The changing face of British Methodism between 1997 and 2008: A study in empirical theology

Haley, J. M. and Francis, L.J. (2021) The changing face of British Methodism between 1997 and 2008: A study in empirical theology. Holiness: an international journal of Wesleyan theology. ISSN 2058-5969 (In Press)

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Abstract

This study compares the findings of two population surveys of Methodist ministers (presbyters) serving in Great Britain in 1997 and 2008. The findings identified nine areas of change: the quality of Methodist worship is improving; Methodist worship is becoming less traditional and less distinctively Wesleyan; Communion is becoming less prioritised; ministers are learning to implement a better work-life balance; the work-related psychological wellbeing of minsters is improving; there is an increase in conservative religious beliefs; expectations on the practices and values of members is being relaxed; homosexual practice is becoming more acceptable; and welcome for Methodist-Anglican unity is receding.

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Additional Information: © 2021 Wesley House Cambridge. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Holiness: an international journal of Wesleyan theology. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: British Methodism empirical theology survey change over time
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Ursula Mckenna
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2021 09:33
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2021 09:33
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/905

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