Diverse Line-up of Speakers Slated for Go Global!, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering

Speakers from the Philippines, Russia, and the United States will address the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. “We’ll have more to say about our speakers later this summer, but we’re excited to announce our line-up for Go Global!”, said the Rev. Keith Boyette, […]

Firebrand: A New Online Magazine

By Walter Fenton “Several of us had been talking about doing something like this for years…. One day we just decided to do it. Matt Reynolds, Founder and President of Spirit & Truth, began to build the website and shortly thereafter Maggie Ulmer (from Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast) began to pitch in” said Dr. […]

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 […]

Central Conference Ministry Fund Keeps Vital Projects Moving Forward

Over the past eight months the Wesleyan Covenant Association has made ministry grants totaling $205,687 to 11 projects in Africa and Russia. The grants were disbursed from the association’s Central Conference Ministry Fund, a fund established in the aftermath of the 2019 special General Conference. Some U.S. annual conferences and local churches withdrew support for […]

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 […]

Preparing for General Conference 2021 and Beyond

By Walter Fenton Last week the Commission on General Conference announced the official dates and location for the postponed 2020 General Conference. The Conference will be held August 29 – September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the planned location for the event prior to its postponement due to the COVID-19 […]

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 […]

Recommended Churches List Available

Frequently, the Wesleyan Covenant Association receives inquiries from persons looking for churches that affirm the WCA’s statements on biblical authority, faith, and moral principles. Now, such churches can be identified from a special page on the WCA website. Churches listed on the page are not necessarily members of the WCA but have affirmed their commitment […]

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 […]

WCA Launches Podcast Program

The Revs. Bob Kaylor and Stephanie Greenwald are excited to host Holy Conversations: a Wesleyan Covenant Association Podcast, a new resource of the WCA. “I think the conversations we have on Holy Conversations will stoke even more excitement about the future of a new Methodist movement,” said Kaylor, senior pastor at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church […]

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, October 31, 2020 at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. We welcome your attendance at our host site or at one of the many simulcast sites that […]

For Such a Time as This: A Call to Fasting and Prayer at Pentecost

In what for many people is a season of turmoil, loneliness, and suffering the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s International Intercessory Prayer Network invites WCA members and friends to join in a time of fasting and prayer, Thursday, May 28, through Pentecost Sunday, May 31. To prepare for this time, the network encourages participants to reflect on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Critical Needs Highlighted as COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 presents challenges to every person and community, but some are less prepared than others. As restrictions limiting employment, economic activity, and physical gathering have spread around the world, communities which live at subsistence levels have no safety net and their governments have little capacity to respond to the challenges. In recent weeks, the Wesleyan […]

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 […]

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. […]

How Will Your Church Respond to Disruption?

By Tim Smith Before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded most of us, I took a flight from Dallas to California. Storms had been rolling through Dallas overnight and continued into the morning. After I boarded, the captain came on the speaker to let everyone know it was going to be a very bumpy flight. And boy […]

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 […]

The Victory of Easter

By Keith Boyette Easter 2020 is probably unlike any Easter we have experienced. The celebration of Easter draws even the most reluctant church-goer out to join others in embracing a message of hope. Attendance at an Easter Sunrise service has been a yearly part of my celebration for as long as I can remember. Such […]

A Reflection on Good Friday

By Walter Fenton In an ultimately rollicking and rousing sermon on the Resurrection the Rev. Kenneth Levingston declared at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 2020 Global Gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma: “Paul told us, ‘Jesus was buried.’ I think Paul wants to make sure we don’t think about this metaphorically and allegorically. Paul wants us to know […]

St. Augustine: a Christ-follower in Dark Times

By Charles L. Harrell Sometimes whole years float by placidly, like a lazy summer river, but then clouds emerge, a lazy river becomes rapids, the one certainty is uncertainty, and anxiety can surround us like a dark cloud. How do Christians respond in the midst of uncertainty and anxiety? How do we maintain hope and […]

Prayer Waves: A Global Day of Fasting and Prayer

The Wesleyan Covenant Association International Intercessory Prayer Network In Scripture, God instructed us how we, the body of Christ, should respond in a time of plague:  with fasting, repentance, and prayer. On Friday, March 20, 2020, the leaders of the Wesleyan Covenant Association International Intercessory Prayer Network held a video conference call and decided to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Safe Passageway

By Erik Grayson A woman was walking after dark from her job back to her home. She was traveling on one of the narrow side streets parallel to our church when she was accosted by a man at gunpoint, robbed, and then pistol-whipped. After he left, she quickly sought solace from a friend who lived […]

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 […]

A New Vision for a New Methodist Movement

By Paul Lawler It was Dr. George Hunter who once said, “There was a time when we Methodist would say with John Wesley, ‘The world is my parish.’ Today, we far too often say, ‘The parish is my world.’” While Wesley spoke the former words out of his burden to see spiritually anemic Anglicans awakened to Christ, […]

Rev. Carolyn Moore

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 […]

The Method in Methodism

By Bob Kaylor As traditionalists think about what a new Methodist movement might look like, one of the things we have heard often is how important some form of the name “Methodist” is. People have a lot of reasons for preferring that name, from connecting to our theological heritage to maintaining continuity with our organizational […]

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, […]