Sixteen years later the second church of importance to United Methodism came into being, when thirteen or fourteen preachers who were followers of William Otterbein and Martin Boehm met in a private home near Frederick, Maryland, on September 25, 1800, and organized what was to become known as the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Otterbein and Boehm were selected as superintendents.
No membership count was announced because it was remembered that King David was punished for numbering Israel. A German translation of the Methodist Discipline was proposed, although when it was prepared it was seldom used.
These decisions and those which followed
during the next two decades, including a number of ordinations, made possible
an expanding work among German-speaking people.
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