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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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Winfield Bevins

Winfield Bevins is Director of Church Planting at Asbury Seminary and also serves as Director of Re-missioning for Fresh Expressions US. As a seasoned practitioner, he has helped plant several churches and has used his experience to train leaders from around the world. He is a sought after coach and frequently speaks at conferences on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books including Church Planting Revolution and Marks of a Movement. He and his wife Kay, have three beautiful girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline.  You can find out more about him at his website winfieldbevins.com.


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