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Dry Bones Coming to Life

by Jay Therrell September 27, 2022 Dear WCA Family,  “The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the … Continue Reading

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Connected or Independent: Why I Hope Churches Will Choose the Global Methodist Church Over Being Independent

by Jay Therrell September 20, 2022 As more and more churches are disaffiliating and breaking free from The United Methodist Church, the next question that faces them is: what do we do now? Do we align with the Global Methodist Church? Do we choose to go independent? Or something else? It’s a good and right … Continue Reading

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Holy Boldness

by Jay Therrell August 30, 2022 Last year I started a reading project that will no doubt take me a while to complete. I’m attempting to read a major biography of all 45 U.S. presidents. Currently, I’m on John Quincy Adams, which means I’ve completed books on all five of the “Founding Fathers” who became … Continue Reading

No More!

No More! by The Rev. Dr. Warren Lathem August 24, 2022 The words were shocking. Did I read that correctly? Was the Wesleyan Covenant Association actually saying, “immediately begin withholding all apportionments and escrow them.” Was such a drastic call merited? Could such a thing happen? Reading the entire article, “Let Our People Go!” revealed … Continue Reading

The Moratorium is Over

  The Moratorium is Over by Jay Therrell August 19, 2022 Last week, the WCA shared part of its response to centrist and progressive leaders, endorsing groups, and signatories withdrawing their support from the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. The first part of our response was a call to the laity to escrow/withhold … Continue Reading

Let Our People Go!

by Jay Therrell August 12.2022 After decades of conflict on a variety of theological issues within The United Methodist Church, hope appeared for an amicable separation in January 2020 with the announcement of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation. The Protocol represented a mediated settlement between theological conservatives, centrists, and progressives to end … Continue Reading

Making a Way

By Jay Therrell 8/2/2022 Right after my election as president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, the Holy Spirit very clearly began prompting me to pray a four-word prayer: Lord, make a way! It was one of those moments when the presence of the Holy Spirit was clear and palpable. Since that time, I have found … Continue Reading

No Church Left Behind

By Jay Therrell July 29, 2022 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce two strategic initiatives that will enable it to better carry out its mission of advocating for theologically conservative churches to depart The United Methodist Church for the Global Methodist Church. Today, the WCA is launching the No Church Left Behind Fund. … Continue Reading

Three Lessons from The Crucible

By Jay Therrell July 22, 2022 Playwright Arthur Miller’s famous play The Crucible is a story about the Salem witch trials from the 17th century. More importantly, it’s an allegory of that not-so-long-ago chapter in American history known as McCarthyism when U.S. Senator Joe McCarthy conducted a national “witch hunt” for communists. Inside The United … Continue Reading

Do as I Say, Not as I Do

By Jay Therrell July 15, 2022 When I was a l little boy, I remember hanging out with a friend and his family. We were driving somewhere, and the traffic was bad. My friend’s dad got frustrated and uttered a non-Methodist word. He then turned around and looked at both of us and said, “Boys, … Continue Reading

The Selfless Love of Christ

 “The church has been described in a variety of ways, but I particularly like the imagery of an orchestra, where many different instruments play different harmonies, creating one beautiful piece of music,” said the Rev. Dr. Suzanne Nicholson, Professor of New Testament at Asbury University (Wilmore, Kentucky). “Of course, in the last few decades of … Continue Reading

Major Challenges Facing The United Methodist Church

By Joe DiPaolo June 24, 2022 The United Methodist Church is coming apart. One annual conference in Europe has already departed to unite with the Global Methodist Church, and hundreds of US congregations have already been approved for disaffiliation during this not-yet completed annual conference season. With General Conference postponed again, and no possible passage … Continue Reading

Empowered by Jesus

“When we are transformed by the one who conquerors all things, we can be sure nothing will stand in our way,” said Mr. Simon Mafunda, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Africa Coordinator. “And when God fills our hearts and minds, we will have some sense of that joy the disciples experienced when they returned to Jesus … Continue Reading

Standing in the Way of Progress

By Jeremy Rebman June 17, 2022 At this year’s clergy session of the Florida Annual Conference, all 16 candidates for provisional deacon’s and elder’s orders were not approved for commissioning. To my knowledge, this has never happened in our conference, and perhaps not in any other. Understandably, this has caused grief and confusion. At the … Continue Reading

The Journey: Exile to Promise

“Exile wasn’t just a holding pattern. It wasn’t just a waiting room. Exile was a space where God was reminding the [Israelites] who they are,” said the Rev. Erik Grayson, Pastor of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. “You can’t get to the land of promise if you don’t learn the lessons … Continue Reading

The Last Straw

By Jay Therrell June 10, 2022 The last straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back came this past Tuesday evening, June 7, 2022, when progressive and centrist signers and endorsers of the Protocol of Reconciliation and Grace Through Separation withdrew their support for it. They did so through publishing a website where they abandoned the … Continue Reading

As for Me and My House

“Isn’t it interesting how when God calls us to take a step of faith out of our comfort zone it is so much easier to tell everybody else how to do it than when we are standing on the ledge and have to take the step of faith ourselves,” said the Rev. Stephanie Greenwald, Pastor … Continue Reading

Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So

May 27, 2022 “When I was young, I did not know what my elders meant when they said, ‘Say so,’” explained the Rev. Angela Pleasants as she recalled the interchange between preacher and people at the “Methocostal” church of her childhood. “But when I was older, I understood what [they] meant when they said, ‘Let … Continue Reading

May God Grant You Not Peace, but Glory

May 20, 2022 The Rev. Rob Renfroe wove together words from the Apostle Paul and Mary Bethune to challenge an audience of over 2,000 people who attended More Than Conquerors, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Sixth Global Gathering at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Noting that Bethune was the daughter … Continue Reading

Resolutions and Elections at WCA’s Fourth Global Legislative Assembly

By Walter Fenton May 13, 2022  In addition to revising its mission statement and naming a new president, the 240 delegates attending the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Legislative Assembly passed several resolutions and elected nine new members to its leadership council. Meeting on Friday, May 6, at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon, Indiana, the … Continue Reading

WCA Revises Mission, Elects New President

By Walter Fenton May 7, 2022  In light of the third postponement of The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference, delegates to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Legislative Assembly, heartily endorsed a revised mission statement for their association. They also overwhelmingly and enthusiastically voted to elect the Rev. Jay Therrell as the association’s second … Continue Reading

Bishop Mark Webb to Celebrate Holy Communion at the WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Mark Webb, leader of the Upper New York Episcopal Area, will offer a closing meditation and celebrate Holy Communion at its Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. “Bishop Webb exemplifies what clergy and laity are … Continue Reading

Simon Mafunda to Make Presentation at WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

Mr. Simon Mafunda, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Africa Coordinator, will address the WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. “Simon is a gifted, wise, and articulate ambassador for Jesus Christ,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, WCA President. “It has been my privilege to work with … Continue Reading

Suzanne Nicholson to Make Presentation at WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

The Rev. Dr. Suzanne Nicholson, Professor of New Testament at Asbury University (Wilmore, Kentucky), will address the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. “Suzanne is a remarkable preacher and teacher of the Gospel for new generations of the church. Her gift for … Continue Reading

Keith Boyette to Address Major Developments at WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

April 1, 2022 The Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, will deliver a major address at the WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Boyette’s presentation comes in light of major developments that have been closely followed by WCA members and friends. … Continue Reading

Erik Grayson to Give Address at More Than Conquerors, the WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Erik Grayson, Pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina, will address its Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. “Erik’s passion for Christ’s church and its people is always evident in … Continue Reading

Parting Ways with Christian Charity

By Kent Millard March 25, 2022 For 18 years I served as the senior pastor at St Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, a 6,000 member congregation that includes conservative, centrist and progressive followers of Jesus. I wanted all of our members to know that God sent Jesus Christ into the world to demonstrate … Continue Reading

Stephanie Greenwald to Speak at More Than Conquerors, the WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

March 22, 2022 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Stephanie Greenwald, Associate Pastor at St. Andrew’s Community United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will address its Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Saturday, May 7, 2022. “Stephanie’s passion and enthusiasm for sharing the … Continue Reading

Angela Pleasants to Speak at More Than Conquerors, the WCA’s Sixth Global Gathering

March 11, 2022 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Angela Pleasants, the WCA’s Vice President for Clergy and Church Relations, will address its Sixth Global Gathering – More Than Conquerors – in Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, May 7, 2022. “We are blessed by Angela’s presence on the WCA’s leadership team, … Continue Reading

A Day Older and Wiser: Why I Resigned from the Commission on General Conference

By Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo March 8, 2022 President Abraham Lincoln was once taken to task by a congressional ally for changing a policy position. “Mr. President, you have changed your mind entirely within a short time.” Convinced that recent events and new information required a change of heart, Lincoln replied, “Yes, I have, and … Continue Reading