Living Your Methodist Identity: Recovering the Class Meeting for Disciple Building Open Access

Jennings, Thomas Gene (Spring 2018)

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                        When one reads the New Testament, one reads of the importance of being a “disciple” of Jesus Christ. Jesus calls individuals to follow, to learn, and carry-on his mission into the world. The mission of the United Methodist Church is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” This mission was established from the beginning of the early Methodist Church. The Methodist Church established a form of small groups called “class meetings” for the purpose of making disciples. From the beginning, the class meetings were used to increase the members’ growth toward a “sanctified life,” and toward a deeper love for God and neighbor daily. In a time where apathy and disengagement with the church is common, the class meeting is an option for the contemporary United Methodist Church. An environment where individuals can be introduced to God, and grow in their faith. The church transforms the world not by adding members in attendance, but by making “disciples.”

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