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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

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

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

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

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 … 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

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

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