'There has long been a need for a concise and comprehensive account of British Methodism's engagement in world mission. John Pritchard's volume admirably meets that need and will be essential reading for any student of Methodism.'Brian E Beck, former President and Secretary of the Methodist Conference
This book, together with a companion volume on the 20th century, offers an account of the overseas mission activity of British and Irish Methodists, its roots and fruits. Pritchard explores many aspects of mission, ranging from Labrador to New Zealand, from open air preaching to political engagement, from the isolation of early pioneers to the creation of self-governing churches. Tracing the nineteenth-century missionary work of the Churches with Wesleyan roots which went on to unite in 1932, Pritchard explores the shifting theologies and attitudes of missionaries who crossed cultural and geographical frontiers as well as those at home who sent and supported them.