chapter  4
19 Pages

‘Dark days and long, hard pulls’

The post-war emergence of Wesleyan-Holiness Churches
WithGlen O’Brien

This chapter focuses on the formative years (between 1945 and 1958) of the Church of the Nazarene and the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which were at that time considered sectarian movements of radicals. Neither the Wesleyan Methodist nor the Nazarene work in Australia was perceived as a foreign mission field but came under the jurisdiction of the ‘Home’ rather than ‘Foreign’ Missions departments. Though sponsored by American ‘home’ churches, they were pioneered by Australian evangelical leaders who sought to develop an Australian identity and ethos.