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The Wesleyan Covenant Association (“WCA”) held its 2017 Global Gathering on Saturday, October 14, at a live venue at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, TX, and at 64 simulcast sites located throughout the United States.   Over 2300 people attended.

The theme of the 2017 Global Gathering was “Move – On Mission With God.”  God invites us to lay aside human endeavors and agendas, and make ourselves available for the purposes God is revealing in this age.  God is searching for those who will surrender to Christ’s Lordship without reservation.  The Holy Spirit desires to equip and empower those who will be teachable in this generation.

The WCA is committed to igniting a new movement of God among the people called Methodist.  We know things are changing in The United Methodist Church.  The shape of the future is uncertain.  For our part, we commit once again to being an apostolic movement advancing the Kingdom of God globally.

Videos of the messages delivered as part of the Global Gathering may be viewed and downloaded below.  To download, click on the link below the video and select the “Download” button underneath the video player.

 

Opening Worship

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 which seems to have no life whatsoever.”  Proclaiming a future of hope, Rev. Levingston declares, “The same God who met Ezekiel and asked him to preach and prophesy to the dead bones is inviting you and me to speak and prophesy to the dead bones of our denomination and say these bones can live again because of the power of the God we serve.”

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Session One – Immersed in the Movement of God

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 continue to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints . . . .  We are compelled to declare the essentials of the Christian faith in a winsome way.  We will resource clergy and laity to stay on mission in sharing the Gospel with people who desperately need to hear the words of eternal life and to offer them Jesus.”

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Session Two – A Call For Risk-Taking, Christ-Centered Leadership

Jennifer Cowart, a lay woman and executive pastor of Harvest United Methodist 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 – people who know the message of the cross is not outdated, who believe the authority of Scripture, and who know Christ is what a world desperately hurting needs.”

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Session Three – Recovering the Great Commission

Rev. Shane Bishop, senior pastor of Christ Church, a multi-site church in Fairview Heights, Illinois (the Illinois Great Rivers Conference), focused on the Gospel imperative of reaching people for Jesus Christ, and the need for awakening and revival in our churches.  Bishop declared, “We have the most incredible message in the history of the cosmos.  We serve a God who transforms lives.  We serve a God who can forgive sin, assuage guilt, and  take sinners and set them free.  We serve a God who can do all things.  Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can get into that flow.”  Bishop observed, “The task before us is not to save an institution.  It is to recover the Great Commission.”

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Session Four – Empower Laity to a Fuller Expression of the Christian Faith in the Wesleyan Way

Cara Nicklas, a lay person from the Oklahoma Conference, challenged laity to rededicate themselves to a fuller 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 in this church we dearly love. Like many of you, I long to see revival in our church. I want to be a part of a movement of God…. Our church is at a crossroads and some would even say we’re in crisis… If we earnestly long to see a vibrant renewal of the Wesleyan movement we must seriously examine ourselves and our personal responsibilities in an honest and fair manner.”

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Session Five – Developing Fully Devoted Disciples of Jesus

Rev. Rob Renfroe, pastor of discipleship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas (Texas Conference), focused on our mission of developing fully devoted disciples of Jesus in his address to the 2017 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association.  “I want to glorify my Lord and Savior, and I want to be a blessing to the world that He died to save.  And the greatest way I know to do that is let God use me to make purposeful, powerful, passionate disciples for Jesus Christ – to make disciples for Jesus Christ who will take the Gospel to the nations and who will bring what we Methodists refer to as social holiness to the world.”

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Session Six – Lessons from Africa

Rev. Forbes Matonga, pastor in charge of Nyadire Mission in Zimbabwe and Secretary of the Africa Central Conference, addressed the global nature of The United Methodist Church and lessons that can be learned from the rapid growth of The United Methodist Church on the continent of Africa.  Matonga observed, “[In Africa], The United Methodist Church offers a truly global church.  United Methodists on the African continent do not believe in nationalistic churches.  They believe in a church that is truly worldwide.”  Matonga highlighted how the United Methodist Church in Africa is highly evangelistic, led by empowered laity, rooted in Scripture, and aware of the great need for salvation that comes from Jesus alone.

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Session Seven – Preparing for the Future

Rev. Jeff Greenway, pastor of Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church and chairperson of the Council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, addressed what we as leaders need to be doing to prepare for the change which is coming to The United Methodist Church. “Segments of our denomination no longer wish to abide by our doctrine and covenant,” Greenway observed. “We no longer share the same core doctrines and our covenant no longer has integrity… Change is coming… We need to have the talk and help our people be prepared.”

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Session Eight – A Call to Commitment, Surrender & Obedience

In his address to the 2017 Global Gathering of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, Bishop Robert Hayes shared a call of commitment, surrender, and obedience so that God can ignite the apostolic movement for which we are all praying. “We can get there from here,” Bishop Hayes declared. Here is where “we have focused on everything but the mission of the church. [There] is where the mission of the church takes priority and comes alive and the focus is on none other than Jesus Christ.”

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