The basis of Methodist polity

Stuff I’m picking up in polity class at United Theological Seminary:

What is the end of all ecclesiastical order? Is it not to bring souls from the power of Satan to God; and to build them up in his fear and love? Order, then, is so far valuable, as it answers these ends; and if it answers them not, it is nothing worth. (Letter to John Smith, June 25, 1746)

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