What is the difference between a Presbyterian and a Methodist?
Comments appreciated thus far, however I need information to decide (and I should have stated earlier), about choosing an appropriate church to attend. I'm baptized Presyterian, and my spouse is Protestant. I was choosing between the two, and wanted to have some clue as to which would we mu tally find more acceptable, under the doctrines of both religions. It's all a bit confusing, so any advice, and all, is very appreciated. I'm grateful already for those answers given.
Presbyterianism is a form of Protestant Christianity, primarily in the Reformed branch of Christendom, as well as a particular form of church government. Its primary tenets include the Five Silas: Scripture alone, faith alone, Christ alone, grace alone, glory to God alone. It is practiced by many (although not all) of those Protestant churches which historically subscribed to the teachings of John Calvin (known as Reformed churches). Presbyterianism traces its institutional roots back to the Scottish Reformation, especially as led by John Knox. There are many separate Presbyterian Churches in different nations around the world. Besides national distinctions, Presbyterians also have divided from one another for doctrinal reasons, especially in the wake of the Enlightenment. Theologically, Presbyterianism has a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God in all things, including human salvation, a high regard for the authority of Scripture, and an emphasis on the necessity of personal conversion by grace through faith in Christ Jesus alone.
Methodism or the Methodist movement is a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity. It originated in 18Th century Britain, and through vigorous missionary activity, spread throughout the British Empire, the United States, and beyond. Originally it appealed especially to workers, poor farmers, and slaves. Theologically it is Arminian, emphasizing that all people can be saved, and low church in liturgy. By 2006 it claimed some 75 million members worldwide.
Both Churches split from the Anglican church. Both are forms of Protestant Christianity often referred to as mainline Christianity as they are major sects in terms of population. I believe Presbyterians are centered in Scotland and have a large population in Northern Ireland from the Scottish transplants. Methodists were founded by John Wesley who originally wanted to set up an order within the Anglican communion modeled on monastic comm unites found within the Roman Catholic tradition. It was an attempt to bring a more devote faith vs. a cultural religious experience. Presbyterians follow the teaching of their bishops or elders (presbyters) and are usually a more conservative form of Prostantism vs Methodists who today are often a more liberal form of Christianity. And yes like the first poster they are not Catholics (which ones specifically he was referring too, me doth think he doesn't know) nor Buddists which is quite the gambit to choose.
I've been recently studying about Methodism. Originally Methodists are called such because of their methodical way of reaching spiritual discipline. They would meet together on certain day or nights and pray for each other and study the Bible. All this to create a disciplined way of being more spiritually moral. At the time this came into practice The Church of England wasn't known for it righteous members. Methodists have always been more liberal in their thinking, an example being in the 1700's,1800's they were adamant in their support for abolishing slavery.
Presbyterians are more conservative. If your choosing a place to attend I would go with these guys. Why? Because they have deeper roots as far as doctrinally speaking. They stick closely with the Bible and that is a very good thing to know when picking out a church to attend.