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.
The method of early Methodism: The Oxford Holy Club
Part 1: A disciple-making group was at the heart of John and Charles Wesley's vision while they were still in college. Learn about their student "Holy Club" that helped them grow in their love for Jesus and their neighbors.
The method of Methodism expands: Societies and the New Room
Part 2: When the Wesleys and their colleagues left Oxford to pastor in other places, they replicated the Holy Club in their churches. See how the small group model shaped and grew the Methodist movement.
The method of United Methodism today: Covenant Discipleship
Part 3: The disciple-making, small group model continues to shape United Methodism today. Explore how United Methodists of every age continue to watch over one another in love.