Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Checking the vital signs (1)

We are all familiar with the need for a health check. It important to check the vital signs, such as blood pressure, heart rate and so on. These vital signs are indicators of good health or potential problems.

As with people, so with churches and movements. In 1860, at the fifty year Jubilee, the Primitive Methodist movement showed the following vital signs:


The detailed statistics for 1859 are as follows:

Members …..................... 123,86
Local Preachers …........... 10,838
Sunday School scholars … 159,251
Sunday School teachers … 29,183
Chapels …........................ 2,166

The general trend was up. The vital signs were good.

From a spiritual viewpoint as measured by growth in members and chapels all seemed well. It confirmed that the movement was in good shape to face the challenges of the next fifty years. It was a different story by the time of Centenary in 1907 - 1910.

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