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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

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

Reservations and Hope about the Protocol

By Tim McClendon Will The United Methodist Church separate into two or more denominations? Only its General Conference can say for sure. The recently announced “Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation” has gained a good deal of traction across the UM connection. The press and social media plus the blogosphere have been reporting things … Continue Reading

Fierce

This is an excerpt from Jennifer Cowart’s women’s Bible study book Fierce: Women of the Bible Who Changed the World, published by Abingdon Press. By Jennifer Cowart The word fierce is trendy. It’s used to describe women who are supermodels, extreme athletes, and high-level executives. It describes women who are at the top of their … Continue Reading

Why I Said Yes to Prayer

By Leo Park “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. … Continue Reading

Life’s Too Short

By Talbot Davis I spent most of my childhood and adolescence pursuing a two-fold dream: one, to become the Texas state champion in tennis for kids my age; and two, to use that state championship as a catapult into a pro tennis career. While dream number one ultimately did happen, you may be able to … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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. … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading