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The Soul of Methodism: The Class Meeting in Early New York City Methodism Philip F. Hardt

The Soul of Methodism: The Class Meeting in Early New York City Methodism

Philip F. Hardt

Published February 23rd 2005
ISBN : 9780761831198
Paperback
244 pages
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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 amongMoreA 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. Hardts belief that a weekly meeting can revitalize the churchs efforts to initiate people into the faith and assimilate them into the body of Christ.