John Wesley was an 18th century preacher and the founder of the Methodist movement. He was known for:
- preaching outside,
- riding huge distances on horseback,
- responding to social needs,
As a young man, John Wesley and his friends were nicknamed ‘methodists’ by fellow students because of their strict routines of prayer and study. They took it as a compliment and the name stuck.
Wesley encouraged his followers to meet in small groups in order to offer each other encouragement and to study and pray together. These ‘class meetings’ were vital in building the Methodist Movement.
Today there are Methodist Churches in nearly every country in the world and global membership numbers some 70 million people. Find out more about John Wesley and his followers.