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CMAD Webinar: Lifelong Discipleship

CMAD Webinar: Lifelong Discipleship

Lifelong Discipleship Webinar What does it look like to have lifelong discipleship? Join us here on Facebook Live as we talk about it with Megan Cusumano, Assistant Pastor at North Park Wesleyan Church and Eric Mills, National Pastoral Director of Orphan Sunday &...
Moving when God speaks

Moving when God speaks

It is so frustrating to speak and have no one move! Typically, my children respond by yelling “we hear you mom” while comfortably sitting carrying on with whatever they were doing. Hearing without action is incomplete. My response to God is usually incomplete when his...
Becoming less

Becoming less

“He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). As I was pondering the above statement from John the Baptist, it brought back a memory of a day when God used one of my sons to humble me just a bit and remind me of who is important and who isn’t. I was...
Thrive In 5:  Relational

Thrive In 5: Relational

  What is a secret to strong relationships? In his book “The Relationship Cure,” relational researcher, John Gottman, suggests that we should be on the lookout for “bids for connection” and turn toward these bids whenever we can. What is a bid for connection? A bid...
She said, he said: handing the mic to pastors’ spouses

She said, he said: handing the mic to pastors’ spouses

While pastors’ spouses are as much in the spotlight as their partners, they’re less often handed a live microphone and an empty stage. We wanted to find out what pastor’s spouses – both pastors’ husbands and pastors’ wives – had to say about life in a...
Banding together your disciple makers

Banding together your disciple makers

A discipleship group is not new. John Wesley and the early Methodist movement had a tight-knit system of societies (large group gatherings), classes (small group gatherings of 8–15) and bands (intimate groups of 3–5). What Jon Wiest is inviting people into through his...
CMAD Webinar: Community Discipleship

CMAD Webinar: Community Discipleship

Community Discipleship Webinar We’re excited to speak with Noel Castellanos, President of CCDA – Christian Community Development Association! Join the conversation as we explore what it means to live the life of a disciple in your community. Posted by The...
Biblical illiteracy isn’t funny, it’s scary

Biblical illiteracy isn’t funny, it’s scary

Last week biblical illiteracy in the news media was put on display like never before. First, the Wall Street Journal misquoted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that “Moses brought water from Iraq.” What the prime minister actually said was that...
The looks of kingdom force

The looks of kingdom force

At the recent Pacific Southwest District conference last month, I shared how our movement needs to be a kingdom force — people living each day as ambassadors of God as they infiltrate the culture in which they live. I talked about what this kingdom force ought not be...
Send well

Send well

Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37-38).  Every day FedEx sends over four million packages to valued customers. FedEx’s delivery...
Thriving in ministry: the best young pastors

Thriving in ministry: the best young pastors

  Stepping out of college and into the world of ministry can be a daunting prospect. After graduation, young ministers often feel unsure of how to use their education and apply it in the “real world.” Rev. Miles Welch—executive director of leadership initiatives at 12...
God’s gifts to us

God’s gifts to us

Don’t you love candlelight services? I especially enjoy those in which the leader lights the candles of a few, who then light other candles until the room is filled with light. It’s beautifully symbolic. Jesus is the light who enlightens us to share with others. In a...
Thrive In 5:  Emotional

Thrive In 5: Emotional

  Anxiety Have you noticed how often Scripture tells us to not fear or be anxious? This command makes sense when we are in the presence of divine visitations. However, you may find it more challenging to “fear not” in the presence of your daily struggles or an...
Thrive in 5: Financial

Thrive in 5: Financial

The Importance of Saving Money  Saving money is an important part of your personal financial journey. In John Wesley’s message on money, his three main points were earn all you can, save all you can and give all you can. Unfortunately, many people are not saving these...
Growing the kingdom: Rev. Kenneth Figgs

Growing the kingdom: Rev. Kenneth Figgs

Ask anyone in Harrington, Delaware, where the Wesleyan church is, and they’ll point you to the place where cars overflow the parking lot and line the streets any Sunday. Harrington is a town of 3,300 people, and about one in five call Calvary Wesleyan Church their...
Avoiding the Isolation Trap

Avoiding the Isolation Trap

People in helping professions are often surrounded by others, but when healthy friendships are not fostered, it can be easy to get caught in a trap of isolation. Co-Director of Worship Arts at College Wesleyan, Jordan Rife sees fostering healthy friendships as a great...
CMAD Webinar: Multiplying Discipleship

CMAD Webinar: Multiplying Discipleship

Multiplying Discipleship Is your desire to have multiplying discipleship? Join the Multiplying Discipleship Webinar with Jon Wiest – Multiplication Pastor at Trinity Church Indianapolis – Thursday, July 19th, at Noon (EST). Posted by The Wesleyan Church on...
Formation of clergy: SWU higher education purposes to serve the church

Formation of clergy: SWU higher education purposes to serve the church

The approach to formation of clergy is changing for the Religion Division of Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) as they study and innovate ministerial programs. Dr. Michael Tapper, chair of the Religion Division, shared how SWU is working toward preparing pastors for...
A new chapter begins

A new chapter begins

There are people you encounter in life whose presence you just want to be in. They’re people who are excited, passionate and informed and they want you to jump in and be excited too. Keith Drury and Robert Black are these kinds of people. I recently had the...
Strong enough to send?

Strong enough to send?

I’m energized by the action-oriented conversations about church multiplication taking place throughout The Wesleyan Church! Churches of various sizes, locations and histories are engaging–and there is a question that is often being asked: Are we healthy...
Thriving in ministry: Rev. John Fowler

Thriving in ministry: Rev. John Fowler

About two years ago, Southside Fellowship Church in Owensboro, Kentucky, started to explore the idea of doing church differently. The call to examine the structure of the church came from their pastor, Rev. John Fowler, who had experienced a personal revival in his...
Opportunity and obstacles

Opportunity and obstacles

I’ve been thinking lately about the connection between opportunity and obstacles. Years ago I read that the Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters, one meaning “danger” and the other meaning “opportunity.” Sounds about right. It seems like anytime you...
Forsake the phone

Forsake the phone

I read recently about a study that showed 71 percent of Americans go to bed with their smartphone and 25 percent admitted to falling asleep at least once with the phone still in their hands. Researchers asked more than 90,000 participants to wear a wrist-work...