Ever notice similar style churches in different cities? There’s a reason. Decades before the Sears catalog, the Methodist Church sold church plans.

http://www.umc.org/videos. A popular song once claimed that the Methodist Church was growing so fast, they were “building two a day.” That might be a bit of an exaggeration but the denomination did see explosive growth from the late 1800s ‘til the 1950s. Part of the credit goes to a clever idea that predated the famous Sears and Roebuck catalog and certainly Amazon.com. Learn how a church plans catalog changed the American landscape. This channel is managed by United Methodist Communications. Contact is [email protected]