General Conference 2019 Information

FAQs, Number 2 – The State of the United Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette

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.

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Published 7/27/18

Choices Abound!

By Keith Boyette

Going forward, we believe the UM Church should be composed of those who are fully committed to its theology, mission, and ministry. In the current environment, forcing local churches to be affiliated with an entity they can no longer support is bad for everyone. The UM Church should be composed of the willing, not the constrained.

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Published 7/20/18

FAQs – The State of The United Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette

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.

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Published 7/18/18

The Long and Winding Road to St. Louis

By Keith Boyette

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 know how it weathers its current crisis.

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Published 6/22/18

What Petitions Can Be Received by the Special 2019 General Conference?

By Keith Boyette

In its call for the 2019 conference, the COB stated, “The purpose of this special session of the General Conference shall be limited to receiving and acting upon a report from the Council of Bishops based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward.”

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Published 4/20/18

So Now What?

By Keith Boyette

Our church is global. Our General Conference is broadly representative of the worldwide membership of The United Methodist Church. A proportional number of delegates equally composed of laity and clergy, represent every annual conference.

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Published 3/23/18

Living Separate and Apart

By Keith Boyette

The COWF and the COB are to be commended for their ingenuity, but lacking substantial modifications, the multi-branch model is unlikely to engender the broad support necessary for passage. One is left with the impression that this model is the equivalent of a Hail Mary desperation pass. It’s appears to be so committed to preserving institutional unity that it is willing to institutionalize the divisions in the church as long as they function under the institution.

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Published 3/21/18

Should We Each Do What Is Right In Our Own Eyes?

By Keith Boyette
In the end, the characterization of sketch two as the “One Church Model” is devoid of meaning. It will result in chaos across the church and accelerate its decline as we undermine our once coherent message regarding our sexual ethics, teachings on marriage, and our ordination standards.

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Published 3/16/18

A Moment Suspended in Time

By Keith Boyette
Now is not a time for anxiousness, hand-wringing, resignation or defeat.  Now is the time for us to redouble our efforts to contend for the faith entrusted to us by the saints. The WCA will continue to work tirelessly for the historic Christian faith in the Wesleyan tradition. We welcome those of like commitment.

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Published 3/12/18