The Story of the Wesleyan Church

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From its roots in European and American Methodism, through the 1968 merger of the Wesleyan Methodist and Pilgrim Holiness Churches to recent historic events, Bob Black and Keith Drury trace the rich tradition and inspiring history of The Wesleyan Church.

The Story of The Wesleyan Church offers a contemporary, reader-friendly history of the growth and development of the church, passing on its heritage to a new generation in a highly accessible format. The coauthors, one a former ...

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From its roots in European and American Methodism, through the 1968 merger of the Wesleyan Methodist and Pilgrim Holiness Churches to recent historic events, Bob Black and Keith Drury trace the rich tradition and inspiring history of The Wesleyan Church.

The Story of The Wesleyan Church offers a contemporary, reader-friendly history of the growth and development of the church, passing on its heritage to a new generation in a highly accessible format. The coauthors, one a former Pilgrim Holiness and the other a former Wesleyan Methodist, weave a colorful tapestry, providing balanced coverage of both faith streams that make up The Wesleyan Church today. Readers will gain an authentic understanding of the foundations of the Wesleyan movement—seeing God's faithfulness in the past and his continued activity through the Church today.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780898274752
  • Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Acknowledgements 9

Part 1 True Wesleyans

1 New Church, Old Roots 12

2 The Vilest Villainy, 1834-1843 23

3 A New Kind of Methodism, 1843-1847 33

4 Breaking New Ground, 1848 46

5 The Winds of War, 1849-1865 58

6 Surviving Success, 1865-1877 70

7 Redefining "Church," 1878-1897 83

Part 2 Holiness unto the Lord

8 Partnership in Holiness Passion, 1897 96

9 A Diversity of Ministries, 1898-1905 105

10 Firm Foundations, 1905-1919 118

11 Holiness and the Roaring Twenties, 1919-1929 132

12 Midcourse Corrections, 1930-1943 151

13 Facing the Future, 1943-1951 167

14 Parallel Paths, 1951-1963 181

15 Prelude to Merger, 1963-1968 194

Part 3 One-That the World May Believe

16 Merger, June 1968 208

17 The Spirit of Anderson, 1968-1972 219

18 A Decade of Evangelism, 1972-1979 230

19 Poised for Growth, 1980-1989 245

20 Hope for the World, 1990-1999 258

21 Entering a New Century, 2000-2010 269

Appendixes

Number of Churches and Ministers 283

Membership 283

Worship Average Attendance 284

Sunday School Average Attendance 285

Sunday Evening Average Attendance 285

Number Reported Saved or Sanctified 286

Number Reported Baptized 286

Total Contribution Income 287

Ministerial Students 287

The Largest Wesleyan Churches (Worship Attendance) 288

Denorninational Leaders 291

College and University Presidents 303

General Conferences of The Wesleyan Church 304

Index 305

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