Stateman of New Zealand Methodism
The History of Methodism In New Zealand
The Editor’s task is completed. He has sought to recall the heroism, enterprise, and success of the founders of the Maori Mission; to state the causes which led to the diminution of the Native Churches, and to intimate the means which should be taken to renew their energies. While never privileged himself to labour among the Maoris, he was acquainted with most of the early labourers, and has embodied their views and convictions in the narrative given. While he himself is responsible for the general opinions expressed, he has allowed them, whenever possible, to speak for themselves.
Of the threescore years’ history of the Colonial Church, he has been personally cognisant of and interested in its working for more than half the time. He has travelled through the whole Colony several times, is personally acquainted with a majority of the Church workers; and has ministered to most of the congregations. Of their origin and growth, he has striven to obtain and present a faithful and accurate history up to date. The time for estimating the influence of the Church on the moral progress of the entire community has not yet arrived. We are too near the actors. At the end of the Twentieth Century this will probably be attempted. The facts and incidents here recorded may serve as data for the philosophic generalisations and deductions of such a writer. Probably the Methodists of the intervening period, as well as those of A.D. 2000, will be interested in the representations of the buildings in which their fathers worshipped, and in gazing upon the portraits of the pioneers and founders of the Church. Meantime, thankful for the past, and hopeful for the future, we repeat the words of Holy Writ and say: “Not unto us, not unto us, O Lord; but unto Thy Name give we glory, for Thy mercy and for Thy truth’s sake.”
Rev Dr William Morley, 1900
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More resources about Methodism
Links to NZ Methodist history/theology resources
This link ⇒ the John Kinder Library online church newspapers out of print will also take you to the Outlook, the Methodist and Presbyterian newspaper in the colonial period.
This link ⇒ a high quality PDF reproduction of William Morley's History of New Zealand.
This link ⇒ Wesley Historical Society NZ
This link ⇒ Sung and Unsung Personalities by Rev Donald Phillipps, Rev Dr Susan thompson, Rev Dr David Bell
This link ⇒ Rev Dr James Stuart, video and associated resources, including links to the John Wesley Code Study Guide, PGPL
This link ⇒ Donald Phillipps papers on Independent Methodism in NZ from the Practical Dreamers Drop In Centre