Jun 26 2018

Pastor Mike at Aztec Methodist Church

As the Methodist Episcopal church grew it became harder and harder to gather all of the preachers into their annual conference. At an Annual conference of lay preachers held in 1773 (just a block from where the continental congress was meeting) there were reported to be 1,160 members of Methodist Societies in the 13 colonies. By 1784 when the ME Church was established there were 15,000 members and 83 traveling preachers (not all ordained). There were 43 organized preaching circuits, and many of the traveling preachers were assigned to areas where there were no Methodist churches. The bishops (Thomas Coke and Francis Asbury) began holding Annual Conference at a three locations, adjourning and reconvening at each location. Preachers were expected to come to whichever session of conference was closest to their preaching circuit. 

In 1787 there is a split in St George’s ME church in Philadelphia. Blacks and whites had been worshiping together until the white leadership asked several black members to move to the back of the church so there was more room for white people toward the front. The black members walked out of the church entirely, and soon thereafter formed their own congregation under Richard Allen, a freed slave and ordained Methodist preacher. This would eventually lead to a separate denomination, The African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1789 Mennonite Martin Boehm (who had served as a licensed ME preacher) and Philip William Otterbein (an ordained German reformed pastor who was good friends with Asbury and had attended the Christmas Conference that formed the ME church) formed a loose association of German speaking preachers who would later form the United Brethren in Christ (a German speaking denomination with an organizational structure modeled after the ME book of discipline.

In 1791 William Hammet, who had been ordained by Wesley for missionary work in Antigua came to the US and felt that the ME church had drifted too far from the worship patterns laid down by Wesley, so he also formed a new denomination (primarily in the southern states) that called themselves the Primitive Methodist Church. 

In 1792 the Bishops called the first General Conference, which all traveling preachers were expected to attend. One of the influential preachers, James O’Kelly moved that this general conference would be a court of appeal for preachers dissatisfied with the decisions of a bishop. As a direct challenge to Asbury’s leadership the motion failed. O’Kelly led a walkout of the preachers who wanted less Episcopal control of the church, and the group formed the Republican Methodist Church, later to call itself “The Christian Church”. The remaining pastors decided that General Conference would meet every four years to make any needed changes to the Book of Discipline.

Within its first 8 years church splits had led to 3 groups which would form their own denominations and seen the organization of another denomination that was similar in nature. Yet it kept growing. By 1800 there were 64,894 members in the ME Church.

Aztec United Methodist Church

Sunday Schedule

8:45am   Sunday School
10:00am Worship Service

Community Assistance

Community assistance is available between 8:30am and 1:00pm from Monday through Thursday.

Upcoming Sermons

June 24
A response of Gratitude
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Luke 19:1-10

July 1
Out of the Depths
Psalm 130
Mark 5:21-43

July 8
Mixed Successes
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13

July 15
An Unredeemed Life
Ephesians 1:3-14
Mark 6:14-29

July 22
E Pluribus Unum
Ephesians 2:11-22
Mark 6:30-56

July 29
All the Riches of God
Ephesians 3:14-21
Mark 6:30-44

Child Care Available

Child care is available between 8:45am and 11:00am so that you are more easily able to attend the service and Sunday school.

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  • Today’s Reflection CONSIDER YOUR prayer life. Do you just whisper a quick prayer before meals? Do you only pray when you face an emergency? Give new life to your prayer routine by praying throughout the day. Talk with God about the ordinary and extraordinary parts of everyday life, knowing that God will listen. – Missy […]

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