The Class Meeting: Does Experiential Spiritual Formation Create Inviting Disciples? Open Access

Bruce, Robert (Spring 2019)

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This project seeks to discover if a modern adaptation of the Wesleyan class meeting will produce changes in thinking and behavior, especially in the willingness of the disciple to invite others into the community. Class meetings are experiential, transformational disciple formation as opposed to informational formation such as Bible Study or Sunday School. Disciples meet to share their lived experiences of God and as John Wesley commented “watch over one another in love.” Indeed, the results from the research do indicate the class meetings produce changes in behavior and thinking. These results should help a Pastor decide if class meetings would be effective in his/her context. 

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The Setting

The Presenting Problem Is Not The Problem

The Proposed Solution: Wesleyan Class Meetings

Small Groups in The Tradition

The Class Meeting


Spiritual Formation at McEver Road United Methodist Church


Method, Results, and Analysis

Concluding Thoughts

Appendix A

Appendix B


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