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Vital small groups fueled a movement


This movement began with a few young college men who started the first small group in Methodism. Commonly known as the Holy Club, the concept of personal holiness and social holiness caught fire. The holiness of life was attained through these small groups that were called class meetings. Class meetings were small groups of people gathering in homes for prayer, study and accountability for the Christian life. Later, after Methodism spread from England to the United States, the movement of small groups and spreading scriptural holiness would emerge into congregations and eventually a denomination. Prior to that, the movement was a renewal community made up of small groups. As the movement started congregations and a denomination, it continued its same mission, help people live the Christian life through the means of grace and spread scriptural holiness. It employed the same core ministries of training laity to lead small groups, engaging in ministries with the poor (social holiness), and sending out exhorters (personal holiness through sending teachers and preachers to share the Gospel.)