A Call For Risk-Taking, Christ-Centered Leadership

Jennifer Cowart, a lay woman and executive pastor of Harvest Church in Warner Robins, Georgia, challenged those assembled at the 2017 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, to respond to God’s call to be risk-taking, Christ-centered leaders in this generation.  Cowart declared, “We need more Jesus people to show up in tough situations – […]

WCA President’s Message Casts Vision for the Church and for the WCA

Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, shared our vision for the future of the church and for the WCA.  Boyette noted, “At our best, Methodism has never lost sight of its calling to be an apostolic movement advancing the Kingdom of God globally.”  Boyette declared, “In the midst of uncertainty, we will […]

Longing For A Better Way Forward

After six meetings held over ten months, the Commission on a Way Forward, presented its preliminary report to the Council of Bishops (“COB”) earlier this week.  At its fall meeting, the COB considered the report’s merits, which included sketches of three models for proceeding forward, but did not express a preference for any one of […]

2017 Global Gathering Presentations

Rev. Kenneth Levingston, pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, TX, preached a powerful message based on Ezekiel 37 – “Can These Bones Live?”  Rev. Levingston declares that the passage is not about the bones, but about the “Spirit of the Living God which is alive and active and calling into life that […]

2017 Global Gathering Presentations

In an inspiring, but direct presentation, Cara Nicklas, Wesley Covenant Association Council member and a laywoman from the Oklahoma Annual Conference, challenges laity to rededicate themselves to a fulsome expression of the Christian faith in the Wesleyan way. “Lay friends, we need to talk,” says Nicklas. “We need to talk amongst ourselves about our role […]

Encountering God in Scripture

“The Bible isn’t just a book of statements about God; it is a pathway into God’s very life,” writes Dr. David Watson in his new book The Life of God: Why the Bible Matters Today More than Ever (Seedbed). Watson, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of New Testament at United […]

How to think of us

Watch the video Preparing a Plan for the Future The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) believes that United Methodism will look very different from how it looks today after the 2019 special General Conference. The mandate given to the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward is very expansive and offers the opportunity for major structural changes […]

WCA Staff Appointment

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that the Rev. Walter Fenton has joined the WCA as its vice-president for strategic engagement. A Yale Divinity School graduate, Walter was ordained deacon (1996) and elder (1998) in the Detroit Annual Conference, and transferred to the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference in 2003. In addition to […]

Dreaming of unity

We commend the following article written by Rev. Bob Kaylor, pastor of Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church in Monument, Colorado, which is a helpful contribution to the ongoing discernment of what constitutes biblical unity for the church: “What does unity in the church look like?” As I pondered my response… Read More

Engage the Core Principles of Our Faith

The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s new resource, “A Firm Foundation: Hope and Vision for a New Methodist Future,” is now available for United Methodist laity and clergy.  The book sets forth our understanding of the Christian faith according to the Wesleyan tradition.  Recognized leaders in our denomination like Maxie Dunnam, Carolyn Moore, David Watson, and several others are […]

The Fragile Nature Of Our Unity

Calls for unity are popular among United Methodists, and yet there is much that tears the fabric of unity and evidences how divided we are as a church.  Recent events in the West Ohio Annual Conference underscore the fragile nature of our unity. The Reverend David Meredith, an elder in the West Ohio Annual Conference, […]

Creating a Unified Response

We are in a time of great uncertainty in The United Methodist Church. Persistent and escalating disobedience to the order and discipline of our church has created anarchy. The 2016 General Conference entrusted the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward for the Church with the task of arriving at a recommended way to break the […]

Welcome New Council Members

The Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (the “WCA”) has elected seven outstanding United Methodist leaders to the Council, the primary governing body of the WCA.  Jeff Greenway, the chair of the Council, commented, “We are excited to have the wisdom and counsel of these exceptional leaders who will share the breadth of their knowledge […]

Move On Mission With God

At long last, the 2017 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association has arrived.  On Saturday, October 14, we will be gathering at the live venue at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, TX and at sixty-three (63) simulcast sites around the United States to focus on the theme “Move […]

Register For The Global Gathering Today

Who is the 2017 Global Gathering for? The 2017 WCA Global Gathering is for laity and clergy who are passionate about the future of Methodism and who are committed to a vibrant expression of the historic Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition. Do you have to be a member of the WCA to attend the […]

Shane Bishop Shares

The  Reverend Shane Bishop, senior pastor of Christ Church, a multi-site United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois, in the Illinois Great Rivers Annual Conference, will be one of the keynote speakers at the 2017 Global Gathering.  Shane has served Christ Church since 1997 and under his leadership, the congregation has grown from 200 to […]

All Hands On Deck

ALL HANDS ON DECK   What’s your highest priority?  Often, that which grabs our attention is the urgent – not the important.  The truly important must command our very best. Imagine the scene.  Jesus has traveled from town to town.  He has taught in the synagogues.  His consistent message has been to announce the Good […]

HOUSTON GLOBAL GATHERING WILL OCCUR AS PLANNED

WCA RESPONDS TO HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER   Hurricane Harvey has left heart-breaking loss of life and property in its path, and continued disruption for people living along the western side of the Gulf of Mexico.  The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) has joined in the prayers offered up by many as we have sought God’s provision, […]

Why You Should Be At The Global Gathering!

August 24, 2017   Jeff Greenway, chairperson of the Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, invites you to join the WCA on October 14 for its Global Gathering live in Houston, TX and at 50 simulcast sites around the country.  The theme of our 2017 Global Gathering is “Move – On Mission With God.”  Join […]

Igniting a Movement

August 18, 2017 Who would opt out of a movement of God? “No one,” we might exclaim. Yet, history is littered with people who were complacent, ambivalent, distracted and otherwise occupied. In order to be part of a movement of God, you have to be willing. Prior to his experience at Aldersgate, John Wesley was […]

Rescue the Perishing

August 10, 2017 Jesus was explicit.  “The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”  Luke 19:10 (NLT).  In God’s great wisdom, those who were perishing would be rescued through a relationship with God’s Son – Jesus.  No one was exempt from the necessity of a rescuer.  Rescue was available to […]

Preparing a Plan for the Future

August 4, 2017 The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) believes that United Methodism will look very different from how it looks today after the 2019 special General Conference. The mandate given to the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward is very expansive and offers the opportunity for major structural changes within the denomination. What will be […]

Creating a Unified Response

July 28, 2017 We are in a time of great uncertainty in The United Methodist Church. Persistent and escalating disobedience to the order and discipline of our church has created anarchy. The 2016 General Conference entrusted the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward for the Church with the task of arriving at a recommended way […]

Committed to Christ and the Scriptures

July 21, 2017 What is the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) all about? In a time of theological conflict and uncertain future, the WCA issues a clarion call to Christ-centered, biblically based ministry. Noted 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon could have been speaking about our time when he wrote: “Unity without truth seems hazardous. Our […]

Our Hope for the Way Forward

July 12, 2017 One of the purposes of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) is to create a unified response to the work of the Bishops’ Commission on a Way Forward that would maintain traditional, orthodox United Methodist beliefs.  The Chicago Statement was an initial step in fulfilling this purpose. On May 1, 2017, the Bishops’ […]

What is the Wesleyan Covenant Association?

July 6, 2017 There are lots of rumors and varying descriptions swirling around the church right now about the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Less than a year old and still in its formative stages, the WCA has attracted a lot of attention, as well as some criticism. But what, really, is this new organization all […]

Marriage and the Means of Grace

June 30, 2017 Carolyn Moore Carolyn Moore is an elder in the United Methodist Church who has served Jesus alongside the good people of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia for fourteen years. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the WCA Council. I’ve been married for thirty years to a man I absolutely adore. When […]

10 Steps toward Civility (a place we all need to go)

June 17, 2017 Rev. Shane Bishop   We all know the UMC is at a crossroads.  That we hold differing positions does not mean that Christian people are excused from civility.  WCA is committed to civility.  If it were not, I would not be a part of it.   Shane Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of […]

I Joined the Wesleyan Covenant Association

June 9, 2017 Pastor Bob Phillips Dr. Bob Phillips retires July 1, 2017, as Directing Pastor of First UMC, Peoria, Il. Bob is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois, with advanced degrees from Asbury, Princeton and St. Andrews (Scotland). He retired with the rank of Captain as the senior United Methodist […]

From Ego to Awe

Carolyn Moore Carolyn Moore is an elder in the United Methodist Church who has served Jesus alongside the good people of Mosaic Church in Evans, Georgia for fourteen years. She currently serves as the vice-chair of the WCA Council. Developmentally, we are designed to move from ego to awe. In our most immature state, our […]