The Methodist Movement began in the mid-eighteenth century with John and Charles Wesley, clergy in the Church of England, who preached outside the walls of churches and organized groups for spiritual disicpline. Today many denominations claim Methodist heritage and theology; the largest is the United Methodist Church.
The focus of this guide is the United Methodist Church, its predecesor bodies in the United States, and its Wesleyan roots. Topic areas include, history, theology, doctrine, polity, and practice of ministry.
Some resources are available to Emory affiliates only, but when possible, freely available on-line resources are recommended. The United Methodist Church's website, www.umc.org, is also an excellent place to do research, and will be featured on many of the subsequent tabs.
Library of Congress
When browsing the shelves, books on Methodism can be found in the BX8201-8495 call numbers.
When seaching the catalog, use the authorized subject heading for each denomination:
Methodist Church (the default when a specific denomination isn't clear)
Methodist Church (U.S.)
Methodist Episcopal Church
Methodist Episcopal Church South
Methodist Protestant Church (U.S. 1830-1939)
United Methodist Church (U.S.)
Add geographic or conference name for more specificity. (Example Methodist Church (US) Georgia)
Adding any of these words will also help focus the search:
but to search for Methodist Leaders, use: "Methodists biography" or the name of the person.
Blogs of Interest
Journals and Magazines
Many scholarly journals feature articles on Methodism. Use the ATLA Religion Database with broad search terms methodis* or Wesley* (with related topic, if desired) to find articles and essays. The following journals are highly recommended.
Dissertations and Theses
The 6th edition of United Methodist Studies: Basic Bibliographies edited by Christopher Anderson, Methodist Librarian at Drew University, lists resources for Methodist Studies through 2014. Must see!