The Genius of Wesleyan Small Groups

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Both John Wesley and George Whitefield were 18th century ministers who won thousands of converts to Christ, leading to a great revival of the church. Whitefield often relied on Wesley to organize and offer spiritual oversight to new converts. Having people participate in Wesleyan small groups, whether select societies, class meetings, or bands, was the key to catalyzing real spiritual growth.

Watch Dr. Ryan Danker explain how this phenomenon and the flexibility of John Wesley’s ministry to meet the spiritual needs of the day contributed to renewal in the church.

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Dr. Ryan Danker is Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity and Methodist Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary.