One Baptism for the Forgiveness of Sins

March 22, 2018 By Joe DiPaolo After coming to personal faith in Christ as a 19-year old, I remember talking to my old junior high band director who was also a pastor. I shared my excitement about my new-found faith, and asked if I should be baptized again, since I had only been baptized an […]

Living Separate and Apart

March 20, 2018 By Keith Boyette In this third of four articles addressing efforts by The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops (COB) to resolve our denomination’s irreconcilable differences, we examine the final option still under study by the church’s leadership — the “Multi-Branch, One Church Model.”  The multi-branch approach is an attempt to permit […]

One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

March 15, 2018 By Beth Caulfield The most diverse gathering of people I have ever encountered participated in a Bible study program in Paris. We came from six continents, claimed many different primary languages and were almost as many skin colors. We came from a global variety of Protestant denominations and Roman Catholic churches. We […]

Should We Each Do What Is Right In Our Own Eyes?

March 13, 2018 By Keith Boyette The first article in this series addressed the present state of The United Methodist Church. Internal and irreconcilable differences, particularly in the U.S., have sapped the church’s energies leading to declining membership and worship attendance. The rate of decline is only accelerating. Well over half of the approximately 32,000 […]

A Moment in Time

March 12, 2018 By Keith Boyette The moment of decision is drawing closer for The United Methodist Church. For many months, we have awaited the plan(s) the Council of Bishops (the “COB”) will recommend to the special called General Conference to resolve the irreconcilable differences that divide the UM Church. Our Book of Discipline has […]

The Holy Spirit is Lord

March 8, 2018 by Chris Ritter “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. Who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.” The Nicene Creed contains the most controversial words in all of Christendom. The gradual […]

Our Judge and His Kingdom

March 1, 2018 By Dr. Jeff Greenway I went to college at two United Methodist institutions. As a Christ-follower, I attended the weekly Sunday morning worship service in the chapel and was involved in various on-campus ministries. I was also exposed to the religious studies faculty and pre-ministry students as I took my liberal arts […]

He Rose Again

February 22, 2018 By Jennifer Cowart Years ago my husband was leading a Sunday School class when one of the regular attenders spoke up and said, “I believe all the stuff in the Bible except that one thing about the Resurrection. A guy coming back to life after three days is just too much for […]

“Church Sees Record Giving” and the Rest of the Story

Februrary 16. 2018 By Walter Fenton Given a recent headline United Methodists could be forgiven for assuming the UM Church’s financial position is not just on solid ground, but that it has been setting records the past several years. A January 31 United Methodist News Service (UMNS) article was headlined “For 4th year, church sees […]

Crucified, Suffered, and Buried

February 16, 2018 By Walter Fenton For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. When you read the Nicene Creed slowly, almost devotionally, it can be jarring to move from those soaring lines about Jesus as Lord, eternally begotten, light from light, one Being with the Father, creator, […]

The Beauty of the Incarnation

Februrary 7, 2018 by Andrew C. Thompson “For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man.” How can the God who created the heavens and the earth become a part of his creation? That question […]

Uniting Methodists Caucus Advocates For Unity Petitions that Will Bring Disunity

February 6, 2018 By Walter Fenton At its inaugural 2016 gathering over 1,800 attendees affirmed the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s “Chicago Statement.” It called on the Council of Bishops to “bring forth a recommendation that would definitively resolve our debate over The United Methodist Church’s sexual ethics and its understanding of marriage.” It stated the best […]

Women As Christian Leaders, Preachers & Teachers

Februrary 1, 2018 By Keith Boyette Recently, John Piper, chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary, responded on his weekly podcast, desiringGod, to a question submitted by a listener: “Should women be hired as seminary professors?”  Piper, a complementarian, holds that males and females complement each other in their different roles and duties in both the […]

Through Him All Things Were Made

Februrary 1, 2018 By Jessica LaGrone This is the fourth article in our series on the Nicene Creed.  You can access the rest of the series here. Some time ago I was at a conference where the presenter ended a prayer by praying “In the name of the Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Amen.” My head popped […]

The God of Self-Giving Love

January 25, 2018 by David F. Watson “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.” The early Christians made a remarkable claim: the God of all […]

The Same God Throughout the Ages

January 18, 2018 by Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah At the October, 2016 inaugural gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) in Chicago, I was one of several African United Methodist leaders who addressed the gathering. We made a presentation about why we (clergy and laity) were attracted to the WCA. We noted that, we had […]

WCA Responds to President Trump’s Recent Reported Comments

January 12. 2018 Like all United Methodists, The Wesleyan Covenant Association is honored to call many people in the nations of Africa and the nation of Haiti our brothers and sisters in Christ. Three members of the WCA’s governing council are from Liberia, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They are recognized leaders around […]

An Ancient Creed for the Present and the Future

January 11, 2018 With this issue of Outlook the Wesleyan Covenant Association begins a 12 part series on the Nicene Creed. Dr. Bill Arnold, Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary and WCA Council member, introduces the series by reflecting on the creed’s role in the history of the church in general and the […]

The Bad News and the Good News

January 5, 2018 By Walter Fenton Although not widely reported, average weekly worship attendance in The United Methodist Church (U.S.) dropped by a record 3.3 percent from 2015 to 2016. On any given Sunday in 2016 there were 90,500 fewer people worshipping in the denomination’s local churches than in 2015. This decline comes on the […]

Emptied for God’s Purposes

Dec 20, 2017 By Keith Boyette More than 2,000 years ago, Jesus emptied Himself of the privileges of divinity and broke into a world not unlike the world of our day. There was political, social, economic and religious upheaval and uncertainty. At John’s birth, his father, Zechariah, prophesied about his son: “You will tell his people […]

Unity and Reality

December 14, 2017 By Walter Fenton I think most Wesleyan Covenant Association members accept the following as givens: Christians committed to the orthodox faith are richly endowed by the work of the church catholic as expressed in Scripture, the great creeds, and the learned and inspired biblical interpretations of their ancestors. These great resources, they […]

Houston videos now available

December 13, 2017 From Bishop Bob Hayes to Cara Nicklas, and from Rev. Jennifer Cowart to Rev. Jeff Greenway, all the great videos from the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 2017 Global Gathering are now available for viewing or downloading at HERE.     Hosted at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas (the denomination’s […]

Unity and Division

December 7, 2017 by Keith Boyette Can unity of The United Methodist Church be maintained in spite of irreconcilable differences?  Some of the proposals advanced by the Commission on a Way Forward (the “COWF”) seek to respond affirmatively.  But to what end? The mission statement of the COWF acknowledges, “[M]atters of human sexuality and unity […]

Contingency Planning and Preparations for the Future

November 30, 2017 The 2016 General Conference came closer to addressing the irreconcilable conflict in The United Methodist Church (the “UM Church”) than any prior church-wide gathering.  The General Conference was confronted with unprecedented circumstances.  Conflict over doctrinal and ethical issues was not new.  However, sustained and organized disobedience of the church’s settled and agreed […]

Breathing Forth the Praise of God

November 20, 2017 BREATHING FORTH THE PRAISE OF GOD Keith Boyette, President On July 18, 1773, John Wesley penned a letter to his sister who was “encumbered with worldly business.”  Wesley wrote: Prayer and thanksgiving is the vital breath That keeps the spirit of man from death: For prayer attracts into the living soul The […]

A Milepost on the Way Forward

November 16, 2017 In this week’s post, the Rev. Chris Ritter analyzes three preliminary options for definitively resolving The United Methodist Church’s debate over its sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and it ordination standards. The Commission on a Way Forward recently shared the potential options with the Council of Bishops, which in turn shared them […]

Longing For A Better Way Forward

November 9, 2017 After six meetings held over ten months, the Commission on a Way Forward, presented its preliminary report to the Council of Bishops (“COB”) earlier this week.  At its fall meeting, the COB considered the report’s merits, which included sketches of three models for proceeding forward, but did not express a preference for […]

Encountering God in Scripture

Nov 2, 2017 “The Bible isn’t just a book of statements about God; it is a pathway into God’s very life,” writes Dr. David Watson in his new book The Life of God: Why the Bible Matters Today More than Ever (Seedbed). Watson, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of […]

Engage the Core Principles of our Faith

October 24, 2017 The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s new resource, “A Firm Foundation: Hope and Vision for a New Methodist Future,” is now available for United Methodist laity and clergy.  The book sets forth our understanding of the Christian faith according to the Wesleyan tradition.  Recognized leaders in our denomination like Maxie Dunnam, Carolyn Moore, David […]

A Firm Foundation

September 28, 2017 HOPE AND VISION FOR A NEW METHODIST FUTURE The Wesleyan Covenant Association announced the release of a new resource, “A Firm Foundation,” on October 14! Until about 40 years ago, most Methodist knew what it meant to be a Methodist. Today, there are so many competing visions of what it means to […]

Join Us for the WCA Global Gathering

September 20, 2017 Join the West Ohio Chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association for the Global Gathering, “Move – On Mission With God” on October 14. We are joining together in 6 locations in our West Ohio Conference in Toledo, Fairborn, Grove City, Hillsboro, Zanesville and Fostoria. Register today to join us!  Share on Facebook

There’s Much to Pray About So Our Prayers Abound

September 15, 2017 More than one person has observed that adversity brings out the best in us and frequently produces a sense of community that was unanticipated. Plenty has occurred in recent weeks to put this observation to the test. The Wesleyan Covenant Association continues to intercede for our neighbors experiencing natural disasters and for […]

All Hands on Deck

September 8, 2017 What’s your highest priority? Often, that which grabs our attention is the urgent – not the important. The truly important must command our very best. Imagine the scene. Jesus has traveled from town to town. He has taught in the synagogues. His consistent message has been to announce the Good News about […]

Igniting a Movement

August 18, 2017 Who would opt out of a movement of God? “No one,” we might exclaim. Yet, history is littered with people who were complacent, ambivalent, distracted and otherwise occupied. In order to be part of a movement of God, you have to be willing. Prior to his experience at Aldersgate, John Wesley was […]

Rescue the Perishing

August 10, 2017 Jesus was explicit.  “The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”  Luke 19:10 (NLT).  In God’s great wisdom, those who were perishing would be rescued through a relationship with God’s Son – Jesus.  No one was exempt from the necessity of a rescuer.  Rescue was available to […]

Preparing a Plan for the Future

August 4, 2017 The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) believes that United Methodism will look very different from how it looks today after the 2019 special General Conference. The mandate given to the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward is very expansive and offers the opportunity for major structural changes within the denomination. What will be […]

Creating a Unified Response

July 28, 2017 We are in a time of great uncertainty in The United Methodist Church. Persistent and escalating disobedience to the order and discipline of our church has created anarchy. The 2016 General Conference entrusted the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward for the Church with the task of arriving at a recommended way […]

Committed to Christ and the Scriptures

July 21, 2017 What is the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) all about? In a time of theological conflict and uncertain future, the WCA issues a clarion call to Christ-centered, biblically based ministry. Noted 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon could have been speaking about our time when he wrote: “Unity without truth seems hazardous. Our […]

Our Hope for the Way Forward

July 12, 2017 One of the purposes of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is to create a unified response to the work of the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward that would maintain traditional, orthodox United Methodist beliefs.  The Chicago Statement was an initial step in fulfilling this purpose. On May 1, 2017, the Bishops’ […]