Course Dates

  • Date:  June 2-4, 2017
  • Start time:  9:00 am each day
  • Instructor: Rev. Matthew McEwen
  • Location:  Holt Free Methodist Church, Mount Albert, ON
  • Date:  November 3-5, 2017
  • Start time:  9:00 am each day
  • Instructor: Rev. Matthew McEwen
  • Location:  *NEW – Location Change:  Lakeview Free Methodist Church,  Saskatoon, SK

(*locations will be chosen based on where the majority of the participants live, so please register early!)


COURSE DESCRIPTION

This Course will investigate the life and times of John and Charles Wesley, and the unique practical and theological contributions they made to Christendom, with particular focus on the doctrines of Salvation and the work of grace.

WHY SUCH A COURSE?

The theology of John and Charles Wesley was developed in response to a Church which was both unwilling and unable to meet the desperate need in the surrounding culture.  Far from a merely intellectual exercise, Wesleyan theology shaped their ministry and efforts to bring renewal and revival to the Anglican Church.  Although much has changed since the 1700s, Wesleyan theology can still guide the Church today.

This course will also help prepare lay ministers for the interviews with the Ministerial Education Guidance and Placement (MEGaP) committee to become a Ministerial Candidate, the first step toward credentialed ministry in The Free Methodist Church in Canada.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student should:

  • Be able to articulate a theological perspective from a Wesleyan worldview (eg. how Wesleyan Theology should inform our approach to evangelism; creation care, etc.).
  • Be able to understand and articulate Wesleyan Theological emphases in common language (atonement, Christian perfection, holiness, etc).
  • Be able to personally discern: Do I resonate with Wesleyan Theology and how will I both teach and practice it?
  • Be able to engage with the various means of grace.

Text Books

Timothy J. Crutcher, John Wesley, His Life and Thought. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8341-   3494-2

Theodore Runyon, The New Creation:  John Wesley’s Theology Today.  Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998. ISBN-10: 0687096022

Albert C. Outler, John Wesley.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1964 (Reprint edition Nov 1980). ISBN-10:  0195028104

Other Resources:

http://gbgm.umc.org/umhistory/wesley/sermons

http://gbgm.umc.org/umhistory/wesley/collectionofhymns

http://gbgm/umc.org/umhistory/wesley/hymns

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection

Charles Wesley Journal 1736-1756

John Wesley Journal 1735-1742

Wesley Bibliography – Kenneth J. Collins

Wesleyan Theology Journal index

Charles Wesley Hymns

A partial bibliography

Translating Wesley (Pedlar)


You will find other helpful information on this website regarding credentialed ministry in The Free Methodist Church in Canada™ under the “Leadership Development” section.

 

TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THIS COURSE, CLICK HERE.

To register by phone or for more information contact:

Susan DePlanché – Leadership Development Office
Telephone:  289-228-1225 (cell) or 905-848-2600 ext 405   Fax:  905-848-2603