Separation from the Church of England
Although Wesley declared, "I live and die a member
of the Church of England", the strength and impact of the movement
made a separate Methodist body virtually inevitable.
In 1784 Wesley gave legal status to his Conference,
which moved towards the legal separation of Methodism
from the Anglican Church.
He also ordained ministers for America, where there was a
drastic shortage of clergy to administer the sacraments following
the War of Independance. The Bishop of London had refused to ordain
ministers for this purpose, and Wesley felt he was forced to
Disputes about the status of the travelling preachers and the
administration of the sacraments were resolved by the Plan of
Pacification (1795) which was a decisive break with the Church of
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