A Proven Discipleship Model That Works

The Band Meeting is a form of group discipleship that was at the center of one of the greatest gospel movements of all time.


What happens to most small groups?

1. Dissolve after a year of gathering

2. Turn into fun and fellowship groups

3. Become community service opportunities

Few small groups are setup to empower long-term, life transformation.

What makes band meetings different?

Meetings focus on the heart, not on content.

Familiar questions create weekly rhythms of grace.

Safe space lends itself to transparency and vulnerability.


What People Are Saying

The Band Meeting is an essential text for the recovery of deep discipleship in the United Methodist Church. I recommend it strongly to any who are serious about being disciples of Jesus Christ as Lord.”

Bishop, The United Methodist Church

“I see this book as a catalyst for another great awakening across our globe.”


The Wesleyan Church

“Historians and theologians Kevin Watson and Scott Kisker can help us recapture the essence of what gave Methodism the depth and vibrancy that changed the world in the eighteenth century.”


West Ohio Conference,
United Methodist Church

The Band Meeting is clear and readable, historically informed, and theologically rich.”


United Seminary

“Watson and Kisker open up the practice of the band meeting in a way that will benefit the church as we seek to reconnect with each other and with God.”


Wheaton College

Recent Blog Articles

“The Small Group Band Meeting: A Place to Grow in Holiness Together”

Watch the video where Kevin Watson explains, in seven minutes, what the Wesleyan band meeting was and why it was such a powerful catalyst for the spiritual renewal of England.

“Four Stages of a Small Group’s Life Cycle”

Though every group is unique and has its own identity, small groups typically go through the following stages in their development: birth, establishing a routine, questioning and refining purpose, and maturity.

“The Early Methodists Watched Over One Another in Love”

The Methodist movement that contributed to the Great Awakening was a community of Christians committed to social holiness. This meant that they gathered together in groups to watch over one in another in holy love.

About the Authors

Kevin M. Watson

Kevin M. Watson teaches Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He is the author of The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience and A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Guide for Christian Living. Watson blogs at vitalpiety.com and tweets @kevinwatson.

Scott Kisker

Scott Kisker is Professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary and an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. Prior to his post at United Theological Seminary, he was Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary as well as Wesley’s Director of the Course of Study Program.