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’ […]

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 […]