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The Financing of John Wesley's Methodism c.1740-1800

Clive Murray Norris


This is a ‘business history’ of John Wesley’s Methodist ‘Connexion’, which began small-scale in the late 1730s but by 1800 was a substantial operation, present throughout the British Isles and abroad, employing hundreds of staff, and running hundreds of buildings. It is based primarily on the analysis of the movement’s local and national financial records. It describes how its main activities—preaching and the provision of chapels—were organized and financed, and similarly reviews Methodist educational and welfare programmes and overseas missions. It discusses the complex financial relationshi ... More

Keywords: John Wesley, Methodist finances, business history, eighteenth century, religious movements, preaching, chapels, publishing, overseas missions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198796411.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clive Murray Norris, author
Independent Scholar