Rules for a class meeting

I’m working on inviting people into discipleship groups based on the Methodist class meeting, although I’m looking for a name other than “class meeting.”

Here’s a reading of the “rules” of the meeting that would be included in every meeting — after prayer and a scripture reading.

The only condition of entry into these meetings is a desire to become a true follower of Jesus Christ.

We come together to watch over one another in love and to encourage each other in spiritual growth.

We are not here to judge each other, but should come ready to open our hearts.

We are not here to make small talk or gossip or do any business other than tending to the growth of our souls.

We are relying on and expecting the Holy Spirit to touch our hearts and strengthen us.

We are joined in this moment in a sacred trust. All that is said and shared here is to remain here and with God. We will not talk about what we hear in this place with anyone else.

As this fellowship depends upon the participation of each member, we come ready to answer the question: “How is your life with God?”

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2 thoughts on “Rules for a class meeting

  1. I commend you for reviving the Wesleyan class meetings! What you have presented though is a bit different than Wesley’s view of the band meetings. I’m curious why you chose to include the parts of the band meetings that you did as opposed to the parts that were not incorporated — I would assume that the unknown level of commitment among participants may have been a driving factor?

    The rules of Wesley’s bands can be found here (although I know you probably already know these backwards and forwards :)): http://housechurch.org/miscellaneous/wesley_band-societies.html
    The rules for the bands go into much greater depth, require an incredibly serious commitment and complete trust among the group. Wesley’s band rules also are at odds with your rule against “judging” others — in fact, the band meetings were intended to root out and expose all sin as the band progressed together with the goal of ever-increasing holiness.

  2. Paul,
    The band meeting is not the same thing as a class meeting. Class meetings were usually 7-12 in size, and had as their goal providing a safe place for people to talk about their own experiences of God throughout the week. It could consist of people who were pre-Christian as well as those who had been converted. The perennial question was, “How does your soul prosper?” It has been updated as “How is it with your soul?” or “How is your soul with God?” It did NOT delve into areas of confession and deep spiritual accountability, which was what the band meeting was for.

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