John Wesley to the Rev. Walker in Truro, Cornwall, November 20th, 1753
An important letter, sent by John Wesley to the Rev. Walker in Truro, Cornwall, in 1753. In it, John Wesley discusses the role of lay preachers and that his work is NOT breaking with the established Church.
From the earliest days, there were some who felt that Methodism was an evangelical movement breaking away from the Anglican Church. John Wesley denied this, as he felt he was merely carrying out his duty as a clergyman. However, once Wesley ordained preachers for work in the Americas in the 1780s, a break was formalised.