Envisioning a New Methodist Movement

By Walter Fenton Over the course of two inspiring days at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) set forth its vision for a new, spirit-filled, Methodist movement fully focused on living out and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed. On Saturday, November 9, over […]

Adopted Resolutions: The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Second Global Legislative Assembly

Asbury United Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma Friday, November 8, 2019 Resolution One: Endorsing the Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation WHEREAS, The United Methodist Church has experienced increasing levels of conflict at every General Conference since 1972 with the 2019 special General Conference and its aftermath highlighting the depth of irreconcilable differences within the church; WHEREAS, […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association Releases “Book of Doctrines and Discipline”

Today, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) releases a working document with the tentative title “The Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” From November 2018 through January 2019, a team of 16 clergy and laity prepared the first draft of the document and submitted it to the WCA’s 34-member governing council. Since March of this year the […]

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 […]

Second Wesleyan Covenant Association Global Legislative Assembly to Meet

Over 225 delegates representing 48 regional chapters are set to meet for the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s second Global Legislative Assembly (GLA), November 8, 2019, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The delegates to the assembly are equally divided between laity and clergy, and represent thousands of WCA members from around the world. “The […]

Rev. Stephanie Greenwald and Asbury UMC Worship Band to Lead WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is pleased to announce the Rev. Stephanie Greenwald will host its program and the Asbury United Methodist Church’s Worship Band will lead worship at Transformed, its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “Stephanie has truly been a Godsend to our […]

Bishop Pedro Torio to Celebrate Holy Communion at WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Pedro Torio will celebrate Holy Communion and deliver a brief meditation to close its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The Rev. Tom Harrison, Senior Pastor at Asbury UMC, will assist Torio in the celebration. […]

The Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor to Speak at the WCA’s 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor will deliver an address as its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “Bob Kaylor is one of the most courageous leaders I know,” said the Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, Chairman of […]

Laywoman Cara Nicklas to Deliver Opening Address at the WCA’s 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Cara Nicklas, an Oklahoma laywoman, will deliver the opening address at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. A founding member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council, Nicklas was a speaker at the association’s 2017 Global […]

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, […]

The Rev. Kenneth Levingston to Preach At the WCA’s 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is thrilled to announce that the Rev. Kenneth Levingston, Senior Pastor at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, will preach a closing sermon at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “You don’t want to be a speaker who […]

Called by Name

By Elaine Friedrich Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebekah, began his life living up to his name: heel grabber. Even in the process of being born, Jacob grabbed the foot of his twin brother Esau, and so began a life filled with deception and trickery. Yet, as the story of his life progresses, we see […]

Know What You are Going to Do!

By Shane Bishop I have played competitive softball since I was fourteen years old at every imaginable level. Up to a handful of years ago, I played over a hundred games each season and now, in my late fifties, I still play twenty or thirty. For much of that time I was a shortstop. The […]

Rev. Carolyn Moore

The Mystery and Glory of Communion with God

By Carolyn Moore September 27, 2019 My sister, after years away from the faith, came home to Christ in the Lutheran church. The transition back into the church world, while it was welcomed, still had its moments. She’d dealt with a lot in her life and carried a lot of shame. As a Lutheran she […]

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 […]

The Rev. Nako Kellum to Address the WCA’s 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce that the Rev. Nako Kellum will speak at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “Nako is a kind, faithful servant of Jesus; she has an amazing story of how she came to Christ as a young […]

The Meaning and Beauty of Baptism

By Rev. Gregory Stover A theologically and spiritually renewed church is the goal of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. As we seek this renewal, we have opportunity to re-discover and re-affirm our historic convictions, including our theological understanding of baptism and its power in the ministry and life of the church. Baptism occupies a distinctive place […]

The Rev. Shane Bishop to Speak at the WCA’s 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is very pleased to announce that the Rev. Shane Bishop will speak at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “Shane has a phenomenal gift for clarity, and he delivers the Gospel with passion,” said the Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter, Directing […]

Nominees Sought for WCA Council Class of 2022

The second Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Global Legislative Assembly meets annually to elect members of the Council of the WCA and to conduct business on behalf of the membership of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Disaffiliation Legislation Likely Invalid

By Keith Boyette August 12, 2019 The 2019 Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a new provision of the Book of Discipline, paragraph 2553, providing a process by which local churches could disaffiliate or exit from the denomination, released from the terms of the trust imposed on property of the local church. […]

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 […]

What If . . . ?

By Keith Boyette July 26th, 2019 These are exciting days to be a Christ-follower who is committed to the historic Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition. I know that there is much that we would want to be different in The United Methodist Church. The rumors, innuendo, misrepresentations of truth, and partisan attacks can distract […]

Some Clarifications on Apportionments are in Order

By Walter Fenton Whatever else you think of the Rev. Mark Holland, Executive Director of Mainstream UMC, the man does love his colored maps. And to be clear his maps are invariably ones of just The United Methodist Church in the U.S., ignoring more than 40 percent of our global church’s membership. In Holland’s world, […]

Minneapolis Calmly Considered

By Joseph F. DiPaolo Now that General Conference delegate elections in the U.S. are over, perhaps it is time to consider what it all means for the impending General Conference to convene in Minneapolis in May 2020. It is clear that progressives made some gains, displacing perhaps 15-20 percent of the U.S. delegate spots held […]

Rev. Carolyn Moore

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 […]

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 […]

Groundhog Day

By Keith Boyette June 28, 2019 Delegates to the 2020 General Conference of The United Methodist Church in Minneapolis might just feel like they are starring in a sequel to the classic movie “Groundhog Day.” Bill Murray, as a weatherman named Phil, inexplicably finds himself living the same day over and over again. From May […]

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 […]

Letters to the Churches

By Keith Boyette During this turbulent and chaotic season in the life of The United Methodist Church, I have found direction, encouragement and strength in the letters to the churches in Revelation (see chapters two and three). The churches are a mixture of the good, the bad, and the ugly — not unlike the ecclesial […]

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 […]

Rev. Carolyn Moore

Thoughts on the Way to Annual Conference

By Rev. Carolyn Moore June 14, 2019 I practice ministry as a theologically conservative and socially engaged Methodist. I preach that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the universe — the way, the truth and the life, the exclusive path to God our Father. I believe these are the headwaters of orthodoxy and that unless […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yearning for a Better Way

June 4, 2019 Last month the Wesleyan Covenant Association announced the creation of the Central Conference Ministry Fund. It is specifically designed to support United Methodist ministries in Africa, Europe, the Philippines, and Russia that some U.S. annual conferences and local churches said they could no longer fund. These conferences and congregations are withdrawing their […]

Late to the Resistance

By Walter Fenton May 28, 2019 One of the most significant outcomes of last week’s gathering held at the Rev. Adam Hamilton’s United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, Kansas) is word that some centrists have now decided to join the resistance. In an interview with KSHB News (Kansas City, Missouri), Hamilton noted participants at […]

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 […]