The Wesleyan Experience
The combination of holy living and scholarship was part of the foundation of the Wesleyan movement. John Wesley is quoted as saying:
“The first priority of my life is to be holy. The second goal of my life is to be a scholar.”
The Wesleyan Experience is a foundational study of basic Christian spiritual practice in light of our Wesleyan heritage. More than just a study, however, the program is designed so that students also experience the practices of Christianity and develop a personal approach to living the Christian life.
While the program has a focus on Wesleyan spirituality, a broad range of Christian writings and practices from across the spectrum of Christianity are included in the study and experience.
This one-year program is designed to develop the skills, knowledge, and habits for a lifetime of service in the Kingdom of God. The program is in a seminar format, combining lecture, formal and informal discussion, reading, and writing.
The experience is for freshmen, gap year students, “year abroad” students, and exceptional high school seniors.
Completing the program, a student will be able to:
- Articulate his/her understanding of what it means to be a Christian and how one progresses in the Christian life
- Understand and articulate John Wesley’s view of the Christian life, including his order of salvation, the importance of grace, and Christian perfection
- Develop and put into practice a personal plan for devotional habits
- Articulate his/her own worship preferences in light of a variety of church traditions while understanding the styles and preferences of others
- Articulate and evaluate the general content of several classic Christian writings
- Articulate and evaluate the more specific content of a few classic Christian writings