Education & Clergy Development

Thrive In 5: Intellectual – Challenging My Ministry Mind

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...
Seasons of Change

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...
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...
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...
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...
IWU Alumni Spotlight

IWU Alumni Spotlight

“Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has been my spiritual and intellectual home,” said Cassie Olson, a new IWU philosophy and theology graduate. Olson was introduced to IWU by a spiritual mentor who saw potential in her and began helping her prepare for college. Olson...
Friendship

Friendship

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C. S. Lewis   I am an extrovert. I like being around people and I thrive on conversations. I’ve been accused of smiling too much and,...
Wonderfully Made

Wonderfully Made

Imagine an ultrasound picture of a precious baby. Or better yet, imagine holding that child in your hand while reading this Psalm (139): 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and...
Houghton Alumni Spotlight: Laura White

Houghton Alumni Spotlight: Laura White

Photo credit: Bailey Karfelt, Houghton class of 2012 A textbook introvert who likes to throw out the textbook every once in a while just to see what happens, Laura grew up in Buffalo, New York, where she learned valuable life skills like how to clear a snowy driveway...
Cutting her own path: Amy Spaugh

Cutting her own path: Amy Spaugh

When Amy Spaugh and her husband, James, came to Bagley Swamp Wesleyan Church in the small town of Hertsford, North Carolina, Spaugh didn’t put curtains up in the parsonage, fairly certain that as a young pastor’s family, they wouldn’t stay at the congregation long....
God is Bigger Than This

God is Bigger Than This

I never dreamed of being a pastor’s wife.  Never did a thought enter my mind that it would be a possibility for me.  In fact, when a friend wanted to introduce me to my future husband, I told her no because the thought of dating a pastor was so odd to me. Well, here I...
Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Thrive In 5: Intellectural – Leadership that is Christian

Leadership that is Christian Henri Nouwen challenges us to remember that all leadership that is Christian must be grounded in the greater reality of God’s love. Nouwen provides important ballast to Wesleyan ministry leaders since, according to the latest research...
Thrive In 5:  Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

Thrive In 5: Emotional – Peacefulness through Prayer

            Peacefulness through Prayer May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. Psalm 104:34 This Lent I (Dr. Toddy Holeman) committed to engage in 20 minutes of centering prayer every day until Easter. Centering...