Josh Ratliff

White Christians and multiethnic ministry

White Christians and multiethnic ministry

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The theme of racial reconciliation in the church has perhaps never been more popular than it is today. I am grateful for the many pastors who use the pulpit to decry racism and call for the unity of God’s people of every ethnicity....
Rethinking small leads to significant impact

Rethinking small leads to significant impact

“The church could have survived another 10 years, but what would have been the point? There were never guests or baptisms. Families were leaving. Our kid ministry rooms were closets. It sounds like complacency, but we called it normal.” Rev. Tim Fox, of Goldsboro,...
Mozambique still recovering after two cyclones hit

Mozambique still recovering after two cyclones hit

Twenty churches and communities in Mozambique have been impacted so far by donations for Cyclone Idai. The cyclone hit the country March 19 and caused widespread devastation. Then, on April 25, Cyclone Kenneth bombarded the northern part of the country, leaving more...
Wesleyans in the news: May 16

Wesleyans in the news: May 16

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. New York church expanding food ministry Rome Wesleyan Church in Rome, New...
Children of light

Children of light

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Let me begin by saying I’m grossly unqualified to start this discussion, but it’s still my responsibility. I sat with fellow church staff questioning how seven teens from the same school could attempt suicide, one of them succeeding. We...
Remembered: May 16, 2019

Remembered: May 16, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through May 2 – May 16. Rev. Atwood Cool (90) died December 8, 2018. He pastored churches in Michigan, New York, Ohio and Oregon. (No online...
Greatly forgiven

Greatly forgiven

Lately, I’ve been really moved by the story of the woman who washes Jesus’ feet in Luke 7. Every time I read it, I feel a deeper sense of awe and grace about what is going on in this story. To recap, Jesus is invited over for dinner by a Pharisee named...
The missing space

The missing space

People relate to one another differently in different spaces. Gather 30 people together in a large worship center and the experience will feel disconnected and distant. Gather the same 30 people in a living room and the energy and connection will increase...
Border Stories: When I was hungry, you fed me

Border Stories: When I was hungry, you fed me

Our team pulls in to the gated parking lot of what looks like a repurposed restaurant: flat red roof, stucco walls, absent sign. In the distance, the Franklin Mountain Range creases the middle of El Paso, separating east and west. We are on the eastern side, and the...
Border Stories: The kingdom in our midst

Border Stories: The kingdom in our midst

We met him on a dry, dusty Tuesday in Juarez, Mexico. I will call him Leon,* a man God used to show us the kingdom. He was a resident at Casa del Migrante, a temporary home and refuge for migrants. Leon, his wife and their two children had recently made the 2,000-mile...
Border Stories: What about “those” people

Border Stories: What about “those” people

I am not a newcomer to the discussion of immigration in the United States. Since 2006, I have spoken in many places, including congressional hearings and press conferences. I have met with multiple senators and Congress people, and even President Obama in the Oval...
Just say, “Ja!”

Just say, “Ja!”

Say “Ja!” It has been a long time since I’ve preached on Easter Sunday. My role doesn’t really invite opportunities to be a guest speaker on that specific church holy day. But here I was in Paramaribo, Suriname, sharing the theme message — Go! Win one soul for the...
Giving vision to the International Conference of The Wesleyan Church

Giving vision to the International Conference of The Wesleyan Church

As the International Conference of The Wesleyan Church (ICWC) prepares to meet for the fourth time, on May 12 – 14, 2019, Rick West, Ibero-America interim field coach, explains the importance of ICWC in celebrating what God is doing globally through Global Partners...
Remembered: May 2, 2019

Remembered: May 2, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through April 15 – May 1. Rev. Dick Kaylor (90) died April 27. He pastored churches in New York. Rev. Edwin Luther (70) died April 23. He...
Wesleyans in the news: May 2

Wesleyans in the news: May 2

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. Hilson honored by SWU Rev. Mike Hilson, a Wesleyan pastor in Maryland, has...
Relief needs continue for Mozambique

Relief needs continue for Mozambique

Give to Mozambique WERF It’s been seven weeks since Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, causing extreme damage to the area. The Wesleyan Emergency Relief Fund (WERF) was activated on March 19 to assist victims in desperate need of relief. To date, more than $83,300 has been...
Global Partners missionaries return to Haiti

Global Partners missionaries return to Haiti

“I received nothing short of a royal welcome back from all I have met.” “I would say that people on La Gonave were very excited to see us back … most of the excitement was simply because we are friends and we are committed to helping with compassion.” Those comments,...
Why community is important

Why community is important

I received bad news that day. The minute I got it, my thoughts started swirling. Everything seemed like it was in question: my future, my identity, my security. I knew I needed to talk to someone, so I made a phone call, sent a couple of texts, met up with those...
Blood in, blood out

Blood in, blood out

I recently traveled to Honduras on a mission trip with a team of 12 Kingswood University students. Honduras has been in the news lately as a starting point for “caravans” of people trying to escape poverty and violence. While Honduras does have plenty of both, it is...