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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

Closing Windows and Windows of Hope

“The window is closing,” that is what some health and medical professionals are saying about the time left to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It makes me think of another window that is closing due to the pandemic. I think of the window that is closing for Martha, a 77 year old legally … Continue Reading

WCA Postpones 2020 Global Gathering

Dear Members and Friends of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, Earlier this year, when I wrote to invite you to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering, I noted the COVID-19 pandemic was likely to impact our plans for this year’s event. As we have continued to monitor developments we recently made the difficult, but we … Continue Reading

God Of Hope

Pastor N’s wife from Kazakhstan was forced to take a “vacation” without pay. Suddenly raising three small children got extremely difficult. In a large Russian city, a pastor and his wife ran an after school program, but as the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, they had to close their tutoring agency and were left with no … Continue Reading

The Beauty of a Global Church

The new traditional Methodist denomination that will be launched in September 2021 will be global in character. We fully embrace Jesus’ directive: “You will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” The Great Commission compels us to “make disciples of … Continue Reading

Diverse Line-up of Speakers Slated for Go Global!, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering

Speakers from the Philippines, Russia, and the United States will address the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fifth Global Gathering on Saturday, October 31, 2020, at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. “We’ll have more to say about our speakers later this summer, but we’re excited to announce our line-up for Go Global!”, said the Rev. Keith Boyette, WCA … Continue Reading

Firebrand: A New Online Magazine

“Several of us had been talking about doing something like this for years…. One day we just decided to do it. Matt Reynolds, Founder and President of Spirit & Truth, began to build the website and shortly thereafter Maggie Ulmer (from Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast) began to pitch in” said Dr. David Watson about Firebrand, a new … Continue Reading

Doing Hard Things in the Right Spirit

Doing something new is hard in the best of times. Since its inception the Wesleyan Covenant Association believed there were only two hard ways forward for The United Methodist Church: one where its leaders rededicated themselves to teaching the apostolic, catholic, and historic confessions of the Christian faith grounded in Scripture, or one that acknowledged … Continue Reading

Central Conference Ministry Fund Keeps Vital Projects Moving Forward

Over the past eight months the Wesleyan Covenant Association has made ministry grants totaling $205,687 to 11 projects in Africa and Russia. The grants were disbursed from the association’s Central Conference Ministry Fund, a fund established in the aftermath of the 2019 special General Conference. Some U.S. annual conferences and local churches withdrew support for some … Continue Reading

New Wineskins for a New Connection

“Part Eight – Connectional Organization” is not exactly the most scintillating, cannot-put-it-down, section of the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” For when folks get excited about their church it is not usually because of the compellingly great connectional organization that it has. On the other hand, Methodists have long excelled at “organizing to … Continue Reading

Preparing for General Conference 2021 and Beyond

Last week the Commission on General Conference announced the official dates and location for the postponed 2020 General Conference. The Conference will be held August 29 – September 7, 2021, at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the planned location for the event prior to its postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commission is … Continue Reading

Make Justice a Reality

 At its founding in its Statement of Moral Principles, the Wesleyan Covenant Association declared, “We believe that all persons are of sacred worth…. The WCA specifically renounces all racial and ethnic discrimination and commits itself to work toward full racial and ethnic equality in the church and in society.” Recent events in the United States … Continue Reading

Recommended Churches List Available

Frequently, the Wesleyan Covenant Association receives inquiries from persons looking for churches that affirm the WCA’s statements on biblical authority, faith, and moral principles. Now, such churches can be identified from a special page on the WCA website. Churches listed on the page are not necessarily members of the WCA but have affirmed their commitment to the WCA’s … Continue Reading

The Role of Conferences in the New Methodism

“Conferencing” is at the heart of Methodist history and tradition. In 1744, only a few years after starting the Methodist movement, John Wesley called together the small group of preachers who formed the core of the movement for a “conference” meeting. They gathered to discern “how we should proceed to save our own souls and … Continue Reading

Transitioning to a New Church… in God’s Time

On May 5, the day The United Methodist Church’s General Conference was set to convene, UM advocacy groups, representative of each of the theological streams in the church, released comments on the significance of its postponement. Each of the groups (Mainstream UMC, Reconciling Ministries Network, UMForward, and the Wesleyan Covenant Association) remain united in preparing … Continue Reading

Where Do We Go From Here?

Today, we were to be meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the convening of The United Methodist Church’s 2020 General Conference. But as we are all aware, the COVID-19 virus radically disrupted those plans as it has disrupted nearly every other aspect of our lives. The world has changed. I hear people longing to return to … Continue Reading

Getting Ready to Reboot

The Wesleyan Covenant Association concludes its video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today, Jennifer Cowart, Executive Pastor at Harvest Church in Warner Robbins, Georgia, talks about “Getting Ready to Reboot.” To watch the video Cowart cites in her article click on this link: 24 More Questions the Church Should Ask Before … Continue Reading

Ministry to the Marginalized in the Midst of a Pandemic

The Wesleyan Covenant Association continues its video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today, the Rev. Erik Grayson, Pastor-in-Charge at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina, talks about “Ministry to the Marginalized in the Midst of a Pandemic.” Watch video The video series will continue next with: “Getting … Continue Reading

Keeping People Engaged… at a Distance

This week the Wesleyan Covenant Association continues a video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today the Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor, Lead Pastor at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado, talks about “Keeping People Engaged… at a Distance.” Watch video The video series will continue next with: Ministry to the … Continue Reading

Critical Needs Highlighted as COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 presents challenges to every person and community, but some are less prepared than others. As restrictions limiting employment, economic activity, and physical gathering have spread around the world, communities which live at subsistence levels have no safety net and their governments have little capacity to respond to the challenges. In recent weeks, the Wesleyan … Continue Reading

A Non-Anxious Presence in Perilous Times

This week the Wesleyan Covenant Association continues a video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today the Rev. Dr. Jan Davis, Senior Pastor at Central United Methodist Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas, talks about serving as “A Non-Anxious Presence in Perilous Times.” Watch video   The video series will continue with: Keeping People … Continue Reading

The Value of Teams in the Time of Pandemic

This week the Wesleyan Covenant Association begins a five part video series on doing ministry in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Today the Rev. Jorge Acevedo, Lead Pastor at Grace Church in Fort Myers, Florida, talks about how it is more important than ever to stay connected with and care for local teams and groups. … Continue Reading

How Will Your Church Respond to Disruption?

Before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded most of us, I took a flight from Dallas to California. Storms had been rolling through Dallas overnight and continued into the morning. After I boarded, the captain came on the speaker to let everyone know it was going to be a very bumpy flight. And boy was it! The … Continue Reading

From Generation to Generation

When you encounter that squirrely twelve-year-old from the youth group, who do you see? Just another kid or an adult-in-the-making? It is easy to think in conventional developmental terms about what a twelve-year-old needs from the church “right now,” at this particular stage in life.  Of course, it is good to think that way, but … Continue Reading