Priorities and a History Lesson

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Making disciples

Your insight is as wise as John Wesley and Francis Asbury. Asbury faced the need for discipleship when he landed in Philadelphia in 1771. Within two weeks of his arrival, he had to confront the two leading missionaries sent to America by John Wesley before Francis Asbury arrived. Asbury was able to see that Joseph Pilmoor and Richard Boardman were slowly slipping away from this vital focus of creating disciples. Joseph and Richard were drawing into the comfortable yet dangerous arena of adulation, abandoning the weekly class meetings for a chance to preach in the pulpits of other denominations. Asbury saw this situation as a slippery slope, realizing that the health of the movement was more dependent on creating new leaders through the class meetings and less dependent on the acknowledgment of a handful of talented preachers. More dependent on creating leaders from within and less dependent on a professional clergy. Thank you for the post.

Al DeFilippo more than 5 years ago