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Dissertation Abstract

John Wesley and the Eighteenth Century Methodist Movement: A Model for Effective Leadership

John Hucks
Regent University

The term "Methodism" represents a movement that began in 18th-century England and continues today in England, North America, and throughout the world. This dissertation investigates the relationship between the leadership style of John Wesley, founder and dynamic force behind the Methodist movement, and the movement's success. Success is defined in terms of the number of followers, the number of societies established, and the leadership that was trained to perpetuate the movement into the present. The research design is qualitative and proposes a historical phenomenological approach. A limited field research study is presented to make applications from the historical research to contemporary Wesleyan or Methodist settings.