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“The World is My Parish” is inscribed at the base of a statue of John Wesley located in the courtyard outside Wesley's Chapel and John Wesley's house at 49 City Road in London. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications

When John Wesley was criticized for preaching in cities where he was not the pastor, he famously replied, “The world is my parish.”

The method of United Methodism: Disciple making yesterday and today

 

The Mission—The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches and extension ministries of the Church provide the most significant arenas through which disciple-making occurs.
(United Methodist Book of Discipline 2016, ¶ 120)

The disciple making mission of The United Methodist Church has been part of us since the very beginning. This three-part series traces a brief history of our method from the days of John and Charles Wesley to today.

As a fellow at Lincoln College, John Wesley would have had an office similar to this one dedicated to him. Photo by Kathleen Barry, United Methodist Communications.

The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club

Beginning of a series about how disciple-making groups that form church leaders have been part of our Methodist heritage from the very start. Part 1 of 3. Read More

A statue of John Wesley greets visitors to The New Room in Bristol, England. Photo by Joe Iovino, United Methodist Communications.

The method of Methodism expands: Societies and the New Room

Series continues a look at what happened after the Wesleys left Oxford. See how the small group model shaped the Methodist movement. Part 2 of 3. Read More

Children who are part of a Covenant Discipleship group find support that can last a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Melanie Gordon, Discipleship Ministries.

The method of United Methodism today: Covenant Discipleship

Series continues a look at how the small group model continues to shape United Methodism today. Part 3 of 3. Read More