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Wesleyan Small Groups for Today

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, succinctly described the plan of discipleship in what he called The General Rules. As Christians, we are to (1) do no harm by avoiding evil of every kind; (2) do good to all people; and (3) attend upon all the ordinances of God like participating in worship, taking Communion, reading the Bible, praying, and more.

Unfortunately, knowing that does not always translate into living it. Learn more about how Wesley's concept of small groups as a place for accountability and spiritual growth have been adapted for today. 

Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church helps local church, district, and conference leaders fulfill the shared dream of making world-changing disciples.

Stylized small group around table. Illustration by Cindy Caldwell.

Overview of Wesleyan Small Groups

Knowing our faith and living it are two separate disciplines. In the first of a series of articles, learn why being part of a Wesleyan small group aids spiritual growth. Read More

John Wesley's signet shares the tenets of the Class Meeting - believe, love, obey. Image designed and refined by Richard Heitzenrater.

The Class Meeting

In the second of a series, learn how John Wesley's model for small groups was 'central to what it meant to be a Methodist' and remains so. Read More

Covenant Discipleship encourages participants to be active in four areas of means of grace: worship, devotion, compassion, and justice. Image courtesy of Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

Covenant Discipleship

In the third of a series, discover how Covenant Discipleship forms followers of Jesus who transform their church, community, and world. Read More

Overcoming borders and barriers

In the final story of the series, discover how Wesley's Class Meeting is bringing people together despite cultural and other differences. Read More