Jennifer Jones

Mid-sized church packs an out-sized punch

Mid-sized church packs an out-sized punch

If you pass through Easley, South Carolina, you are not likely to turn onto Rice Road at the old Alice textile mill, with its row upon row of modest family housing. So, if you pass by United Wesleyan Church (UWC), you’re probably lost. But here we are, a mid-sized...
Whatever Happened to Theology?

Whatever Happened to Theology?

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Tim. 1:17) “Why do I have to study theology?” a seminary student complained. “It’s not like I’m going to use it in my ministry.” He wasn’t kidding. Theology is...
Lesson #1: Accountability

Lesson #1: Accountability

In 40 years of ministry, I have been blessed by an accountability relationship for the past 34+ years with Paul Anthes. Paul is a devoted disciple of Jesus who lives out his calling in the marketplace with every bit of the intentionality and intensity as I live out my...
Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Today completes 40 years of ministry for me. In some ways, it seems like yesterday that a 21-year-old kid who graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) joined a launch team to plant a church on June 1, 1979. In other ways, it seems like, well,...
Update: Bangladeshi Wesleyans & Cyclone Fani

Update: Bangladeshi Wesleyans & Cyclone Fani

Thank you for praying for our Wesleyan family and the people of Bangladesh! The following has been received from Joshe Bose, district superintendent of Bangladesh: Dear Ministry Partner and Prayer supporters and Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Greetings in His...
Cyclone Fani: 100 million in path

Cyclone Fani: 100 million in path

Cyclone activity continues to impact the countries around the Indian Ocean. Our church family in Bangladesh asks that you think and pray for them in the coming hours. The following has been received from Joshe Bose, DS of Bangladesh: Dear Respected Ministry Partners...
On holiness & “hot takes”

On holiness & “hot takes”

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “Exorbitantly excessive.” That’s the line that caught my eye as I reviewed a recent bit of feedback from my academic editor. The words pertained to one of my bad habits as a writer (apparently, I have a couple): my too-frequent use of...
Reflections from a Wesleyan pastor in Christchurch, New Zealand

Reflections from a Wesleyan pastor in Christchurch, New Zealand

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  So many thoughts and emotions have flooded my mind and heart since the March 15 attacks. It is difficult to put such things into words, but try I will. Not because every thought or feeling needs to be given voice, but because some do....
Mowing leads to multiplication

Mowing leads to multiplication

Several months ago, Edinburgh Wesleyan Church in Edinburgh, Indiana, ran out of people and resources, and it was forced to close. Since Flintwood Wesleyan Church (FWC) is only about 15 to 20 minutes from Edinburgh, I asked Rev. Wes Jones, pastor of FWC, if he thought...
NZ Wesleyans respond to tragedy

NZ Wesleyans respond to tragedy

On Friday, March 15th, a terrorist attack at Al Noor and Lynwood Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand left over 40 dead and additional injured. As the country grieves, our Wesleyan family of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand thank you for your prayers as...
SWU adds Co-Vo program

SWU adds Co-Vo program

The Division of Religion at Southern Wesleyan University recognizes a growing need for multi-skilled pastors in ministry and ministry-minded individuals in the workforce. According to a recent Barna survey, 55 percent of U.S. pastors had another career before going...
Rebooting values

Rebooting values

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  People sometimes complain about a lack of original ideas in entertainment. Many movies are sequels or unnecessary remakes. However, when I find my own generation’s television shows being rebooted, and done well, I do a bit of...
Top 10 Social Media posts of 2018

Top 10 Social Media posts of 2018

Each year, passing fads (team Laurel 4 life!!!!) and lasting culture shapers (see the incredible stories and continued impact of the #MeToo movement) go scrolling by as our social news feeds are opened. Some make us laugh, some inspire us and some move us.Reflecting...
For you, I give thanks.

For you, I give thanks.

Download this video: https://resources.wesleyan.org/thanksgiving18 Join the Mission House Army of Love: https://wesleyan.life/mission-house Find your place in the messy, beautiful MOSAIC: https://wesleyan.life/mosaic Become a storyteller:...
We #EmpowerHer

We #EmpowerHer

Thursday, March 8th, The Wesleyan Church will partner with World Hope International to celebrate International Women’s Day. We want you to join us by sharing how you empower the women and girls in your life. World Hope International has provided a toolkit to...
Remembered: February 1, 2018

Remembered: February 1, 2018

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received January 3-31. Rev. Nathan Beals (37) died January 24. He served as a pastor in Michigan. Rev. David Crail (90) died November 24. He served Wesleyan churches in...
Resource Center’s vision becomes reality

Resource Center’s vision becomes reality

Late this summer, The Wesleyan Church announced the launch of its new Resource Center–created to serve the local church. The vision of the Resource Center is to create a platform to provide local churches the ability to equip each other. Resource Center now hosts over...