‘The Life and Work of John Wesley’ translated into Croatian thanks to multi-denominational effort
Inspired by the life and work of John Wesley, the Church of the Nazarene in Croatia, in collaboration with the Bible Institute and Global Methodist Church in Zagreb, published a book titled “The Life and Work of John Wesley,” authored by Timothy Crutcher.
This historic publication marked the first translation of Wesley's biography and teachings into the Croatian language, making his profound influence accessible to a broader audience. The joint efforts ensured the successful realization of this meaningful project, furthering the mission of spreading the message of holiness through John Wesley's teachings and theological insights to the Croatian community.
The book was initially created four years ago at the Bible Institute; however, its editorial process faced delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the pandemic, the Global Methodist Church and the Church of the Nazarene began gathering monthly to provide mutual support. During one of these meetings, the idea of finishing the publication of this book surfaced. In this discussion, both churches expressed their commitment to take on the editing responsibilities.
As the project unfolded, the Nazarenes and the Bible Institute dedicated their efforts to the intricate task of translation, ensuring that the essence and message of the book were faithfully conveyed in the Croatian language. Simultaneously, the Methodists undertook the crucial responsibility of meticulously editing the translated work, enriching it with theological insights that resonated with the spirit of John Wesley's teachings. Their collaboration resulted in a finely crafted literary work that stayed true to its origins.
Upon completing the arduous editing process, both churches, in conjunction with the Bible Institute in Zagreb, orchestrated a modest yet meaningful event to herald the book's launch. During the event, the critical importance of the book within the context of local churches was eloquently underscored.
The event provided a platform to discuss how this book could catalyze meaningful conversations and serve as a source of guidance for pastors and congregation members navigating the complexities of a polarised world. It shed light on how John Wesley's teachings, captured within these pages, offer a unique and timeless perspective that can help bridge gaps, inspire dialogue, and cultivate a sense of unity among diverse churchgoers.
Cezi Glendenning, who was the lead for Nazarene work in Croatia, participated in the collaborative efforts to complete the translation.
"The life of John Wesley prompts self-reflection and raises questions about our motivations in ministry," Glendenning said. "At the same time, his message of holiness resonates with many people.
“Although holiness is often viewed through the lens of separation, explicitly separating good from evil, there is a need to see it as liberation from evil and an inner liberation from human tendencies. These two messages were vital to us, so we translated the book."