The Band Meeting
The band meeting, a proven discipleship model for growing in love through the accountability of small, same-gender groups, was one of the defining characteristics of the Methodist movement started by John Wesley in the mid-1700s. In reflection on Wesley’s class meeting and band meeting structure, George Whitfield once said, “My Brother Wesley acted wisely, the souls that were awakened under his ministry he joined in class, and thus preserved the fruits of his labor. This I neglected, and my people are a rope of sand.”
In The Band Meeting, Kevin Watson and Scott Kisker give an overview of the richness of this early tradition and introduce a practical approach for growing toward an authentic, transformation-oriented small group experience.
The Class Meeting
John Wesley's Class Meeting: A Model for Making Disciples
John Wesley was an eighteenth-century Anglican priest and Oxford tutor. He and George Whitfield were the primary leaders of the Evangelical Awakening which had a profound effect on the spiritual, social, and political life of both England and colonial America. Wesley gathered converts into a network of small groups for personal accountability, behavioral change, leadership training, and the transformation of their communities. Central to his system was the “class meeting,” which proved to be one of the most effective tools for making disciples ever developed. This study examines the historical development, the theological foundation, and the social outcomes of John Wesley’s class meeting.
The Problem with Wineskins
In Revival Rising: Preparing for the Next Wave of Awakening, Mark Nysewander explores the dynamics of high-impact revivals, believing that even a limited knowledge of the supernatural realities in a revival can stir us to contend for God’s next wave of power.
The Fasting Key
When the author began to study the subject of fasting some years ago he was shocked by the number of biblical references he found referring to it. Clearly fasting was not some biblical “side issue”, but a central element of spiritual life. Fasting is a discipline that has been practised by many influential men and women of God throughout church history with dramatic results. The author says, “Fasting has become an essential part of my walk with the Lord. It continues to amaze me that I lived for so long without this key that unlocks so many blessings.” Using the metaphor of a key, this book discusses how Fasting will unlock the blessings of God.
Movements that Changed the World – Five Keys to Spreading the Gospel
When Jesus commissioned his followers, he was not just inaugurating the historical church, he was founding a missionary movement.Originally released by Missional Press and now revised and expanded to include a multi-session discussion guide, Steve Addison’s Movements That Change the World draws from biblical, historical and contemporary case studies to isolate the essential elements of a dynamic missionary movement.
Pioneering Movements: Leadership that Multiplies Disciples and Churches
God’s mission needs movement leaders. Jesus pioneered something completely new in human history―a dynamic missionary movement intent on reaching the world. His mission is as clear and as relevant today as in the days of the early church: to make disciples everywhere, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded. But the potential of the church remains untapped. What does it take to lead movements that successfully carry out this mission? In Pioneering Movements, Steve Addison identifies what it takes to follow Jesus’ example.
What Jesus Started: Joining the Movement, Changing the World
2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year (Church Health) Sometimes we get so caught up in the power of Jesus shouting from the cross, “It is finished!” that we forget that Jesus started something. What Jesus started was a movement that began small, with intimate conversations designed to build disciples into apostles who would go out in the world and seed it with God’s kingdom vision. That movement grew rapidly and spread wide as people recognized the truth in it and gave their lives to the power of it. That movement is still happening today, and we are called to play our part in it.
The Radical Wesley, Howard A. Snyder
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