Responding to Reactions to the Special General Conference

March 22, 2019 General Conference is the only body empowered to speak officially on behalf of the whole denomination. It sets the faith, order, liturgy, doctrine, and discipline of the church, and its decisions represent the global connection as it discerns God’s will for the whole church. When individual UM members choose to act contrary […]

Ensuring the Integrity of General Conference

By Keith Boyette  March 19, 2019 Trust is essential for the operation of any organization, especially a church. The United Methodist Church has long experienced a trust deficit. In the lead up to the 2012 General Conference, a consulting firm advised a denominational task force focused on the restructuring of the UM Church that trust […]

The Dawning of a New Chapter

By Keith Boyette March 15, 2019 In the months preceding the special General Conference, the refrain from every quarter of The United Methodist Church persisted – “Change is coming. The UM Church will not be the same after February 2019. No one knows what it will look like, but it will be different.” The special […]

Overview of Legislation Adopted By the Special General Conference

By Keith Boyette March 12, 2019 In the aftermath of the 2019 special General Conference, there has been a great deal of misinformation communicated concerning what legislation was adopted and its current status. Teachings on Definition of Marriage, Ordination Standards and Sexual Ethics Upheld First, by its rejection of the One Church Plan by a […]

Reflections on the Special General Conference

By Walter Fenton March 8, 2019 Amidst all the swirling reactions to The United Methodist Church’s special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, it is easy to overlook what actually happened and mis-remember what did not happen (more on this later). The Votes Despite the strong support of the majority of U.S. bishops the General […]

A Message to Local UM Churches In Progressive Annual Conferences

By Bob Kaylor March 1, 2019 In the aftermath of the General Conference, many people are still wondering about the way forward. As a WCA Council member and traditionalist pastor in the overwhelmingly progressive Mountain Sky Annual Conference and Western Jurisdiction, I was hoping that there would be an opportunity for us to finally break […]

Statement of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council on Next Steps

February 28, 2019 The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is thankful The United Methodist Church has reaffirmed its sexual ethics, teachings on marriage and its ordination standards for clergy at the historic special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. By reaffirming its teachings the denomination remains aligned with the church universal in all times and all […]

Hopes and Fears for The United Methodist Church and Its People

As delegates from around the world gather for the special General Conference, The United Methodist Church is in a state of crisis. In fact, the church is confronting at least two major crises. Many people are aware of the long debate over the church’s sexual ethics that has brought it to the brink of a […]

Searching for a Way Forward

By Keith Boyette February 15, 2019 The journey which began at the 2016 General Conference with the rejection of The Third Way Plan (an earlier version of the One Church Plan) by delegates in legislative committees to the 2019 special General Conference is approaching its conclusion. Petitions now await action by the 864 delegates from […]

The One Church Plan: Calm and Rational?

By Walter Fenton February 12, 2019 According to the Rev Mark Holland, Executive Director of Mainstream UMC, the One Church Plan coming before the special General Conference of the United Methodist Church is the “calm,” “rational,” and “well thought out” plan. In contrast, he claims, “chaos and crisis [is] being ginned up… to divide the […]

Love, Unity and Catholic Spirit: What Does Wesley Say?

By Greg Stover February 8, 2019 John Wesley’s sermon, Catholic Spirit, is often quoted in the controversies and conflicts within The United Methodist Church. Some assert that unity is a matter of the heart and does not depend on doctrine or theology. This implies that if we all possess a catholic spirit differences will be […]

The Importance of the Creeds in the Intersections of Our Lives

By Nako Kellum February 5, 2019 “So what is a Christian?” This question came from a student in our young adult group at the Japanese Church in Lexington, Kentucky. I was one of the leaders of the group, and a seminary student at the time. The group of mostly college students, with a few high […]

A Clear and Gracious Letter to GC Delegates

February 4, 2019 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is thankful for all the clergy and laity who have stepped forward to provide leadership for its many chapters across the United Methodist connection. In the midst of various challenges they have enabled us to fulfill many of the goals the association set for itself in October of […]

Why the Old Testament?

By Bill T. Arnold January 29, 2019 Every reader of the Bible is confronted with an important question: “Since the Old Testament claims that God revealed himself in ancient Israel and that he will reveal himself further in the future, what do I make of these theological claims?” Or to put it another way, “How […]

Survey Results Reveal Strong Support for Exit Provision

January 25, 2019 Ninety two percent of respondents to a Wesleyan Covenant Association Survey said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “Whatever plan the special [2019] General Conference adopts it should include a gracious and generous way for local churches to leave with all their property and assets, providing said local churches fulfill […]

A God of Covenants

By Leslie Tomlinson January 22, 2019 Each January there is an annual reevaluation of our lives and a renewed determination to do better and be better in the New Year. It comes with retailers’ barrage of ads for weight loss products, gym memberships, and other self-improvement aids. Like many rituals that have become highly commercialized, […]

A Modest Way Forward

By Walter Fenton January 18, 2019 Despite fundamental disagreements over sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards, many United Methodists do agree on some things related to the debate. First, many acknowledge differences on these matters are irreconcilable. Despite nearly a half-century of roundtable discussions, major studies, debates, and votes at scores of annual, […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association Welcomes New Council Members

The Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (the “WCA”) has elected six outstanding United Methodist leaders to the Council, the primary governing body of the WCA.  The Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, the chair of the Council, commented, “The addition of six new persons to our Council reflects our movement’s desire to be broadly representative of […]

A Calm Critique of the One Church Plan

By Joseph F. DiPaolo January 15, 2019 With the 2019 session of General Conference just months away, many United Methodists are seeking information on the various plans and petitions to be considered in St. Louis. The majority of our U.S. bishops have expressed support for the so-called “One Church Plan,” which would remove existing language […]

The Modified Traditional Plan: Faithful, Fair and Gracious

By Walter Fenton January 11, 2019 Of the several plans before the special United Methodist Church General Conference (February 23-26) in St. Louis, Missouri, the modified traditional plan is the most faithful, fair, and gracious one. Chiefly, the plan calls the church to reaffirm its sexual ethics, its teachings on marriage, and its ordination standards. […]

Keep Your Head

by Keith Boyette January 8, 2019 Throughout my life, I have had to remind myself that my journey needs to be seen from a larger perspective than my own experience. The United Methodist Church has arrived at the time of decision. In six weeks 864 delegates from around the world will gather for what is […]

Understanding the Plans

By Keith Boyette January 2, 2019 The special General Conference of The United Methodist Church is 52 days away. Unfortunately, far too many remain unaware of the solutions proposed to the conflict which has undermined and eroded the denomination’s health and effectiveness, especially in the United States. Although other proposals have been filed, the three […]

Best of All, God is With Us!

By Keith Boyette December 21, 2018 Surrounded by friends, on March 2, 1791, John Wesley completed his race. Grasping the hands of those who loved him, Wesley declared, “Best of all, God is with us.” In the early years of his public ministry, Wesley pursued the form of religion seeking to be good enough to […]

Freedom in Christ’s Cross

Bishop Kasap Owan, episcopal leader presiding over five annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, addressed the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association on Saturday, November 3. As the event concluded, Owan celebrated Holy Communion with over 2,500 people present at the live venue and the 105 simulcast sites across […]

Unashamed of the Future of Methodism

Declaring that Methodists are called to contend for the faith in every circumstance and regardless of the adversity that might be encountered, Rev. Madeline Carrasco Henners urged the more than 2,500 persons attending the Wesleyan Covenant Associations 2018 Global Gathering to navigate the future of Methodism by leaning into Christ and following his leadership. Henners […]

Unashamed to Preach Scriptural Holiness – Contending for the Faith

“I must urge you to contend for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s Holy People. Such is the task of preaching,” asserted the Rev. Dr. Joy Moore, who addressed more than 2,500 people in attendance at the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association on November 3. Moore prayed that God […]

Unashamed of Christ in a Post-Modern World

“We as a society have gone from a scriptural worldview grounded in the Bible and the traditional tenets of the Christian faith passed on for over 2,000 years where truth is determined by God and is universal, to a post-modern view, where truth is relative and subjective, defined by the individual, and is situational,” said […]

Unashamed of the Gospel and Moved by God’s Amazing Grace

“I yearn for a Church that is sold out for the gospel and fully committed to sharing it with a world that needs it so desperately,” said Bishop Scott Jones at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on November 3, 2018. Jones, the episcopal leader […]

Unashamed of the Scriptures

“I am not ashamed of the Scriptures. I honor them as God’s word given to the church to lead us into salvation. I am not ashamed of them, but I am chastened by them. I am sobered by them. I am convicted by them.  I’m grateful for them,” so declared Dr. David Watson as he […]

Hard Truth and Messy Grace

Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory, a district superintendent and dean of the Cabinet in the Central Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, addressed the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, focusing on the theme “Unashamed of Christ and His Claims.” We are pleased to release a video of her message. Speaking to […]

Bishop Mike Lowry Inspires 2018 WCA Global Gathering

Bishop Mike Lowry, resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, delivered the opening keynote address for the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 2018 Global Gathering held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, on Saturday, November 3. We are pleased to release a video of Bishop Lowry’s message. Bishop Lowry set […]

Gratitude in the Midst of Uncertainty

Keith Boyette November 21, 2018 As we pause to observe Thanksgiving Day 2018 here in the United States, I am reminded of the centrality of gratitude in ensuring that we keep all things in perspective and remain wholly present to God regardless of our circumstances. Writing to the Christians in Philippi, the apostle Paul urges, […]

Back to the Future, UM Church Style

by David Watson November 16, 2018 Recently the Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council to rule on the constitutionality of the plans that have come from the Commission on a Way Forward. My interest here is not in the rulings on specific proposals within the two plans the Judicial Council considered, but in a […]

“Leading Out of Rubble” – The 2018 Global Legislative Assembly Closing Message

November 13, 2018 After acting on five major legislative initiatives, the first Global Legislative Assembly concluded with worship and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, senior pastor of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and chair of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council, delivered an inspiring message, “Leading Out of Rubble.” “Here […]

No Fear – The 2018 Global Legislative Gathering Opening Message

November 12, 2018 On Friday, November 2, 165 delegates from around the world gathered at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, for the first Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Rev. Carolyn Moore, pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans, Georgia, and Vice Chair of the WCA Council, opened […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association Moves Forward

by Walter Fenton November 5, 2018 Important decisions for the future, inspiring speakers, and times of worship marked three critical days of meetings for the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), November 1–3, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Meeting for the first time, the WCA’s Global Legislative Assembly passed a resolution entitled Empowering […]

Judicial Council Provides Direction for Special General Conference

By Keith Boyette October 29, 2018 The Judicial Council has issued its decision in response to the request of the Council of Bishops for rulings on the constitutionality of each of the petitions filed by members of the Commission on a Way Forward with respect to the plans addressed in the Commission’s report. The Judicial […]