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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Rev. Carolyn Moore

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great News!

By Keith Boyette I have spent my share of nights far away from civilization under star-filled skies listening to the sounds of God’s creation all around me. If you are in a reflective mood, you are confronted with your insignificance in the grand scheme of things. One can feel pretty small and vulnerable in such […]

Thank You for Reading Outlook and Supporting the Wesleyan Covenant Association

Dear Members and Friends, Thank you very much for reading Outlook in 2019. Whether it was our analysis of and response to the special General Conference or our plans for a new Methodist movement, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is dedicated to representing people who stand for the transforming power of a faith rooted in […]

On the Third Day He Got Up!

In a moving, joyful, and celebratory sermon based on the great Resurrection chapter 15 in St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, the Rev. Kenneth Levingston preached, “’[Jesus] was buried,’ Paul writes. I think he wants to make sure we don’t think about this metaphorically and allegorically. Paul wants us to know he was buried, […]

A Time for Signs and Wonders, Not Sighs and Whiners

In an inspired and powerful presentation at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering” at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on November 9, 2019, the Rev. Shane Bishop said, “A failure to embrace the ministry of the Holy Spirit has produced a disconnect and a lack of firepower in the church today. […]

Called Out of the Darkness into His Wonderful Light

“My entire life is enveloped by my relationship with Jesus and His church,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette as he delivered the major presentation of the day at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering” at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. As he continued to share his […]

Jesus is Lord

I earned my Bachelor of Law from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, which was founded by Methodist missionaries in the 19th century. And having been brought up in a Buddhist family, with influences of Shintoism as well, I was not a Christian.” said the Rev. Nako Kellum at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global […]

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. […]

The Spitting Image

“I recently did one of those Ancestry DNA tests—you know, that test where you send in a small capsule of your spit and a hundred bucks and they send you back a multi-page, full color profile that tells you who’s been swimming in your personal gene pool,” said the Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor at “Transformed! […]

A Fresh Start Built on the Scriptures and the Creeds

“We are unapologetically intending a fresh start for the people called Methodist across the world,” said Dr. Billy Abraham at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering” at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019.  “This is not simply a parochial North American matter. We are a global church […]

We Have Got to Up Our Game

“As Christians, the question is not whether we should or should not be a theologian,” said Oklahoma laywoman Cara Nicklas at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering” at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “If a broad definition of the word theologian is one who seeks to […]

Dedicated, Faithful, and Honorable Leaders

By Walter Fenton There is no hiding the fact that many United Methodists are disappointed in many of the U.S. bishops who have led the church since its inception in 1968. These bishops have presided over a denomination in the U.S. where church membership has gone from over 11 million to now fewer than 7 […]

Now Thank We All Our God

By Keith Boyette In the seventeenth century, Martin Rinkart wrote the words of an amazing hymn of thanksgiving, “Now Thank We All Our God.” Rinkart knew the adversity of having lived through the Thirty Years’ War and a plague that decimated his home city. Rinkart is reported to have conducted 4,000 funerals in one year, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eight Bishops Call for Deeper Conversations on New Methodist Expressions

By Keith Boyette Eight United Methodist bishops have issued a statement inviting “laity, clergy and bishops – regardless of their perspective on matters of human sexuality – to join” in deeper conversations regarding new expressions of Methodist witness. Four active bishops, Scott Jones (Texas), Eduard Khegay (Russia), Michael Lowry (Central Texas), and Mark Webb, (Upper […]

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 […]

God is Birthing a New Wesleyan Movement

By Keith Boyette What follows is the address the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, delivered at Transformed, the WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. *** My entire life is enveloped by my relationship with Jesus and His church. One […]

A Mission Driven Church

By Walter Fenton Many United Methodists are justifiably wary of anything that resembles the “institutional” church of which they are now a part. They are wary of numerous bureaucratic and costly general boards and agencies, and they are particularly wary of institutional leaders called bishops. And yet, it has often been said over the past […]

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 […]