Congregational Methodist Church
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Time Period
1852
Description
The Congregational Methodist Church formed in 1852 over disputes regarding church structure. The Methodist Episcopal Church, South had a hierarchical, episcopal structure, but the group that formed the Congregational Methodist Church desired more congregational autonomy. Thus, this church, originally established in Georgia, aimed to blend their Methodist doctrine with congregational polity. Theologically, they have similarities to Fundamentalist and Holiness traditions.

The denomination’s last membership report (1995) claimed 14,738 members in 187 churches.
Interactive Timeline(s)
Methodist Religious Events and People in American History
Browse Related Timeline Entries
Methodist Religious Events and People in American History
Religious Groups
Methodist/Pietist Family: Other ARDA Links

Photographs

Homerville Congregational Methodist Church, Georgia- Wikimedia Commons- photo by Michael Rivera (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Mickelberry Merritt, one of the Congregational Methodist Church founders- Internet Archive- from The Origin and Early History of the Congregational Methodist Church by S. C. McDaniel

W L Fambrough- one of the Congregational Methodist Church founders- Internet Archive- from The Origin and Early History of the Congregational Methodist Church by S. C. McDaniel
Book/Journal Source(s)
Mead, Frank, Samuel Hill, and Craig Atwood, 2010. Handbook of Denominations in the United States. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
Web Page Contributor
Benjamin T. Gurrentz
Affliated with: Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Sociology

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