The Soul of Methodism: The Class Meeting in Early New York City Methodism (Paperback)Philip F. Hardt (author)
Paperback 244 Pages / Published: 23/02/2005
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A weekly 'class meeting' among Methodists in early 19th-century New York formed the basis for growth and unity in the small Christian sect. Author Rev. Dr. Philip F. Hardt describes these meetings as a means to close personal relationships among class members. They also provided a place in which lay leadership could emerge and monitor behavior among members. Hardt connects the decline in Methodist membership over the years with the dissolution of the weekly meeting. This book advocates a return to the meetings as a means to increase church membership. It is Rev. Hardt's belief that a weekly meeting can revitalize the church's efforts to initiate people into the faith and assimilate them into the body of Christ.
Publisher: University Press of America
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 367 g
Dimensions: 228 x 154 x 19 mm
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