A Calm Critique of the One Church Plan

By Joseph F. DiPaolo January 15, 2019 With the 2019 session of General Conference just months away, many United Methodists are seeking information on the various plans and petitions to be considered in St. Louis. The majority of our U.S. bishops have expressed support for the so-called “One Church Plan,” which would remove existing language […]

The Modified Traditional Plan: Faithful, Fair and Gracious

By Walter Fenton January 11, 2019 Of the several plans before the special United Methodist Church General Conference (February 23-26) in St. Louis, Missouri, the modified traditional plan is the most faithful, fair, and gracious one. Chiefly, the plan calls the church to reaffirm its sexual ethics, its teachings on marriage, and its ordination standards. […]

Keep Your Head

by Keith Boyette January 8, 2019 Throughout my life, I have had to remind myself that my journey needs to be seen from a larger perspective than my own experience. The United Methodist Church has arrived at the time of decision. In six weeks 864 delegates from around the world will gather for what is […]

Understanding the Plans

By Keith Boyette January 2, 2019 The special General Conference of The United Methodist Church is 52 days away. Unfortunately, far too many remain unaware of the solutions proposed to the conflict which has undermined and eroded the denomination’s health and effectiveness, especially in the United States. Although other proposals have been filed, the three […]

Best of All, God is With Us!

By Keith Boyette December 21, 2018 Surrounded by friends, on March 2, 1791, John Wesley completed his race. Grasping the hands of those who loved him, Wesley declared, “Best of all, God is with us.” In the early years of his public ministry, Wesley pursued the form of religion seeking to be good enough to […]

Freedom in Christ’s Cross

Bishop Kasap Owan, episcopal leader presiding over five annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, addressed the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association on Saturday, November 3. As the event concluded, Owan celebrated Holy Communion with over 2,500 people present at the live venue and the 105 simulcast sites across […]

Unashamed of the Future of Methodism

Declaring that Methodists are called to contend for the faith in every circumstance and regardless of the adversity that might be encountered, Rev. Madeline Carrasco Henners urged the more than 2,500 persons attending the Wesleyan Covenant Associations 2018 Global Gathering to navigate the future of Methodism by leaning into Christ and following his leadership. Henners […]

Unashamed to Preach Scriptural Holiness – Contending for the Faith

“I must urge you to contend for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s Holy People. Such is the task of preaching,” asserted the Rev. Dr. Joy Moore, who addressed more than 2,500 people in attendance at the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association on November 3. Moore prayed that God […]

Unashamed of Christ in a Post-Modern World

“We as a society have gone from a scriptural worldview grounded in the Bible and the traditional tenets of the Christian faith passed on for over 2,000 years where truth is determined by God and is universal, to a post-modern view, where truth is relative and subjective, defined by the individual, and is situational,” said […]

Unashamed of the Gospel and Moved by God’s Amazing Grace

“I yearn for a Church that is sold out for the gospel and fully committed to sharing it with a world that needs it so desperately,” said Bishop Scott Jones at the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on November 3, 2018. Jones, the episcopal leader […]

Unashamed of the Scriptures

“I am not ashamed of the Scriptures. I honor them as God’s word given to the church to lead us into salvation. I am not ashamed of them, but I am chastened by them. I am sobered by them. I am convicted by them.  I’m grateful for them,” so declared Dr. David Watson as he […]

Hard Truth and Messy Grace

Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory, a district superintendent and dean of the Cabinet in the Central Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, addressed the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, focusing on the theme “Unashamed of Christ and His Claims.” We are pleased to release a video of her message. Speaking to […]

Bishop Mike Lowry Inspires 2018 WCA Global Gathering

Bishop Mike Lowry, resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, delivered the opening keynote address for the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 2018 Global Gathering held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, on Saturday, November 3. We are pleased to release a video of Bishop Lowry’s message. Bishop Lowry set […]

Gratitude in the Midst of Uncertainty

Keith Boyette November 21, 2018 As we pause to observe Thanksgiving Day 2018 here in the United States, I am reminded of the centrality of gratitude in ensuring that we keep all things in perspective and remain wholly present to God regardless of our circumstances. Writing to the Christians in Philippi, the apostle Paul urges, […]

Back to the Future, UM Church Style

by David Watson November 16, 2018 Recently the Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council to rule on the constitutionality of the plans that have come from the Commission on a Way Forward. My interest here is not in the rulings on specific proposals within the two plans the Judicial Council considered, but in a […]

“Leading Out of Rubble” – The 2018 Global Legislative Assembly Closing Message

November 13, 2018 After acting on five major legislative initiatives, the first Global Legislative Assembly concluded with worship and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, senior pastor of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and chair of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council, delivered an inspiring message, “Leading Out of Rubble.” “Here […]

No Fear – The 2018 Global Legislative Gathering Opening Message

November 12, 2018 On Friday, November 2, 165 delegates from around the world gathered at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, for the first Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Rev. Carolyn Moore, pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans, Georgia, and Vice Chair of the WCA Council, opened […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association Moves Forward

by Walter Fenton November 5, 2018 Important decisions for the future, inspiring speakers, and times of worship marked three critical days of meetings for the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), November 1–3, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Meeting for the first time, the WCA’s Global Legislative Assembly passed a resolution entitled Empowering […]

Judicial Council Provides Direction for Special General Conference

By Keith Boyette October 29, 2018 The Judicial Council has issued its decision in response to the request of the Council of Bishops for rulings on the constitutionality of each of the petitions filed by members of the Commission on a Way Forward with respect to the plans addressed in the Commission’s report. The Judicial […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association’s President Makes Presentation before UM Church’s Highest Court

By Walter Fenton October 24, 2018 The Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, delivered an oral argument before The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council (essentially its “Supreme Court”) on Tuesday, October 23. The Council is meeting in Zurich, Switzerland this week to consider its fall docket of cases. Earlier this year the […]

Worship Leader and Hosts Set for WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is pleased to welcome Mark Swayze as its worship leader for its third Global Gathering and the Rev. Kelly Brumbeloe and the Rev. Dr. Scott Field as its hosts for the day-long event, scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2019 at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. The gathering […]

Bishop Kasap Owan to Preach and Celebrate Holy Communion at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Kasap Owan will preach and celebrate Holy Communion at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Owan is a founding member of the UMC Africa Initiative,” said the Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah, Dean […]

Critical Meetings and Events Precede Pivotal Special General Conference

By Walter Fenton October 11, 2018 As 864 delegates plan to gather in St. Louis, Missouri for a called General Conference, important United Methodist Church bodies are making decisions sure to impact the gathering slated to meet February 23-26, 2019. Last week, the Commission on General Conference (COGC) announced its proposed plan for how the […]

Dr. David Watson to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. David Watson will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “David Watson is one of the leading biblical theologians in The United Methodist Church,” said Dr. William Abraham, Albert Cook […]

Theologically Diverse Group Calls for Gracious Exit

By Keith Boyette 9/26/2018 A theologically diverse group of West Ohio Annual Conference clergy and laity recently issued an open letter to the 2019 United Methodist General Conference delegates. The letter, issued on September 17, called on delegates to adopt a “gracious and equitable process for exit which can be used by any [local UM] […]

Bishop Scott Jones to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Scott Jones will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Jones is the UM Church’s scholar-bishop,” said the Rev. Edmund Robb III, Senior Pastor at The Woodlands UM Church in The […]

The Rev. Madeline Carassco Henners to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Rev. Madeline Carassco Henners to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering The Wesleyan Covenant Association is very happy to announce that the Rev. Madeline Carassco Henners will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Madeline is a reminder that the fullness of […]

Whither the Gracious Exit – Committed or Constrained

By Keith Boyette September 13, 2018 Does anyone still assert with a straight face the absence of irreconcilable differences in The United Methodist Church? The arguments advanced in support of each of the plans addressed in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward strain credulity in their effort to posit that we can […]

Bishop Mike Lowry to Open WCA’s Third Global Gathering

September 6, 2018 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is honored to announce that Bishop Mike Lowry will open its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Mike Lowry is a special kind of episcopal leader,” said WCA President Keith Boyette. “He’s not interested in playing it […]

Making the Most of Women in Leadership

By Carolyn Moore September 5, 2018 This is the third of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. You can read the previous articles here and here. Fourteen years ago, my family and I planted a United Methodist congregation in Evans, Georgia. We were what is called in […]

Layman Dr. Carlos Alarcon to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

August 31, 2018 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is thrilled to announce that Dr. Carlos Alarcon will address its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Carlos is first and foremost a faithful disciple of Christ. I see that so often in his willingness to give […]

Women in Recent Church History

By Carolyn Moore August 29th, 2018 This is the second of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. You can read the prior article here. Women have initiated some of Christianity’s more interesting movements. Aimee Semple McPherson was the founder of the Four Square movement. Myrtle Dorthea Beall […]

The Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

August 23, 2018 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is honored to announce that the Rev. Dr. Joy J. Moore will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Joy has been a leader in our church for years, serving as a delegate to General […]

Biblical Women and the Spread of the Gospel

August 22, 2018 By Carolyn Moore     This is the first of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. As a pastor, as one called to the ministry of church planting, and as a woman, I am inspired and challenged by those great matriarchs of the faith who […]

The Connectional Conference Plan

August 20, 2018 By Walter Fenton This is the third of three articles briefly describing and analyzing the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. See Exhibit B, […]

The Traditional Plan

August 15, 2018 By Walter Fenton   This is the second of three articles briefly describing and analyzing the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. See Exhibit C, […]

THE Issue Facing American United Methodism

August 8, 2018 by Bob Phillips    I begin with a one-question quiz.  It is multiple choice. In 25 years the typical American United Methodist of today will be: A. A registered Democrat B. Living in Sun City, Arizona C. Dead The correct answer is “C.” In 25 years demographics and median age declares the […]