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’ […]

What is the Wesleyan Covenant Association?

July 6, 2017 There are lots of rumors and varying descriptions swirling around the church right now about the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Less than a year old and still in its formative stages, the WCA has attracted a lot of attention, as well as some criticism. But what, really, is this new organization all […]

Marriage and the Means of Grace

June 30, 2017 Carolyn Moore Carolyn Moore is an elder in the United Methodist Church who has served Jesus alongside the good people of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia for fourteen years. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the WCA Council. I’ve been married for thirty years to a man I absolutely adore. When […]

10 Steps toward Civility (a place we all need to go)

June 17, 2017 Rev. Shane Bishop   We all know the UMC is at a crossroads.  That we hold differing positions does not mean that Christian people are excused from civility.  WCA is committed to civility.  If it were not, I would not be a part of it.   Shane Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of […]

I Joined the Wesleyan Covenant Association

June 9, 2017 Pastor Bob Phillips Dr. Bob Phillips retires July 1, 2017, as Directing Pastor of First UMC, Peoria, Il. Bob is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois, with advanced degrees from Asbury, Princeton and St. Andrews (Scotland). He retired with the rank of Captain as the senior United Methodist […]

When the Brook Dries Up

May 18, 2017 Carolyn Moore We can all agree that the United Methodist Church is in the middle of a dry place. It is natural to wonder whose fault this is. Is this God’s doing? Is this human frailty at work? Did someone do this to us, or have we done this to ourselves? Are […]

Why are “Traditionalist Compatiblists” So Hard to Find?

May 10, 2017 Chris Ritter We are grateful to Chris Ritter, a member of the WCA Council and student of the state of the larger United Methodist Church, for this blog giving a different perspective on a narrative that is being used to describe the present state of our denomination.  To fully engage the narrative, […]

A Pastoral Letter Concerning the Judicial Council Decision

May 4, 2017 Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor To say that this has been a pivotal week in the life of the United Methodist Church would be an understatement. On April 28, the Judicial Council ruled that the Western Jurisdictional Conference’s consecration of Bishop Oliveto, a married lesbian, was contrary to church law. At the same […]

(Not) Just Another Week in the UMC

May 1, 2017 Carolyn Moore Come, Lord Jesus. It was the prayer of the early church as they strained toward the Kingdom against tides of conflict and persecution. “Come, Lord Jesus!” This week, I find myself praying that prayer with fresh energy as we in my tribe try to make good sense of last week’s […]

Promises Must Be Kept

April 21, 2017 Joe Dipaolo Among the words of Scripture that carry enormous weight is covenant. God made a covenant with Abraham to bless all the families of the earth through his offspring. God made a covenant with Israel at Sinai, creating a special people. And God made a covenant with the whole human family […]

Opportunity In Change

April 11, 2017 Steve Wood It was a joyful occasion to be back on the Emory Campus today at the Candler School of Theology with a community learning and being transformed into the image of God. I connected with some old friends and made some new friends as I shared a word about the opportunity for […]

United Methodists Still Have Time (but the clock is ticking)

March 28, 2017 Rev. Shane L Bishop I am a United Methodist and proud of it!  This church has given me a context in which to live out my calling as an Ordained Elder and I am most grateful.  Our historical roots are excellent.  Our General Rules are golden.  I have been graced to stay […]

Five Things You Should Know About the Wesleyan Covenant Association

March 21, 2017 Carolyn Moore Since August of last year, some 1,500 clergy and laypersons have become invested in a renewal organization within the United Methodist Church called the Wesleyan Covenant Association. The WCA garnered some notice because of the timing of its unveiling, though actually it has been in the works for several years. The […]

Jesus is Lord – Still Good News?

March 17, 2017 Rev. Leslie Tomlinson As one who grew up in a faithful Christian home, I gave about as much thought to the statement “Jesus is Lord” as I gave to the statement “the sky is blue”.  It wasn’t until I met a young man in college who had just come to faith in […]

Reading Scripture the Wesley Way

March 9, 2017 Bill T. Arnold The Wesleyan Covenant Association affirms that the core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which “is useful for teaching, for […]

Biblical Revisionism’s Stolen Valor

March 9, 2017 Chris Ritter A Texas man was sentenced recently for falsely claiming to be a Navy SEAL wounded in battle.  Emblazoned with a Purple Heart ribbon, jump wings, and the SEAL Trident, the impostor criminally accepted credit for pretended accomplishments. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler remarked on the case:  “This man stole a title which has been […]

Why We Believe in the Church (by, Rev Tom Lambrecht)

March 7, 2017 Rev Tom Lambrecht We Believe in the Church! A Wesleyan Covenant Association Event April 28-29, 2017 Hosted by Christ UMC, Memphis, TN WCA: Pursuing a Promising Future   What does it mean to be the church? What does it mean to be United Methodist? These are two of the core questions that […]

Squelching the Power of the Universe

Februrary 2, 2017 I’m sitting in my home on a warm January winter night in South Georgia, thinking about the church I love and wondering what happened to the power that used to be in Methodist services. A descriptive term from the 1800’s filters into my mind: Shouting Methodists. We don’t talk about this too […]