Jesus’ main method in making disciples was a small group. The group consisted of apprentices who were to be like their Leader. Following Jesus’ model, the early Methodists formed class meetings, which were the heart of the movement for almost 200 years. It is my great desire to help our churches recover this long neglected method of the Methodists! The majority of conversions during the Wesleyan revival took place within these redemptive groups. My work is to gather these ‘small groups’ from the church and community. Our focus is the intersection of Scripture and life experience, which brings transformation. A constant goal is to apprentice leaders for these groups who will in turn train others This is a clear "method of Jesus" in making disciples. In the first 100 years of the Methodist movement, "class meetings" were the front lines of evangelism and discipleship. These weekly meetings were required for people to be in the movement. We need a recovery of "the method of Jesus" and the "method of the Methodists."
Small Group Resources
"THe Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience"
"Watson’s book unfolds a vision and a practical strategy for developing small groups that are much simpler than the typical group, while being more productive and with greater spiritual depth. The Class Meeting is structured into an eight-week study resource designed for a small group to work through together. Along the way, your group will be progressively equipped with a shared language to talk about the work of the Holy Spirit in the inner person and a structure for holding these kinds of meetings. After eight weeks, the book is laid aside and the class meeting is born."
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