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Marks of a Movement

What the Church Today Can Learn from the Wesleyan Revival

Winfield Bevins

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

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Author(s)

Winfield Bevins

Winfield Bevins is an author, artist, and speaker whose passion is to help others connect to the roots of the Christian faith for discipleship and mission. He is the Director of Church Planting at Asbury Theological Seminary. He frequently speaks at conferences on a variety of topics and is a regular adjunct professor at several seminaries. Having grown up in a free-church background, Winfield eventually found his spiritual home in the Anglican tradition, but freely draws wisdom from all church traditions.

Having authored several books, his writings explore the convergence of liturgy, prayer, and mission. His latest book, Ever Ancient, Ever New, with Zondervan examines young adults who have embraced Christian liturgy and how it has impacted their lives.

As an artist, Winfield is dedicated to connecting the church and the arts community. He is a visual artist who enjoys painting iconography, landscapes, and portraits. Over the past decade, he has helped start numerous arts initiatives, including a non-profit art gallery and studio and an arts program in North Carolina.

He and his wife Kay have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline and live in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky.

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