Joel Liechty

FLAME advancing through Kingswood University

FLAME advancing through Kingswood University

FLAME–a program that provides brings ministry training to lay and clergy–will become a program of Kingswood Extended. Kingswood Extended provides local churches and districts new ways to provide discipleship and ministry preparation, extending the ministry...
Strategically Non-Linear

Strategically Non-Linear

Strategically Non-Linear: 3 Lessons from Zach Aument’s Roundabout Journey to Ministry If you met Zach Aument on the street, you would guess he’s an artist, philosopher or political advisor. And while you’d be correct, Zach’s current job title is strategist. A ministry...
The Courage of Conviction

The Courage of Conviction

The Courage of Conviction: Gabrielle Crofford Shares 3 Insights about Family Life in Ministry Gabrielle Crofford grew up in Suffix County, Delaware, running across the tops of chair rows at Laurel Wesleyan Church. The privilege came with being a pastor’s kid, and as...
Flowers Between the Cracks

Flowers Between the Cracks

  Flowers Between the Cracks: 3 M’s of Church Multiplication in Mexico City When Alejandro Sicilia came to lead Senda De Vida church 20 years ago, the building served as a bunker. Located in the heart of Mexico City in a neighborhood riddled with crime, drugs and...
Finding Footing on a Firm Foundation

Finding Footing on a Firm Foundation

Finding Footing on a Firm Foundation: Silas Vermilya Made His Faith His Own as a Pastor’s Kid Silas Vermilya is 18 years old, starting his first year at Indiana Wesleyan University. For the past 10 years, he’s been a pastor’s kid, as his mom served as a worship pastor...
Sanctifying Context

Sanctifying Context

By Dr. Steven Lennox | Apr 8, 2016 “A Sanctifying Context: The Purpose for Wesleyan Higher Education” Denominational Symposium May 26, 2014 Introduction It is no secret that higher education is facing significant challenges such as economic pressures,...
Sabbaticals: Learning to Thrive

Sabbaticals: Learning to Thrive

By Jessica White | Oct 14, 2016 The word “sabbaticals” is sometimes accompanied by a negative connotation. When ministers consider a sabbatical they think: “There is never a good time to get away. If I leave now, the church will fall apart.”...
Thrive in 5 – Relational – Cultivating Friendships

Thrive in 5 – Relational – Cultivating Friendships

Reflecting God’s own triune nature, we are created to live in loving community with others as well as with God. Too much isolation can lead to loneliness, depression, and sense of abandonment. Our perceptions can become distorted. A healthy pastor will seek to...
Thrive in 5 – Financial – Personal Insurance Needs

Thrive in 5 – Financial – Personal Insurance Needs

Stewardship includes taking healthy care of ourselves so we can be there for others. It also involves thinking ahead to care for those we love in the event of a tragedy. Some believe that purchasing life insurance indicates a lack of faith in God’s provision....
Women in Ministry Spotlight: Lindsay Miller

Women in Ministry Spotlight: Lindsay Miller

Saying “yes” to God may take you places you couldn’t imagine. For Kingwood University student Lindsay Miller, the journey of obedience has led her to the streets of New York City, the villages of Haiti and, most recently, the refugee camps of Europe....
Breakaway 2016

Breakaway 2016

“I soooooo needed this!” “Please do it every year.” These are just two of the many positive comments submitted by pastor’s spouses who attended Breakaway on April 15th-16th. Over 120 spouses traveled from as far away as North Carolina,...
Women in Ministry Spotlight: Julie Collins Penta

Women in Ministry Spotlight: Julie Collins Penta

Much like hiking, church planting requires extensive preparation, the right tools, and an abiding sense of purpose. Fortunately, Julie Collins Penta is both church planter and mountain hiker. Much like hiking, church planting requires extensive preparation, the right...