METHODISM, a term' denoting the religious organizations which trace their origin to the evangelistic teaching of John Wesley.
Wesley and his helpers, finding the Anglican churches closed against them, took to preaching in the open air; and this method is still followed, more or less, in the aggressive evangelistic work of all the Methodist Churches.
They were indirectly the outcome of the evangelistic efforts of Howell Harris and Rowlands.
Methodism has always been aggressive, and her children on emigrating have taken with them their evangelistic methods.
It has oversight of all the congregations within its bounds; hears references from kirk-sessions or appeals from individual members; sanctions the formation of new congregations; superintends the education of students for the ministry; stimulates and guides pastoral and evangelistic work; and exercises discipline over all within its bounds, including the ministers.