Followers: 70 million worldwide
Date Founded: 18th century
Location Founded: England
Founders: John Westly, George Whitefield
Books Outside the Bible: None
The Methodist movement began with John Westley who would meet with as small group of friends in England in a Christian support group. This group focused on preaching with more drama and emotion. This spread to America and lead to the Great Awakening in the 1730s and 1740s which included the preaching of George Whitefield. This style of preaching made Chrstianity much more personal to the average person by attaching personal sin, guilt, and redemption. It encouraged people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ on a daily basis instead of just passively hearing a sermon on Sundays. This has been adopted by other denominations and has done a lot for Christianity. However, we must not forget to also put time into in depth Bible study. The Methodist churches today follow the consultive body called the World Methodist Council, which is headquartered in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
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