New Book Discusses American Methodism
Having served as a staff to the Structure Study Commission of the General Conference of 1968, author Paul F. McCleary wants this generation of church leadership to be aware of the institutional history and the debate on structure that continues to give form to the current polity. With this in mind, McCleary pens "Reform Movements in Methodism and How They Were Treated (1784-1830)," a comprehensive book that explores and dissects how and to what degree the Methodist denomination's form of government is contributing to the present day society's current malaise.
"In early Methodism, there was a strong discipline exercised. When some very meaningful reformers emerged, how did the church deal with them? Was it right? How did that affect the church?" The author asks.
Above questions are answered as McCleary examines early reform movements in American Methodism and their impact on the governance within the denomination - how churches respond to each reform is detailed. The book will be of special interest to all of those who are concerned about how institutions change. A conserving institution such as the church is under constant pressures to move in new directions. How churches respond to every reform is vitally important to the future of the institution. A secondary purpose is to initiate a study of the ramifications the Episcopal form of government has on the vitality of a local congregation of the United Methodist Church.
Giving a clearer picture of the two sides of the coin, McCleary invites everyone to join him in examining "Reform Movements in Methodism and How They Were Treated (1784-1830)" as these are vital information on how present church problems can be addressed. This is the first of what will be a trilogy on church renewal in American Methodism.