Worship Leader and Hosts Set for WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is pleased to welcome Mark Swayze as its worship leader for its third Global Gathering and the Rev. Kelly Brumbeloe and the Rev. Dr. Scott Field as its hosts for the day-long event, scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2019 at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. The gathering […]

Critical Meetings and Events Precede Pivotal Special General Conference

As 864 delegates plan to gather in St. Louis, Missouri for a called General Conference, important United Methodist Church bodies are making decisions sure to impact the gathering slated to meet February 23-26, 2019. Last week, the Commission on General Conference (COGC) announced its proposed plan for how the delegates will address proposals intended to […]

Dr. David Watson to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. David Watson will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “David Watson is one of the leading biblical theologians in The United Methodist Church,” said Dr. William Abraham, Albert Cook […]

The Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce that the Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory is an outstanding servant of the Lord Jesus Christ!” said Bishop Mike Lowry of the Fort Worth […]

Theologically Diverse Group Calls for Gracious Exit

A theologically diverse group of West Ohio Annual Conference clergy and laity recently issued an open letter to the 2019 United Methodist General Conference delegates. The letter, issued on September 17, called on delegates to adopt a “gracious and equitable process for exit which can be used by any [local UM] congregation.” The sixteen signatories […]

Bishop Scott Jones to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Scott Jones will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Jones is the UM Church’s scholar-bishop,” said the Rev. Edmund Robb III, Senior Pastor at The Woodlands UM Church in The […]

The Rev. Madeline Carassco Henners to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is very happy to announce that the Rev. Madeline Carassco Henners will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Madeline is a reminder that the fullness of the Wesleyan message of holiness of heart and life is just […]

Whither the Gracious Exit – Committed or Constrained

Does anyone still assert with a straight face the absence of irreconcilable differences in The United Methodist Church? The arguments advanced in support of each of the plans addressed in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward strain credulity in their effort to posit that we can be united in one enterprise. Each […]

An Invitation to Stand Unashamed!

Click to play a short video from the Rev. Chuck Savage, a delegate to the special 2019 General Conference. Rev. Savage invites you join him for the WCA’s 2018 Global Gathering and then register at wesleyancovenant.org/unashamed. Would your church like information about how it could serve at a simulcast site for the WCA’s 2018 Global […]

Bishop Mike Lowry to Open WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is honored to announce that Bishop Mike Lowry will open its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Mike Lowry is a special kind of episcopal leader,” said WCA President Keith Boyette. “He’s not interested in playing it safe, going with […]

Making the Most of Women in Leadership

Fourteen years ago, my family and I planted a United Methodist congregation in Evans, Georgia. We were what is called in church-planting circles a “parachute drop,” meaning we had no pre-existing relationships in the community. We had no idea how blessed nor how challenged we would be. The work of planting a new church is, […]

Layman Dr. Carlos Alarcon to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is thrilled to announce that Dr. Carlos Alarcon will address its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Carlos is first and foremost a faithful disciple of Christ. I see that so often in his willingness to give sacrificially of his […]

The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is honored to announce that the Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Joy has been a leader in our church for years, serving as a delegate to General Conference, teaching theology […]

Biblical Women and the Spread of the Gospel

This is the first of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. As a pastor, as one called to the ministry of church planting, and as a woman, I am inspired and challenged by those great matriarchs of the faith who proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. The […]

The Connectional Conference Plan

This is the third of three articles briefly describing and analyzing the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. See Exhibit B, pages 34 through 81 of the whole […]

The Traditional Plan

This is the second of three articles briefly describing and analyzing the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. See Exhibit C, pages 82 through 130 of the whole […]

THE Issue Facing American United Methodism

I begin with a one-question quiz.  It is multiple choice. In 25 years the typical American United Methodist of today will be: A. A registered Democrat B. Living in Sun City, Arizona C. Dead The correct answer is “C.” In 25 years demographics and median age declares the average United Methodist living today in the […]

The One Church Plan

In the coming days we will briefly describe and analyze the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. The One Church Plan (OCP) is predicated on two straightforward assumptions. […]

E Unam Pluribus

At the risk of being misunderstood, I’m pretty close to being done. Not with Jesus, or even with His church, mind you. And please don’t think that I’m either deeply depressed or unduly discouraged about the prospects of God’s Kingdom in this world, for in the words of Handel’s Messiah, I’m more than certain that “He shall reign […]

When Unity At All Cost Is Too Costly

“When is unity at all cost too costly?” This question is not intended as an endorsement for dividing The United Methodist Church. However, in the following, I want to at least make the argument that separation is not always the improper thing to do. I write this after hearing many colleagues from every theological stripe say, “I am not […]

FAQs, Number 2: The State of The United Methodist Church

Over the past several weeks a number of important developments have occurred in the UM Church, and the Wesleyan Covenant Association has received a number of questions regarding them. This is the second issue of Outlook attempting to help WCA members navigate the latest news. You can see our first FAQs by clicking HERE. Earlier this year, the […]

Choices Abound!

In a recent article, I shared about The Long and Winding Road to St. Louis. Well, we have now journeyed further along that road. A lot is happening and we want to keep you informed. As required, petitions for the special General Conference, which will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019, were filed by July 8. […]

FAQs – The State of The United Methodist Church

Over the past several weeks a number of important developments have occurred in the UM Church. The Wesleyan Covenant Association has received a number of questions regarding them. With this issue of Outlook we are beginning a running FAQ post to help people navigate the latest news. We will archive all FAQs on our website so people can return […]

Who Do You Say That I Am?

The question reverberates down through the ages. When Jesus first asked, “Who do you say that I am?” he directed it to those who knew him best – disciples who had walked with him for an extended period of time – who had seen him in public and private moments. The disciples’ answers are intriguing, […]

Commission on Way Forward’s Report Not Released

The July 8 deadline for the filing of petitions to be considered at the 2019 special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church has now passed. The petition deadline passed without the release of the anticipated report of the Commission on a Way Forward (COWF) or any update from the Council of […]

Four Marks of the Next Methodism

Let’s face it: no one really knows what is going to happen at The United Methodist Church’s called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Division? Restructuring? Fragmentation? Slow demise? Despite widespread conjecture and one or two wild conspiracy theories, your guess is as good as mine. The Wesleyan movement, however, is much […]

Going Forward with Scripture

“Given the current challenges directed to the unique place of the Bible in the church, we affirm that the core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which […]

The Long and Winding Road to St. Louis

Will February 26, 2019 ever arrive? Yes, in due course, and God will still be sovereign over His creation and His church will still be a prevailing church. We can hope that The United Methodist Church will still be counted as a faithful part of the church universal. Much yet must occur before we will […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of the Wesleyan Covenant Association of Reynoldsburg, OH. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported […]

Seeking Higher Ground: Conversations in the UMC

As conversations around the future of the UM Church heat up in this annual conference season, I hold a prayer that we will elevate our discourse above the level of emotion. Here are a few things I’d like to hear in discussions around what comes next: Let’s talk Christologically. Does the conversation about the future of […]

The Dis-United Methodist Church: Growth, Conflict, and the Uncertain Way Forward

Last week, we reviewed the formation of the United Methodist Church in 1968 and the struggle ever since its creation to shape a coherent identity – to answer the basic question: who are we? We looked at the tone and direction of two theological statements, in 1972 and 1988, and described the growing divide between traditionalists and progressives […]

The Dis-United Methodist Church and The Quest for Unity

Editor’s Note It is easy for those who have been around The United Methodist Church for years to assume everyone knows how we have come to our current impasse. However, despite declining membership and worship attendance in the U.S., there are still plenty of growing congregations with new people joining every day. Many of these […]

Judicial Council Rules Against Council of Bishops, Allows All United Methodists to Submit Petitions

Earlier today The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council (its “Supreme Court”) issued an 8-1 decision repudiating the Council of Bishops’ argument that only its preferred option for a way forward could be presented to the special General Conference scheduled for February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. In a recent meeting the majority of the Council of […]

Have the Talk

Preparing for the Days Ahead The United Methodist Church remains in a time of uncertainty, and yet the picture is coming into sharper focus. The Commission on a Way Forward has finished its work. The majority of the Council of Bishops (COB) has determined it will recommend a previously failed “local option” plan to the […]

Council of Bishops Attempts to Clarify Confusion It Created

A Statement from the Wesleyan Covenant Association The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops (COB) released a statement today trying to clear up the confusion it created with the release of a prior statement and a variety of interpretations of it that came from a number of bishops. According to the latest statement it appears the only plan a […]

Being Open to the Spirit of God: Wesley’s Theology of the Means of Grace

Although John Wesley was highly critical of Augustine for his denial that perfection was possible in this life and for his doctrines of the irresistibility of grace and predestination, nevertheless, he and Augustine shared two related theological commitments: the corruption of human nature due to sin and the absolute dependence on grace for righteousness. During […]

Just Say No to Local Church Options for the UMC

Annual conferences are just around the corner all over the U.S. and there will be petitions submitted to annual conferences suggesting something along the lines of a local church option when it comes to defining what counts as Christian marriage, what counts as proper sexual morality, what counts as moral fitness for ordination. It is […]

Sanctification: Life Shaped by Grace

One of the great benefits of living in California is the easy access to the great outdoors and especially some of the most beautiful National Parks in the United States. My family particularly enjoys Yosemite and Joshua Tree National Parks. As we’ve spent time in each of them the past eight years we’ve been astounded […]