METHODISM, a term' denoting the religious organizations which trace their origin to the evangelistic teaching of John Wesley.
The Centenary of Methodism was celebrated in 1839 and £221,939 was raised as a thank-offering: £71,609 was devoted to the colleges at Didsbury and Richmond; £70,000 was given to the missionary society, which spent £30,000 on the site and building of a missionhouse in Bishopsgate Within; £38,000 was set apart for the removal of chapel debts, &c.
Methodism began in a revival of personal religion, and it professed to have but one aim, viz.
The extent to which the employment of the local preacher is characteristic of Methodism may be seen from the fact that in the United Kingdom while there are only about 5000 Methodist ministers, there are more than 18,000 congregations; some 13,000 congregations, chiefly in the villages, are dependent on local preachers.
Methodism has always been aggressive, and her children on emigrating have taken with them their evangelistic methods.