Philippines 5.4.5 South Korea

5.5 Americas

5.5.1 Brazil 5.5.2 Canada 5.5.3 Mexico 5.5.4 United States

5.6 Oceania

5.6.1 Australia 5.6.2 Fiji 5.6.3 New Zealand 5.6.4 Samoan Islands 5.6.5 Tonga

6 Ecumenical relations

6.1 Great Britain 6.2 United States

7 See also 8 Notes 9 References 10 Further reading

10.1 Primary sources

11 External links

Origins[edit] For a detailed history of Methodism
Methodism
in Britain, see Methodist Church of Great Britain.

John Wesley

Charles Wesley

The Methodist revival began with a group of men, including John Wesley (1703–1791) and his younger brother Charles (1707–1788), as a movement within the Church of England
Church of England
in the 18th century.[9][10] The Wesley brothers founded the "Holy Club" at the University of Oxford, where John was a fellow and later a lecturer at Lincoln College.[11] The club met weekly and they systematically set about living a holy life. They were accustomed to receiving Communion every week, fasting regularly, abstaining from most forms of amusement and luxury and frequently visited the sick and the poor, as well as prisoners. The fellowship were branded as "Methodist" by their fellow students because of the way they used "rule" and "method" to go about their religious affairs.[12] John, who was leader of the club, took the attempted mockery and turned it into a title of honour.[12][13] In 1735, at the invitation of the founder of the Georgia Colony, General James Oglethorpe, both John and Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley
set out for America to be ministers to the colonists and missionaries to the Native Americans.[14] Unsuccessful in their work, the brothers returned to England conscious of their lack of genuine Christian faith. They looked for help to Peter Boehler
Peter Boehler
and other members of the Moravian Church. At a Moravian service in Aldersgate
Aldersgate
on 24 May 1738, John experienced what has come to be called his evangelical conversion, when he felt his "heart strangely warmed".[15] He records in his journal: "I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death."[16] Charles had reported a similar experience a few days previously. Considered a pivotal moment, Daniel L. Burnett writes: "The significance of [John] Wesley's Aldersgate
Aldersgate
Experience is monumental … Without it the names of Wesley and Methodism
Methodism
would likely be nothing more than obscure footnotes in the pages of church history."[17] The Wesley brothers immediately began to preach salvation by faith to individuals and groups, in houses, in religious societies, and in the few churches which had not closed their doors to evangelical preachers.[18] John Wesley
John Wesley
came under the influence of the Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius
Jacobus Arminius
(1560–1609). Arminius had rejected the Calvinist
Calvinist
teaching that God had pre-ordained an elect number of people to eternal bliss while others perished eternally. Conversely, George Whitefield (1714–1770), Howell Harris
Howell Harris
(1714–1773),[19] and Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1707–1791) were notable for being Calvinistic Methodists.

George Whitefield

George Whitefield, returning from his own mission in Georgia, joined the Wesley brothers in what was rapidly to become a national crusade.[18] Whitefield, who had been a fellow student of the Wesleys at Oxford, became well known for his unorthodox, itinerant ministry, in which he was dedicated to open-air preaching—reaching crowds of thousands.[18] A key step in the development of John Wesley's ministry was, like Whitefield, to preach in fields, collieries and churchyards to those who did not regularly attend parish church services.[18] Accordingly, many Methodist converts were those disconnected from the Church of England; Wesley remained a cleric of the Established Church and insisted that Methodists attend their local parish church as well as Methodist meetings.[20] Faced with growing evangelistic and pastoral responsibilities, Wesley and Whitefield appointed lay preachers and leaders.[18] Methodist preachers focused particularly on evangelising people who had been "neglected" by the established Church of England. Wesley and his assistant preachers organised the new converts into Methodist societies.[18] These societies were divided into groups called classes—intimate meetings where individuals were encouraged to confess their sins to one another and to build each other up. They also took part in love feasts which allowed for the sharing of testimony, a key feature of early Methodism.[21] Growth in numbers and increasing hostility impressed upon the revival converts a deep sense of their corporate identity.[18] Three teachings that Methodists saw as the foundation of Christian
Christian
faith were:

People are all, by nature, "dead in sin", and, consequently, "children of wrath". They are "justified by faith alone" Faith produces inward and outward holiness.[22]

Wesley's organisational skills soon established him as the primary leader of the movement. Whitefield was a Calvinist, whereas Wesley was an outspoken opponent of the doctrine of predestination.[23] Wesley argued (against Calvinist
Calvinist
doctrine) that Christians could enjoy entire sanctification ( Christian
Christian
perfection) in this life: loving God and their neighbours, meekness and lowliness of heart and abstaining from all appearance of evil.[24] These differences put strains on the alliance between Whitefield and Wesley,[23] with Wesley becoming quite hostile toward Whitefield in what had been previously very close relations. Whitefield consistently begged Wesley not to let theological differences sever their friendship and, in time their friendship was restored, though this was seen by many of Whitefield's followers to be a doctrinal compromise.[25] Many clergy in the established church feared that new doctrines promulgated by the Methodists, such as the necessity of a new birth for salvation, of justification by faith and of the constant and sustained action of the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
upon the believer's soul, would produce ill effects upon weak minds.[26] Theophilus Evans, an early critic of the movement, even wrote that it was "the natural Tendency of their Behaviour, in Voice and Gesture and horrid Expressions, to make People mad." In one of his prints, William Hogarth
William Hogarth
likewise attacked Methodists as "enthusiasts" full of "Credulity, Superstition and Fanaticism."[26] Other attacks against the Methodists were physically violent—Wesley was nearly murdered by a mob at Wednesbury in 1743.[27] The Methodists responded vigorously to their critics and thrived despite the attacks against them.[28] Separation from the Anglican Church[edit] See also: History of Methodism in the United States
History of Methodism in the United States
and John Wesley § Persecutions and lay preaching

The first Methodist chapel, "The Foundery", London.

Initially, the Methodists merely sought reform within the Church of England (Anglicanism), but the movement gradually departed from that Church. George Whitefield's preference for extemporaneous prayer rather than the fixed forms of prayer in the BCP, in addition to his insistence on the necessity of the New Birth, set him at odds with Anglican clergy.[29] As Methodist societies multiplied, and elements of an ecclesiastical system were, one after another, adopted, the breach between John Wesley and the Church of England
Church of England
gradually widened. In 1784, Wesley responded to the shortage of priests in the American colonies due to the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
by ordaining preachers for America with power to administer the sacraments.[30] This was a major reason for Methodism's final split from the Church of England
Church of England
after Wesley's death. This split created a separate, eventually worldwide, group of church denominations. With regard to the position of Methodism
Methodism
within Christendom, " John Wesley
John Wesley
once noted that what God had achieved in the development of Methodism
Methodism
was no mere human endeavor but the work of God. As such it would be preserved by God so long as history remained."[31] The influence of Whitefield and Lady Huntingdon on the Church of England was a factor in the founding of the Free Church of England
Church of England
in 1844. At the time of Wesley's death there were over 500 Methodist preachers in British colonies and the United States.[18] Total membership of the Methodist societies in Britain was recorded as 56,000 in 1791, rising to 360,000 in 1836 and 1,463,000 by the national census of 1851.[32] Early Methodism
Methodism
experienced a radical and spiritual phase that allowed women authority in church leadership. The role of the woman preacher emerged from the sense that the home should be a place of community care and should foster personal growth. Methodist women formed a community that cared for the vulnerable, extending the role of mothering beyond physical care. Women were encouraged to testify their faith. However the centrality of women's role sharply diminished after 1790 as Methodist churches became more structured and more male dominated.[33] The Wesleyan Education Committee, which existed from 1838 to 1902, has documented the Methodist Church's involvement in the education of children. 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".[34][35] Methodism
Methodism
spread throughout the British Empire
British Empire
and, mostly through Whitefield's preaching during what historians call the First Great Awakening, in colonial America. After Whitefield's death in 1770, however, American Methodism
Methodism
entered a more lasting Wesleyan and Arminian phase of development. Theology[edit]

A traditional summary of Methodist teaching

All need to be saved. All may be saved. All may know themselves saved. All may be saved to the uttermost.

Catechism
Catechism
for the Use of the People Called Methodists.[3]

Methodist churches do not adhere to a single definitive statement or "confession" of belief, unlike the Westminster Confession
Westminster Confession
used by Reformed churches or the Augsburg Confession
Augsburg Confession
used by Lutheran churches. Many Methodist bodies, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church, base their doctrinal standards on Wesley's Articles of Religion,[36] an abridgment of the Thirty-nine Articles
Thirty-nine Articles
of the Church of England
Church of England
that excised its Calvinist
Calvinist
features.[37] Some Methodist denominations also publish catechisms, which concisely summarise Christian
Christian
doctrine.[3] Methodists generally accept the Apostles' Creed
Apostles' Creed
and the Nicene Creed as declarations of shared Christian
Christian
faith.[3][38] Methodism
Methodism
also affirms the traditional Christian
Christian
belief in the triune Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as well as the orthodox understanding of the consubstantial humanity and divinity of Jesus
Jesus
Christ.[39] Methodism
Methodism
is evangelical in doctrine and is characterized by Wesleyan-Arminian theology.[40] John Wesley
John Wesley
is studied by Methodists for his interpretation of church practice and doctrine.[3] At its heart, the theology of John Wesley
John Wesley
stressed the life of Christian holiness: to love God with all one's heart, mind, soul and strength and to love one's neighbour as oneself.[41][42] One popular expression of Methodist doctrine
Methodist doctrine
is in the hymns of Charles Wesley. Since enthusiastic congregational singing was a part of the early evangelical movement, Wesleyan theology took root and spread through this channel.[43][44] Salvation[edit]

Methodists believe Jesus
Jesus
Christ died for all humanity, not a limited few: the doctrine of unlimited atonement.

Wesleyan Methodists identify with the Arminian conception of free will, as opposed to the theological determinism of absolute predestination.[45][nb 2] Methodism
Methodism
teaches that salvation is entirely a work of God alone with no work by which it can be earned (monergism), and that one cannot either turn to God nor believe unless God has first drawn a person and implanted the desire in their heart (the Wesleyan doctrine of prevenient grace).[49] Methodists interpret Scripture as teaching that the saving work of Jesus
Jesus
Christ is for all people (unlimited atonement) but effective only to those who respond and believe, in accordance with the Reformation
Reformation
principles of sola gratia (grace alone) and sola fide (faith alone).[50] John Wesley taught four key points fundamental to Methodism:

A person is free not only to reject salvation but also to accept it by an act of free will. All people who are obedient to the gospel according to the measure of knowledge given them will be saved. The Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
assures a Christian
Christian
of their salvation directly, through an inner "experience" (assurance of salvation). Christians in this life are capable of Christian perfection
Christian perfection
and are commanded by God to pursue it.[49]

Sacraments[edit] Methodists hold that sacraments are sacred acts of divine institution. Methodism
Methodism
has inherited its liturgy from Anglicanism, although American Methodist theology tends to have a stronger "sacramental emphasis" than that held by Evangelical
Evangelical
Anglicans.[51] In common with most Protestants, Methodists recognize two sacraments as being instituted by Christ: Baptism
Baptism
and Holy Communion
Holy Communion
(also called the "Lord's Supper", rarely the "Eucharist").[52] Most Methodist churches practice infant baptism, in anticipation of a response to be made later (confirmation), as well as believer's baptism.[3] The Catechism
Catechism
for the use of the people called Methodists states that, "[in the Eucharist] Jesus
Jesus
Christ is present with his worshiping people and gives himself to them as their Lord and Saviour".[53] The explanation of how Christ's presence is made manifest in the Eucharistic elements is a "Holy Mystery".[54] Methodist churches generally recognise sacraments to be a means of grace.[55] John Wesley
John Wesley
held that God also imparted grace by other established means such as public and private prayer, Scripture reading, study and preaching, public worship, and fasting. These constitute the Works of Piety. Wesley considered means of grace to be "outward signs, words, or actions ... to be the ordinary channels whereby [God] might convey to men, preventing, justifying or sanctifying grace".[56] Specifically Methodist means, such as the class meetings, provided his chief examples for these prudential means of grace.[57] Sources of teaching[edit] Further information: Wesleyan Quadrilateral
Wesleyan Quadrilateral
and Prima scriptura Traditionally, Methodists declare the Bible
Bible
(Old and New Testaments) to be the only divinely inspired Scripture and the primary source of authority for Christians. The historic Methodist understanding of Scripture is based on the superstructure of Wesleyan covenant theology.[58] Methodists, stemming from John Wesley's own practices of theological reflection, also make use of tradition, drawing primarily from the teachings of the Church Fathers, as a source of authority. Though not infallible like holy Scripture, tradition may serve as a lens through which Scripture is interpreted. Theological discourse for Methodists almost always makes use of Scripture read inside the wider theological tradition of Christianity.[59] It is a historical position of the church that any disciplined theological work calls for the careful use of reason. By reason, it is said, one reads and is able to interpret the Bible
Bible
coherently and consistently. By reason one asks questions of faith and seeks to understand God's action and will. Methodism
Methodism
insists that personal salvation always implies Christian mission
Christian mission
and service to the world.[4] Scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety; love of God is always linked with love of neighbours and a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world.[60] Worship and liturgy[edit] Methodism
Methodism
was endowed by the Wesley brothers with worship characterised by a twofold practice: the ritual liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer
Prayer
on the one hand and the informal preaching service on the other.[61] This twofold practice became distinctive of Methodism
Methodism
because worship in the Church of England
Church of England
was based, by law, solely on the Book of Common Prayer
Prayer
and worship in the Non-conformist
Non-conformist
churches was almost exclusively that of "services of the word", i.e. preaching services, with Holy Communion
Holy Communion
being observed infrequently. John Wesley's influence meant that, in Methodism, the two practices were combined, a situation which remains characteristic of the movement.[61]

United Methodist minister consecrating communion

In America, United Methodism
Methodism
has a wide variety of forms of worship, ranging from high church to low church in liturgical usage. When the Methodists in America were separated from the Church of England because of the American Revolution, John Wesley
John Wesley
himself provided a revised version of the Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer
called the Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America (1784).[62] Today, the primary liturgical books of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
are The United Methodist Hymnal and The United Methodist Book of Worship. Congregations employ its liturgy and rituals as optional resources, but their use is not mandatory. These books contain the liturgies of the church that are generally derived from Wesley's Sunday Service and from the 20th century liturgical renewal movement. The British Methodist Church is less ordered or liturgical in worship, but makes use of the Methodist Worship Book (similar to the Church of England's Common Worship), containing worship services (liturgies) and rubrics for the celebration of other rites, such as marriage. The Worship Book is also ultimately derived from Wesley's Sunday Service.[63] A unique feature of American Methodism
Methodism
has been the observance of the season of Kingdomtide, encompassing the last 13 weeks before Advent, thus dividing the long season after Pentecost into two distinct segments. During Kingdomtide, Methodist liturgy has traditionally emphasised charitable work and alleviating the suffering of the poor. A second distinctive liturgical feature of Methodism
Methodism
is the use of Covenant services. Although practice varies between different national churches, most Methodist churches annually follow the call of John Wesley for a renewal of their covenant with God. It is common, at least in British Methodism, for each congregation to normally hold an annual Covenant Service on the first convenient Sunday of the year, and Wesley's Covenant Prayer
Prayer
is still used, with minor modification, in the order of service:

Christ has many services to be done. Some are easy, others are difficult. Some bring honour, others bring reproach. Some are suitable to our natural inclinations and temporal interests, others are contrary to both ... Yet the power to do all these things is given to us in Christ, who strengthens us. ...I am no longer my own but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

Lifestyle[edit] Early Methodists wore plain dress, with Methodist clergy condemning "high headdresses, ruffles, laces, gold, and 'costly apparel' in general".[64] John Wesley
John Wesley
recommended that Methodists annually read his thoughts On Dress;[65] in that sermon, John Wesley
John Wesley
expressed his desire for Methodists: "Let me see, before I die, a Methodist congregation, full as plain dressed as a Quaker
Quaker
congregation".[66] The 1858 Discipline of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection thus stated that "we would ... ejoin on all who fear God plain dress".[67] Peter Cartwright, a Methodist revivalist, stated that in addition to wearing plain dress, the early Methodists distinguished themselves from other members of society by fasting once a week, abstaining from alcohol, and devoutly observing the Sabbath.[68] The early Methodists did not participate in, and condemned, "wordly habits" including "playing cards, racing horses, gambling, attending the theater, dancing (both in frolics and balls), and cockfighting".[64] Over time, many of these practices were gradually relaxed in mainline Methodism, although practices such teetotalism and fasting are still very much encouraged, in addition to the current prohibition of gambling;[69] denominations of the conservative holiness movement, such as the Bible
Bible
Methodist Connection of Churches, continue to reflect the spirit of the historic Methodist practice of wearing plain dress, encouraging members in "abstaining from the wearing of extravagant hairstyles, jewelry—to include rings, and expensive clothing for any reason".[70] The General Rules of the Methodist Church in America, which are among the doctrinal standards of many Methodist Churches, promote first-day Sabbatarianism as they require "attending upon all the ordinances of God" including "the public worship of God" and prohibit "profaning the day of the Lord, either by doing ordinary work therein or by buying or selling".[71][72] Contemporary Methodism[edit] See also: List of Methodist denominations

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World Methodist Council
World Methodist Council
at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
Lake Junaluska, North Carolina
– a consultative body linking most Methodist groups of the world. The headquarters contains a museum of Methodism
Methodism
and a small park – the Susannah Wesley Herb Garden

Today, millions belong to Methodist churches, which are present on all populated continents.[73] Although Methodism
Methodism
is declining in Great Britain and North America, it is growing in other places; at a rapid pace in, for example, South Korea.[74] There is no single Methodist Church with universal juridical authority; Methodists belong to multiple independent denominations or "connexions". The great majority of Methodists are members of denominations which are part of the international World Methodist Council, an association of 80 Methodist, Wesleyan and related united and uniting churches, representing over 80 million people. In 1956, the World Methodist Council
World Methodist Council
established a permanent headquarters in the United States at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.[75]

I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. — John Wesley, Journal (11 June 1739)

Europe[edit] Methodism
Methodism
is prevalent in the English-speaking world but it is also organised in mainland Europe, largely due to missionary activity of British and American Methodists. British missionaries were primarily responsible for establishing Methodism
Methodism
across Ireland and Italy. Today the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
(UMC)—a large denomination based in the United States—has a presence in Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Collectively the European or Eurasian regions of the UMC constitute over 100,000 Methodists.[76][77][78] Other smaller Methodist denominations exist in Europe. Great Britain[edit] The original body founded as a result of Wesley's work was later known as the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Schisms within the original Church, and independent revivals, led to the formation of a number of separate denominations calling themselves "Methodist". The largest of these were the Primitive Methodist
Primitive Methodist
church, deriving from a revival at Mow Cop in Staffordshire, the Bible
Bible
Christians and the Methodist New Connexion. The original church became known as the Wesleyan Methodist Church to distinguish it from these bodies. In 1907, a union of smaller groups with the Methodist New Connexion
Methodist New Connexion
and Bible
Bible
Christian Church brought about the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
(Great Britain), then the three major streams of British Methodism
Methodism
united in 1932 to form the current Methodist Church of Great Britain.[79] The fourth-largest denomination in the country, the Methodist Church of Great Britain
Methodist Church of Great Britain
has about 202,000 members in 4,650 congregations.[80]

Wesley's Chapel
Wesley's Chapel
in London
London
was established by John Wesley, whose statue stands in the courtyard.

Early Methodism
Methodism
was particularly prominent in Devon
Devon
and Cornwall, which were key centers of activity by the Bible
Bible
Christian
Christian
faction of Methodists.[81] The Bible
Bible
Christians produced many preachers, and sent many missionaries to Australia.[82] Methodism
Methodism
also grew rapidly in the old mill towns of Yorkshire
Yorkshire
and Lancashire, where the preachers stressed that the working classes were equal to the upper classes in the eyes of God.[83] In Wales, three elements separately welcomed Methodism: Welsh-speaking, English-speaking, and Calvinistic.[84] British Methodists, in particular the Primitive Methodists, took a leading role in the temperance movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Methodists saw alcoholic beverages, and alcoholism, as the root of many social ills and tried to persuade people to abstain from these.[85] Temperance appealed strongly to the Methodist doctrines of sanctification and perfection. To this day, alcohol remains banned in Methodist premises, however this restriction no longer applies to domestic occasions in private homes (i.e. the minister may have a drink at home in the manse).[86] The choice to consume alcohol is now a personal decision for any member.[86] British Methodism
Methodism
does not have bishops; however, it has always been characterised by a strong central organisation, the Connexion, which holds an annual Conference (note that the Church retains the 18th century spelling "connexion" for many purposes). The Connexion is divided into Districts in the charge of the Chair (who may be male or female). Methodist districts often correspond approximately, in geographical terms, to counties—as do Church of England
Church of England
dioceses. The districts are divided into circuits governed by the Circuit Meeting and led and administrated principally by a superintendent minister. Ministers are appointed to Circuits rather than to individual churches, although some large inner-city churches, known as "Central Halls", are designated as circuits in themselves—of these Westminster Central Hall, opposite Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey
in central London, is the best known. Most circuits have fewer ministers than churches, and the majority of services are led by lay local preachers, or by supernumerary ministers (ministers who have retired, called supernumerary because they are not counted for official purposes in the numbers of ministers for the circuit in which they are listed). The superintendent and other ministers are assisted in the leadership and administration of the Circuit by Circuit Stewards, lay people who may have particular skills who collectively with the ministers form what is normally known as the Circuit Leadership Team. The Methodist Council also helps to run a number of schools, including two leading public schools in East Anglia: Culford School
Culford School
and the Leys School. It helps to promote an all round education with a strong Christian
Christian
ethos. Other Methodist denominations in Britain include: The Salvation Army, founded by Methodist minister William Booth
William Booth
in 1865; the Free Methodist Church, a holiness church; the Church of the Nazarene; the Wesleyan Reform Union,[87] an early secession from the Wesleyan Methodist Church; and the Independent Methodist Connexion.[88] Ireland[edit]

A Methodist chapel in Athlone, opened in 1865.

John Wesley
John Wesley
visited Ireland on at least twenty-four occasions and established classes and societies.[89] The Methodist Church in Ireland (Irish: Eaglais Mheitidisteach in Éirinn) today operates across both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on an all-Ireland basis. As of 2013[update] there are around 50,000 Methodists across Ireland. The biggest concentration–13,171–is in Belfast, with 2,614 in Dublin.[90] As of 2011[update] it is the fourth-largest denomination in Northern Ireland, with Methodists accounting for 3 percent of the population.[91] Eric Gallagher was the President of the Church in the 1970s, becoming a well-known figure in Irish politics.[92] He was one of the group of Protestant
Protestant
churchmen who met with Provisional IRA
Provisional IRA
officers in Feakle, County Clare to try to broker peace. The meeting was unsuccessful due to a Garda raid on the hotel. Italy[edit]

The Methodist chapel in Rome
Rome
houses Italian and English-speaking congregations.

The Italian Methodist Church (Italian: Chiese Metodista Italiana) is a small Protestant
Protestant
community in Italy,[93] with around 7,000 members.[94] Since 1975 it is in a formal covenant of partnership with the Waldensian Church, with a total of 45,000 members.[94] Waldensians are a Protestant
Protestant
movement which started in Lyon, France, in the late 1170s. Italian Methodism
Methodism
has its origins in the Italian Free Church, British Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society, and the American Methodist Episcopal Mission. These movements flowered in the second half of the 19th century in the new climate of political and religious freedom that was established with the end of the Papal States
Papal States
and unification of Italy in 1870.[95] Bertrand M. Tipple, minister of the American Methodist Church in Rome, founded a college there in 1914.[96] In April 2016 the World Methodist Council
World Methodist Council
opened an Ecumenical Office in Rome. Methodist leaders and the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, jointly dedicated the new office.[97] It helps facilitate Methodist relationships with the wider Church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.[98] Nordic and Baltic countries[edit]

Hammerfest Methodist Church in Norway was the world's most northerly Methodist congregation when established in 1890.[99]

The "Nordic and Baltic Area" of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
covers the Nordic countries
Nordic countries
(Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland) and the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania). Methodism
Methodism
was introduced to the Nordic countries
Nordic countries
in the late 19th century.[99] Today the United Methodist Church in Norway (Norwegian: Metodistkirken) is the largest church in the region with 10,684 members in total (as of 2013[update]).[77] France[edit] The French Methodist movement was founded in the 1820s by Charles Cook in the village of Congénies
Congénies
in Languedoc
Languedoc
near Nîmes
Nîmes
and Montpellier. The most important chapel of department was built in 1869, where there had been a Quaker
Quaker
community since the 18th century."Methodist influences in 19th century in France". Virtual Museum of Protestantism. Retrieved 2 February 2018. </ref> Sixteen Methodist congregations voted to join the Reformed Church of France
Reformed Church of France
in 1938.[100] In the 1980s, missionary work of a Methodist church in Agen led to new initiatives in Fleurance
Fleurance
and Mont de Marsan.[101] Methodism
Methodism
exists today in France under various names. The best-known is the Union of Evangelical
Evangelical
Methodist Churches (French: l'Union de l'Eglise Evangélique Méthodiste) or UEEM. It is an autonomous regional conference of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
and is the fruit of a fusion in 2005 between the "Methodist Church of France" and the "Union of Methodist Churches". As of 2014[update], the UEEM has around 1,200 members and 30 ministers.[100] Germany[edit]

Evangelisch-methodistische chapel at the foot of the Achalm
Achalm
mountain, Baden-Württemberg.

The Protestant-Methodist Church (German: Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche) is the name of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in Germany and Austria. The German church had about 52,031 members in 2015[update].[78] Members are organised into three conferences: north, east and south.[78] Methodism
Methodism
is most prevalent in southern Saxony
Saxony
and around Stuttgart. British Methodist missionaries introduced Methodism
Methodism
to Germany in 1830, initially in the region of Württemberg. In 1859, the first Methodist minister arrived in Württemberg. Methodism
Methodism
was also spread in Germany through the missionary work of the American Methodist Episcopal Church, which began in 1849 in Bremen, soon spreading to Saxony. Early opposition towards Methodism
Methodism
was partly rooted in theological differences—northern and eastern regions of Germany were predominantly Lutheran and Reformed, and Methodists were dismissed as fanatics. Methodism
Methodism
was also hindered by its unfamiliar church structure (Connectionalism or Konnexionalismus), which was more centralised than the hierarchical polity in the Lutheran and Reformed churches. After World War I, the 1919 Weimar Constitution
Weimar Constitution
allowed Methodists to worship freely and many new chapels were established. In 1936, German Methodists elected their first bishop.[102] Hungary[edit] The first Methodist mission in Hungary was established in 1898 in Bácska, in a then mostly German-speaking town of Verbász
Verbász
(since 1918 part of the Serbian province of Vojvodina). In 1905 a Methodist mission was established also in Budapest. In 1974, a group later known as the Hungarian Evangelical
Evangelical
Fellowship seceded from the Hungarian Methodist Church over the question of interference by the communist state. Today, the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in Hungary, known locally as the Hungarian Methodist Church (Hungarian: Magyarországi Metodista Egyház), has 453 professing members in 30 congregations.[103] It runs two student homes, two homes for the elderly, the Forray Methodist High School, the Wesley Scouts and the Methodist Library and Archives.[104] The church has a special ministry among the Roma. The seceding Hungarian Evangelical
Evangelical
Fellowship (Magyarországi Evangéliumi Testvérközösség) also remains Methodist in its organisation and theology. It has eight full congregations and several mission groups, and runs a range of charitable organisations: hostels and soup kitchens for the homeless, a non-denominational theological college,[105] a dozen schools of various kinds, and four old people's homes. Today there are a dozen Methodist/Wesleyan churches and mission organisations in Hungary, but all Methodist churches lost official church status under new legislation passed in 2011, when the number of officially recognised churches in the country fell to 14.[106] However, the list of recognised churches was lengthened to 32 at the end of February 2012.[107] This gave recognition to Hungarian Methodist Church and the Salvation Army, which was banned in Hungary in 1949 but had returned in 1990, but not to the Hungarian Evangelical Fellowship. The legislation has been strongly criticised by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe
Council of Europe
as discriminatory.[108] The Hungarian Methodist Church, the Salvation Army
Salvation Army
and the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan groups formed the Wesley Theological Alliance for theological and publishing purposes in 1998.[109] Today the Alliance has 10 Wesleyan member churches and organisations. The Hungarian Evangelical
Evangelical
Fellowship does not belong to it and has its own publishing arm.[110] Russia[edit] The Methodist Church established several strongholds in Russia—Saint Petersburg in the west and the Vladivostok
Vladivostok
region in the east, with big Methodist centres right in the middle, in Moscow
Moscow
and Ekaterinburg (former Sverdlovsk). Methodists began their work in the west among Swedish immigrants in 1881 and started their work in the east in 1910.[111] On 26 June 2009, Methodists celebrated the 120th year since Methodism
Methodism
arrived in Czarist Russia by erecting a new Methodist centre in Saint Petersburg.[111] A Methodist presence was continued in Russia for 14 years after the Russian Revolution of 1917 through the efforts of Deaconess Anna Eklund.[112] In 1939, political antagonism stymied the work of the Church and Deaconess Anna Eklund was coerced to return to her native Finland.[111] After 1989, the Soviet Union allowed greatly increased religious freedoms[113] and this continued after the USSR's collapse in 1991. During the 1990s, Methodism
Methodism
experienced a powerful wave of revival in the nation.[111] Three sites in particular carried the torch—Samara, Moscow
Moscow
and Ekaterinburg. Today, The United Methodist Church in Eurasia has 116 congregations, each with a native pastor. There are currently 48 students enrolled in residential and extension degree programs at the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow.[111] Caribbean[edit] Methodism
Methodism
came to the Caribbean in 1760 when the planter, lawyer and Speaker of the Antiguan House of Assembly, Nathaniel Gilbert (c. 1719–1774), returned to his sugar estate home in Antigua.[114] A Methodist revival spread in the British West Indies
British West Indies
due to the work of British missionaries.[115] Missionaries established societies which would later become the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA). The MCCA has about 62,000 members in over 700 congregations, ministered by 168 pastors.[115] There are smaller Methodist denominations that have seceded from the parent church. Antigua[edit] The story is often told that in 1755, Nathaniel Gilbert, while convalescing, read a treatise of John Wesley, An Appeal to Men of Reason
Reason
and Religion sent to him by his brother Francis. As a result of having read this book Gilbert, two years later, journeyed to England with three of his slaves and there in a drawing room meeting arranged in Wandsworth on 15 January 1759, met the preacher John Wesley. He returned to the Caribbean that same year and on his subsequent return began to preach to his slaves in Antigua.[114] When Nathaniel Gilbert died in 1774 his work in Antigua was continued by his brother Francis Gilbert to approximately 200 Methodists. However, within a year Francis took ill and had to return to Britain and the work was carried on by Sophia Campbell ("a Negress") and Mary Alley ("a Mulatto"), two devoted women who kept the flock together with class and prayer meetings as best as they could.[115]

Baxter Memorial Church in English Harbour, Antigua.

On 2 April 1778, John Baxter, a local preacher and skilled shipwright from Chatham in Kent, England, landed at English harbour in Antigua (now called Nelson's Dockyard) where he was offered a post at the naval dockyard. Baxter was a Methodist and had heard of the work of the Gilberts and their need for a new preacher. He began preaching and meeting with the Methodist leaders, and within a year the Methodist community had grown to 600 persons. By 1783, the first Methodist chapel was built in Antigua, with John Baxter as the local preacher, its wooden structure seating some 2,000 people.[116] St. Bart's[edit] It was at this time, in 1785, that William Turton (1761–1817) a Barbadian son of a planter, met John Baxter in Antigua, and later as layman assisted in the Methodist work in the Swedish colony of St. Bartholomew from 1796.[114] In 1786 the missionary endeavour in the Caribbean was officially recognised by the Conference in England, and that same year Rev. Dr. Thomas Coke, having been made Superintendent of the Church two years previously in America by Wesley, was travelling to Nova Scotia, but providence forced his ship to Antigua. Jamaica[edit] In 1818 Edward Fraser (1798 – Aft. 1850), a privileged Barbadian slave, moved to Bermuda and subsequently met the new minister James Dunbar. The Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia
Methodist Minister noted young Fraser's sincerity and commitment to his congregation and encouraged him by appointing him as assistant. By 1827 Fraser assisted in building a new chapel. He was later freed and admitted to the Methodist Ministry to serve in Antigua and Jamaica.[114] Barbados[edit] Following William J. Shrewsbury's preaching in the 1820s, Sarah Ann Gill (1779–1866), a free-born black woman, used civil disobedience in an attempt to thwart magistrate rulings that prevented parishioners holding prayer meetings. In hopes of building a new chapel, she paid an extraordinary £1,700-0s-0d and ended up having militia appointed by the Governor to protect her home from demolition.[117] In 1884 an attempt was made at autonomy with the formation of two West Indian Conferences, however by 1903 the venture had failed. It was not until the 1960s that another attempt was made at autonomy. This second attempt resulted in the emergence of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas in May 1967.[115] Francis Godson (1864–1953), a Methodist minister, who having served briefly in several of the Caribbean islands, eventually immersed himself in helping those in hardship of the First World War
First World War
in Barbados. He was later appointed to the Legislative Council of Barbados, and fought for the rights of pensioners. He was later followed by renowned Barbadian Augustus Rawle Parkinson (1864–1932),[118] who also was the first principal of the Wesley Hall School, Bridgetown in Barbados (which celebrated its 125th anniversary in September 2009).[114] In more recent times in Barbados, Victor Alphonso Cooke (born 1930) and Lawrence Vernon Harcourt Lewis (born 1932) are strong influences on the Methodist Church on the island.[114] Their contemporary and late member of the Dalkeith Methodist Church, was the former secretary of the University of the West Indies, consultant of the Canadian Training Aid Programme and a man of letters – Francis Woodbine Blackman (1922–2010). It was his research and published works that enlightened much of this information on Caribbean Methodism.[119][120] Africa[edit] Most Methodist denominations in Africa follow the British Methodist tradition and see the Methodist Church of Great Britain
Methodist Church of Great Britain
as their mother church. Originally modelled on the British structure, since independence most of these churches have adopted an episcopal model. Nigeria[edit] The Nigerian Methodist Church is one of the largest Methodist denominations in the world and one of the largest Christian
Christian
churches in Nigeria, with around two million members in 2000 congregations.[121] It has seen exponential growth since the turn of the millennium.[122] Christianity
Christianity
was established in Nigeria with the arrival in 1842 of a Wesleyan Methodist missionary.[121] He had come in response to the request for missionaries by the ex-slaves who returned to Nigeria from Sierra Leone. From the mission stations established in Badagry
Badagry
and Abeokuta, the Methodist church spread to various parts of the country west of the River Niger and part of the north. In 1893 missionaries of the Primitive Methodist
Primitive Methodist
Church arrived from Fernando Po, an island off the southern coast of Nigeria. From there the Methodist Church spread to other parts of the country, east of the River Niger and also to parts of the north. The church west of the River Niger and part of the north was known as the Western Nigeria District and east of the Niger and another part of the north as the Eastern Nigeria District. Both existed independently of each other until 1962 when they constituted the Conference of Methodist Church Nigeria. The conference is composed of seven districts. The church has continued to spread into new areas and has established a department for evangelism and appointed a director of evangelism. An episcopal system adopted in 1976 was not fully accepted by all sections of the church until the two sides came together and resolved to end the disagreement. A new constitution was ratified in 1990. The system is still episcopal but the points which caused discontent were amended to be acceptable to both sides. Today, the Nigerian Methodist Church has a prelate, eight archbishops and 44 bishops.[121] Ghana[edit] Main article: Methodist Church Ghana Methodist Church Ghana
Methodist Church Ghana
is one of the largest Methodist denominations, with around 800,000 members in 2,905 congregations, ministered by 700 pastors.[123] It has fraternal links with the British Methodist and United Methodist churches worldwide. Methodism
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.[124] Like the mother church, the Methodist Church in Ghana was established by people of Protestant
Protestant
background. Roman Catholic and Anglican missionaries came to the Gold Coast from the 15th century. A school was established in Cape Coast by the Anglicans during the time of Philip Quaque, a Ghanaian priest. Those who came out of this school had Bible
Bible
copies and study supplied by the Society for the Propagation of Christian
Christian
Knowledge. A member of the resulting Bible
Bible
study groups, William De-Graft, requested Bibles through Captain Potter of the ship Congo. Not only were Bibles sent, but also a Methodist missionary. In the first eight years of the Church's life, 11 out of 21 missionaries who worked in the Gold Coast died. Thomas Birch Freeman, who arrived at the Gold Coast in 1838 was a pioneer of missionary expansion. Between 1838 and 1857 he carried Methodism
Methodism
from the coastal areas to Kumasi
Kumasi
in the Asante hinterland of the Gold Coast. He also established Methodist Societies in Badagry
Badagry
and AbeoKuta in Nigeria with the assistance of William De-Graft.[citation needed] By 1854, the church was organized into circuits constituting a district with T. B. Freeman as chairman. Freeman was replaced in 1856 by William West. The district was divided and extended to include areas in the then Gold Coast and Nigeria by the synod in 1878, a move confirmed at the British Conference. The district were Gold Coast District, with T.R. Picot as chairman and Yoruba and Popo District, with John Milum as chairman. Methodist evangelisation of northern Gold Coast began in 1910. After a long period of conflict with the colonial government, missionary work was established in 1955. Paul Adu was the first indigenous missionary to northern Gold Coast. In July 1961, the Methodist Church in Ghana became autonomous, and was called the Methodist Church Ghana, based on a deed of foundation, part of the church's Constitution and Standing Orders.[123] Southern Africa[edit] Main article: Methodist Church of Southern Africa

Methodist chapel in Leliefontein, Northern Cape, South Africa.

The Methodist Church operates across South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, with a limited presence in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is a member church of the World Methodist Council. Methodism
Methodism
in Southern Africa
Southern Africa
began as a result of lay Christian
Christian
work by an Irish soldier of the English Regiment, John Irwin, who was stationed at the Cape and began to hold prayer meetings as early as 1795.[125] 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.[126] This foundation paved the way for missionary work by Methodist missionary societies from Great Britain, many of whom sent missionaries with the 1820 English settlers to the Western and Eastern Cape. Among the most notable of the early missionaries were Barnabas Shaw and William Shaw.[127][128][129] The largest group was the Wesleyan Methodist Church, but there were a number of others that joined together to form the Methodist Church of South Africa, later known as the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.[130] The Methodist Church of Southern Africa
Methodist Church of Southern Africa
is the largest mainline Protestant
Protestant
denomination in South Africa—7.3 percent of the South African population recorded their religious affiliation as 'Methodist' in the last national census.[131] Asia[edit] China[edit]

Flower Lane Church
Flower Lane Church
is the first Methodist church erected in downtown Fuzhou

Methodism
Methodism
was brought to China in the autumn of 1847 by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The first missionaries sent out were Judson Dwight Collins and Moses Clark White, who sailed from Boston
Boston
15 April 1847, and reached Foochow
Foochow
6 September. They were followed by Henry Hickok and Robert Samuel Maclay, who arrived 15 April 1848. In 1857 it baptised the first convert in connection with its labours. In August 1856, a brick built church, called the "Church of the True God" (真神堂), the first substantial church building erected at Foochow by Protestant
Protestant
Missions, was dedicated to the worship of God. In the winter of the same year another brick built church, located on the hill in the suburbs on the south bank of the Min, was finished and dedicated, called the "Church of Heavenly Peace" (天安堂). In 1862, the number of members was 87. The Foochow
Foochow
Conference was organised by Isaac W. Wiley
Isaac W. Wiley
on 6 December 1867, by which time the number of members and probationers had reached 2,011. Rev. Hok Chau 周學 (also known as Lai-Tong Chau, 周勵堂) was the first Chinese ordained minister of the South China District of the Methodist Church (incumbent 1877–1916). Benjamin Hobson (1816–1873), a medical missionary sent by the London
London
Missionary Society in 1839, set up a highly successful Wai Ai Clinic (惠愛醫館)[132][133] Liang Fa
Liang Fa
(Leung Fat in Cantonese, 梁發, 1789–1855, ordained by the London
London
Missionary Society), Hok Chau and others worked there. Rev. Liang (age 63) baptized Chau (quite young) in 1852. The Methodist Church based in Britain sent missionary George Piercy to China. In 1851, Piercy went to Guangzhou (Canton), where he worked in a trading company. In 1853, he started a church in Guangzhou. In 1877, Chau was ordained by the Methodist Church, where he pastored for 39 years.[134][135]

Former Methodist school in Wuhan
Wuhan
(founded 1885)

In 1867, the mission sent out the first missionaries to Central China, who began work at Kiukiang. In 1869 missionaries were also sent to the capital city Peking, where they laid the foundations of the work of the North China Mission. In November 1880, the West China Mission was established in Sichuan Province. In 1896 the work in the Hinghua prefecture (modern-day Putian) and surrounding regions was also organized as a Mission Conference.[136] In 1947, the Methodist Church in the Republic of China celebrated its centenary. In 1949, however, the Methodist Church moved to Taiwan with the Kuomintang
Kuomintang
government. On 21 June 1953, Taipei Methodist Church was erected, then local churches and chapels with a baptized membership numbering over 2,500. Various types of educational, medical and social services are provided (including Tunghai University). In 1972 the Methodist Church in the Republic of China became autonomous and the first bishop was installed in 1986.

India[edit] See also: Church of South India
Church of South India
and Methodist Church in India

The CSI English Wesley Church in Broadway, Chennai, India, is one of the oldest Methodist chapels in India.

Methodism
Methodism
came to India twice, in 1817 and in 1856, according to P. Dayanandan who has done extensive research on the subject.[137] Thomas Coke and six other missionaries set sail for India on New Year's Day in 1814. Coke, then 66, died en route. Rev. James Lynch was the one who finally arrived in Madras
Madras
in 1817 at a place called Black Town (Broadway), later known as George Town. Lynch conducted the first Methodist missionary service on 2 March 1817, in a stable. The first Methodist church was dedicated in 1819 at Royapettah. A chapel at Broadway (Black Town) was later built and dedicated on 25 April 1822.[citation needed] This church was rebuilt in 1844 since the earlier structure was collapsing. At this time there were about 100 Methodist members in all of Madras, and they were either Europeans or Eurasians (European and Indian descent). Among names associated with the founding period of Methodism
Methodism
in India are Elijah Hoole and Thomas Cryer, who came as missionaries to Madras. In 1857, the Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church
started its work in India, and with prominent evangelists like William Taylor the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Vepery, was born in 1874. The evangelist James Mills Thoburn established the Thoburn Memorial Church in Calcutta in 1873 and the Calcutta Boys' School in 1877. In 1947 the Wesleyan Methodist Church in India
Methodist Church in India
merged with Presbyterians, Anglicans and other Protestant
Protestant
churches to form the Church of South India
Church of South India
while the American Methodist Church remained affiliated as the Methodist Church in Southern Asia (MCSA) to the mother church in USA- the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
until 1981, when by an enabling act the Methodist Church in India
Methodist Church in India
(MCI) became an autonomous church in India. Today, the Methodist Church in India
Methodist Church in India
is governed by the General Conference of the Methodist Church of India headed by six Bishops, with headquarters at Methodist Centre, 21 YMCA Road, Mumbai, India.[138] Malaysia and Singapore[edit] Main articles: Methodist Church in Malaysia
Methodist Church in Malaysia
and Methodist Church in Singapore Missionaries from Britain, North America, and Australia founded Methodist churches in many Commonwealth countries. These are now independent and many of them are stronger than the former "mother" churches. In addition to the churches, these missionaries often also founded schools to serve the local community. A good example of such schools are the Methodist Boys' School in Kuala Lumpur, Methodist Boys' School in George Town, and Anglo-Chinese School, Methodist Girls' School, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls School and Fairfield Methodist Schools in Singapore. Philippines[edit] Main article: United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in the Philippines See also: Protestantism
Protestantism
in the Philippines Methodism
Methodism
in the Philippines began shortly after the United States acquired the Philippines in 1898 as a result the Spanish–American War. On 21 June 1898, after the Battle of Manila Bay
Battle of Manila Bay
but before the Treaty of Paris, executives of the American Mission Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church
expressed their desire to join other Protestant
Protestant
denominations in starting mission work in the islands and to enter into a Comity Agreement
Comity Agreement
that would facilitate the establishment of such missions. The first Protestant
Protestant
worship service was conducted on 28 August 1898 by an American military chaplain named Rev. George C. Stull. Rev. Stull was an ordained Methodist minister from the Montana Annual Conference of The Methodist Episcopal Church (later part of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
after 1968).

Consecration of the first Presiding Bishop of Ang Iglesia Metodista sa Pilipinas held at Luacan Church in Bataan, Philippines

Methodist and Wesleyan traditions in the Philippines are shared by three of the largest mainline Protestant
Protestant
churches in the country: The United Methodist Church, Iglesia Evangelica Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas (" Evangelical
Evangelical
Methodist Church in the Philippine Islands", abbreviated IEMELIF), and The United Church of Christ in the Philippines.[139] There are also evangelical Protestant
Protestant
churches in the country of the Methodist tradition like the Wesleyan Church
Wesleyan Church
of the Philippines, Inc. the Free Methodist Church
Free Methodist Church
of the Philippines,[140] and the Church of the Nazarene.[141] There are also the IEMELIF Reform Movement (IRM), The Wesleyan (Pilgrim Holiness) Church of the Philippines, the Philippine Bible
Bible
Methodist Church, Inc., the Pentecostal Free Methodist
Free Methodist
Church, Inc., the Fundamental Christian Methodist Church, The Reformed Methodist Church, Inc., The Methodist Church of the Living Bread, Inc., and the Wesley Evangelical
Evangelical
Methodist Church & Mission, Inc. There are three Episcopal Areas of the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in the Philippines: the Baguio Episcopal Area,[142] Davao Episcopal Area[143] and Manila Episcopal Area.[144] A call for autonomy from groups within the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in the Philippines was discussed at several conferences led mostly by episcopal candidates. This led to the establishment of the Ang Iglesia Metodista sa Pilipinas ("The Methodist Church in the Philippines") in 2010,[145] led by Bishop Lito C. Tangonan, Rev. George Buenaventura, Chita Milan and Atty. Joe Frank E. Zuñiga. The group finally declared full autonomy and legal incorporation with the Securities and Exchange Commission was approved on 7 December 2011 with papers held by present procurators. It now has 126 local churches in Metro Manila, Palawan, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Bulacan,[146] Aurora, Nueva Ecija, as well as parts of Pampanga and Cavite. Tangonan was consecrated as the denomination's first Presiding Bishop on 17 March 2012.[147] South Korea[edit] Main article: Korean Methodist Church The Korean Methodist Church (KMC) is one of the largest churches in South Korea with around 1.5 million members and 8,306 ministers.[148] Methodism
Methodism
in Korea grew out of British and American mission work which began in the late 19th century. The first missionary sent out was Robert Samuel Maclay
Robert Samuel Maclay
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who sailed from Japan in 1884 and was given the authority of medical and schooling permission from emperor Gojong.[149] The Korean church became fully autonomous in 1930, retaining affiliation with Methodist churches in America and later the United Methodist Church.[148] The church experienced rapid growth in membership throughout most of the 20th century—in spite of the Korean War—before stabilizing in the 1990s.[148] The KMC is a member of the World Methodist Council
World Methodist Council
and hosted the first Asia Methodist Convention in 2001.[148] There are many Korean-language
Korean-language
Methodist churches in North America catering to Korean-speaking immigrants, not all of which are named as Methodist. Americas[edit] Brazil[edit] The Methodist Church in Brazil was founded by American missionaries in 1867 after an initial unsuccessful founding in 1835. It has grown steadily since, becoming autonomous in 1930. In the 1970s it ordained its first woman minister. As of 2011[update], the Brazilian Methodist Church is divided into eight annual conferences with 162,000 members.[150] Canada[edit] Further information: Methodist Church, Canada and United Church of Canada

Metropolitan Methodist Church, Toronto, played an important role in the city that was nicknamed the "Methodist Rome".[151]

The father of Methodism
Methodism
in Canada was William Black (1760–1834) who began preaching in settlements along the Petitcodiac River
Petitcodiac River
of New Brunswick in 1781.[152] A few years afterwards, Methodist Episcopal circuit riders from the U.S. state
U.S. state
of New York began to arrive in Canada West
Canada West
at Niagara, and the north shore of Lake Erie
Lake Erie
in 1786, and at the Kingston region on the northeast shore of Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario
in the early 1790s. At the time the region was part of British North America and became part of Upper Canada
Upper Canada
after the Constitutional Act of 1791. Upper and Lower Canada
Lower Canada
were both part of the New York Episcopal Methodist Conference until 1810 when they were transferred to the newly formed Genesee Conference. Reverend Major George Neal began to preach in Niagara in October 1786, and was ordained in 1810 by Bishop Philip Asbury, at the Lyons, New York Methodist Conference. He was Canada's first saddlebag preacher, and travelled from Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario
to Detroit for 50 years preaching the gospel. The spread of Methodism
Methodism
in the Canadas was seriously disrupted by the War of 1812
War of 1812
but quickly gained lost ground after the Treaty of Ghent was signed in 1815. In 1817 the British Wesleyans arrived in the Canadas from the Maritimes but by 1820 had agreed, with the Episcopal Methodists, to confine their work to Lower Canada
Lower Canada
(present-day Quebec) while the latter would confine themselves to Upper Canada
Upper Canada
(present-day Ontario). In the summer of 1818, the first place of public worship was erected for the Wesleyan Methodists in York, later Toronto. 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.[153] In 1828 Upper Canadian Methodists were permitted by the General Conference in the United States to form an independent Canadian Conference and, in 1833, the Canadian Conference merged with the British Wesleyans to form the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada. In 1884, most Canadian Methodists were brought under the umbrella of the Methodist Church, Canada. During the nineteenth century Methodism
Methodism
played a large role in the culture and political affairs of Toronto. The city became known for being very puritanical with strict limits on the sale of alcohol and a rigorous enforcement of the Lord's Day Act. It was occasionally nicknamed the "Methodist Rome",[151] the implication being that Toronto
Toronto
was as central to Canadian Methodism
Methodism
as Rome
Rome
is to Catholicism. In 1925, the Methodist Church, Canada and most Presbyterian congregations, then by far the largest Protestant
Protestant
communion in Canada, most Congregational Union of Ontario
Ontario
and Quebec
Quebec
congregations, Union Churches in Western Canada, and the American Presbyterian
Presbyterian
Church in Montreal
Montreal
merged to form the United Church of Canada. In 1968, the Evangelical
Evangelical
United Brethren Church's Canadian congregations joined after their American counterparts joined the United Methodist Church. Mexico[edit] The 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 México. In December 1872, Bishop Gilbert Haven arrived to Mexico City, and he was ordered by M. D. William Butler to go to México. Bishop John C. Keener arrived from the Methodist Episcopal Church, South
Methodist Episcopal Church, South
in January 1873.[154][155] In 1874, M. D. William Butler established the first Protestant Methodist school of México, in Puebla. The school was founded under the name "Instituto Metodista Mexicano." Today the school is called "Instituto Mexicano Madero." It is still a Methodist school, and it is one of the most elite, selective, expensive and prestigious private schools in the country,[156] with two campuses in Puebla
Puebla
State, and one in Oaxaca. A few years later the principal of the school created a Methodist university,[157] the first and only Protestant
Protestant
university in Mexico. On 18 January 1885, the first Annual Conference of the United Episcopal Church of México was established.[citation needed] United States[edit] Main article: History of Methodism
Methodism
in the United States

Barratt's Chapel, built in 1780, is the oldest Methodist Church in the United States built for that purpose. The church was a meeting place of Asbury and Coke.

Wesley came to believe that the New Testament
New Testament
evidence did not leave the power of ordination to the priesthood in the hands of bishops but that other priests could ordain. In 1784, he ordained preachers for Scotland, England, and America, with power to administer the sacraments (this was a major reason for Methodism's final split from the Church of England
Church of England
after Wesley's death). At that time, Wesley sent Thomas Coke to America. Francis Asbury
Francis Asbury
founded the Methodist Episcopal Church at the Baltimore Christmas Conference in 1784, Coke (already ordained in the Church of England) ordained Asbury deacon, elder, and bishop each on three successive days. Circuit riders, many of whom were laymen, travelled by horseback to preach the gospel and establish churches in many places. One of the most famous circuit riders was Robert Strawbridge who lived in the vicinity of Carroll County, Maryland soon after arriving in the Colonies around 1760. The First Great Awakening
First Great Awakening
was a religious movement in the 1730s and 1740s, beginning in New Jersey, then spreading to New England, and eventually south into Virginia
Virginia
and North Carolina. The English Methodist preacher George Whitefield
George Whitefield
played a major role, traveling across the colonies and preaching in a dramatic and emotional style, accepting everyone as his audience. The new style of sermons and the way people practiced their faith breathed new life into religion in America. People became passionately and emotionally involved in their religion, rather than passively listening to intellectual discourse in a detached manner. People began to study the Bible
Bible
at home. The effect was akin to the individualistic trends present in Europe during the Protestant
Protestant
Reformation.

the number of local Methodist churches (blue) grew steadily; it was the largest denomination in the US by 1820.[158]

The Second Great Awakening
Great Awakening
was a nationwide wave of revivals, from 1790 to 1840. In New England, the renewed interest in religion inspired a wave of social activism among Yankees; Methodism
Methodism
grew and established several colleges, notably Boston
Boston
University. In the "burned over district" of western New York, the spirit of revival burned brightly. Methodism
Methodism
saw the emergence of a Holiness movement. In the west, especially at Cane Ridge, Kentucky
Cane Ridge, Kentucky
and in Tennessee, the revival strengthened the Methodists and the Baptists. Methodism
Methodism
grew rapidly in the Second Great Awakening, becoming the nation's largest denomination by 1820. From 58,000 members in 1790, it reached 258,000 in 1820 and 1,661,000 in 1860, growing by a factor of 28.6 in 70 years, while the total American population grew by a factor of eight.[159] Other denominations also used revivals, but the Methodists grew fastest of all because "they combined popular appeal with efficient organization under the command of missionary bishops."[160] Disputes over slavery placed the church in difficulty in the first half of the 19th century, with the northern church leaders fearful of a split with the South, and reluctant to take a stand. The Wesleyan Methodist Connexion (later renamed the Wesleyan Methodist Church) and the Free Methodist
Free Methodist
Churches were formed by staunch abolitionists, and the Free Methodists were especially active in the Underground Railroad, which helped to free the slaves. In 1968 the Wesleyan Methodist Church and Pilgrim Holiness Church merged to form the Wesleyan Church; those who dissented from this decision formed, in 1970, the Bible
Bible
Methodist Connection of Churches, which falls within the conservative holiness movement.[161] In a much larger split, in 1845 at Louisville, the churches of the slaveholding states left the Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church
and formed The Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The northern and southern branches were reunited in 1939, when slavery was no longer an issue. In this merger also joined the Methodist Protestant
Protestant
Church. Some southerners, conservative in theology, opposed the merger, and formed the Southern Methodist Church in 1940 The Third Great Awakening
Great Awakening
from 1858 to 1908 saw enormous growth in Methodist membership, and a proliferation of institutions such as colleges (e.g., Morningside College). Methodists were often involved in the Missionary Awakening and the Social Gospel Movement. The awakening in so many cities in 1858 started the movement, but in the North it was interrupted by the Civil War. In the South, on the other hand, the Civil War stimulated revivals, especially in Lee's army[citation needed]. In 1914–1917 many Methodist ministers made strong pleas for world peace. President Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
(a Presbyterian), promised "a war to end all wars," using language of a future peace that had been a watchword for the postmillennial movement.[162] In the 1930s many Methodists favored isolationist policies. Thus in 1936, Methodist Bishop James Baker, of the San Francisco Conference, released a poll of ministers showing 56% opposed warfare. However, the Methodist Federation did call for a boycott of Japan, which had invaded China and was disrupting missionary activity there.[163] In Chicago, 62 local African Methodist Episcopal churches voted their support for the Roosevelt administration's policy, while opposing any plan to send American troops overseas to fight. When war came in 1941, the vast majority of Methodists strongly supported the national war effort, but there were also a few (673[164]) conscientious objectors.

The "cross and flame" logo of the United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
(UMC) was formed in 1968 as a result of a merger between the Evangelical
Evangelical
United Brethren Church (EUB) and The Methodist Church. The former church had resulted from mergers of several groups of German Methodist heritage, however there was no longer any need or desire to worship in the German language. The latter church was a result of union between the Methodist Protestant Church and the northern and southern factions of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The merged church had approximately nine million members as of the late 1990s. While United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
in America membership has been declining, associated groups in developing countries are growing rapidly.[165] Prior to the merge that led to the formation of the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical
Evangelical
Methodist Church entered into a schism with the Methodist Church, citing modernism in its parent body as the reason for the departure in 1946.[166]

The United Methodist Glide Memorial Church
Glide Memorial Church
has served as a counter-culture rallying point and has been identified as a liberal church.

American Methodist churches are generally organized on a connectional model, related, but not identical to that used in Britain. Pastors are assigned to congregations by bishops, distinguishing it from presbyterian government. Methodist denominations typically give lay members representation at regional and national Conferences at which the business of the church is conducted, making it different from most episcopal government. This connectional organizational model differs further from the congregational model, for example of Baptist, and Congregationalist Churches, among others. In addition to the United Methodist Church, there are over 40 other denominations that descend from John Wesley's Methodist movement. Some, such as the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Free Methodists and the Wesleyan Church
Wesleyan Church
(formerly Wesleyan Methodist), are explicitly Methodist. There are also independent Methodist churches, many of which are affiliated with the Association of Independent Methodists.[167] Others do not call themselves Methodist, but grew out of the Methodist movement: for example, The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army
and the Church of the Nazarene. Some of the charismatic or Pentecostal churches such as the Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Assemblies of God also have roots in or draw from Wesleyan thought. The Holiness Revival was primarily among people of Methodist persuasion, who felt that the church had once again become apathetic, losing the Wesleyan zeal. Some important events of this revival were the writings of Phoebe Palmer during the mid-1800s, the establishment of the first of many holiness camp meetings at Vineland, New Jersey
New Jersey
in 1867, and the founding of Asbury College, (1890), and other similar institutions in the U.S. around the turn of the twentieth century. Oceania[edit] Australia[edit] An Australasian General Conference, meeting triennially, for Australasia was established in 1875, with Annual Conferences in each colony (including New Zealand). Various branches of Methodism
Methodism
in Australia merged during the 20 years from 1881. The Methodist Church of Australasia was formed on 1 January 1902 when five Methodist denominations in Australia – the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the Primitive Methodists, the Bible
Bible
Christian Church, the United Methodist Free and the Methodist New Connexion Churches came together.[168][169] In polity it largely followed the Wesleyan Methodist Church. The only sizable Methodist group outside this new structure were the Lay Methodists. In 1945 the Rev. Dr. 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.[170] The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia
Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia
was founded on his work. The Methodist Church of Australasia merged with the majority of the Presbyterian
Presbyterian
Church of Australia and the Congregational Union of Australia in 1977, becoming the Uniting Church. The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Australia and some independent congregations chose not to join the union. From the mid-1980s a number of independent Methodist churches were founded by missionaries and other members from the Methodist Churches of Malaysia and Singapore. Some of these came together to form what is now known as the Chinese Methodist Church in Australia in 1994, electing its first bishop in 2002. Since the 2000s many independent Methodist churches have been established or grown by Tongan immigrants. Many Pacific Islander immigrants of a Methodist background have also joined Uniting Church congregations. Wesley Mission in Pitt Street, Sydney, the largest parish in the Uniting Church, remains strongly in the Wesleyan tradition.[171] Fiji[edit] As a result of the early efforts of missionaries, most of the natives of the Fiji Islands were converted to Methodism
Methodism
in the 1840s and 1850s.[172] Most ethnic Fijians
Fijians
are Methodists today (the others are largely Roman Catholic and further divided into minor denominations such as Baptist, All Nations, Assemblies of God, Christian
Christian
Mission Fellowship, Jehovah's Witnesses, Church of Latter Day Saints, Souls to Jesus
Jesus
and a few others), and the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma is an important social force. New Zealand[edit] The Methodist Church of New Zealand was the fourth most frequent religious affiliation chosen by those who declared one in the 2006 national census.[173] Samoan Islands[edit] In 1868, Piula Theological College
Piula Theological College
was established in Lufilufi
Lufilufi
on the north coast of Upolu
Upolu
island in Samoa and serves as the main headquarters of the Methodist church in the country.[174] The college includes the historic Piula Monastery as well as Piula Cave Pool, a natural spring situated beneath the church by the sea. The Methodist Church is the third largest denomination throughout the Samoan Islands, in both Samoa and American Samoa. Tonga[edit] Methodism
Methodism
had a particular resonance with the inhabitants of Tonga. As of 2006[update] somewhat more than a third of Tongans
Tongans
adhered to the Methodist tradition.[175][176] Methodism
Methodism
is represented on the island by a number of churches including the Free Church of Tonga
Free Church of Tonga
and the Free Wesleyan Church, which is the largest church in Tonga. The royal family of the country are prominent members, and the late king was a lay preacher. Ecumenical relations[edit] Many Methodists have been involved in the ecumenical movement,[177] which has sought to unite the fractured denominations of Christianity. Because Methodism
Methodism
grew out of the Church of England, a denomination from which neither of the Wesley brothers seceded, some Methodist scholars and historians, such as Rupert E. Davies have regarded their 'movement' more as a preaching order within wider Christian
Christian
life than as a church, comparing them with the Franciscans, who formed a religious order within the medieval European church and not a separate denomination.[178] Certainly, Methodists have been deeply involved in early examples of church union, especially the United Church of Canada and the Church of South India. Also, a disproportionate number of Methodists take part in inter-faith dialogue. For example, Wesley Ariarajah, a long-serving director of the World Council of Churches' sub-unit on "Dialogue with People of Living Faiths and Ideologies" is a Methodist.[179] 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
Catholic Church
and Lutheran World Federation
Lutheran World Federation
(LWF). In May 2006, the International Methodist–Catholic Dialogue Commission completed its most recent report, entitled "The Grace Given You in Christ: Catholics and Methodists Reflect Further on the Church," and submitted the text to Methodist and Catholic authorities. In July of the same year, in Seoul, South Korea, the Member Churches of the World Methodist Council (WMC) voted to approve and sign a "Methodist Statement of Association" with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), the agreement which was reached and officially accepted in 1999 by the Catholic Church
Catholic Church
and the Lutheran World Federation
Lutheran World Federation
and which proclaimed that:

"Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ's saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works... as sinners our new life is solely due to the forgiving and renewing mercy that God imparts as a gift and we receive in faith, and never can merit in any way," affirming "fundamental doctrinal agreement" concerning justification between the Catholic Church, the LWF, and the World Methodist Council.[180]

This is not to say there is perfect agreement between the three denominational traditions; while Catholics and Methodists believe that salvation involves cooperation between God and man, Lutherans believe that God brings about the salvation of individuals without any cooperation on their part. Commenting on the ongoing dialogues with Catholic Church
Catholic Church
leaders, Rev. Ken Howcroft, Methodist minister and the Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church of Great Britain, noted that "these conversations have been immensely fruitful."[181] Methodists are increasingly recognizing that the 15 centuries prior to the Reformation
Reformation
constitute a shared history with Catholics, and are gaining new appreciation for neglected aspects of the Catholic tradition.[182] There are, however, important unresolved doctrinal differences separating Roman Catholicism
Catholicism
and Methodism, which include "the nature and validity of the ministry of those who preside at the Eucharist, the precise meaning of the Eucharist
Eucharist
as the sacramental 'memorial' of Christ's saving death and resurrection, the particular way in which Christ is present in Holy Communion, and the link between eucharistic communion and ecclesial communion.[183] Great Britain[edit] In the 1960s, the Methodist Church of Great Britain
Methodist Church of Great Britain
made ecumenical overtures to the Church of England, aimed at denominational union. Formally, these failed when they were rejected by the Church of England's General Synod in 1972; conversations and co-operation continued, however, leading in 2003 to the signing of a covenant between the two churches.[184] From the 1970s onward, the Methodist Church also started several Local Ecumenical Projects (LEPs, later renamed Local Ecumenical Partnerships) with local neighbouring denominations, which involved sharing churches, schools and in some cases ministers. In many towns and villages there are United Churches which are sometimes with Anglican or Baptist
Baptist
churches, but most commonly are Methodist and URC, simply because in terms of belief, practice and churchmanship, many Methodists see themselves as closer to the United Reformed Church than to other denominations such as the Church of England.[citation needed] In the 1990s and early 21st century, the British Methodist Church was involved in the Scottish Church Initiative for Union, seeking greater unity with the established and Presbyterian
Presbyterian
Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church and the United Reformed Church in Scotland.[185] The Methodist Church in Great Britain is a member of several ecumenical organisations, including the World Council of Churches, the Conference of European Churches, the Community of Protestant
Protestant
Churches in Europe, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, Churches Together in England, Action of Churches Together in Scotland
Action of Churches Together in Scotland
and Cytûn (Wales). United States[edit]

A United Methodist chapel in Kent, Ohio

There are seven World Methodist Council
World Methodist Council
denominations in the United States: the African Methodist Episcopal Church; the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; the Christian
Christian
Methodist Episcopal Church; the Church of the Nazarene; the Free Methodist
Free Methodist
Church; the Wesleyan Church; and the United Methodist Church. The AME, AMEZ and CME are historically African Methodist denominations. The Church of the Nazarene, Free Methodists and Wesleyans are Wesleyan Holiness churches. Methodist churches in the United States have also strengthened ties with other Christian
Christian
traditions. In April 2005, bishops in the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
approved A Proposal for Interim Eucharistic Sharing. This document was the first step toward full communion with the Evangelical
Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA approved this same document in August 2005.[186] At the 2008 General Conference, the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
approved full communion with the Evangelical
Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America.[187] The UMC is also in dialogue with the Episcopal Church for full communion by 2012.[188] The two denominations are working on a document called "Confessing Our Faith Together." See also[edit]

Methodism
Methodism
portal Arminianism
Arminianism
portal Christianity
Christianity
portal

List of Methodists

List of Methodist theologians

Saints in Methodism List of Methodist churches List of Methodist denominations

Notes[edit]

^ This figure is an estimate by the World Methodist Council
World Methodist Council
and includes members of united and uniting churches with Methodist participation. It represents approximately 60 million committed members and a further 20 million adherents. ^ a b Arminianism
Arminianism
is named after Jacobus Arminius, a Dutch theologian who was trained to preach Calvinism
Calvinism
but concluded that some aspects of Calvinism
Calvinism
had to be modified in the light of Scripture.[46] His opposition to some of the teachings of the Belgic Confession
Belgic Confession
was formalized into Five Articles of Remonstrance, published posthumously by his followers in 1610. Arminians as well as Calvinists appeal to various Scriptures and the early Church Fathers
Church Fathers
to support their respective views, however the differences remain— Arminianism
Arminianism
holds to the role free will in salvation and rejects the doctrines of predestination and election.[47] John Wesley
John Wesley
was perhaps the clearest English proponent of Arminian theology.[48] ^ This social analysis is a summary of a wide variety of books on Methodist history, articles in The Methodist Magazine, etc. Most of the Methodist aristocracy were associated with Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, who invited Methodist preachers to gatherings which she hosted. Methodists were leaders among Christians at that time in reaching out to the poorest of the working classes. A number of soldiers were also Methodists.[8]

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Further reading[edit]

Abraham, William J. and James E. Kirby, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies (2009). 780pp; historiography; excerpt

World

Copplestone, J. Tremayne. History of Methodist Missions, vol. 4: Twentieth-Century Perspectives (1973), 1288 pp; comprehensive world coverage for US Methodist missions -- online Cracknell, Kenneth and White, Susan J. (2005) An Introduction to World Methodism, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-81849-4. Forster, DA and Bentley, W (eds.) (2008)What are we thinking? Reflections on Church and Society from Southern African Methodists. Methodist Publishing House, Cape Town. ISBN 978-1-919883-52-6 Forster, DA and Bentley, W (eds.) (2008) Methodism
Methodism
in Southern Africa: A celebration of Wesleyan Mission AcadSA Publishers, Kempton Park. ISBN 978-1-920212-29-2 Harmon, Nolan B. (ed.) (2 vol. 1974) The Encyclopedia of World Methodism, Nashville: Abingdon Press, ISBN 0-687-11784-4. 2640pp Heitzenrater, Richard P. (1994) Wesley and the People Called Methodists, Nashville: Abingdon Press, ISBN 0-687-01682-7 Hempton, David (2005) Methodism: Empire of the Spirit, Yale University Press, ISBN 0-300-10614-9 Wilson, Kenneth. Methodist Theology. London, T & T Clark International, 2011 (Doing Theology). Yrigoyen Jr, Charles, and Susan E. Warrick. Historical dictionary of Methodism
Methodism
(2nd ed. Scarecrow Press, 2013)

Great Britain

Borgen, Ole E. John Wesley
John Wesley
on the Sacraments: a Theological Study. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Francis Asbury
Francis Asbury
Press, 1985, cop. 1972. 307 p. ISBN 0-310-75191-8 Brooks, Alan (2010) West End Methodism: The Story of Hinde Street, London: Northway Publications, 400pp. Dowson, Jean and Hutchinson, John (2003) John Wesley: His Life, Times and Legacy [CD-ROM], Methodist Publishing House, TB214 Edwards, Maldwyn. Methodism
Methodism
and England: A study of Methodism
Methodism
in its social and political aspects during the period 1850–1932 (1944) Halevy, Elie, and Bernard Semmel. The Birth of Methodism
Methodism
in England (1971) Hempton, David (1984) Methodism
Methodism
and Politics in British Society, 1750–1850, Stanford University Press, ISBN 0-8047-1269-7 Jones, David Ceri et al. The Elect Methodists: Calvinistic Methodism in England and Wales, 1735-1811 (2012) Kent, John (2002) Wesley and the Wesleyans, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-45532-4 Madden, Lionel. Methodism
Methodism
in Wales: A Short History of the Wesley Tradition (2003) Stigant, P. "Wesleyan Methodism
Methodism
and working-class radicalism in the north, 1792–1821." Northern History (1971) 6#1 pp: 98-116. Thompson, Edward Palmer. The making of the English working class (1963) a famous classic stressing the role of Methodism. Turner, John Munsey. John Wesley: The Evangelical
Evangelical
Revival and the Rise of Methodism
Methodism
in England (2003) Turner, John M. Modern Methodism
Methodism
in England, 1932-1996 (1997) Warner, Wellman J. (1930) The Wesleyan Movement in the Industrial Revolution, London: Longmans, Green.

African Americans

Campbell, James T. (1995) Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-507892-6 George, Carol V.R. (1973) Segregated Sabbaths: Richard Allen and the Rise of Independent Black Churches, 1760–1840, New York: Oxford University Press, LCCN 73076908 Montgomery, William G. (1993) Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree: The African-American Church in the South, 1865–1900, Louisiana State University Press, ISBN 0-8071-1745-5 Walker, Clarence E. (1982) A Rock in a Weary Land: The African Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church
During the Civil War and Reconstruction, Louisiana State University Press, ISBN 0-8071-0883-9 Wills, David W. and Newman, Richard (eds.) (1982) Black Apostles
Apostles
at Home and Abroad: Afro-American and the Christian
Christian
Mission from the Revolution to Reconstruction, Boston, MA: G. K. Hall, ISBN 0-8161-8482-8

US and Canada

Cameron, Richard M. (ed.) (1961) Methodism
Methodism
and Society in Historical Perspective, 4 vol., New York: Abingdon Press Lyerly, Cynthia Lynn (1998) Methodism
Methodism
and the Southern Mind, 1770–1810, Religion in America Series, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-511429-9 Meyer, Donald (1988) The Protestant
Protestant
Search for Political Realism, 1919–1941, Wesleyan University Press, ISBN 0-8195-5203-8 Rawlyk, G.A. (1994) The Canada Fire: Radical Evangelicalism
Evangelicalism
in British North America, 1775–1812, Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-1221-7 Schmidt, Jean Miller (1999) Grace Sufficient: A History of Women in American Methodism, 1760–1939, Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press ISBN 0-687-15675-0 Semple, Neil (1996) The Lord's Dominion: The History of Canadian Methodism, Buffalo: McGill-Queen's University Press, ISBN 0-7735-1367-1 Sweet, William Warren (1954) Methodism
Methodism
in American History, Revision of 1953, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 472 p. Wigger, John H. (1998) Taking Heaven by Storm: Methodism
Methodism
and the Rise of Popular Christianity
Christianity
in America, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-510452-8 – pp. ix & 269 focus on 1770–1910

Primary sources[edit]

Richey, Russell E., Rowe, Kenneth E. and Schmidt, Jean Miller (eds.) (2000) The Methodist Experience in America: a sourcebook, Nashville: Abingdon Press, ISBN 978-0-687-24673-1. 756 p. of original documents Sweet, William Warren (ed.) (1946) Religion on the American Frontier: Vol. 4, The Methodists,1783–1840: A Collection of Source Materials, New York: H. Holt & Co., – 800 p. of documents regarding the American frontier The Archive of the Methodist Missionary Society is held at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. http://www.soas.ac.uk/library/archives/

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