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Near the end of 2014, the Wesleyan Church had grown to an average of 516,203 adherents weekly in around 5,800 churches worldwide, and was active in almost 100 nations. In 2017, there were 140,954 members in 1,607 congregations in North America, and an average worship attendance of 239,842.
Wesleyan Life is the official publication. Global Partners is the official non-profit missions organization. The Wesleyan Church world headquarters are in Fishers, Indiana, United States.
The denomination sponsored traveling preachers on the frontier and into Canada, where they appealed to workingmen and farmers. Typical was Rev. James Caughey, an American sent to Ontario by the Wesleyan Methodist Church from the 1840s through 1864. He brought in converts by the score, most notably in the revivals in Canada West 1851-53. His technique combined restrained emotionalism with a clear call for personal commitment, coupled with follow-up action to organize support from converts. It was a time when the Holiness Movement caught fire, with the revitalized interest of men and women in Christian perfection. Caughey successfully bridged the gap between the style of earlier camp meetings and the needs of more sophisticated Methodist congregations in the emerging cities.
In addition to advocating for abolitionism, the early Wesleyan Methodists championed the rights of women. In 1848, the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls, New York, hosted the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women's rights convention. It is commemorated by the Women's Rights National Historical Park in the village today. Luther Lee, General President in 1856, preached at the ordination service of Antoinette Brown (Blackwell), the very first woman ordained to the Christian ministry in the United States. The Alliance of Reformed Baptists of Canada ordained the very first woman to the ministry in Canada in the late 1800s. At General Conference in 1867, a resolution was adopted favoring the right of women to vote (as well as the right of freedmen--blacks). This was 44 years before the US constitution was amended to ensure women voting privileges.
God's Purpose for Humanity -- The divine law is summarized in the commands to love God with all one's heart and to love one's neighbor as oneself. All persons, therefore, ought to seek to obey God and to preserve and promote for others the exercise of every natural right.
Personal Choice -- Humans were created with the ability to choose between right and wrong. But, since the fall, humans cannot choose right on their own, because of original sin. Humans are inclined toward sin and cannot, on their own, call on God or exercise faith. But God, through Christ, provides to each person prevenient grace, allowing each to choose salvation.
Sin: Original, Willful, and Involuntary -- All of creation suffers the consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience and groans for redemption. Each person is born with a bent toward sinning, which manifests itself in outward acts of unrighteousness. Failures in judgment and involuntary flaws are not to be equated with willful sin but still require the atonement of Christ for forgiveness. Willful sin is when a free moral agent volitionally chooses to transgress a known law of God. Such sin will result in a loss of fellowship with God, self-absorption, an inability to live righteously, and, ultimately, eternal separation from God. The atonement of Christ is the only remedy for sin, whether original, willful or involuntary.
The Atonement -- Christ's crucifixion allows redemption for the whole world. It is the only foundation of salvation from sin. The atonement covers those who mentally cannot choose salvation, but individuals who are mentally accountable must accept the gift of salvation of their own free will.
Initial: The work of the Holy Spirit in the moment of conversion in a new believer to be separated from sin to God.
Progressive: The continual work of the Holy Spirit to grow the believer in love and more perfect obedience.
Entire" The perfecting of the believer in love and empowerment for service. It follows in lifelong growth in grace and knowledge.
The Gifts of the Spirit -- Asserts that the Holy Spirit gives gifts to people, for the benefit of the Church, but that the Holy Spirit himself is the most desirable gift.
The Church -- The Christian Church is the entire body of believers (both living and those died and in heaven). Jesus Christ is the founder and only head of the Church, which is not identified with any particular institution or denomination. The Church is called to preach the Word of God, administer the sacraments, and live in obedience to Christ. A local church is a body of believers formally organized for the purposes of evangelism, discipleship, and worship. The Wesleyan Church is a denomination within the greater, invisible Church, and that invisible church encompasses Christians who hold to a variety of differing beliefs, not just Wesleyan beliefs.
Baptism -- Baptism is a sacrament commanded by our Lord and administered to believers. It works as a symbol and as part of the new covenant of grace.
The Lord's Supper -- The Lord's Supper is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ's death, our hope in his return, and a sign of Christian love for one another.
Resurrection of the Dead -- Asserts that all will be raised from the dead at Christ's return, damnation for the lost and life for the saved, and that the resurrection body will be a spiritual body but still personally recognizable.
Judgment of All Persons -- Asserts a final judgment for all humans before God, regardless of the individual's beliefs, and asserts God's omniscience and eternal justice.
Destiny -- Asserts that Scripture teaches there is life after death, and the fate of each person is determined by God's grace and their individual response, evidenced through moral character rather than arbitrary decree of God. Heaven and Christ's presence is the place for those who choose God's salvation given through Christ, but hell and separation from Christ is the resulting place for those who neglect the great salvation.
Organizations and relations
Local churches are organized into a network of districts with equal representation of clergy and laity at their annual conferences. Each has an elected administrator known as the district superintendent and has a district board of administration with both lay and clergy serving. National and multi-national networks are called general conferences with strong national leadership and meet every four years. The North American General Conference has one General Superintendent, Dr. Wayne Schmidt.
Currently, general conferences exist in the Philippines, the Caribbeans, and North America, though The Wesleyan Church has recently begun a process of "internationalization" in which areas and regions of the world have the opportunity to form their own general conferences. Though it is too early to predict which general conferences will be formed in the coming years, the eventual shift is inevitable. The overarching goal of the internationalization process is to create a global network of partnership and not a "top-down" leadership structure within the worldwide church.
Official names by region
According to the 2012 Wesleyan Church Discipline, the official name of the denomination is The Wesleyan Church. However, different names may be used by different units of the church for practicality and localization. The following are the official names of the denomination, for the various organizational units:
Bougainville: The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Bougainville
Brazil: Igreja Evangélica Wesleyana
British Isles: The Wesleyan Holiness Church
Cambodia: 'The Wesleyan Church of Cambodia'
Canada: The Wesleyan Church
Caribbean: The Wesleyan Holiness Church of the Caribbean
Chile: Ministerio Evangelistico y Misionero "Cristo es la Unica Respuesta"
Colombia: La Iglesia Wesleyana de Colombia
Costa Rica: Iglesia Wesleyana Internacional de Costa Rica
Egypt: The Standard Wesleyan Church
Ghana: The Standard Wesleyan Church
Guyana: The Wesleyan Church
Haiti: L'Eglise Wesleyenne d'Haiti
Honduras: Mision Methodista Sión
India, Central: The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Central India
India, East: The Wesleyan Methodist Church of East India
India, Western: The Wesleyan Methodist Church of Western India
Indonesia: Gereja Wesleyan Indonesia (GWI)
Lahore: "The Wesleyan Methodist Church in Pakistan"
Liberia: The Wesleyan Church of Liberia
Mexico: Iglesia Evangelica Los Peregrinos
Mozambique: Igreja Emmanuel Evangelica Wesleyana
Myanmar: The Wesleyan Methodist Church
Namibia: The Wesleyan Church in Namibia
New Zealand: Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand
Nicaragua: Asociación Mundial de Iglesias Wesleyanas de Nicaragua
Pakistan: The Wesleyan Church in Pakistan
Panamá: Iglesia Cristiana Wesleyana de Panamá
Peru: Iglesia Wesleyana Peregrina
Philippines: The Wesleyan Church of the Philippines
Poland: Ewangeliczny Ko?ció? Metodystyczny w Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej
Puerto Rico: Iglesia Evangélica Wesleyana
Sierra Leone: The Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone
South Korea: Jesus Korea Wesleyan Church
South Africa: The Wesleyan Church of Southern Africa
Suriname: De Wesleyaanse Gemeente
Tonga: Free Wesleyan Church
United States: The Wesleyan Church
Venezuela: Iglesia Evangélica Wesleyana
Zambia: Pilgrim Wesleyan Church of Zambia
Zimbabwe: The Wesleyan Church
Sister denominations and fraternal relations
The Wesleyan Church is a part of the holiness movement, and as such, follows many of the same teachings as similar denominations that follow Wesleyan traditions. At times in its history, it has sought merger with both the Church of the Nazarene and the Free Methodist Church, both of which practice very similar doctrine.
The Wesleyan Church is a member of the following organizations:
The Wesleyan Church runs its own publishing house located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Its mission is to "be a leader in communicating the message of holiness through the publication of quality resources for local churches and ministries around the world."
The Wesleyan Church in North America is organized in the following 26 districts:
Atlantic (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the US state of Maine)
Central Canada (central and western Canada)
Central New York
Chesapeake (Delaware, Maryland, Northern Virginia, Washington D.C.)
Crossroads (North and Central Indiana)
Great Lakes (Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin)
Mountain Plains (Colorado, Nebraska, Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico)
North Carolina east
North Carolina west
Northeast (Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Eastern New York (including the NYC Metro Area & Long Island), Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont & Massachusetts)
Northwest and Distrito Hispano Suroeste de La Iglesia Wesleyana (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming)
South Coastal (Georgia, Alabama, and much of Mississippi)
Tri-state (Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri)
Western New York
Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone
John Augustus Abayomi-Cole, a creole from Freetown attended the 1887 General Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of the United States. He implored the Connection to send missionaries to Sierra Leone. This led to a small mission led by Rev. Henry Johnston being dispatched there in 1889. This was the first step towards the foundation of the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone.
Keith Drury - writer and professor of religion at Indiana Wesleyan University
Mary Ann Lyth (1811-1890), English missionary, teacher, Bible translator into Fijian
Rev. Adam Crooks - early Wesleyan Methodist minister, responsible for a number of early church plants in the denomination.
Frank Ritchie - Pastor of Commoners Church, A Wesleyan Methodist Community in New Zealand. "Rev. Frank is an ordained Wesleyan Methodist minister. He's convinced that as we open our lives to the presence of God, the natural outcome is a world more tuned towards justice."
Jo Anne Lyon - pastor, author, international leader, founder of World Hope International, global advocate, general superintendent emeritus.
Thomas Bramwell Welch - a Methodist Episcopal pastor, developed a pasteurization process to prevent grapes from fermenting, thus creating grape juice instead of wine 
^ abKurian, George Thomas; Lamport, Mark A. (10 November 2016). Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 45. ISBN9781442244320. The merger between the Wesleyan methodist Church and the Pilgrim Holiness Church passed unanimously. The newly formed denomination took the name 'The Wesleyan Church.' The Allegheny Conference refused to join the merged group.
^ abcLewis, James R. (2002). The Encyclopedia of Cults, Sects, and New Religions. Prometheus Books, Publishers. p. 356. ISBN9781615927388. The Bible Methodist Connection of Tennessee, the Bible Holiness Church, and the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches were formed as a result of the opposition to the merger of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Pilgrim Holiness Church into the Wesleyan Church (1968).
^Haines, Lee M; Thomas, Paul William (2000). "History of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America, 1843-1968". An Outline History of the Wesleyan Church. Wesleyan Publishing House. p. 72. ISBN0-89827-223-8.
^Peter Bush, "The Reverend James Caughey and Wesleyan Methodist Revivalism in Canada West, 1851-1856", Ontario History, Sept 1987, Vol. 79 Issue 3, pp 231-250
^Caldwell, Wayne E. ed. Reformers and Revivals: History of the Wesleyan Church. Indianapolis, Indiana: Wesley Press, 1992
^An Outline History of the Wesleyan Church 5th revised edition, (2000) by L.M. and Thomas, P.W. Haines