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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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

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, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

“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 – … Continue Reading

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 … 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