"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another -- and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)
The genius of the Methodist movement, which enabled it to
conquer the raw lives of workingmen in industrial England, and the raw lives of
men and women on the American frontier, was the "class meeting" --
ten members and their leader, meeting regularly for mutual encouragement,
rebuke, nurture, and prayer.
-- John L. Casteel