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Patteson: How Wesleyan Methodist Churches Multiplied

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Published on Aug 19, 2014

People Of YES! Interview Doctor George Patterson on the dynamics and disciplines by which the eearly Methodists churches multiplied.

He describes how John Wesley introduced these practices:

(1) Small size. Keep cell or group meetings small, having fewer that a dozen adults.
(2) Honest transparency. Group leaders set the pace for group members, by confessing the sins they had committed during the week.
(3) On-the-job training. More experienced leaders would train newer ones, within their same movement.
(4) Self support. Group leaders remains bi-vocational, self-supporting laymen.
(5) Lay leadership. Lay leaders were appointed as group shepherds, lay pastors.
(6) Simplicity. Requiring neither buildings nor budgets, their remained centered on Christ and on being born again.
(7) Patience. They showed endless patience for those who had many sins to overcome, showing them the love of Christ.
(8) Field preaching. They evangelized outside of their meeting places, taking the church to where the people were.
(9) Intentional evangelism. They planned, in their meetings, for whom each one would evangelize during the week.
(9) Socially active. They operated mercy ministries that met urgent needs of the population.

Dr. Patterson recommends to all churches that want to multiply:

(a) Obedience. Obey the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ, above and beyond all else.
(b) Low-cost. Employ no methods that would be limited by a finite source of funds.
(c) Leadership. Let be leaders those whom God has gifted to lead, not limited to those who meet certain academic requirements.
(d) Passion. Maintain a passion to win others for Christ.

To communicate with Dr. Patterson, see www.yesnet.pw
To view more interviews with Dr. Patterson, see www.peopleofyes.com “Videos.”

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