Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Multiplication by seeds
The second method of geographical extension is that of multiplication by seeds (or offshoots). The analogy here is that of a seed being blown by the wind to a distant location and takes root. The wind blown seed takes root because the destination environment is favourable. Sometimes a seed will land in an unexpected place.
This method was used by the Primitive Methodist Circuits to start missions in distant locations. The Hull circuit in the north east of England started missions in Kent, Bedford, Hertfordshire, Cornwall, and two missions to London. Overseas mission began in 1829 just two decades after the first official class started in 1810 with ten members.
Table: Circuit missions (seed multiplication)
1. Multiplication by budding
2. Multiplication by offshoots (seedlings)
3. History of the Primitive Methodist Connexion, Kendal, page 22