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Facing Hard Truths and Doing the Right Thing

February 26, 2021 By Joseph F. DiPaolo The charge is often made that the leading bishops, clergy, and laity who fashioned and endorsed the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace through Separation are somehow causing a schism within The United Methodist Church. I disagree. Unfortunately, the schism was already there. In fact, I would argue that … Continue Reading

Coalition of Traditional Leaders Calls for Decision on Protocol at Earliest Possible Time

February 16, 2021   A diverse group of theologically conservative Methodist leaders from around the globe who initially met in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2020 to announce a vision for a new traditional expression of Methodism has issued a statement today continuing their support for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and urging … Continue Reading

Getting to a Decision

By Keith Boyette Life is complicated. A pandemic makes life more complicated. Ministry is hard. Ministry during a pandemic is harder. Decision-making is often difficult. Decision-making during a pandemic is even more difficult. The United Methodist Church is confronting this reality just as countless other communities are when established practices have been altered to account … Continue Reading

WCA Task Force Launches the Nehemiah Journey

By Walter Fenton The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Church Revitalization Task Force has launched Nehemiah Journey, a pilot program for local churches seeking revitalization. Three cohorts of eight to ten members have been organized in the United States and Zambia. The cohorts will help the diverse seven member team that leads the Nehemiah Journey refine the … Continue Reading

Pandemic Challenges for General Conference

By Walter Fenton January 29, 2021 The United Methodist Church’s next General Conference will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 29 – September 7, 2021. Or will it? Postponed once already due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is possible the quadrennial conference could be postponed again. The Commission on General Conference, the body responsible for planning … Continue Reading

The Church’s Call to Ministry with Marginalized People

By Walter Fenton January 22, 2021 “In a new global Methodist church it simply won’t do for local churches to evaluate themselves when it comes to ministry with marginalized people,” said the Rev. Erik Grayson, lead pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. “To determine our effectiveness we’ll have to go … Continue Reading

Save the Date to Go Global

Dear Members and Friends of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, It is my privilege to invite you to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering to be held on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. We welcome your attendance at our host site or at one of the many simulcast sites that … Continue Reading

Forward into a Faithful Future

By Keith Boyette January 15, 2021 Launched in October 2016, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s mission has evolved with events. We have never wavered in upholding the Lordship of Jesus and the authority of Scripture over our individual and corporate lives. We have been passionate in our commitment to the great confessions of the Christian faith … Continue Reading

Jesus Our Judge

December 18, 2020 By Walter Fenton I will never forget my favorite grade school teacher, Mrs. Maxey. She taught gym class. No one called it physical education – that would’ve ruined it. It was just gym. And at my grade school Mrs. Maxey was the one and only gym teacher. Class by class, 1st – … Continue Reading

Living in the In-Between Times

December 11, 2020 By Keith Boyette We live in the already/not yet on God’s calendar. During his earthly ministry, Jesus announced that the Kingdom of God is near. Jesus broke into our reality as a baby born in Bethlehem – Immanuel – God with us. With his crucifixion, Jesus fulfilled God’s good plan to provide … Continue Reading

Carolyn Moore Elected WCA Chairwoman

December 4, 2020 The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Council elected the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Moore as its chairwoman on Tuesday, December 2, 2020. Moore is a well-known author, sought after speaker, and lead pastor at Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia. She is a founding council member of the WCA and has served as its vice-chairwoman … Continue Reading

In Everything Give Thanks

by Keith Boyette November 25, 2020 Paul, writing to the Thessalonians, commands, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT). In 2020, we have encountered our share of adversity – with COVID-19, strife flowing from racial … Continue Reading

African Bishops and the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation

by Walter Fenton November 20, 2020 A recent press release issued by The United Methodist Church’s Council of Bishops on behalf of African episcopal leaders has stirred speculation about the viability of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation. The Protocol is the widely known plan calling for the amicable separation of The United … Continue Reading

WCA Awards Grants to Twelve Ministries in Central Conferences

The Global Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association recently celebrated the approval of ministry grants totaling $180,150. The grants were disbursed from its Central Conference Ministry Fund to support twelve ministries in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, the Philippines, and Zimbabwe. The Central Conference Ministry Fund was established by the WCA … Continue Reading

How Many Local Churches?

by Walter Fenton  November 6, 2020 “If the 2021 General Conference adopts the implementing legislation for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, how many local churches would there be in the new traditionalist Methodist church?” It is an interesting and important question, and for strategic and planning purposes, it would be very helpful … Continue Reading

That All May Know

October 30, 2020 by Keith Boyette Demographers tell us that approximately 3.22 billion people globally have no access to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The current world population is estimated to be 7.75 billion people. Over forty percent of the world’s people groups have no indigenous community of believing Christians able to reach the rest … Continue Reading

The Imperative of Local Church Revitalization

By Walter Fenton Last November the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 226 member Global Legislative Assembly could not have known just how important its authorization of a taskforce to focus on Church Revitalization would become. But now, in the wake of a pandemic and a worldwide recession that has shuttered local churches, strained their budgets, and isolated … Continue Reading

The Protocol: Going Forward not Backward

By Walter Fenton “We haven’t heard much about the Protocol recently; is it still on track?” That is one variation of a question the Wesleyan Covenant Association has regularly received over the past several weeks. Of course, people asking the question are referring to the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation that calls for … Continue Reading

Watch and Pray

“…keep watch with me for one hour…watch and pray…” God has called the WCA International Intercessory Prayer Network to cover every hour of the next year in prayer as we prepare for season of separation and a time transition to a new global Methodist church. We are confident the Lord will work through the prayers … Continue Reading

Many Questions and Where to Find Answers

“I’m a seminary student nearing graduation and I’d like to serve in the new global Methodist church; will it recognize the courses I have taken in church history, doctrine and polity? “Will retired UM clergy be allowed to transfer their clergy membership into the new church?” “Will there be a ‘trust clause’ in the new … Continue Reading

Reclaiming the Method in Methodism

By Bob Kaylor My first full-time ministry gig was as a lay youth director at a United Methodist Church in central Pennsylvania. Having grown up a Presbyterian, I knew little about Methodism, yet I’ll never forget the day the senior pastor slid the confirmation materials across his desk to me and asked me to teach … Continue Reading

A Night With New Room

For the past several years our friends at Seedbed, have hosted an annual conference called New Room. Multitudes of WCA folks have participated. This fall they are offering a special live-stream event on Friday, September 25, 6-8pm (CDT) called A Night with New Room. It is completely free. We want to encourage you to participate as it will encourage your … Continue Reading

For the Sake of Your Local Church

By Walter Fenton Local United Methodist churches have plenty of challenges to contend with right now. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic many are finding ways to reopen sanctuaries so members can worship God together while still allowing for social distancing. Where possible, pastors and lay ministers are venturing back into nursing homes and … Continue Reading

WCA Viewpoint to Address Transitional Issues

The Wesleyan Covenant Association will begin hosting a monthly livestream video program called WCA Viewpoint. The purpose of the new program is to answer questions WCA members and friends have regarding transitional issues United Methodists will need to navigate should The United Methodist Church’s 2021 General Conference adopt the “Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through … Continue Reading

A Sure Hope for a Faithful Future

By Keith Boyette The United Methodist Church is now less than one year away from a defining General Conference that was postponed earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Given the long delay, some United Methodists are wondering if the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation has been derailed. And concerns about it … Continue Reading

A Meditation on Psalm 19

By Walter Fenton Like many people these days, my wife and I cancelled our vacation plans. We were hoping to hike in the Colorado mountains where we enjoy the cool air, the cold mountain lakes, the deep blue sky during the day and the star filled sky at night. Sometimes when we gaze at the … Continue Reading

Preparation for Launch

In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon reminds us that there is a time for every activity under the heavens. The times we live in seem strange indeed. Any sense of normalcy has been replaced by the knowledge we have never walked this road before. Many routines have been disrupted. The journey we are on seems open-ended and … Continue Reading

Nominees Sought for WCA Council Class of 2023

Laity, clergy, and local churches that are members of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) shape the decisions of the WCA in two significant ways. First, they elect delegates from their regional chapters to attend the association’s Global Legislative Assembly (GLA), and second, they nominate persons the assembly delegates elect to serve on the WCA’s Council. … Continue Reading