Revitalization and renewal of evangelism in the United Methodist Church in the Philippines
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This thesis explores the approaches in evangelism that impacted the l8th century church in England and its implications to the United Methodist Church in the Philippines. Further, this work traces the success and effectiveness of John Wesley and the early Wesleyan movement that gave the poor, oppressed and neglected a significant place in the life of the church. It is my purpose to highlight the effectiveness of the early Methodist movement and to describe its applicability to our present time and to the Philippine context.
Chapter one reviews John Wesley's theology of evangelism and the effects of his evangelistic approach on early Methodism in England and in the United States. This chapter also contains a discussion of how John Wesley's theology impacted the Anglican Church and the society. Additionally, there is a brief exposition of the Wesleyan movement's political and social impact that helped to elevate the human quality of life through improved availability of education to the poor and the abolition of slavery in England.
Chapter two traces the history and development of the Methodist mission in the Philippines. There is a discussion about the struggle of the Filipino people who were Christianized and re-Christianized in the hands of Spanish and American missionaries respectively. In this chapter, as well, is a reflection concerning the significant impact the American Protestant missionaries had on the society and quality of life—something that their Spanish counterparts failed to bring to the Filipino people.
A discussion of new approaches in evangelism and suggestions on how to revitalize the United Methodist Church in the Philippines comprise chapter three. Comparative analyses of the theology and evangelistic styles of three contemporary Methodist theologians-William Abraham, George Hunter III and Mortimer Arias-are addressed. There is consideration to how these three theologians' approaches are apt to the Philippine situation.
I hope that this thesis will be of help to the United Methodist Church in the Philippines as she seeks relevance and meaning in the Philippine society. John Wesley went outside the four walls of the church and reached out to the lost and neglected members of the society. It is my desire that this thesis will guide the United Methodist Church in the Philippines in seeking and finding Jost and secular people and winning them to Christ. The life, mission and purpose of the church are the same: to make disciples for Christ.