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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists$
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John Wigger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.001.0001

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The Promise of Discipline

The Promise of Discipline

(p.47) 3 The Promise of Discipline
American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

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Asbury arrived in Philadelphia in October 1771. He soon concluded that Joseph Pilmore and Richard Boardman, preachers sent by John Wesley in 1769, had limited themselves too much to New York City and Philadelphia and had not consistently applied Wesley’s standards of discipline, particularly by allowing nonmembers to attend without joining a class meeting. Asbury’s views concerning discipline frequently put him at odds with Pilmore and lay leaders in the North. Asbury felt more comfortable among southern Methodists, most of whom lived in Maryland and whose zeal and commitment to discipline often seemed more genuine than in the North. Asbury initially welcomed the arrival of Thomas Rankin and George Shadford, preachers sent by Wesley in 1773. Rankin in particular was known as a firm disciplinarian.

Keywords:   Richard Boardman, class meeting, discipline, New York City, Philadelphia, Joseph Pilmore, Thomas Rankin, George Shadford, southern Methodists, John Wesley

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