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30 lessons in 30 years: part two

30 lessons in 30 years: part two

Rev. Charlie Alcock, Youth Ministry professor and director of Youth Ministry Events at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, reflects on the 30 years he has spent serving in youth ministry in The Wesleyan Church. This is part two in a three-part series. Read...
The Truth

The Truth

In the Midst of church planting – Next week will celebrate 2 years as a church plant. The last two years feel like they have made up most of our lives. There is a small piece of me that realizes the comical truth in that statement, being that we are very young,...
Being “doers” of James 5:16 in recovery ministry

Being “doers” of James 5:16 in recovery ministry

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I love the story about our Wesleyan Way of discipling via small groups and how the movement began. You know the one—back when Rev. John Wesley was approached by a handful of persons, “who appeared to be deeply convinced of sin, and...
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...
Thrive In 5:  Spiritual – What is Christian spiritual formation?

Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

Challenging My Ministry Mind As a pastor, you know the importance of continuing to learn and grow in your leadership. Our world is changing fast, and we need to challenge our thinking and keep it sharp. In this “Thrive in Five,” David Drury, pastor and chief of staff...
The Truth

Seasons of Change

Today is my fifteenth anniversary. And instead of cruising through a blue Caribbean sea, or driving through the sparkle of big city lights, we are spending it staying still. Living with my parents. Almost all of our worldly possessions are in a storage unit ten...
Believe, Belong, Become

Believe, Belong, Become

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  My husband and I recently toured the Holy Land. We went from Nazareth to Magdala to Tiberius to Capernaum to Caesarea Philippi — and that was just in the first 72 hours. With each change of location, information was shared about the...
Learn how to reach your dreams

Learn how to reach your dreams

Readers have called Grow Toward Your Dreams: Practical Steps to Discover, Optimize, and Unleash Your Potential a tool, guide and road map. “The most important variable in personal growth planning isn’t the plan. It’s the motivation behind the plan. Lasting personal...
Finding hope

Finding hope

He’d landed in jail six times in seven years by age 17. The sixth and final time, while sitting alone in his jail cell, he discovered the Bible. Turning to the gospel of John with fingers trembling from withdrawal, he began a journey that would lead to him becoming...
Wesleyan Coaching Network 2.0

Wesleyan Coaching Network 2.0

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...
Time to fix the faucet

Time to fix the faucet

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The faucet in my children’s bathroom has a very slow drip. It has dripped from the first day we moved in, over six years ago, so I know it dripped before we moved in. I need to fix it, but I haven’t yet because while it might just need...
Helping all my ‘Sams’

Helping all my ‘Sams’

When asked to sum up his goal as a professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Mark Shannon, assistant professor of leadership and management, simply said, “My goal is to help all my ‘Sams.’” That answer necessitated the follow-up question of, “Who is Sam?” Sam is the...
Wesleyan Faculty Spotlight: Brian Webb

Wesleyan Faculty Spotlight: Brian Webb

Brian Webb, sustainability coordinator at Houghton College, wants “to leave the world a better place.” Webb’s responsibilities as sustainability coordinator include student engagement with events, meetings and seminars that focus on campus energy use and how to...
Community Discipleship

Community Discipleship

Guest Pastors Dan Walker, Community Pastor and Bernie Haddad, Executive Directory Mercy Unleashed discuss community discipleship 5 Fall Discipleship Cohorts announced Christian Community Discipleship Association National Conference discount available to Wesleyan...
The disciple’s sixth sense: seeing in the dark

The disciple’s sixth sense: seeing in the dark

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  As a disciple of Jesus Christ, my life is about knowing God and being found in him. I’ve noticed, though, that for many, the path to knowing God is not intuitive. Furthermore, this path seems to go dark from time to time. In some...
Immeasurably more

Immeasurably more

SWU University Singers witness 18,000+ military persons make commitments to Christ “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus...
A pastor to pastors

A pastor to pastors

Rev. Dr. Lenny Luchetti came to Wesley Seminary as a full-time faculty member in 2009, the seminary’s first year of existence. Currently, he is responsible for the development and teaching of the doctoral and masters level preaching courses offered by the seminary....
SWU Faculty Spotlight

SWU Faculty Spotlight

As an assistant professor of religion at Southern Wesleyan University (SWU), Andrea Summers walks a delicate balance of supporting and challenging each student who enters her classroom. Summers enjoys teaching students and having informed dialogue. But her favorite...
Cultivating community across cultures

Cultivating community across cultures

Once per year, College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, celebrates World Communion Sunday by inviting congregants from a variety of cultural backgrounds to serve communion in their native languages. Nuk Kongkaw attends College Wesleyan and over the past few years...