The Once and Future Wesleyan Movement

By Scott J. Jones Published
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What a renewed United Methodism might look like.Jones argues that several unique factors remain available to The United Methodist Church today from the period of rapid growth between 1800 and 1840. Drawing on the image of Loren Mead’s Once and Future Church and Moises Naim’s analysis in The End of Power, Jones argues that a viable future for United Methodism is to recapture the dynamism of being a movement, with many of the characteristics of early 19th century Methodism coming to the fore. It will draw on three key works about Methodism in the first half of the 19th century: Nathan Hatch’s Democratization of American Christianity, John Wigger’s Taking Heaven by Storm, and Gregory Schneider’s The Way of the Cross Leads Home.

The book talks about how the Wesleyan form of church contains important resources for the future of Christianity. It focuses on the United States and the first half is broadly applicable to all denominations in the Wesleyan tradition. The last half of the book discusses obstacles that are currently preventing the United Methodist Church from achieving its potential. It closes with a hopeful vision of what a renewed United Methodism might look like.



“Articulate, incisive, and deeply compelling. Let’s put a copy into the hands of every United Methodist who longs to prayerfully engage strategic holy conferencing and discern our next chapter as faith-filled Wesleyan Christians!”

—Sue Nilson Kibbey, Director, Office of Missional Church Development, West Ohio Conference, UMC

“Before knowing what to do, it is imperative to know who you are. This is the dilemma of the United Methodist denomination in its current moment of ferment. Bishop Scott Jones helps us to talk about right things that can move us to a future shaped by our purpose, not by our problems. This is a good conversation to join.”

—Gil Rendle, Senior Vice President, The Texas Methodist Foundation

“Bishop Scott Jones has spent a lifetime thinking about Wesleyan Christianity. In this important book he invites Methodists to remember who we are and where we came from and to reclaim important and oft forgotten elements of our DNA. But he also offers some very specific suggestions for what needs to change if The United Methodist Church is going to have ‘a future with hope.’”

—Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, KS

About the Author

Scott J. Jones

Scott J. Jones is the Resident Bishop of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and served as Bishop of the Great Plains area of The United Methodist Church. He was formerly the McCreless Associate Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, where he taught courses in evangelism and Wesley studies. Previous books include The Wesleyan Way, The Evangelistic Love of God & Neighbor, Staying at the Table, and Wesley and the Quadrilateral, all published by Abingdon Press.

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