Lex Loizides in his Church History blog does a great job mining movements of the past for lessons that can help us in the present.
Here he examines some of the keys to the success of William Booth and the Salvation Army.
You have to love Booth’s passion for the lost
It seemed to me that if we could get them to think about Hell they would be certain to want to turn from it. If we could get them to think about Heaven they would want to go there. If we could get them to think about Christ they would want to rush to His open arms.
The four keys Loizides identifies are
- The Gospel to the needy
- Contextualization & flexibility
- Getting new believers involved immediately in evangelism
- Hard work
You can read the whole thing here