Marks of a Multiplying Movement

What the Church Today Can Learn from the Wesleyan Revival


What would a multiplication movement look like in the West? There is no better example of church multiplication than the Wesleyan revival, which grew exponentially in the early years. The movement started with only a handful of people in the 1700s and grew into a movement that reached thousands of people and established hundreds of societies in England and the United States. From 1850 to 1905, American Methodism averaged planting more than seven hundred churches per year. Do the math!

In this eBook, Winfield Bevins identifies the principles that propelled the Methodist movement and are present in other church multiplication movements. As Bevins says, “the mark of a true leader is their ability to prepare their organization to outlast themselves,” so we should take notes from John Wesley whose influence lives well beyond his own life.

10 Marks that Characterized the Methodist Movement

  1. Movements start from personal encounter
  2. Movements are built upon prayer
  3. Movements empower lay leaders
  4. Movements spread rapidly
  5. Movements are led by apostolic leaders
  6. Movements unite evangelism and discipleship
  7. Movements create disciple-making systems
  8. Movements engage in holistic mission
  9. Movements outlast their founder
  10. Movements reproduce everything
Winfield Bevins
Winfield Bevins is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has trained leaders from around the world and frequently speaks at conferences, churches, and seminaries on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books including Marks of a Movement and Healthy Rhythms for Leaders. He is the co-founder of Missional Formation Coaching, which is designed to help leaders thrive by promoting healthy rhythms that connect spiritual and missional practices. You can connect with him at and on twitter @winfieldbevins.
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