What does it mean to be Methodist? In a series of half-hour videos from leading Methodist scholars, Justo Gonzalez leads students through an exploration of the 18th-century Wesleyan revival in England and the growth of Methodism in the United States and around the world. Supplemental videos cover in more detail the rise of Methodism in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
This course explains what it means to be Methodist and will benefit both lifelong Methodists and those coming to Methodism from other traditions.
- John and Charles Wesley: The Early Years – Paul Chilcote
- Methodist Beginnings: 1725-1737 – Amy Oden
- Aldersgate and Its Results: 1738 – Steve Rankin
- Methodist History: 1739-1744 – Henry Knight
- Early Methodist Revival: 1740-1760 –Hoo-Jung Lee
- Methodism in Britain: 1760-1791 – Peter Forsaith
- The Legacy of Charles Wesley – S. T. Kimbrough
- American Methodism: 1740s-1860s – Douglas M. Strong
- African Methodism in Early America – Dennis C. Dickerson
- The Holiness Movement and Missions – Steven O’Malley
- Global Methodism – Robert Hunt
- Methodism and Social Holiness – Wendy Deichmann Edwards
2.0 CEUs are available.
*Please note: You will need to access this course from a laptop or desktop computer in order to view the videos embedded in this course; they will not play on a tablet or phone.
Photo by Fran Walsh, United Methodist Communications
Past Students Said…
“While this is not my first course on Methodist Heritage, it is certainly the most in depth. I really enjoyed seeing the link between the theology of both Charles and John Wesley and the development of Methodism after their deaths. I appreciated Pamela’s feedback and her efforts to engage us in class wide discussions. It did cause me to go beyond some of the basic material provided thus enhancing the experience. As compared to other coursed on Methodist History, I think one strength is its length. That provides more time to go cover more issues (and history) to get a better understanding of our roots.” – Kirk Reid
“Our discussion helped me see things from different perspectives and helped me break out of what might sometimes be rigid thinking on my part.”
“In order to “tell our story” as Methodists, we need to be well grounded in knowledge of our heritage. This course certainly helped with that.”
“The insights presented in the videos were entertaining & informative. The additional reading materials were also informative (I plan to hang on to some of them).”
“The instructor was very amiable, easy to reach, and very understanding. You could tell from the assignments that she put a lot of thought into them and that she enjoys facilitating the course.”
“Please keep offering this. I believe it’s essential for all Methodists to know this history and information.”
About the Instructor
Pamela Deck is a United Methodist Christian Educator who loves helping churches, groups, and individuals equip disciples and connect faith to real life! Based in the Western North Carolina Conference, her educational background includes a B.S. from Clemson University, Certificate in Business Administration from Isothermal Community College, and graduate work at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, for the Certified Associate in Christian Education in the United Methodist Church 1996. With over 30 years of experience in education ministry, she served as Staff Children and Youth Ministries Coordinator at Spindale United Methodist Church. Then, Pamela contracted with the United Methodist Publishing House as: Cokesbury Action Team Conference Leader and Marion District Representative; FaithHome for Parents Consultant; and National Workshop Presenter. Additional training includes Safe Sanctuaries, Transitions, Coaching, Liturgical Dance, and Equipping Ministry. Pamela’s website is www.freewebs.com/pdeckconsulting and her Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/PDeckConsulting/.
Pamela enjoys being involved at Spindale United Methodist Church as adult Sunday small group co-leader, Lay Delegate to Annual Conference, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Safe Sanctuary Committee, and former Praise in Motion dance leader and youth group co-leader. She is a member of the Western North Carolina Conference (WNCC) Christians Engaged in Faith Formation. Pamela serves as WNCC Re-certification Registrar. Some favorite hobbies are travel, baking, reading, fashion and sewing, guitar, piano, and dance. Pamela lives with her husband and black lab mix and has an adult son and daughter. She looks forward to learning together with you soon!
About the Course Organizer
Michael Beardslee began working for the Institute for Discipleship and BeADisciple in early 2016, developing and facilitating courses for a new project called the Wesley Lay Academy. He was born and raised in South Central Kansas, where he currently resides after a period of moving across the United States for his graduate studies.
He holds a Bachelors in Religion and Philosophy (Friends University), an M.A. (Pittsburgh Theological Seminary), Th.M (Systematic Theology, Trinity International University), and is currently a Ph.D candidate at Fuller Theological Seminary (Intercultural Studies), working under the Pentecostal theologian, Amos Yong. His doctoral research concerns the way Christians from different cultural locations relate to one another in a globalized Christianity. His writing is featured most recently in Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms (IVP, 2018), and in the Religion and Theology journal (Brill, 2017).
Michael splits his time up between his academic interests, his many hobbies, and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and his two young girls. In 2017, he was awarded the Visiting Scholar fellowship at Southwestern College, after which he returned to continue the work he began with BeADisciple.