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Jesus is Lord

I earned my Bachelor of Law from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, which was founded by Methodist missionaries in the 19th century. And having been brought up in a Buddhist family, with influences of Shintoism as well, I was not a Christian.” said the Rev. Nako Kellum at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering” at … Continue Reading

Great Response to “Book of Doctrines and Discipline”

In less than a month hundreds of people have responded with comments, critiques, and questions regarding the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s release of its draft “Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” The association released the document November 8, 2019, shortly after its 228 member Global Legislative Committee overwhelmingly commended it for review and comment. The WCA figured … Continue Reading

The Spitting Image

“I recently did one of those Ancestry DNA tests—you know, that test where you send in a small capsule of your spit and a hundred bucks and they send you back a multi-page, full color profile that tells you who’s been swimming in your personal gene pool,” said the Rev. Dr. Bob Kaylor at “Transformed! the … Continue Reading

We Have Got to Up Our Game

“As Christians, the question is not whether we should or should not be a theologian,” said Oklahoma laywoman Cara Nicklas at “Transformed! the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering” at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “If a broad definition of the word theologian is one who seeks to know … Continue Reading

Dedicated, Faithful, and Honorable Leaders

There is no hiding the fact that many United Methodists are disappointed in many of the U.S. bishops who have led the church since its inception in 1968. These bishops have presided over a denomination in the U.S. where church membership has gone from over 11 million to now fewer than 7 million, where average … Continue Reading

Now Thank We All Our God

In the seventeenth century, Martin Rinkart wrote the words of an amazing hymn of thanksgiving, “Now Thank We All Our God.” Rinkart knew the adversity of having lived through the Thirty Years’ War and a plague that decimated his home city. Rinkart is reported to have conducted 4,000 funerals in one year, including that of his wife. … Continue Reading

Empowering Laity for a New Methodist Movement

In order to be a healthy and vibrant branch of the church universal, a new Methodist movement must equip and empower laity for ministry and service. This is a truism for any church, but we sense it will be critical in an era of increased secularization in some cultural settings and encounters with other religions … Continue Reading

Deploying Faithful, Energetic, and Effective Clergy

Local churches need faithful, creative, and energetic pastors to partner with them in worshiping God, growing as disciples of Jesus Christ, and being passionate and diligent in the mission field God has given them. Clergy have a significant impact on the effectiveness and fruitfulness of local churches, so how they are deployed is extremely important … Continue Reading

Eight Bishops Call for Deeper Conversations on New Methodist Expressions

Eight United Methodist bishops have issued a statement inviting “laity, clergy and bishops – regardless of their perspective on matters of human sexuality – to join” in deeper conversations regarding new expressions of Methodist witness. Four active bishops, Scott Jones (Texas), Eduard Khegay (Russia), Michael Lowry (Central Texas), and Mark Webb, (Upper New York), joined four retired … Continue Reading

Ministry Task Forces Forming

From its inception, the Wesleyan Covenant Association has worked for a revitalized Methodist witness globally. The WCA is committed to reaching all people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and inviting every person to be a follower of Jesus Christ transformed by the grace and love of God. As some form of separation in The … Continue Reading

God is Birthing a New Wesleyan Movement

What follows is the address the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, delivered at Transformed, the WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering held at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. *** My entire life is enveloped by my relationship with Jesus and His church. One of my earliest memories … Continue Reading

Envisioning a New Methodist Movement

Over the course of two inspiring days at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) set forth its vision for a new, spirit-filled, Methodist movement fully focused on living out and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ in word and deed. On Saturday, November 9, over three thousand WCA … Continue Reading

Wesleyan Covenant Association Releases “Book of Doctrines and Discipline”

Today, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) releases a working document with the tentative title “The Book of Doctrines and Discipline.” From November 2018 through January 2019, a team of 16 clergy and laity prepared the first draft of the document and submitted it to the WCA’s 34-member governing council. Since March of this year the council has … Continue Reading

Plans for Separation, Dissolution, and Exit

Since the close of the contentious 2019 special General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, United Methodists from across the theological spectrum set to work crafting plans to resolve the bitter dispute over the denomination’s sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and ordination standards. The discordant conference and its aftermath made clear to many United Methodists the … Continue Reading

Second Wesleyan Covenant Association Global Legislative Assembly to Meet

Over 225 delegates representing 48 regional chapters are set to meet for the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s second Global Legislative Assembly (GLA), November 8, 2019, at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The delegates to the assembly are equally divided between laity and clergy, and represent thousands of WCA members from around the world. “The … Continue Reading

Transformed! The 2019 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association

You’re Still Invited! Watch this video and register today for Transformed, the WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering! Join us this year on Saturday, November 9th, at Asbury UMC in Tulsa, Oklahoma or at one of our simulcast sites as we declare the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Watch Video More information regarding simulcast sites will be updated weekly … Continue Reading

Rev. Stephanie Greenwald and Asbury UMC Worship Band to Lead WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is pleased to announce the Rev. Stephanie Greenwald will host its program and the Asbury United Methodist Church’s Worship Band will lead worship at Transformed, its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “Stephanie has truly been a Godsend to our church,” … Continue Reading

Bishop Pedro Torio to Celebrate Holy Communion at WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Pedro Torio will celebrate Holy Communion and deliver a brief meditation to close its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. The Rev. Tom Harrison, Senior Pastor at Asbury UMC, will assist Torio in the celebration. … Continue Reading

Laywoman Cara Nicklas to Deliver Opening Address at the WCA’s 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Cara Nicklas, an Oklahoma laywoman, will deliver the opening address at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday, November 9, 2019. A founding member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association Council, Nicklas was a speaker at the association’s 2017 Global … Continue Reading

A Message from Keith Boyette

Watch as Rev. Keith Boyette invites you to Transformed, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Fourth Global Gathering where he will share the WCA’s hopeful vision for a new Methodism. Join us this year on Saturday, November 9th, at Asbury UMC in Tulsa, Oklahoma or at one of our simulcast sites as we declare the transforming power of Jesus … Continue Reading

Wesleyan Covenant Association Council Endorses Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation

After a time of serious reflection and spirited debate, the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) Council voted to endorse the Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation during one of its regularly scheduled monthly teleconference calls on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. The association’s 35-member governing council had time to read and review the plan prior to the call, … Continue Reading

Called by Name

Jacob, son of Isaac and Rebekah, began his life living up to his name: heel grabber. Even in the process of being born, Jacob grabbed the foot of his twin brother Esau, and so began a life filled with deception and trickery. Yet, as the story of his life progresses, we see that not only … Continue Reading

Know What You are Going to Do!

I have played competitive softball since I was fourteen years old at every imaginable level. Up to a handful of years ago, I played over a hundred games each season and now, in my late fifties, I still play twenty or thirty. For much of that time I was a shortstop. The shortstop is the … Continue Reading

The Rev. Keith Boyette to Reveal WCA’s Plans for a New Methodism at 2019 Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Keith Boyette will deliver a major address at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “I look forward to sharing the WCA’s hopeful vision for a new Methodism,” said Boyette, the President of the … Continue Reading

Never Give Up

When contemplating the future of The United Methodist Church, we all find ourselves asking a couple of questions: How did we get to this point? Why is the theological gap so wide? My answers take me back to an experience in my own life that propelled me on this journey of awareness and struggle within … Continue Reading

The Meaning and Beauty of Baptism

A theologically and spiritually renewed church is the goal of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. As we seek this renewal, we have opportunity to re-discover and re-affirm our historic convictions, including our theological understanding of baptism and its power in the ministry and life of the church. Baptism occupies a distinctive place in Christian faith and … Continue Reading

Nominees Sought for WCA Council Class of 2022

The second Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church, 6767 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Global Legislative Assembly meets annually to elect members of the Council of the WCA and to conduct business on behalf of the membership of … Continue Reading

Rev. Dr. William J. “Billy” Abraham to Address WCA’s Fourth Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is very pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. William J. “Billy” Abraham will speak at its Fourth Global Gathering at Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9, 2019. “Billy Abraham is undoubtedly one of the most significant theologians in the history of the Methodist movement, but … Continue Reading

Waiting on God: David, Saul and the Next Methodism

I hate to wait. Nothing tests my submission to the Holy Spirit like being stuck in a traffic jam on the Schuylkill Expressway, or waiting on a slow cashier in a long line at the supermarket. Many faithful United Methodists are having a hard time waiting these days. In the wake of the special General … Continue Reading

Centrists, Progressives, and Traditionalists Work Toward a Fair Plan of Separation

In the aftermath of the 2019 Special General Conference, people across The United Methodist Church have wondered, “What now?” The General Conference decided. Some vehemently disagreed. Statements of defiance were issued. Acts of resistance continue to occur. And new groups have emerged (e.g., UM Next and UM Forward). Looming on the horizon is the May … Continue Reading

Disaffiliation Legislation Likely Invalid

The 2019 Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a new provision of the Book of Discipline, paragraph 2553, providing a process by which local churches could disaffiliate or exit from the denomination, released from the terms of the trust imposed on property of the local church. However, the adoption of the provision is now likely invalid. … Continue Reading

Deacons: Showing Up and Getting Things Done

It happens rarely, but often enough that I should know to expect it. Twice a year I coordinate an Orientation to Ministry event for people who are sensing a call to ministry, but still trying to work out what that might mean. Heather (not her real name) had signed up since she was “going to … Continue Reading

What If . . . ?

These are exciting days to be a Christ-follower who is committed to the historic Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition. I know that there is much that we would want to be different in The United Methodist Church. The rumors, innuendo, misrepresentations of truth, and partisan attacks can distract from what Jesus is doing in … Continue Reading

Some Clarifications on Apportionments are in Order

Whatever else you think of the Rev. Mark Holland, Executive Director of Mainstream UMC, the man does love his colored maps. And to be clear his maps are invariably ones of just The United Methodist Church in the U.S., ignoring more than 40 percent of our global church’s membership. In Holland’s world, the UM Church … Continue Reading

Minneapolis Calmly Considered

Now that General Conference delegate elections in the U.S. are over, perhaps it is time to consider what it all means for the impending General Conference to convene in Minneapolis in May 2020. It is clear that progressives made some gains, displacing perhaps 15-20 percent of the U.S. delegate spots held by traditionalists during the … Continue Reading

Pure Grace: Wesley’s Take on Supernatural Ministry

I’ve become convinced that Jesus’ anointing and commission in Luke 9:1-2 is a key passage for understanding Jesus’ intentions for the Body of Christ on earth. This commission to take authority to cast out all demons, cure diseases, proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick became the marching orders for a movement that would welcome … Continue Reading