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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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Bishop Kasap Owan to Preach and Celebrate Holy Communion at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Kasap Owan will preach and celebrate Holy Communion at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Owan is a founding member of the UMC Africa Initiative,” said the Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah, Dean … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Bishop Scott Jones to Speak at WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce that Bishop Scott Jones will speak at its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Jones is the UM Church’s scholar-bishop,” said the Rev. Edmund Robb III, Senior Pastor at The Woodlands UM Church in The … Continue Reading

Whither the Gracious Exit – Committed or Constrained

Does anyone still assert with a straight face the absence of irreconcilable differences in The United Methodist Church? The arguments advanced in support of each of the plans addressed in the report of the Commission on a Way Forward strain credulity in their effort to posit that we can be united in one enterprise. Each … Continue Reading

An Invitation to Stand Unashamed!

Click to play a short video from the Rev. Chuck Savage, a delegate to the special 2019 General Conference. Rev. Savage invites you join him for the WCA’s 2018 Global Gathering and then register at wesleyancovenant.org/unashamed. Would your church like information about how it could serve at a simulcast site for the WCA’s 2018 Global … Continue Reading

Bishop Mike Lowry to Open WCA’s Third Global Gathering

The Wesleyan Covenant Association is honored to announce that Bishop Mike Lowry will open its Third Global Gathering at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta, Georgia on Saturday, November 3, 2018. “Bishop Mike Lowry is a special kind of episcopal leader,” said WCA President Keith Boyette. “He’s not interested in playing it safe, going with … Continue Reading

Making the Most of Women in Leadership

Fourteen years ago, my family and I planted a United Methodist congregation in Evans, Georgia. We were what is called in church-planting circles a “parachute drop,” meaning we had no pre-existing relationships in the community. We had no idea how blessed nor how challenged we would be. The work of planting a new church is, … Continue Reading

WCA Global Legislative Assembly – November 2, Nominees Sought for WCA Council Class of 2021

The first Global Legislative Assembly of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) will be held at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, 4385 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, Georgia, on Friday, November 2, 2018. The Global Legislative Assembly meets annually to elect members of the Council of the WCA and to conduct business on behalf of the membership … Continue Reading

Women in Recent Church History

Women have initiated some of Christianity’s more interesting movements. Aimee Semple McPherson was the founder of the Four Square movement. Myrtle Dorthea Beall started Bethesda Temple in Detroit. Barbara Heck was the designer of John Street Methodist Church in New York City, and a church planter who established congregations in both New York and Canada. … Continue Reading

Biblical Women and the Spread of the Gospel

This is the first of three articles by the Rev. Carolyn Moore on women in Scripture and in ministry. As a pastor, as one called to the ministry of church planting, and as a woman, I am inspired and challenged by those great matriarchs of the faith who proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ. The … Continue Reading

The Connectional Conference Plan

This is the third of three articles briefly describing and analyzing the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. See Exhibit B, pages 34 through 81 of the whole … Continue Reading

The Traditional Plan

This is the second of three articles briefly describing and analyzing the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. See Exhibit C, pages 82 through 130 of the whole … Continue Reading

THE Issue Facing American United Methodism

I begin with a one-question quiz.  It is multiple choice. In 25 years the typical American United Methodist of today will be: A. A registered Democrat B. Living in Sun City, Arizona C. Dead The correct answer is “C.” In 25 years demographics and median age declares the average United Methodist living today in the … Continue Reading

The One Church Plan

In the coming days we will briefly describe and analyze the various plans that are slated to come before the special, called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Readers wanting to read the official reports, plans, and enabling legislation can click HERE. The One Church Plan (OCP) is predicated on two straightforward assumptions. … Continue Reading

E Unam Pluribus

At the risk of being misunderstood, I’m pretty close to being done. Not with Jesus, or even with His church, mind you. And please don’t think that I’m either deeply depressed or unduly discouraged about the prospects of God’s Kingdom in this world, for in the words of Handel’s Messiah, I’m more than certain that “He shall reign … Continue Reading

When Unity At All Cost Is Too Costly

“When is unity at all cost too costly?” This question is not intended as an endorsement for dividing The United Methodist Church. However, in the following, I want to at least make the argument that separation is not always the improper thing to do. I write this after hearing many colleagues from every theological stripe say, “I am not … Continue Reading

FAQs, Number 2: The State of The United Methodist Church

Over the past several weeks a number of important developments have occurred in the UM Church, and the Wesleyan Covenant Association has received a number of questions regarding them. This is the second issue of Outlook attempting to help WCA members navigate the latest news. You can see our first FAQs by clicking HERE. Earlier this year, the … Continue Reading

Choices Abound!

In a recent article, I shared about The Long and Winding Road to St. Louis. Well, we have now journeyed further along that road. A lot is happening and we want to keep you informed. As required, petitions for the special General Conference, which will meet in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019, were filed by July 8. … Continue Reading

FAQs – The State of The United Methodist Church

Over the past several weeks a number of important developments have occurred in the UM Church. The Wesleyan Covenant Association has received a number of questions regarding them. With this issue of Outlook we are beginning a running FAQ post to help people navigate the latest news. We will archive all FAQs on our website so people can return … Continue Reading

Who Do You Say That I Am?

The question reverberates down through the ages. When Jesus first asked, “Who do you say that I am?” he directed it to those who knew him best – disciples who had walked with him for an extended period of time – who had seen him in public and private moments. The disciples’ answers are intriguing, … Continue Reading

Commission on Way Forward’s Report Not Released

The July 8 deadline for the filing of petitions to be considered at the 2019 special session of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church has now passed. The petition deadline passed without the release of the anticipated report of the Commission on a Way Forward (COWF) or any update from the Council of … Continue Reading

Four Marks of the Next Methodism

Let’s face it: no one really knows what is going to happen at The United Methodist Church’s called General Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, February 23-26, 2019. Division? Restructuring? Fragmentation? Slow demise? Despite widespread conjecture and one or two wild conspiracy theories, your guess is as good as mine. The Wesleyan movement, however, is much … Continue Reading

Going Forward with Scripture

“Given the current challenges directed to the unique place of the Bible in the church, we affirm that the core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which … Continue Reading

The Long and Winding Road to St. Louis

Will February 26, 2019 ever arrive? Yes, in due course, and God will still be sovereign over His creation and His church will still be a prevailing church. We can hope that The United Methodist Church will still be counted as a faithful part of the church universal. Much yet must occur before we will … Continue Reading

Wesleyan Covenant Association Accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

The ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) announced today the accreditation of the Wesleyan Covenant Association of Reynoldsburg, OH. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising. The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported … Continue Reading

Seeking Higher Ground: Conversations in the UMC

As conversations around the future of the UM Church heat up in this annual conference season, I hold a prayer that we will elevate our discourse above the level of emotion. Here are a few things I’d like to hear in discussions around what comes next: Let’s talk Christologically. Does the conversation about the future of … Continue Reading

The Dis-United Methodist Church: Growth, Conflict, and the Uncertain Way Forward

Last week, we reviewed the formation of the United Methodist Church in 1968 and the struggle ever since its creation to shape a coherent identity – to answer the basic question: who are we? We looked at the tone and direction of two theological statements, in 1972 and 1988, and described the growing divide between traditionalists and progressives … Continue Reading

The Dis-United Methodist Church and The Quest for Unity

Editor’s Note It is easy for those who have been around The United Methodist Church for years to assume everyone knows how we have come to our current impasse. However, despite declining membership and worship attendance in the U.S., there are still plenty of growing congregations with new people joining every day. Many of these … Continue Reading

Judicial Council Rules Against Council of Bishops, Allows All United Methodists to Submit Petitions

Earlier today The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council (its “Supreme Court”) issued an 8-1 decision repudiating the Council of Bishops’ argument that only its preferred option for a way forward could be presented to the special General Conference scheduled for February 23-26, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. In a recent meeting the majority of the Council of … Continue Reading