Between the time of the death of Wesley in and the Conference of , there was an appreciable number of women who served the Kingdom of God nobly, as local preachers in the Methodist Society. Their precise status matters little, when one remembrs their valient srvice.
Some few travelled far and wide over the countryside. Others served within the boundaries of their own circuits, but to leave them out of account would be to censor an important chapter in the history of the Methodist Church.
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It ran through the whole of one morning and, regarded purely as a discussion of an important issue, it was first-class, showing the Conference at its best. There were seventeen participants in the debate and the speaking on both sides was excellent. To me it is an extraordinary fact that in the fifteen Conferences since, we have not had another debate of that order and excellence The resolution asked for the admission of women to the itinerant ministry on exactly the same terms as men.
I am satisfied in my own mind that if the proposal had sought the ordination of selected women to meet special needs at home and overseas, it would probably have been carried.
There was little objection on principle, and a beginning in the way suggested could have led to the solving of the serious practical difficulties. It was these difficulties in the main which led to the rejection of the proposal by a majority of approximately two thirds.
Bible Christian Minutes of Conference, ' Q. Church: 'Whilst it is evident that only an "extraordinary call" [to preach] was officially recognized in the case of a woman it is impossible to define the precise difference between this and the "ordinary call" to preach which was, apparently, sufficient ground for granting authority to men.
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Benson Perkins, President of the Conference: 'The major debate that year was on "women in the ministry". Methodist Recorder , Winter Number, pp. Church, More about the Early Methodist People pp. Wesley's Methodism New York, G. Swanson ed. Newton, 'Wesley and Women', in John Stacey ed. Lenton, '"Labouring for the Lord": women preachers in Wesleyan Methodism, - a revisionist view', in Richard Sykes ed.
Methodist women and the doctrine of sanctification', in Canadian Methodist Historical Society Papers , vol. Abraham and J. Kirby , pp.
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Fisher was followed by other circuit riders who traveled wherever miners, ranchers and others settled. Dyer, who arrived in He traversed both plains and mountains on horseback, riding some 10, miles. The United Brethren began their Colorado work in , followed by the Evangelicals in From these early beginnings has grown an American church of 8. Mountain View UMC seeks to provide a spiritual home for all those who desire a closer relationship to Jesus Christ, and who confidently look to the future believing that God is already there, beckoning them forward.
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