An overview of the life and theology of John Wesley and the distinctives of Methodism with application for ministry.
What does it mean to be and live as a Methodist? What is unique about a Wesleyan way of believing and practicing Christianity? And what can the life and ministry of John Wesley teach us about living a faithful Christian life?
Using selected primary source material, interpretive discussion, and instructive diagrams, Germano walks readers through the heart of the history, theology, and practices of the ministry of John Wesley and the early Methodists. He then suggests some practical implications for how this faith can be lived out in our world and undergird church ministry. The author summarizes the spiritual, historical, and sociological context of Wesley’s England, in order to help readers understand the primary themes of Wesleyan theology and practice. End-of-chapter discussion questions and at-a-glance boxes make the content easy to comprehend while at the same time introducing and highlighting core concepts.
Brian E. Germano, DMin, is lead pastor of McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. His MDiv is from Candler School of Theology and his DMin is from Saint Paul School of Theology in Wesleyan Studies. He is a member of the North Georgia Annual Conference and an instructor of in-person and online Course of Study School classes through both Emory University and the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education Ministry: Introduction to Christian Theology; Transformative Leadership; The Wesleyan Movement; UM Doctrine; and UM Polity. He has also taught these topics in various local church and District settings. As a member of the North Georgia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, he is co-facilitator of several Theology and Doctrine groups which prepare candidates for entrance into full-time ministry.
Praise for Christianity the Wesleyan Way
“This book stands out as a uniquely valuable introduction to Wesleyan theology and practice. Brian Germano not only makes Wesley accessible to a wide readership but also how he provides a relevant pattern of ministry. The clarity of explanation, helpful charts, inclusion of some of Wesley’s most important sermons, and insightful reflections on implications for ministry today make this a preferred resource for pastors and laity alike. I cannot recommend it enough.”
—Henry H. Knight III, Donald and Pearl Wright Professor of Wesleyan Studies and E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Saint Paul School of Theology
“This accessible book is for clergy and laity alike. In Christianity the Wesleyan Way, Germano delivers on his promise to instruct and inspire spiritual formation, so we can fully consider what it means to answer God’s call to ministry and grow as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and walk the road to perfection together.”
—Barbara Nye, PhD, Director and Academic Dean, ALPS-MTH Extension School, Emory University Candler School of Theology