John Wesley was an Anglican priest. His Church of England was spiritually dead. You can find etchings (lithographs – I think they were called) of people sleeping while the bored priest read the sermon of the day from the pulpit. Other church goers were intoxicated, flirting, stealing from purses – Ray Stevens (who wrote the song about the squirrel getting loose in church) could write a few songs about the “goins’ on” in these congregations - and John Wesley was sick about it. His “Methodist” movement intended to reform his beloved church and bring about revival.
He organized societies (social and worship gatherings) of large groups to meet quarterly and break into classes of ten or so that met weekly for mission work and Bible study. But even deeper than that were bands of three or four who met privately to hold each other accountable for their souls – “How goes it with your soul?” “What sins are you struggling with this week?” Real core stuff! Seedbed (a main source of food for my inner life) desires the church to begin anew to Band together and grow deeper. Interested?