Searching for a Way Forward

The journey which began at the 2016 General Conference with the rejection of The Third Way Plan (an earlier version of the One Church Plan) by delegates in legislative committees to the 2019 special General Conference is approaching its conclusion. Petitions now await action by the 864 delegates from around the world as they gather […]

The One Church Plan: Calm and Rational?

According to the Rev Mark Holland, Executive Director of Mainstream UMC, the One Church Plan coming before the special General Conference of the United Methodist Church is the “calm,” “rational,” and “well thought out” plan. In contrast, he claims, “chaos and crisis [is] being ginned up… to divide the church” by people like the Rev. […]

Love, Unity and Catholic Spirit: What Does Wesley Say?

John Wesley’s sermon, Catholic Spirit, is often quoted in the controversies and conflicts within The United Methodist Church. Some assert that unity is a matter of the heart and does not depend on doctrine or theology. This implies that if we all possess a catholic spirit differences will be bridged, unity of the Spirit will result, and […]

A Clear and Gracious Letter to GC Delegates

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is thankful for all the clergy and laity who have stepped forward to provide leadership for its many chapters across the United Methodist connection. In the midst of various challenges they have enabled us to fulfill many of the goals the association set for itself in October of 2016. We are […]

Why the Old Testament?

Every reader of the Bible is confronted with an important question: “Since the Old Testament claims that God revealed himself in ancient Israel and that he will reveal himself further in the future, what do I make of these theological claims?” Or to put it another way, “How are the Old Testament’s claims resolved in […]

Survey Results Reveal Strong Support for Exit Provision

Ninety two percent of respondents to a Wesleyan Covenant Association Survey said they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “Whatever plan the special [2019] General Conference adopts it should include a gracious and generous way for local churches to leave with all their property and assets, providing said local churches fulfill all outstanding financial […]

A God of Covenants

Each January there is an annual reevaluation of our lives and a renewed determination to do better and be better in the New Year. It comes with retailers’ barrage of ads for weight loss products, gym memberships, and other self-improvement aids. Like many rituals that have become highly commercialized, making a right beginning of a […]

A Modest Way Forward

Despite fundamental disagreements over sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards, many United Methodists do agree on some things related to the debate. First, many acknowledge differences on these matters are irreconcilable. Despite nearly a half-century of roundtable discussions, major studies, debates, and votes at scores of annual, jurisdictional, central, and General Conferences, no […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association Welcomes New Council Members

The Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (the “WCA”) has elected six outstanding United Methodist leaders to the Council, the primary governing body of the WCA.  The Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, the chair of the Council, commented, “The addition of six new persons to our Council reflects our movement’s desire to be broadly representative of […]

A Calm Critique of the One Church Plan

With the 2019 session of General Conference just months away, many United Methodists are seeking information on the various plans and petitions to be considered in St. Louis. The majority of our U.S. bishops have expressed support for the so-called “One Church Plan,” which would remove existing language in the Book of Discipline on sexuality and marriage, and […]

The Modified Traditional Plan: Faithful, Fair and Gracious

Of the several plans before the special United Methodist Church General Conference (February 23-26) in St. Louis, Missouri, the modified traditional plan is the most faithful, fair, and gracious one. Chiefly, the plan calls the church to reaffirm its sexual ethics, its teachings on marriage, and its ordination standards. These ethics, teachings and standards have […]

Keep Your Head

Throughout my life, I have had to remind myself that my journey needs to be seen from a larger perspective than my own experience. The United Methodist Church has arrived at the time of decision. In six weeks 864 delegates from around the world will gather for what is expected to be a defining special […]

Take the Survey

The Wesleyan Covenant Association invites our followers, friends and members to participate in an anonymous survey regarding the various plans and proposals coming before The United Methodist Church’s special General Conference slated for February 23 – 26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. As the 864 delegates prepare to gather for the special General Conference, we […]

Understanding the Plans

The special General Conference of The United Methodist Church is 52 days away. Unfortunately, far too many remain unaware of the solutions proposed to the conflict which has undermined and eroded the denomination’s health and effectiveness, especially in the United States. Although other proposals have been filed, the three plans submitted by the Commission on […]

Best of All, God is With Us!

Surrounded by friends, on March 2, 1791, John Wesley completed his race. Grasping the hands of those who loved him, Wesley declared, “Best of all, God is with us.” In the early years of his public ministry, Wesley pursued the form of religion seeking to be good enough to warrant eternal life. Most likely you […]

Freedom in Christ’s Cross

Bishop Kasap Owan, episcopal leader presiding over five annual conferences in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, addressed the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association on Saturday, November 3. As the event concluded, Owan celebrated Holy Communion with over 2,500 people present at the live venue and the 105 simulcast sites across […]

Unashamed of the Future of Methodism

Declaring that Methodists are called to contend for the faith in every circumstance and regardless of the adversity that might be encountered, Rev. Madeline Carrasco Henners urged the more than 2,500 persons attending the Wesleyan Covenant Associations 2018 Global Gathering to navigate the future of Methodism by leaning into Christ and following his leadership. Henners […]

Unashamed to Preach Scriptural Holiness – Contending for the Faith

“I must urge you to contend for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s Holy People. Such is the task of preaching,” asserted the Rev. Dr. Joy Moore, who addressed more than 2,500 people in attendance at the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association on November 3. Moore prayed that God […]

Unashamed of Christ in a Post-Modern World

“We as a society have gone from a scriptural worldview grounded in the Bible and the traditional tenets of the Christian faith passed on for over 2,000 years where truth is determined by God and is universal, to a post-modern view, where truth is relative and subjective, defined by the individual, and is situational,” said […]

Unashamed of the Scriptures

“I am not ashamed of the Scriptures. I honor them as God’s word given to the church to lead us into salvation. I am not ashamed of them, but I am chastened by them. I am sobered by them. I am convicted by them.  I’m grateful for them,” so declared Dr. David Watson as he […]

Hard Truth and Messy Grace

Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory, a district superintendent and dean of the Cabinet in the Central Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, addressed the 2018 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, focusing on the theme “Unashamed of Christ and His Claims.” We are pleased to release a video of her message. Speaking to […]

Bishop Mike Lowry Inspires 2018 WCA Global Gathering

Bishop Mike Lowry, resident bishop of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, delivered the opening keynote address for the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s 2018 Global Gathering held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, on Saturday, November 3. We are pleased to release a video of Bishop Lowry’s message. Bishop Lowry set […]

Gratitude in the Midst of Uncertainty

As we pause to observe Thanksgiving Day 2018 here in the United States, I am reminded of the centrality of gratitude in ensuring that we keep all things in perspective and remain wholly present to God regardless of our circumstances. Writing to the Christians in Philippi, the apostle Paul urges, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, […]

Back to the Future, UM Church Style

Recently the Council of Bishops asked the Judicial Council to rule on the constitutionality of the plans that have come from the Commission on a Way Forward. My interest here is not in the rulings on specific proposals within the two plans the Judicial Council considered, but in a single statement offered in the rationale […]

“Leading Out of Rubble” – The 2018 Global Legislative Assembly Closing Message

After acting on five major legislative initiatives, the first Global Legislative Assembly concluded with worship and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, senior pastor of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and chair of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council, delivered an inspiring message, “Leading Out of Rubble.” “Here we are – […]

No Fear – The 2018 Global Legislative Gathering Opening Message

On Friday, November 2, 165 delegates from around the world gathered at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia, for the first Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Rev. Carolyn Moore, pastor of Mosaic United Methodist Church in Evans, Georgia, and Vice Chair of the WCA Council, opened the assembly with […]

A Bishop’s Testimony

The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Gathering was a powerful day of worship and praise as over 2,500 people stood Unashamed for Christ! Bishop Bob Hayes candidly shares his fears and then the empowering presence of God as he consecrated a bishop in The United Methodist Church. Watch the video  

The Courage to Bear Witness to Christ

The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Gathering was a powerful day of worship and praise as over 2,500 people stood Unashamed for Christ! The Rev. Beth Caulfield testifies to how the study of Scripture with a diverse group in Paris, France, enabled her to speak openly about her faith in Christ. Watch the video  

Wesleyan Covenant Association Moves Forward

Important decisions for the future, inspiring speakers, and times of worship marked three critical days of meetings for the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA), November 1–3, at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Meeting for the first time, the WCA’s Global Legislative Assembly passed a resolution entitled Empowering Preparations for Next Steps. The resolution authorizes […]

Judicial Council Provides Direction for Special General Conference

The Judicial Council has issued its decision in response to the request of the Council of Bishops for rulings on the constitutionality of each of the petitions filed by members of the Commission on a Way Forward with respect to the plans addressed in the Commission’s report. The Judicial Council noted, “The task of the Judicial Council […]

Wesleyan Covenant Association’s President Makes Presentation before UM Church’s Highest Court

The Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, delivered an oral argument before The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council (essentially its “Supreme Court”) on Tuesday, October 23. The Council is meeting in Zurich, Switzerland this week to consider its fall docket of cases. Earlier this year the Council of Bishops (COB) asked the […]

Delegates to First Wesleyan Covenant Association Legislative Assembly to Consider Resolutions

Over 160 delegates representing 42 regional chapters are set to meet for the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s first Global Legislative Assembly, November 2, 2019 at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. “This is certainly a very important milestone for us,” said the Rev. Dr. Jeff Greenway, WCA Council Chairman and senior pastor at Reynoldsburg […]

Worship Leader and Hosts Set for WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is pleased to welcome Mark Swayze as its worship leader for its third Global Gathering and the Rev. Kelly Brumbeloe and the Rev. Dr. Scott Field as its hosts for the day-long event, scheduled for Saturday, November 3, 2019 at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia. The gathering […]

Critical Meetings and Events Precede Pivotal Special General Conference

As 864 delegates plan to gather in St. Louis, Missouri for a called General Conference, important United Methodist Church bodies are making decisions sure to impact the gathering slated to meet February 23-26, 2019. Last week, the Commission on General Conference (COGC) announced its proposed plan for how the delegates will address proposals intended to […]

Dr. David Watson to Address WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. David Watson will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “David Watson is one of the leading biblical theologians in The United Methodist Church,” said Dr. William Abraham, Albert Cook […]

The Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce that the Rev. Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Dr. Leah Hidde-Gregory is an outstanding servant of the Lord Jesus Christ!” said Bishop Mike Lowry of the Fort Worth […]

Theologically Diverse Group Calls for Gracious Exit

A theologically diverse group of West Ohio Annual Conference clergy and laity recently issued an open letter to the 2019 United Methodist General Conference delegates. The letter, issued on September 17, called on delegates to adopt a “gracious and equitable process for exit which can be used by any [local UM] congregation.” The sixteen signatories […]