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John Wesley's Class Meeting Paperback – May, 1997
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About the Author
D. Michael Henderson is the founder and Executive Director of African Leadership, an organization which helps train and equip African leaders for ministry in Africa. He has pastored several congregations as well as held teaching positions at colleges, including Asbury College and Oral Roberts University. Dr. Henderson holds numerous degrees in both divinity and education, including a Ph.D. in education from Indiana University.
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D. Michael Henderson's book is about going back to the roots of the class meeting in order to genuinely understand what the early Methodists were doing and why. This book would be of particular use to those interested in contemporary small group ministry -- or those with an interest in Wesley or early Methodism.
Superb. This book gets my highest recommendation.
So far, so good. What we may not have "discovered" was actually formulated several centuries ago by John Wesley --- whose outline for spiritual growth centered on the use of structured meetings and personal accountability. "How doth your soul prosper?" is among Wesley's guidelines as an opening question for group sharing.
Today's effective and powerful Celebrate Recovery movement (launched at Saddleback but spreading everywhere) understands and applies these key principles to persons who want to overcome addictions and break the power of past habits. Yet is this not the case with everyone who finds new life? All of us need new patterns of health and righteousness; all of us need to break old patterns that are unhelpful and ultimately destructive.
Henderson has written an excellent explanation of the history, theology, and psychology of small-groups, as explained by Wesley.
Got groups? Excellent. Here's what to do with them.
Dr. David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Author of: "Moving Forward After Divorce"
On the positive side, I am new to Methodism and Wesley's ministry, so I found this very enlightening as a historical read about the how and why Wesley's method had the massive impact it did. I recommend it at that level, and if you would like to draw your own applications on how to apply this method. Last of all,I felt this work read more like a thesis than a guide to applying the concepts as the writing style is very formal.
I have long wondered what the "method" was that worked so well for so many years...and now I know.
I am grateful that this has been published.