Societies and classes
Wesley formed converts
into local societies, originally modelled upon the 'Religious
Societies' and his Oxford group. They were also subdivided into
'classes' which met weekly.
Every year, by horse or carriage, John Wesley travelled the
country to visit, encourage and admonish the societies, as well as
Through the societies, members supported one another spiritually
and pastorally, and working people and women often found a status
otherwise denied to them.
Wesley insisted that Methodists regularly attend their local
parish church as well as Methodist meetings. He did not want
Methodism to become a 'break away' movement.
groups are still important in Methodism today,
for nurturing Christian growth in mutual trust and
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