John and Charles Wesley were both Anglican priests. As students at Oxford University in England, they underwent a conversion experience in 1738, developing a rigorous spiritual discipline others dubbed “the Method”; it included everyday use of the Daily Office and frequent participation in Holy Communion. They were committed to spreading this discipline to unchurched people, especially in the American colonies, employing circuit-riding believers who preached wherever they could find an audience. This practice was uniquely suited to a growing, frontier country of aboriginal peoples and immigrant pioneers. The Wesleys’ Method achieved explosive growth in the USA and spread from there to most parts of the world. (artist unknown)

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