Seven Things Wesley Expected Every Preacher to Do with Children

John_Wesley_by_George_RomneyThanks to Chris Ritter for reminding us of these instructions from John Wesley and for translating them for the present day.

*WHERE there are ten children in a Society, we must meet them at least an hour every week; talk with them whenever we see any of them at home; pray in earnest for them ; diligently instruct and vehemently exhort all parents at their own houses. Some will say, “I have no gift for this.” Gift or no gift, you are to do this, or else you are not called to be a Methodist Preacher. Do it as you can, till you can do it as you would. Pray earnestly for the gift, and use every help God hath put into your way, in order to attain it.  Preach expressly on the education of children when you make the Collection for Kingswood School.
Note:  The original version of the Large Minutes prescribed that Methodist preachers should meet with the children twice a week.

“Gift or no gift, you are to do this, or else you are not called to be a Methodist Preacher.”  -John Wesley

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