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Unbelievable Heartbreak: Confronting the Mess My Bishop Created at Mt. Bethel Church

By Casey Alarcon September 10, 2021 When Christians feel mistreated, how should we respond? As devoted church members, what recourse do we have when we believe church leadership has behaved badly? The Bible addresses the first question. The United Methodist Church has established ways to address the latter. But when put to the test, does … Continue Reading

Praying for College Students

By Suzanne Nicholson August 27, 2021 ‘Tis the season for backpacks, pencils, notebooks, and laptops. For college students, the transition from summer jobs and living with parents to class schedules and dorm life can be both exciting and terrifying. There’s nothing like the suspense of meeting your roommate for the first time or trying to … Continue Reading

A Church without a Trust Clause

By Walter Fenton August 6, 2021 “Wait a second,” said a United Methodist layperson at a church where I was making a presentation. “Did you just say the people who attend my church don’t own the property and building?” “Yes, that’s right,” I had to answer. “According to the UM Church’s trust clause, local congregations … Continue Reading

Hearts of Peace Can Still Prevail

By Keith Boyette July 23, 2021 Since the January 2020 announcement of the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation United Methodists, whether they identify as centrist, progressive, or traditionalist, have tried hard to honor a spirit of peace among one another. People have largely refrained from provocative acts that would plunge the church back … Continue Reading

An Episcopal Fiasco in North Georgia

By Walter Fenton July 16, 2021 CORRECTION: After the posting of this article it was brought to our attention that on July 7, 2021, the North Georgia Annual Conference announced that the Rev. Brian Tillman had been appointed to be the conference’s first Director of Inclusion and Advocacy.” We have removed from the article the paragraph … Continue Reading

Structured to Serve

By Keith Boyette July 2, 2021 When John and Charles Wesley gathered with others at Oxford College to encourage and strengthen one another in the Christian faith, their detractors referred to them as “methodists,” a term of derision making fun of their intense commitment to a disciplined and organized walk with Jesus. Undeterred by those … Continue Reading

WCA Wraps Up Legislation with Virtual Online Global Assembly

By Walter Fenton June 25, 2021 Delegates from around the world participated in an online virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, to conclude the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Third Global Legislative Assembly. “We had an intense and productive day [April 30, 2021] when we met at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, several weeks ago,” said … Continue Reading

Bishops in the Global Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette June 18, 2021 I recently read American Saint: Francis Asbury & The Methodists, John Wigger’s 2009 biography of Methodism’s primary leader during the early decades of the United States. As I read this compelling biography, I was impressed with two observations. First, Asbury was influential because of God’s anointing and his servant’s … Continue Reading

In Essentials, Unity

By Walter Fenton June 11, 2021 The succinct quote, “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity,” is an aphorism variously attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), John Wesley (1703 – 1791), and to a number of theologians in between them. It is often cited as Christians attempt to reach … Continue Reading

Clergy Deployment in the Global Methodist Church Prior to its Convening General Conference

By Keith Boyette June 4, 2021 A frequently asked question by those considering affiliation with the Global Methodist Church relates to how clergy deployment decisions will be made in the new church. At this time, we can only address deployment decisions that will be made between the legal formation of the GM Church and its … Continue Reading

Update: Three Bishops Stir Controversy

By Walter Fenton May 28, 2021 Clergy appointment controversies in the California-Pacific, Greater New Jersey, and North Georgia Annual Conferences of The United Methodist Church continue to fester and roil the congregations involved. Sam Hodges, from the United Methodist News Service, reported last week that United Methodist Korean laity and their allies engaged in public … Continue Reading

WCA Global Legislative Assembly Endorses Protocol and the Global Methodist Church

In two separate votes, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Legislative Assembly endorsed the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and the Global Methodist Church in formation during Friday morning session, April 30, 2021, at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama. Due to a Covid-19 pandemic induced postponement of the Global Legislative Assembly that was originally … Continue Reading

There is a Simple Solution

By Carolyn Moore April 23, 2021 An ironic take on an old story keeps coming to mind. In this version, Old Mother Hubbard’s sad tale of an empty cupboard and hungry dog goes viral. An outcry of concern ripples through the community. Who would leave a dog without a bone? Was it stolen? Who would … Continue Reading

Disruption at Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Largest Congregation in North Georgia Annual Conference

By Walter Fenton April 20, 2021 “We were taken completely by surprise,” said Lindsay Hill, chairwoman of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church’s Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC), as she still tries to absorb Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson’s decision to move the congregation’s senior pastor to a still evolving assignment on the North Georgia Annual Conference staff … Continue Reading

Departing the United Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette April 16, 2021 With the recent further postponement of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church to August 29 – September 6, 2022, a number of local churches are evaluating whether they should depart from the UM Church now rather than waiting until the General Conference occurs. The General Conference will … Continue Reading

Longing for Deliverance

By Keith Boyette April 2, 2021 Suffering. Brokenness. Death. Struggle. Paralysis. Words all too familiar from the past year. Words that seem especially poignant in this Holy Week of 2021. As I reflect on Jesus’ journey especially in the events of the Upper Room, his arrest, trials before the religious council and Pilate, scourging, the … Continue Reading

Standing with our Asian Sisters and Brothers

By Keith Boyette March 23, 2021 Since the announcement of the emergence of the coronavirus and its spread globally in early 2020, those of Asian ethnicity have been the targets of racism, acts of violence, discrimination, harassment, and derogatory statements. Acts of violence, including murders and assaults, have escalated recently. The Wesleyan Covenant Association condemns … Continue Reading

The Continuing Role of the Wesleyan Covenant Association in the Development of the Global Methodist Church

By Keith Boyette March 12, 2021 The announcement of news of the Global Methodist Church has filled many theologically conservative United Methodists with hope for the future. The United Methodist Church, beset by decades-long conflict, continues to wrestle with how it will navigate the stormy waters following its deeply divisive 2019 special General Conference, its … Continue Reading

The Next Methodism Fund

March 5, 2021 The Wesleyan Covenant Association is pleased to announce the creation of the “Next Methodism Fund” to support the Global Methodist Church while it is in formation. Funds raised will be dedicated to ministries focused on revitalizing existing local churches and planting new ones, global missional partnerships, transformational discipleship, outreach to youth and … Continue Reading

We Press On

March 2, 2021 By Keith Boyette The battle against the Covid-19 pandemic rages on. Virtually every area of our lives has been impacted no matter where we live or how we occupy our time. Pandemic weariness has set in. Generally speaking, humanity is impatient. Jason Gay, writing in The Wall Street Journal on February 25, … Continue Reading

The Global Methodist Church

March 1, 2021 By Walter Fenton The Transitional Leadership Council, a 17 member team of theologically conservative Methodists, has released information on the Global Methodist Church. The council said the new church will officially come into existence when a United Methodist General Conference adopts the implementing legislation for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through … Continue Reading

Coalition of Traditional Leaders Calls for Decision on Protocol at Earliest Possible Time

February 16, 2021 A diverse group of theologically conservative Methodist leaders from around the globe who initially met in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2020 to announce a vision for a new traditional expression of Methodism has issued a statement today continuing their support for the Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation and urging “the … Continue Reading

Getting to a Decision

February 12, 2021 By Keith Boyette Life is complicated. A pandemic makes life more complicated. Ministry is hard. Ministry during a pandemic is harder. Decision-making is often difficult. Decision-making during a pandemic is even more difficult. The United Methodist Church is confronting this reality just as countless other communities are when established practices have been … Continue Reading

WCA Task Force Launches the Nehemiah Journey

By Walter Fenton The Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Church Revitalization Task Force has launched Nehemiah Journey, a pilot program for local churches seeking revitalization. Three cohorts of eight to ten members have been organized in the United States and Zambia. The cohorts will help the diverse seven member team that leads the Nehemiah Journey refine the … Continue Reading

Pandemic Challenges for General Conference

By Walter Fenton January 29, 2021 The United Methodist Church’s next General Conference will meet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 29 – September 7, 2021. Or will it? Postponed once already due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is possible the quadrennial conference could be postponed again. The Commission on General Conference, the body responsible for planning … Continue Reading

The Church’s Call to Ministry with Marginalized People

By Walter Fenton January 22, 2021 “In a new global Methodist church it simply won’t do for local churches to evaluate themselves when it comes to ministry with marginalized people,” said the Rev. Erik Grayson, lead pastor at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. “To determine our effectiveness we’ll have to go … Continue Reading

Forward into a Faithful Future

By Keith Boyette January 15, 2021 Launched in October 2016, the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s mission has evolved with events. We have never wavered in upholding the Lordship of Jesus and the authority of Scripture over our individual and corporate lives. We have been passionate in our commitment to the great confessions of the Christian faith … Continue Reading