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Differences between Wesleyan and Free Methodist denominations?

Hi, I'm just curious about the similarities and differences between these denominations. I know they both emphasize personal holiness and the possibility of apostacy/falling away, but beyond that I don't know much. They both seem like good churches to attend. Thanks for any information you could provide. Sam
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Did you check out these websites: The Free Methodist Church and The Wesleyan Church?


Both are offshoots of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1800s. In the Methodist Bicentenail Celebration back in 1984 these groups came together with other Methodist bodies such as the United Methodist Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church among others.
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I've not attended either church, but from what I know of their history I think the Wesleyan Church has stronger holiness roots than the Free Methodist Church does.

I'd guess that there polity is different too.
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I was a Local Licensed Minister in the Free Methodist Church.

They are strongly Wesleyan doctrine and range from a bit more conservative, to very much more conservative than the UMC, generally.

I had a close friend that was Wesleyan Church, who is now with Jesus in Heaven. Though very, very conservative, his theology was solid. He was very loving through that solid, Biblical living conservativism. He and his family were almost Mennonite in nature in life style.

All this to say that Maid Marie is accurate in her post.
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In my last appointment, we had 12 United Methodist Churches, 4 Free Methodist Churches, 2 Wesleyan Churches, and 1 AME Church in a county of only had 12,000 people. There was no significant difference in the theology of either the laity or the clergy of these churches. At a county ministerial association meeting you might have been able to pick the independent Christian from the Baptist from the Methodists, but you couldn't have guessed which Methodist was United Methodist, which was Free and which was Wesleyan.
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In my last appointment, we had 12 United Methodist Churches, 4 Free Methodist Churches, 2 Wesleyan Churches, and 1 AME Church in a county of only had 12,000 people. There was no significant difference in the theology of either the laity or the clergy of these churches. At a county ministerial association meeting you might have been able to pick the independent Christian from the Baptist from the Methodists, but you couldn't have guessed which Methodist was United Methodist, which was Free and which was Wesleyan.

And I do love the unity. You probably could have thrown in a Nazarene, a Salvation Army, and Church of God of NA and gotten the exact same result.
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This is an interesting discussion. What are the Free Methodist and Wesleyan churches views on women in ministry out of curiosity?
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This is an interesting discussion. What are the Free Methodist and Wesleyan churches views on women in ministry out of curiosity?
A friend of mine is a Wesleyan woman pastor. As far as I know she has had a good ministry in TWC.

I don't enough about the FMC to answer.
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And I do love the unity. You probably could have thrown in a Nazarene, a Salvation Army, and Church of God of NA and gotten the exact same result.
Nah, probably not. The Nazarene Church and the Church of God both closed down. The Church of God became an independent Pentecostal congreation. And the Nazarene Church was on the market for sale with not takers. There is little purpose for the Salvation Army in town, as the rest of the churches in the community had already come together to create a local mission organization that does the same thing.

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This is an interesting discussion. What are the Free Methodist and Wesleyan churches views on women in ministry out of curiosity?
The initial reason that led to separation of the group that would eventually become the Free Methodist Church from the Methodist Episcopal Church was that the folks in the Methodist churches in western upstate New York had ordained a woman to serve as pastor and the rest of the denomination would not recognize her. That squabble led to the realization of other disagreements (pew subscriptions, slavery, and personality conflicts between key leaders) and the eventual splitting off of these churches from the rest of the denomination. But the Free Methodists have never had a time when they did not ordain women in ministry.
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GraceSeeker, I was talking in a larger context, but did not make my thoughts clear.

BTW, the Church of God of North America, Anderson, IN is not pentecostal like the Cleveland, TN Church of God. We truly believe in the Biblical accounts of Pentecost, but do not practice those manifestations in our services. Like UMC, we have a plethora of congregational practices from high church liturgical congregations to "down-home" low church worship services.

Most still practice the Camp Meetings started in the Methodist traditions.
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