The soul of Methodism : the class meeting in early New York City Methodism


    • Hardt, Philip F.


The soul of Methodism : the class meeting in early New York City Methodism

Philip F. Hardt

University Press of America, c2000

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [207]-230) and index



A weekly 'class meeting' among Methodists in early 19th-century New York formed the basis for growth and unity in the small Christian sect. Author Rev. Dr. Philip F. Hardt describes these meetings as a means to close personal relationships among class members. They also provided a place in which lay leadership could emerge and monitor behavior among members. Hardt connects the decline in Methodist membership over the years with the dissolution of the weekly meeting. This book advocates a return to the meetings as a means to increase church membership. It is Rev. Hardt's belief that a weekly meeting can revitalize the church's efforts to initiate people into the faith and assimilate them into the body of Christ.


Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgements Chapter 4 The Class Meeting in Early British Methodism: 1738-1780 Chapter 5 The New York Society: 1768-1800 Chapter 6 The New York Circuit: 1800-1832 Chapter 7 The Rise of Denominationalism and the Decline of the Class Meeting in New York City Methodism: 1832-1870 Chapter 8 The Class Meeting and the Churches Today: Changing the Face of American Piety Again Chapter 9 Appendices Chapter 10 Endnotes Chapter 11 Bibliography Chapter 12 Index Chapter 13 Author Biographical Sketch

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