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|Secession and revival: Louth Free Methodist Church in the 1850s
|Bebbington, David William
|Bebbington DW (2015) Secession and revival: Louth Free Methodist Church in the 1850s. Wesley and Methodist Studies, 7 (1), pp. 54-77. https://doi.org/10.5325/weslmethstud.7.1.0054
|At Louth in Lincolnshire there emerged in the 1850s a Free Methodist Church. Wesleyans had been hugely successful in the area, but there was internal opposition to Methodist Conference policies. The corn merchant J.B. Sharpley led a secession from Wesleyanism, contributing ideas about the rights of lay leaders. The new denomination gathered support from tradesmen and shopkeepers, and made efforts to recruit waverers. Its members became keen on entire sanctification and turned ardently to revivalism, but eventually, in 1859, the difficulty of securing ministers dictated merger with the United Methodist Free Churches.
|Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Wesley and Methodist Studies Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015 by Penn State University Press. The original publication is available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/weslmethstud.7.1.0054
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