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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

Save the Date to Go Global

Dear Members and Friends of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, It is my privilege to invite you to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. We welcome your attendance at our host site or at one of the many simulcast sites that … 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

The Visible Image of the Invisible God

December 24, 2020 By Keith Boyette The heart of Christmas is the message of a God – fully divine — who cares so much about His creation that He became fully human to deliver us from the prison we had constructed for ourselves. The inheritance we had earned was death and eternal separation from God … Continue Reading

Jesus Our Judge

December 18, 2020 By Walter Fenton I will never forget my favorite grade school teacher, Mrs. Maxey. She taught gym class. No one called it physical education – that would’ve ruined it. It was just gym. And at my grade school Mrs. Maxey was the one and only gym teacher. Class by class, 1st – … 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

In Everything Give Thanks

by Keith Boyette November 25, 2020 Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, commands, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT). In 2020, we have encountered our share of adversity – with COVID-19, strife flowing from racial … 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

Watch and Pray

“…keep watch with me for one hour…watch and pray…” God has called the WCA International Intercessory Prayer Network to cover every hour of the next year in prayer as we prepare for season of separation and a time transition to a new global Methodist church. We are confident the Lord will work through the prayers … 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

A Night With New Room

For the past several years our friends at Seedbed, have hosted an annual conference called New Room. Multitudes of WCA folks have participated. This fall they are offering a special live-stream event on Friday, September 25, 6-8pm (CDT) called A Night with New Room. It is completely free. We want to encourage you to participate as it will encourage your … 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

WCA Viewpoint to Address Transitional Issues

The Wesleyan Covenant Association will begin hosting a monthly livestream video program called WCA Viewpoint. The purpose of the new program is to answer questions WCA members and friends have regarding transitional issues United Methodists will need to navigate should The United Methodist Church’s 2021 General Conference adopt the “Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through … 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

Bishop John Yambasu Killed in Automobile Accident

Dear WCA Members and Friends, It is with profound sadness and loss that I share with you the news of the death of Bishop John Yambasu of the Sierra Leone Annual Conference, who was killed in an automobile accident on Sunday morning, August 16. Bishop Yambasu blessed The United Methodist Church with his faith and … 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

Nominees Sought for WCA Council Class of 2023

Laity, clergy, and local churches that are members of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) shape the decisions of the WCA in two significant ways. First, they elect delegates from their regional chapters to attend the association’s Global Legislative Assembly (GLA), and second, they nominate persons the assembly delegates elect to serve on the WCA’s Council. … Continue Reading

Closing Windows and Windows of Hope

By Rev. Wayne Hobson “The window is closing,” that is what some health and medical professionals are saying about the time left to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It makes me think of another window that is closing due to the pandemic. I think of the window that is closing for Martha, a … Continue Reading

WCA Postpones 2020 Global Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, Earlier this year, when I wrote to invite you to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering, I noted the COVID-19 pandemic was likely to impact our plans for this year’s event. As we have continued to monitor developments we recently made the difficult, but we … 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