This past March I presented a paper at the 42nd meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. The title of the paper was “The Form and Power of Godliness: Wesleyan Communal Discipline as Voluntary Suffering.” This paper discusses the crucial role that small group accountability played in early Methodism. The paper argues that the contemporary United Methodist Church has almost entirely abandoned the discipline that the early Methodist believed was so important to the movement’s success. It further seeks to look at the implications this has for the revival of the UMC today. You can read the paper here. I have submitted the paper for publication in the Wesleyan Theological Journal.
Andrew Conard, an associate pastor at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, has written a review of the paper that he posted on his blog, Thoughts of Resurrection. You can read his post here and you can read the review here.
If you have the time to read the paper, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks to Andrew for taking the time to review it.