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#myPASTORis: celebrate your pastor this October  

#myPASTORis: celebrate your pastor this October  

“The pervasive element in our two-thousand year pastoral tradition is not someone who ‘gets things done’ but rather the person placed in the community to pay attention and call attention to ‘what is going on right now’ between men and women, with one another and with...
Power to make a difference

Power to make a difference

Imagine going to the hospital with a bursting appendix and the hospital is dark; the power is out. Picture yourself as a doctor in the middle of an intense operation and the lights go off, the machines power down and suddenly you’re operating without the ability to...
Growing Moncks Corner gospel carriers

Growing Moncks Corner gospel carriers

The Corner Church of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, is celebrating the first full year of its official planting, which took place September 2018. This planting is the fourth in a series of a hopeful 50 plants in the Charleston, South Carolina, area, beginning in 2011...
30 lessons in 30 years of youth ministry: part one

30 lessons in 30 years of youth ministry: part one

Part one in a three-part series It was 30 years ago this weekend that I towed an old Dodge Omni to Roanoke, Virginia. The destination was Parkway Wesleyan Church where I would have a chance to work with a hero of mine, Dr. John Ott. I had just finished my years at...
Canada’s inaugural national conference held

Canada’s inaugural national conference held

The Established National Conference of The Wesleyan Church of Canada held its inaugural national conference on August 14 and 15 just south of the city of Montreal at the Manoir D’Youville Conference center (a former Catholic convent) located on a beautiful...
Wesleyans in the news: August 29

Wesleyans in the news: August 29

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. IWU’s Master of Social Work earns accreditation Indiana Wesleyan University...
Remembered: August 29, 2019

Remembered: August 29, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through August 15 – August 28. Rev. Raymond Pooley (70) died August 22. He pastored in South Carolina. View other Remembered posts. To submit the...
Wesley Seminary celebrates 10 years

Wesley Seminary celebrates 10 years

Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Wesley Seminary celebrated its tenth anniversary on August 8, 2019. Established on July 1, 2009, Wesley Seminary, located in Marion, Indiana, is the official seminary of The Wesleyan Church (TWC). Wesley Seminary...
Three district superintendents transition

Three district superintendents transition

Three district superintendents in The Wesleyan Church retired or transitioned to other ministries in the summer of 2019. Dr. Peter Rigby retired from the superintendency of the Central Canada District after serving for six years. Prior to his serving in district...
New district superintendents elected

New district superintendents elected

Two new district superintendents were elected on consecutive days in late July, and two others were reelected. Rev. Nate Rovenstine was elected district superintendent (DS) for the Kansas District, and Dr. Devon Smith was elected DS for the Tri-State District. Prior...
Wesleyan Coaching Network offers opportunities for growth

Wesleyan Coaching Network offers opportunities for growth

Tom, a local church pastor, was struggling with how to lead his board well. He would present his vision and some ideas, but they never seemed to take ownership and join Tom on the journey to reach those goals. He’d tried several different approaches, but now he felt...
Canada church welcomes the nations 

Canada church welcomes the nations 

In 2018, Moncton Wesleyan Church (MWC) in New Brunswick, Canada, launched its All Nations Ministry. The goal was to reach out to immigrants and refugees from all over the world who had moved to our city in record numbers. Now, a year later, the once monochromatic...
El Distrito de Chesapeake District inicia FLAMA por Zoom

El Distrito de Chesapeake District inicia FLAMA por Zoom

English El Departamento de Educación y Desarrollo del Clero (ECD, por sus siglas en inglés) está haciendo todo lo posible para ofrecer más oportunidades para que los estudiantes ministeriales hispanos asistan a clases a través de FLAMA. Este es el caso de los...
Chesapeake District hosts Zoom FLAMA classes

Chesapeake District hosts Zoom FLAMA classes

Spanish Education and Clergy Development (ECD) is doing its best to increase the opportunity for Hispanic ministerial students to attend classes through FLAMA. Ministerial students from the Chesapeake District of The Wesleyan Church are the latest district to benefit....
ResLife committed to community

ResLife committed to community

Resurrection Life Church (ResLife) in the Gladden Farms community of Marana, Arizona, is experiencing the presence and blessings of God abundantly after only four months of its planting. ResLife officially opened its doors March 17 of this year, a plant of two...
A transforming missions-related cycle

A transforming missions-related cycle

Giving to missions is a growing trend and transforming influence in the Indiana South District. In 2014, the district was looking for a new project to support with missions-related giving, one that would “be used to draw district churches into a pattern of supporting...
Border Stories: Meet me in the middle

Border Stories: Meet me in the middle

I boarded a plane to El Paso late on a Sunday evening. The flight would only last an hour, and so I settled down in the middle seat between two young women. Both women appeared to be about the same age and race, both friendly as I squeezed through with my big camera...
Remembered: July 11, 2019

Remembered: July 11, 2019

The following is a listing of Wesleyan pastors, missionaries and leaders who have passed away. These notices were received through June 28 – July 11. Rev. Paul McKinley (87) died June 26. He pastored in Virginia, Indiana, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. (No...
Wesleyans in the news: July 11

Wesleyans in the news: July 11

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. Houghton president reflects on extension program Dr. Shirley A. Mullen,...
Clergy housing allowance remains intact

Clergy housing allowance remains intact

Clergy members in the United States received good news this week, in the area of housing allowance. Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee, certified public accountants who serve The Wesleyan Church, forwarded to General Treasurer Kevin Batman an announcement issued...
Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

There is an occupational hazard for pastors — we often see the dark side of people and the soft underbelly of the Church. While there are many in the Church who shine brightly like those referenced in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (the majority in most churches I’m personally...
Mozambicans grateful for prayers and support

Mozambicans grateful for prayers and support

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed” (Proverbs 19:17, ESV). While we are deeply saddened at the loss of lives and the destruction of millions of homes in the last three months with Cyclones Idai and...
Unique partnership providing hope in southeast Africa

Unique partnership providing hope in southeast Africa

A partnership between The Wesleyan Church of Mozambique, Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Global Partners Health Network (GPHN) is working to improve health in Maratane Refugee Camp in Mozambique. Rex and Brenda Brewer, members of Kentwood...