What happens to most small groups?

1. Dissolve after a year of gathering

2. Turn into fun and fellowship groups

3. Become community service opportunities

Few small groups are setup to empower long-term, life transformation.

What makes band meetings different?

Meetings focus on the heart, not on content.

Familiar questions create weekly rhythms of grace.

Safe space lends itself to transparency and vulnerability.


From the Foreward by Experienced Member

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What People Are Saying

“I highly recommend this book to clergy and congregations who are looking for ways to develop deeper discipleship and reconnect with our own, rich Wesleyan heritage.”


“To be effective today, the class meeting must be re-contextualized without losing its essential dynamic as gospel-based accountable community. I commend this book as a useful tool that, if put into practice, can achieve that goal.”


“Kevin shows us how the class meeting may be a perfect means for church renewal, a gift of God, through the Wesleyan movement, for such a time as this.”


“Kevin Watson’s emphasis upon renewing the Methodist movement takes a pragmatic approach. The intent of this book is to be practiced, not merely read.”


Recent Blog Articles

“The Small Group Band Meeting: A Place to Grow in Holiness Together”

Watch the video where Kevin Watson explains, in seven minutes, what the Wesleyan band meeting was and why it was such a powerful catalyst for the spiritual renewal of England.

“Four Stages of a Small Group’s Life Cycle”

Though every group is unique and has its own identity, small groups typically go through the following stages in their development: birth, establishing a routine, questioning and refining purpose, and maturity.

“The Early Methodists Watched Over One Another in Love”

The Methodist movement that contributed to the Great Awakening was a community of Christians committed to social holiness. This meant that they gathered together in groups to watch over one in another in holy love.

About the Authors

Kevin M. Watson

Kevin M. Watson teaches Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience and A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living. Watson blogs at and tweets @kevinwatson.

Scott Kisker

Scott Kisker is Professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary and an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. Prior to his post at United Theological Seminary, he was Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary as well as Wesley’s Director of the Course of Study Program.