In the late 1700s, a massive revival broke out across Britain and the United States in which more than 100,000 people saw their lives changed in a monumental move of the Spirit of God. John Wesley’s Methodist system of small groups, circuit riders, societies, and lay leadership was foundational to this renewal, and the thought and practice behind Wesley’s work is still a movement maker in today’s world.
The Radical Wesley: The Patterns and Practices of a Movement Maker is not simply a biographical sketch of John Wesley. It’s much more than that. In this book, Howard Snyder skillfully takes Wesley’s model and uses it as an outline for analysis of church renewal through the centuries.
There is another movement brewing. A resurgence of Wesleyanism is in the air. And with Snyder’s help, we can let history be our guide.
By understanding not only John Wesley’s methods, but also the motivations behind his decisions, we are able to start recasting the mold for a more biblical mentality and structure for church life and mission in our own homes, churches, communities, and world.
Beautifully, Wesley addresses all of these questions, and his voice is as fresh today as it was two centuries ago.
Dr. Howard Snyder is a pioneer in missional church and kingdom thought. Currently he serves as the International Representative for the Manchester Wesley Research Centre in Manchester, England. He was formerly professor of the history and theology of mission, Asbury Theological Seminary (1996-2006); Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, 2007-2012. He is a popular speaker and prolific author. His works include The Problem of Wineskins, Community of the King, and most recently, Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission, and National Myth.