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The High Calling and High Challenges of Discipling Teens

By Elizabeth Fink October 22, 2021 “Teenagers” and “discipleship.” Do those two words strike fear in your heart? Alone they can be unnerving, but together, they make even the most dedicated pastors, parents, and laypeople shake in their boots. Many of us have spent hours desperately trying to find the most effective process for discipling … Continue Reading

Mt. Bethel UM Church Files Counter Suit

By Walter Fenton October 15, 2021 Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church has filed a counterclaim against the North Georgia Annual Conference’s Board of Trustees in a matter stemming from Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson’s decision to reappoint the Rev. Dr. Jody Ray, the congregation’s senior pastor. Both Ray and Mt. Bethel’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) and … Continue Reading

A Tribute to Dr. William “Billy” J. Abraham

By Keith Boyette, President Wesleyan Covenant Association It was with heavy hearts that we learned this past Friday afternoon of the sudden passing of Dr. William “Billy” J. Abraham. Billy was a world-renowned theologian, a passionate teacher, a gifted writer, and a wonderfully witty and inspiring speaker; above all, he was a warm-hearted, devoted disciple … Continue Reading

Sharing Information Freely, Fairly, and Fully

By Keith Boyette October 8, 2021 I just returned from Nairobi, Kenya. Yes, you read that right. I traveled with four colleagues from the United States to meet with sixteen Methodist leaders who came from countries across Africa. All of us, whether we came from the U.S. or from Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic … Continue Reading

Constructively Working through Conflict

By Angela Pleasants October 1, 2021 I was watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The scene is set in San Francisco, depicting a small group of humans struggling to stay alive after a virus wiped out most of the human race. They encounter a band of apes led by one named Caesar. Now, … Continue Reading

Sexual Holiness, Wholeness, and Brokenness

By Debra Baty September 24, 2021 It has often been noted that disagreements over sexuality and gender are merely the symptom of the more foundational truths we no longer hold in common across The United Methodist Church. Conflicts over essentials such as the divinity and Lordship of Christ, the authority and reliability of the Scriptures, … Continue Reading

What’s Happening with General Conference in 2022?

By Joseph F. DiPaolo September 17, 2021 There’s been lots of speculation about the upcoming General Conference of The United Methodist Church – when it will happen, whether it will happen, what the delegates are likely to do, what they should do. This is not surprising. Since 1968 (indeed, since 1792), General Conference is where … Continue Reading

Unbelievable Heartbreak: Confronting the Mess My Bishop Created at Mt. Bethel Church

By Casey Alarcon September 10, 2021 When Christians feel mistreated, how should we respond? As devoted church members, what recourse do we have when we believe church leadership has behaved badly? The Bible addresses the first question. The United Methodist Church has established ways to address the latter. But when put to the test, does … Continue Reading

Comparing The United Methodist Church with the Global Methodist Church (in Formation)

By Thomas Lambrecht September 8, 2021 What will the proposed new Global Methodist Church look like? How will it operate? In what ways will it be different from what we have been accustomed to in The United Methodist Church? These questions weigh on the minds of people who are thinking about the option of aligning … Continue Reading

The Challenges of Keeping Sabbath

By Nako Kellum September 3, 2021 Shortly after I bought my first smart phone, I was at Disney World with my family for vacation. When I was standing in line for “It’s a Small World,” I received a text from work, and without thinking, I answered it immediately. Then, a thought came to me, “If … Continue Reading

Praying for College Students

By Suzanne Nicholson August 27, 2021 ‘Tis the season for backpacks, pencils, notebooks, and laptops. For college students, the transition from summer jobs and living with parents to class schedules and dorm life can be both exciting and terrifying. There’s nothing like the suspense of meeting your roommate for the first time or trying to … Continue Reading

The Gift of Working for a Future Global Church

By Angela Pleasants August 20, 2021 On July 1, I started working for the Wesleyan Covenant Association as the Vice President of Clergy and Church Relations. That’s a long title, but what does it mean? Initially, I am helping create pathways for clergy and local churches to smoothly transition to the Global Methodist Church once … Continue Reading

What Should Our Church Be Doing Right Now?

By Keith Boyette August 13, 2021 One of the most frequent and urgent questions posed by United Methodist laity and clergy today is “What should our church be doing right now?” The question is asked in anticipation of The United Methodist Church’s General Conference that will meet from August 29 to September 6, 2022. It … Continue Reading

A Church without a Trust Clause

By Walter Fenton August 6, 2021 “Wait a second,” said a United Methodist layperson at a church where I was making a presentation. “Did you just say the people who attend my church don’t own the property and building?” “Yes, that’s right,” I had to answer. “According to the UM Church’s trust clause, local congregations … Continue Reading

Learning and Living the Christian Faith

By Walter Fenton July 30, 2021 “Pastor, when those Jehovah’s Witness people come to my door, I pretend not to be home,” said Barb, a church member at a church I served. “But it’s not just that I don’t want to talk to them; I’m embarrassed that I can’t explain my faith as well they … Continue Reading

Hearts of Peace Can Still Prevail

By Keith Boyette July 23, 2021 Since the January 2020 announcement of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation United Methodists, whether they identify as centrist, progressive, or traditionalist, have tried hard to honor a spirit of peace among one another. People have largely refrained from provocative acts that would plunge the church back … Continue Reading

An Episcopal Fiasco in North Georgia

By Walter Fenton July 16, 2021 CORRECTION: After the posting of this article it was brought to our attention that on July 7, 2021, the North Georgia Annual Conference announced that the Rev. Brian Tillman had been appointed to be the conference’s first Director of Inclusion and Advocacy.” We have removed from the article the paragraph … Continue Reading

Rev. Angela Pleasants Joins WCA Leadership Team

By Walter Fenton July 9, 2021 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Angela Pleasants has joined its leadership team. She will serve as its Vice President for Clergy and Church Relations, assisting clergy and local churches that seek to align with the Global Methodist Church. “I have rarely met a … Continue Reading

Structured to Serve

By Keith Boyette July 2, 2021 When John and Charles Wesley gathered with others at Oxford College to encourage and strengthen one another in the Christian faith, their detractors referred to them as “methodists,” a term of derision making fun of their intense commitment to a disciplined and organized walk with Jesus. Undeterred by those … Continue Reading

WCA Wraps Up Legislation with Virtual Online Global Assembly

By Walter Fenton June 25, 2021 Delegates from around the world participated in an online virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, to conclude the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Legislative Assembly. “We had an intense and productive day [April 30, 2021] when we met at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, several weeks ago,” said … Continue Reading

Bishops in the Global Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette June 18, 2021 I recently read American Saint: Francis Asbury & The Methodists, John Wigger’s 2009 biography of Methodism’s primary leader during the early decades of the United States. As I read this compelling biography, I was impressed with two observations. First, Asbury was influential because of God’s anointing and his servant’s … Continue Reading

In Essentials, Unity

By Walter Fenton June 11, 2021 The succinct quote, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity,” is an aphorism variously attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), John Wesley (1703 – 1791), and to a number of theologians in between them. It is often cited as Christians attempt to reach … Continue Reading

Clergy Deployment in the Global Methodist Church Prior to its Convening General Conference

By Keith Boyette June 4, 2021 A frequently asked question by those considering affiliation with the Global Methodist Church relates to how clergy deployment decisions will be made in the new church. At this time, we can only address deployment decisions that will be made between the legal formation of the GM Church and its … Continue Reading

Update: Three Bishops Stir Controversy

By Walter Fenton May 28, 2021 Clergy appointment controversies in the California-Pacific, Greater New Jersey, and North Georgia Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church continue to fester and roil the congregations involved. Sam Hodges, from the United Methodist News Service, reported last week that United Methodist Korean laity and their allies engaged in public … Continue Reading

Working for the Community of God’s Design

By Angela Pleasants and Keith Boyette May 21, 2021 Down through the years, we have heard the declarations: The ground is level at the foot of the cross. God is no respecter of persons. “For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in … Continue Reading

Great Devotions from WCA’s Third Global Legislative Assembly

We have repeatedly received requests for two excellent devotions that were delivered at the Wesleyan Covenant Associations Third Global Legislative Assembly at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, on Friday, April 30, 2021. We are now happy to share with our members and friends the video of the Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway’s opening devotion for the … Continue Reading

Three Bishops Stir Controversy

By Walter Fenton May 11, 2021 Perhaps it is a bit of an exaggeration, but we think it is fair to say that 99.9 percent of clergy appointments in The United Methodist Church are made with little or no controversy. And this is so because they tend to break down as follows: a local church … Continue Reading

Go Global! Rekindles Passion and Hope for the Future

“I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for the WCA’s Global Legislative Assembly and the Go Global! event last weekend! The music was simply phenomenal! The blend of hymns accompanied by the band was fantastic. And the Holy Spirit spoke straight to my heart through each and every one of the speakers,” wrote Liz … Continue Reading

WCA Global Legislative Assembly Endorses Protocol and the Global Methodist Church

In two separate votes, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Legislative Assembly endorsed the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and the Global Methodist Church in formation during Friday morning session, April 30, 2021, at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Due to a Covid-19 pandemic induced postponement of the Global Legislative Assembly that was originally … Continue Reading

There is a Simple Solution

By Carolyn Moore April 23, 2021 An ironic take on an old story keeps coming to mind. In this version, Old Mother Hubbard’s sad tale of an empty cupboard and hungry dog goes viral. An outcry of concern ripples through the community. Who would leave a dog without a bone? Was it stolen? Who would … Continue Reading

Disruption at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Largest Congregation in North Georgia Annual Conference

By Walter Fenton April 20, 2021 “We were taken completely by surprise,” said Lindsay Hill, chairwoman of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), as she still tries to absorb Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson’s decision to move the congregation’s senior pastor to a still evolving assignment on the North Georgia Annual Conference staff … Continue Reading

Departing the United Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette April 16, 2021 With the recent further postponement of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to August 29 – September 6, 2022, a number of local churches are evaluating whether they should depart from the UM Church now rather than waiting until the General Conference occurs. The General Conference will … Continue Reading

Longing for Deliverance

By Keith Boyette April 2, 2021 Suffering. Brokenness. Death. Struggle. Paralysis. Words all too familiar from the past year. Words that seem especially poignant in this Holy Week of 2021. As I reflect on Jesus’ journey especially in the events of the Upper Room, his arrest, trials before the religious council and Pilate, scourging, the … Continue Reading

Council of Bishops Cancels Special General Conference

By Keith Boyette March 26, 2021 Less than four weeks after calling for a special General Conference, The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops reversed its call, and announced on Monday, March 22, that it was now cancelling the session scheduled for May 8, 2021. The council gave no reason for canceling the special session. … Continue Reading

Standing with our Asian Sisters and Brothers

By Keith Boyette March 23, 2021 Since the announcement of the emergence of the coronavirus and its spread globally in early 2020, those of Asian ethnicity have been the targets of racism, acts of violence, discrimination, harassment, and derogatory statements. Acts of violence, including murders and assaults, have escalated recently. The Wesleyan Covenant Association condemns … Continue Reading

The Continuing Role of the Wesleyan Covenant Association in the Development of the Global Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette March 12, 2021 The announcement of news of the Global Methodist Church has filled many theologically conservative United Methodists with hope for the future. The United Methodist Church, beset by decades-long conflict, continues to wrestle with how it will navigate the stormy waters following its deeply divisive 2019 special General Conference, its … Continue Reading

The Next Methodism Fund

March 5, 2021 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce the creation of the “Next Methodism Fund” to support the Global Methodist Church while it is in formation. Funds raised will be dedicated to ministries focused on revitalizing existing local churches and planting new ones, global missional partnerships, transformational discipleship, outreach to youth and … Continue Reading

We Press On

March 2, 2021 By Keith Boyette The battle against the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. Virtually every area of our lives has been impacted no matter where we live or how we occupy our time. Pandemic weariness has set in. Generally speaking, humanity is impatient. Jason Gay, writing in The Wall Street Journal on February 25, … Continue Reading

The Global Methodist Church

March 1, 2021 By Walter Fenton The Transitional Leadership Council, a 17 member team of theologically conservative Methodists, has released information on the Global Methodist Church. The council said the new church will officially come into existence when a United Methodist General Conference adopts the implementing legislation for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through … Continue Reading

Facing Hard Truths and Doing the Right Thing

February 26, 2021 By Joseph F. DiPaolo The charge is often made that the leading bishops, clergy, and laity who fashioned and endorsed the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation are somehow causing a schism within The United Methodist Church. I disagree. Unfortunately, the schism was already there. In fact, I would argue that … Continue Reading

Coalition of Traditional Leaders Calls for Decision on Protocol at Earliest Possible Time

February 16, 2021 A diverse group of theologically conservative Methodist leaders from around the globe who initially met in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2020 to announce a vision for a new traditional expression of Methodism has issued a statement today continuing their support for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and urging “the … Continue Reading

Getting to a Decision

February 12, 2021 By Keith Boyette Life is complicated. A pandemic makes life more complicated. Ministry is hard. Ministry during a pandemic is harder. Decision-making is often difficult. Decision-making during a pandemic is even more difficult. The United Methodist Church is confronting this reality just as countless other communities are when established practices have been … Continue Reading

WCA Task Force Launches the Nehemiah Journey

By Walter Fenton The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Church Revitalization Task Force has launched Nehemiah Journey, a pilot program for local churches seeking revitalization. Three cohorts of eight to ten members have been organized in the United States and Zambia. The cohorts will help the diverse seven member team that leads the Nehemiah Journey refine the … Continue Reading

Pandemic Challenges for General Conference

By Walter Fenton January 29, 2021 The United Methodist Church’s next General Conference will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 29 – September 7, 2021. Or will it? Postponed once already due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is possible the quadrennial conference could be postponed again. The Commission on General Conference, the body responsible for planning … Continue Reading

The Church’s Call to Ministry with Marginalized People

By Walter Fenton January 22, 2021 “In a new global Methodist church it simply won’t do for local churches to evaluate themselves when it comes to ministry with marginalized people,” said the Rev. Erik Grayson, lead pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. “To determine our effectiveness we’ll have to go … Continue Reading

Forward into a Faithful Future

By Keith Boyette January 15, 2021 Launched in October 2016, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s mission has evolved with events. We have never wavered in upholding the Lordship of Jesus and the authority of Scripture over our individual and corporate lives. We have been passionate in our commitment to the great confessions of the Christian faith … Continue Reading

Pray, Think, and Make Christian Community a Priority

By Carolyn Moore January 12, 2020 What happened in Washington D.C. last week was beyond sad. It should not have happened, and we cannot emphasize strongly enough that any connection to these events with the core values of Christianity is utterly wrong. We must all stand against this attack on democracy and sound a clarion … Continue Reading

From Strife to the Better Angels of Our Nature

By Keith Boyette January 7, 2021 I planned to write a different article for this first Outlook of 2021. Although 2020 was a difficult year in so many ways, we have much to celebrate in what God has done in and through us, and what He will do in 2021. I will touch on our … Continue Reading

Living in the In-Between Times

December 11, 2020 By Keith Boyette We live in the already/not yet on God’s calendar. During his earthly ministry, Jesus announced that the Kingdom of God is near. Jesus broke into our reality as a baby born in Bethlehem – Immanuel – God with us. With his crucifixion, Jesus fulfilled God’s good plan to provide … Continue Reading

Carolyn Moore Elected WCA Chairwoman

December 4, 2020 The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Council elected the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore as its chairwoman on Tuesday, December 2, 2020. Moore is a well-known author, sought after speaker, and lead pastor at Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia. She is a founding council member of the WCA and has served as its vice-chairwoman … Continue Reading

African Bishops and the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation

by Walter Fenton November 20, 2020 A recent press release issued by The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops on behalf of African episcopal leaders has stirred speculation about the viability of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. The Protocol is the widely known plan calling for the amicable separation of The United … Continue Reading

WCA Awards Grants to Twelve Ministries in Central Conferences

November 13, 2020 The Global Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association recently celebrated the approval of ministry grants totaling $180,150. The grants were disbursed from its Central Conference Ministry Fund to support twelve ministries in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe. The Central Conference Ministry Fund was established … Continue Reading

How Many Local Churches?

by Walter Fenton November 6, 2020 “If the 2021 General Conference adopts the implementing legislation for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, how many local churches would there be in the new traditionalist Methodist church?” It is an interesting and important question, and for strategic and planning purposes, it would be very helpful … Continue Reading

That All May Know

October 30, 2020 by Keith Boyette Demographers tell us that approximately 3.22 billion people globally have no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The current world population is estimated to be 7.75 billion people. Over forty percent of the world’s people groups have no indigenous community of believing Christians able to reach the rest … Continue Reading

What about Insurance and Pensions after Separation?

By Keith Boyette Clergy rightly have a number of questions about the implications of an amicable separation in The United Methodist Church when the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Amicable Separation is adopted. “I am retired. What will happen to my pension benefits?” “I am an active clergyperson. What will happen to the benefits … Continue Reading

The Imperative of Local Church Revitalization

By Walter Fenton Last November the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 226 member Global Legislative Assembly could not have known just how important its authorization of a taskforce to focus on Church Revitalization would become. But now, in the wake of a pandemic and a worldwide recession that have shuttered local churches, strained their budgets, and isolated … Continue Reading

The Protocol: Going Forward not Backward

By Walter Fenton “We haven’t heard much about the Protocol recently; is it still on track?” That is one variation of a question the Wesleyan Covenant Association has regularly received over the past several weeks. Of course, people asking the question are referring to the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation that calls for … Continue Reading

FAQ about the Transitional Leadership Council

Earlier this year, when a group of United Methodist leaders shared a proposal for an amicable separation of the UM Church, it seems fair to say most United Methodists greeted the news with a mix of sadness and relief. Led by the late Bishop John Yambasu, the 16 member mediation team produced the now widely known … Continue Reading

Many Questions and Where to Find Answers

“I’m a seminary student nearing graduation and I’d like to serve in the new global Methodist church; will it recognize the courses I have taken in church history, doctrine and polity? “Will retired UM clergy be allowed to transfer their clergy membership into the new church?” “Will there be a ‘trust clause’ in the new … Continue Reading

Reclaiming the Method in Methodism

By Bob Kaylor My first full-time ministry gig was as a lay youth director at a United Methodist Church in central Pennsylvania. Having grown up a Presbyterian, I knew little about Methodism, yet I’ll never forget the day the senior pastor slid the confirmation materials across his desk to me and asked me to teach … Continue Reading

For the Sake of Your Local Church

By Walter Fenton Photo by Leslie Cross on Unsplash Local United Methodist churches have plenty of challenges to contend with right now. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic many are finding ways to reopen sanctuaries so members can worship God together while still allowing for social distancing. Where possible, pastors and lay ministers are … Continue Reading

A Sure Hope for a Faithful Future

By Keith Boyette The United Methodist Church is now less than one year away from a defining General Conference that was postponed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the long delay, some United Methodists are wondering if the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation has been derailed. And concerns about it … Continue Reading

Members of Christ’s Flesh and Bones

By Walter Fenton As a young Christian, when I first read the Apostle Paul’s use of the human body as metaphor for the body of Christ, I was deeply impressed. Forty to fifty years later, I admit I do not always look forward to reading 1 Corinthians 12.14-26. To be sure, I still think the … Continue Reading

A Meditation on Psalm 19

By Walter Fenton Like many people these days, my wife and I cancelled our vacation plans. We were hoping to hike in the Colorado mountains where we enjoy the cool air, the cold mountain lakes, the deep blue sky during the day and the star filled sky at night. Sometimes when we gaze at the … Continue Reading

Preparation for Launch

By Keith Boyette In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon reminds us that there is a time for every activity under the heavens. The times we live in seem strange indeed. Any sense of normalcy has been replaced by the knowledge we have never walked this road before. Many routines have been disrupted. The journey we are on … Continue Reading

God Of Hope

By Bishop Eduard Khegay Pastor N’s wife from Kazakhstan was forced to take a “vacation” without pay. Suddenly raising three small children got extremely difficult. In a large Russian city, a pastor and his wife ran an after school program, but as the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, they had to close their tutoring agency and … Continue Reading

The Beauty of a Global Church

By Keith Boyette The new traditional Methodist denomination that will be launched in September 2021 will be global in character. We fully embrace Jesus’ directive: “You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Great Commission compels us to … Continue Reading

Doing Hard Things in the Right Spirit

By Walter Fenton Doing something new is hard in the best of times. Since its inception the Wesleyan Covenant Association believed there were only two hard ways forward for The United Methodist Church: one where its leaders rededicated themselves to teaching the apostolic, catholic, and historic confessions of the Christian faith grounded in Scripture, or … Continue Reading

New Wineskins for a New Connection

By Chappell Temple “Part Eight – Connectional Organization” is not exactly the most scintillating, cannot-put-it-down, section of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” For when folks get excited about their church it is not usually because of the compellingly great connectional organization that it has. On the other hand, Methodists have … Continue Reading

Make Justice a Reality

By Keith Boyette  At its founding in its Statement of Moral Principles, the Wesleyan Covenant Association declared, “We believe that all persons are of sacred worth…. The WCA specifically renounces all racial and ethnic discrimination and commits itself to work toward full racial and ethnic equality in the church and in society.” Recent events in … Continue Reading

The Role of Conferences in the New Methodism

By Thomas Lambrecht “Conferencing” is at the heart of Methodist history and tradition. In 1744, only a few years after starting the Methodist movement, John Wesley called together the small group of preachers who formed the core of the movement for a “conference” meeting. They gathered to discern “how we should proceed to save our … Continue Reading

Transitioning to a New Church… in God’s Time

By Keith Boyette On May 5, the day The United Methodist Church’s General Conference was set to convene, UM advocacy groups, representative of each of the theological streams in the church, released comments on the significance of its postponement. Each of the groups (Mainstream UMC, Reconciling Ministries Network, UMForward, and the Wesleyan Covenant Association) remain … Continue Reading

Where Do We Go From Here?

By Keith Boyette Today, we were to be meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the convening of The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. But as we are all aware, the COVID-19 virus radically disrupted those plans as it has disrupted nearly every other aspect of our lives. The world has changed. I hear people longing … Continue Reading

Getting Ready to Reboot

The Wesleyan Covenant Association concludes its video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today, Jennifer Cowart, Executive Pastor at Harvest Church in Warner Robbins, Georgia, talks about “Getting Ready to Reboot.” To watch the video Cowart cites in her article click on this link: 24 More Questions the Church Should Ask … Continue Reading

Ministry to the Marginalized in the Midst of a Pandemic

The Wesleyan Covenant Association continues its video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today, the Rev. Erik Grayson, Pastor-in-Charge at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina, talks about “Ministry to the Marginalized in the Midst of a Pandemic.” The video series will continue next with: “Getting Ready to … Continue Reading

Keeping People Engaged… at a Distance

This week the Wesleyan Covenant Association continues a video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today the Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor, Lead Pastor at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado, talks about “Keeping People Engaged… at a Distance.” The video series will continue next with: Ministry to the Marginalized in … Continue Reading

A Non-Anxious Presence in Perilous Times

This week the Wesleyan Covenant Association continues a video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today the Rev. Dr. Jan Davis, Senior Pastor at Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks about serving as “A Non-Anxious Presence in Perilous Times.” The video series will continue with: Keeping People Engaged… at a … Continue Reading

The Value of Teams in the Time of Pandemic

This week the Wesleyan Covenant Association begins a five part video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today the Rev. Jorge Acevedo, Lead Pastor at Grace Church in Fort Myers, Florida, talks about how it is more important than ever to stay connected with and care for local teams and groups. … Continue Reading

From Generation to Generation

By Stephen Rankin When you encounter that squirrely twelve-year-old from the youth group, who do you see? Just another kid or an adult-in-the-making? It is easy to think in conventional developmental terms about what a twelve-year-old needs from the church “right now,” at this particular stage in life.  Of course, it is good to think … Continue Reading

Licensed Local Pastors in a New Methodist Church

This is the third of three articles on new paragraphs the Wesleyan Covenant Association is releasing for inclusion in its draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” The WCA previously released Part Five – The Ministry of the Clergy without ¶¶ 501-516, the paragraphs dealing with the process of credentialing and ordaining clergy. These paragraphs are … Continue Reading

The Ministry of Deacons

This is the second of three articles on new paragraphs the Wesleyan Covenant Associations is releasing for inclusion in its draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” The WCA previously released Part Five – The Ministry of the Clergy without ¶¶ 501-516, the paragraphs dealing with the process of credentialing and ordaining clergy. These paragraphs are … Continue Reading

Theological Foundations for Ordination in a New Expression of Methodism

Today, the Wesleyan Covenant Associations begins a series of three articles on new paragraphs it is releasing for inclusion in its draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” The WCA previously released Part Five – The Ministry of the Clergy without ¶¶ 501-516, the paragraphs dealing with the process of credentialing and ordaining clergy. These paragraphs … Continue Reading

Prayer, Thanksgiving, and Perseverance

Whether in the city of Manila in the Philippines, in a village on the plains of south central Russia, or in a town in Tennessee, or in many other places around the world, the sounds of hymns and prayers corporately sung and said have fallen silent in local United Methodist churches. To be sure, persevering … Continue Reading

All of Us, All of Him

Keith Boyette Down through the ages, various Christians have been given credit for the adage “Work as if it depends on you, pray as if it depends on God.” The earliest attribution for the quote is to St. Augustine. The founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius, is also given credit for it. And one author … Continue Reading

Pastoring in Plague-Times

By Chappell Temple You might say that he showed up at just the wrong time. For it was just after coming back to his home town at the age of 31 to serve as a leader in his church – having been turned down for the job seven years earlier – that a devastating war … Continue Reading

Global UM Leaders Reimagine a New Methodist Movement

Traditionalist United Methodist leaders from around the world have agreed on an expansive vision for a new, global Methodist church. Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, March 2 – 4, episcopal leaders from Africa, Eurasia, the Philippines, and the United States, were joined by traditionalist clergy, and renewal and reform group leaders from the Confessing Movement, Good … Continue Reading

Catalyzing a Global Church Planting Movement

By Steve Cordle I stood before the township supervisors, requesting zoning approval so that our new church could build its first facility. “We have thirteen churches in this township already, why do we need another one?” asked one official. It was a fair question, and we did our best to answer. It must have been … Continue Reading

Five Reasons Why You Ought to Join the WCA Now

By Carolyn Moore Since General Conference 2019, multiple conversations have produced multiple proposals for multiple ways through our current crisis. Negotiations have produced several significant legislative proposals to be considered at General Conference 2020. The “Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” seems to have generated more blogs, tweets, resolutions and comments than there are … Continue Reading

Embracing a New Beginning

By Keith Boyette With the recent announcement of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, and now the release of its implementing legislation, many United Methodists are focusing on next steps. The protocol has now been endorsed by seven major advocacy groups that have often been at odds with one another: The Confessing Movement, … Continue Reading

Reservations and Hope about the Protocol

By Tim McClendon Will The United Methodist Church separate into two or more denominations? Only its General Conference can say for sure. The recently announced “Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” has gained a good deal of traction across the UM connection. The press and social media plus the blogosphere have been reporting things … Continue Reading

Why I Said Yes to Prayer

By Leo Park “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. … Continue Reading

Life’s Too Short

By Talbot Davis I spent most of my childhood and adolescence pursuing a two-fold dream: one, to become the Texas state champion in tennis for kids my age; and two, to use that state championship as a catapult into a pro tennis career. While dream number one ultimately did happen, you may be able to … Continue Reading

Leaning Forward: Why I Support the Separation Plan

By Joseph F. DiPaolo For years there has been tension among traditionalist United Methodists between those leaning in and those leaning out – that is, between some who wanted simply to leave The United Methodist Church, and others who felt called to stay and contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). … Continue Reading

An Invitation to Stop Fighting and Heal our Souls

By Jeff Greenway When “The Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation” was released earlier this month it generated a wave of reactions across The United Methodist Church. I have not been surprised by the varied responses. It has been my experience that each step in the process toward some form of amicable separation brings … Continue Reading

A Protocol for Peace

By Chappell Temple He’s not exactly a theologian, but we could perhaps call him a prophet of sorts. For six years before the United Methodist Church was even formed, Neil Sedaka got it right in his signature song of 1962: “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” And that is so not only because there are … Continue Reading

Pressing On: Our Journey to a New Future

By Gregory D. Stover “Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3.13-14 NRSV). With … Continue Reading

Count Me In

By Carolyn Moore I have been on social media enough in the last few days to know that the latest plan for denominational separation along theological lines is not without its detractors. I’m not among them. This agreement comes to me as a deep relief. For several years I have worked as a member of … Continue Reading

Why a Mediated Negotiation?

By Keith Boyette This year, The United Methodist Church is 52 years old. Of course, the Methodist movement, currently composed of approximately 80 distinct Methodist denominations worldwide, is much older than that. The UM Church was formed from the union of The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968. Methodism, as with … Continue Reading

Key Bishops and Advocacy Group Leaders Propose Plan of Separation

By Walter Fenton A prominent group of 16 United Methodists released a detailed proposal today calling for an amicable separation of The United Methodist Church. The group included individuals representing all the major advocacy organizations affiliated with the church and eight bishops from around the world, including Bishop Kenneth Carter, current president of the Council … Continue Reading

Great Response to “Book of Doctrines and Discipline”

By Walter Fenton In less than a month hundreds of people have responded with comments, critiques, and questions regarding the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s release of its draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” The association released the document November 8, 2019, shortly after its 228 member Global Legislative Committee overwhelmingly commended it for review and comment. … Continue Reading

Empowering Laity for a New Methodist Movement

By Walter Fenton In order to be a healthy and vibrant branch of the church universal, a new Methodist movement must equip and empower laity for ministry and service. This is a truism for any church, but we sense it will be critical in an era of increased secularization in some cultural settings and encounters … Continue Reading

Deploying Faithful, Energetic, and Effective Clergy

By Keith Boyette Local churches need faithful, creative, and energetic pastors to partner with them in worshiping God, growing as disciples of Jesus Christ, and being passionate and diligent in the mission field God has given them. Clergy have a significant impact on the effectiveness and fruitfulness of local churches, so how they are deployed … Continue Reading

Ministry Task Forces Forming

From its inception, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has worked for a revitalized Methodist witness globally. The WCA is committed to reaching all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and inviting every person to be a follower of Jesus Christ transformed by the grace and love of God. As some form of separation in The … Continue Reading

Plans for Separation, Dissolution, and Exit

By Walter Fenton Since the close of the contentious 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, United Methodists from across the theological spectrum set to work crafting plans to resolve the bitter dispute over the denomination’s sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards. The discordant conference and its aftermath made clear to many … Continue Reading

Wesleyan Covenant Association Council Endorses Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation

After a time of serious reflection and spirited debate, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) Council voted to endorse the Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation during one of its regularly scheduled monthly teleconference calls on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The association’s 35-member governing council had time to read and review the plan prior to the call, … Continue Reading

The Rev. Keith Boyette to Reveal WCA’s Plans for a New Methodism at 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Keith Boyette will deliver a major address at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “I look forward to sharing the WCA’s hopeful vision for a new Methodism,” said Boyette, the President of the … Continue Reading

Never Give Up

By Elizabeth Fink September 20, 2019 When contemplating the future of The United Methodist Church, we all find ourselves asking a couple of questions: How did we get to this point? Why is the theological gap so wide? My answers take me back to an experience in my own life that propelled me on this … Continue Reading

Waiting on God: David, Saul and the Next Methodism

By Joseph F. DiPaolo I hate to wait. Nothing tests my submission to the Holy Spirit like being stuck in a traffic jam on the Schuylkill Expressway, or waiting on a slow cashier in a long line at the supermarket. Many faithful United Methodists are having a hard time waiting these days. In the wake … Continue Reading

Centrists, Progressives, and Traditionalists Work Toward a Fair Plan of Separation

By Keith Boyette August 14, 2019 In the aftermath of the 2019 Special General Conference, people across The United Methodist Church have wondered, “What now?” The General Conference decided. Some vehemently disagreed. Statements of defiance were issued. Acts of resistance continue to occur. And new groups have emerged (e.g., UM Next and UM Forward). Looming … Continue Reading

Deacons: Showing Up and Getting Things Done

By Janet Lord August 9, 2019 It happens rarely, but often enough that I should know to expect it. Twice a year I coordinate an Orientation to Ministry event for people who are sensing a call to ministry, but still trying to work out what that might mean. Heather (not her real name) had signed … Continue Reading

Pure Grace: Wesley’s Take on Supernatural Ministry

By Carolyn Moore July 12, 2019 I’ve become convinced that Jesus’ anointing and commission in Luke 9:1-2 is a key passage for understanding Jesus’ intentions for the Body of Christ on earth. This commission to take authority to cast out all demons, cure diseases, proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick became the marching orders … Continue Reading

Fun with Math

By Chappell Temple July 9, 2019 He attributed the phrase to Benjamin Disraeli, but you won’t actually find it in any of his works. But in speaking to the power of numbers to bolster an otherwise weak argument, Mark Twain was probably correct to say that there are three kinds of untruths:  “lies, damn lies, and … Continue Reading

About That Pension Proposal at the Special General Conference

By Walter Fenton June 25, 2019 There are many essays people draw our attention to that just cause us to roll our eyes and move on. Initially, the Rev. Lloyd Nyarota’s recent commentary posted  at United Methodist Insight fell into that category. Nyarota, a United Methodist pastor serving a United Church of Canada congregation in the province … Continue Reading

Why Do I Continue to Believe in God?

By Nako Kellum June 18, 2019 I asked myself this question as I was listening to Maybe God, a podcast in which Rev. Eric Huffman interviewed Mr. Bart Campolo, the Rev.Tony Campolo’s son. In the interview, Mr. Campolo stated that he had become a secular humanist, giving up on God, because his prayers repeatedly went … Continue Reading

God Will Provide?

By Leslie S. Tomlinson June 11, 2019 As a denomination that has been searching for a way forward for decades, many United Methodists are growing weary of the possibilities. As a pastor halfway through a tense annual conference, it can feel like we are groping around in the dark with no guiding light. It helps … Continue Reading

The Priesthood of All Believers

By Keith Boyette  June 7, 2019 When delegates were apportioned for the 2020 General Conference, the professing membership of The United Methodist Church worldwide was reported as 12,557,214. Clergy membership for the same purpose was reported as 56,055. There will be 862 delegates when General Conference 2020 meets in Minneapolis, Minnesota from May 5-15. One-half … Continue Reading

Transformation in Christian Community

By Garry Ingraham May 24, 2019 As a man who once fully identified with the LGBTQ+ community and embraced homosexuality as an identity I have also experienced the power of a God who never gives up and a God who insists on working through His imperfect sons and daughters to love powerfully, restoring all kinds … Continue Reading

What Does It Look Like When Wesleyans Embrace Supernatural Ministry?

By Carolyn Moore April 14, 2019 Thomas Jefferson once took a penknife and cut most of the miracle stories out of the Bible, leaving only the teachings of Jesus. He included the tomb but cut out the resurrection. What was left, mostly the teachings of Jesus, Jefferson entitled, “The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth.” What … Continue Reading

A Poor Renewal

By Erik Grayson May 10, 2019 The crusty South African bishop crowed that when a church loses the poor, it loses the gospel. As a seminary student interning in Johannesburg I found poverty around every corner. Able-bodied men laid out on street medians just waiting to be hired. Refugees pawning for money to start handicraft … Continue Reading

Can Churches Depart The United Methodist Church with Their Property?

By Keith Boyette May 3, 2019 According to The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline, all local United Methodist churches hold their properties, real and personal, tangible and intangible, in trust for the benefit of the general church. Typically that means that if a local congregation decides to withdraw from the denomination, it must leave … Continue Reading

Legislation to Restore Church’s Order Constitutional – What Now?

By Keith Boyette April 30, 2019 On Friday, April 26, the Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church issued its much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Traditional Plan (TP) adopted by the special General Conference in February. The plan’s opponents were confident the Judicial Council (JC) would rule the plan unconstitutional arguing that … Continue Reading

Traditional Plan and Exit Provision Are Constitutional

In two separate rulings, The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council (its “Supreme Court”) has rejected the argument that the entire Traditional Plan (TP) adopted at the 2019 special General Conference is unconstitutional, and it has also ruled that a local church exit plan is constitutional. The nine-member Judicial Council (JC) said the General Conference delegates … Continue Reading

The Meaning and Power of the Resurrection: When a Dream Dies and is Resurrected

By Jerry Kulah April 26, 2019 Has your dream ever died? Have you ever lost the purpose and meaning of life because circumstances so disrupted your plans that you lost hope? That was surely the situation for Jesus’ disciples following his suffering, brutal death, and burial. Their dream of a savior that would liberate them … Continue Reading

The Glue That Binds Us Together

By Keith Boyette April 12, 2019 Along with our emphasis on the grace of God, connectionalism is a key distinctive of The United Methodist Church. Connectionalism involves a large body in making key decisions after a process of holy conferencing, culminating in a decision of the General Conference, the only body that can speak authoritatively … Continue Reading

LGBTQ+ People Are Welcome in The United Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette April 5, 2019 At its November 2018 Global Legislative Assembly, the Wesleyan Covenant Association adopted a “Statement Offering Radical Hospitality and Genuine Community.” The statement declares, “We long for and are working for a church that offers radical hospitality and genuine community to all persons. While we affirm the orthodox, biblical view … Continue Reading

No Apologies for the Traditional Plan

By Walter Fenton March 26, 2019 For the better part of two years United Methodist bishops in the U.S. told the church’s people to pray for the work of a select commission and a special called General Conference. The commission’s members (selected by the bishops) and the special conference (called by the bishops) were to … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

How the Church’s Sexual Ethics and Teachings on Marriage are Rooted in Scripture

February 1, 2019 In a paper entitled “Gender Matters: Human Sexuality and the Bible Yet Again”, Dr. Ben Witherington, III, writes: “It is no small thing for a church to change its position of what is and isn’t moral when it comes to human sexual behavior, especially when it has been the almost universal and … Continue Reading

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. … Continue Reading

Making the Most of Women in Leadership

By Carolyn Moore September 5, 2018 This is the third of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. You can read the previous articles here and here. Fourteen years ago, my family and I planted a United Methodist congregation in Evans, Georgia. We were what is called in … Continue Reading

Women in Recent Church History

By Carolyn Moore August 29th, 2018 This is the second of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. You can read the prior article here. Women have initiated some of Christianity’s more interesting movements. Aimee Semple McPherson was the founder of the Four Square movement. Myrtle Dorthea Beall … Continue Reading

Biblical Women and the Spread of the Gospel

August 22, 2018 By Carolyn Moore     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 … Continue Reading

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

July 26, 2018 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 … Continue Reading

FAQs – The State of The United Methodist Church

July 18, 2018 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 … Continue Reading

Four Marks of the Next Methodism

July 5, 2018 By David Watson The Wesleyan movement, however, is much larger than the UM Church. At its core this movement is dynamic, revivalistic, and evangelistic, and in many places in the world Wesleyan and Methodist communities are in the midst of revival. I believe we can have revival here, too. Yes, even in … Continue Reading

Going Forward with Scripture

June 27, 2018 By Walter Fenton “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 … Continue Reading

Seeking Higher Ground: Conversations in the UMC

June 14, 2018 By Carolyn Moore 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 … Continue Reading

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

May 17, 2018 By J. Warren Smith 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 … Continue Reading

Convincing Grace: the Grace of Repentance

April 26, 2018 By Andrew C. Thompson When Jesus Christ came preaching into the Galilee, he made clear that there was a precondition to our entrance into his kingdom. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand,” Jesus said, “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15, ESV). He announced the … Continue Reading

Grace

April 12, 2018 By David F. Watson Christians in the Wesleyan tradition love to talk about grace, and with good reason. God’s grace is another way of talking about God’s love, love that can overcome anything, including the many ways in which we humans rebel against our creator. Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, … Continue Reading

Confidence for the Future

April 5, 2018 A Message from the Wesleyan Covenant Association “We’re an evangelical, orthodox congregation in an annual conference that leans progressive. We’re growing so fast that we desperately need to expand our physical plant. We have the funds on hand to put a shovel in the ground right now, but we’re reluctant to move … Continue Reading

One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins

March 22, 2018 By Joe DiPaolo After coming to personal faith in Christ as a 19-year old, I remember talking to my old junior high band director who was also a pastor. I shared my excitement about my new-found faith, and asked if I should be baptized again, since I had only been baptized an … Continue Reading

One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

March 15, 2018 By Beth Caulfield The most diverse gathering of people I have ever encountered participated in a Bible study program in Paris. We came from six continents, claimed many different primary languages and were almost as many skin colors. We came from a global variety of Protestant denominations and Roman Catholic churches. We … Continue Reading

Our Judge and His Kingdom

March 1, 2018 By Dr. Jeff Greenway I went to college at two United Methodist institutions. As a Christ-follower, I attended the weekly Sunday morning worship service in the chapel and was involved in various on-campus ministries. I was also exposed to the religious studies faculty and pre-ministry students as I took my liberal arts … Continue Reading

Women As Christian Leaders, Preachers & Teachers

Februrary 1, 2018 By Keith Boyette Recently, John Piper, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, responded on his weekly podcast, desiringGod, to a question submitted by a listener: “Should women be hired as seminary professors?”  Piper, a complementarian, holds that males and females complement each other in their different roles and duties in both the … Continue Reading

Through Him All Things Were Made

Februrary 1, 2018 By Jessica LaGrone This is the fourth article in our series on the Nicene Creed.  You can access the rest of the series here. Some time ago I was at a conference where the presenter ended a prayer by praying “In the name of the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Amen.” My head popped … Continue Reading

The God of Self-Giving Love

January 25, 2018 by David F. Watson “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.” The early Christians made a remarkable claim: the God of all … Continue Reading

The Same God Throughout the Ages

January 18, 2018 by Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah At the October, 2016 inaugural gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) in Chicago, I was one of several African United Methodist leaders who addressed the gathering. We made a presentation about why we (clergy and laity) were attracted to the WCA. We noted that, we had … Continue Reading

An Ancient Creed for the Present and the Future

January 11, 2018 With this issue of Outlook the Wesleyan Covenant Association begins a 12 part series on the Nicene Creed. Dr. Bill Arnold, Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and WCA Council member, introduces the series by reflecting on the creed’s role in the history of the church in general and the … Continue Reading