Blog

On nourishment of the body: an adoptive mother’s thoughts

On nourishment of the body: an adoptive mother’s thoughts

Water. Air. Food. Shelter. Sleep. These are basic elements for the body to survive. But alone, are they enough to nourish the body? I’ve been thinking a lot about the basic elements to survive lately, and I’ve come to the conclusion that indeed, that’s just it: with...
Joining others on the journey: Karen Bates

Joining others on the journey: Karen Bates

A 2008 alumnus of Asbury Theological Seminary, Karen Bates is a minister-of-all-trades. After a career as a newspaper editor, Karen pursued a call to full-time ministry, serving the church as an assistant pastor, ministry coach and communications facilitator. How did...
The World In A City: Buffalo Urban Advocacy

The World In A City: Buffalo Urban Advocacy

Pastors Steve and Ruth Strand have served The Wesleyan Church in all corners of the Western Hemisphere for 30 years. Their latest mission field reaches the world in a single city: Buffalo, NY. Buffalo has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., and is also the...
A stony heart

A stony heart

I was on my way to a social holiness retreat. My friend asked me if it was about being holy in your social life? “Sort of,” I replied, to quickly dismiss further questions. That day was one of the most troublesome days of travel I’ve ever had. Twelve hours of...
Disciples Making Disciples  Ministry Spotlight: Ryan Genereaux

Disciples Making Disciples Ministry Spotlight: Ryan Genereaux

“I am excited about mobilizing with the team we have at Maple Ridge Wesleyan. It is neat to see kids who come into youth group and know nothing of God come into a relationship with Him and seek to follow His plan for their life. I love to see ‘disciples making...
Professor Spotlight: Dr. Betty Weatherby, Kingswood University

Professor Spotlight: Dr. Betty Weatherby, Kingswood University

“Worship reveals who we are and where we are as a church, but it also forms us into what we are becoming.”  Dr. Betty Weatherby—a professor at Kingswood University—has a passion to develop students whose understanding of worship extends beyond the surface layer of...
A warrior for the cause of Christ: Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk

A warrior for the cause of Christ: Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk

Known for his quiet ways and love for the Lakota people, Dr. Gerald Yellowhawk (Jerry) continues to work towards his life passion of bringing the good news of Jesus to his people. At 82 years of age, he has finally given up traditional dancing because it is “hard on...
A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

A Warm Welcome at New Pastor Orientation

This year’s Education and Clergy Development’s New Pastor Orientation welcomed 15 new pastors and their spouses to the Wesleyan community, with times of sharing, networking and advice. On October 11-12, new pastors, their spouses and seasoned Wesleyans met at...
Microwaved salmon with peanut butter

Microwaved salmon with peanut butter

I typically do not like seafood. However, there was one instance when I thoroughly enjoyed eating something that was once a slimy, scaly, rubbery fish. While training at a hockey camp a couple years ago, a player’s father cooked salmon on his barbeque for everyone. I...
A Dedicated Servant Scholar: Dr. Gary Cockeril

A Dedicated Servant Scholar: Dr. Gary Cockeril

“Dr. Gary Cockerill is a passionate and dedicated servant scholar who has given his life to international ministry and to the training and mentoring of pastors, missionaries, and scholars.”        ~Kerry Kind  Godly. Dedicated. Passionate. Servant. These are common...
Exploring Your Life Rhythm

Exploring Your Life Rhythm

Gwen Jackson has a desire to help people live in the freedom that comes when we let go of the expectations that drive our experience with God, and enter into a relationship with him that reflects how he made us. Gwen became a Christian at 10 years old, but in her...
Good Stewards of God’s Creation

Good Stewards of God’s Creation

Have you ever had the Holy Spirit confirm a calling? If so, you know these moments tend to be catalytic for your life trajectory. Brian Webb—the current Sustainability Director at Houghton College—recalls a moment when he was called to lead other believers in the...
Is Humor an Organizational Value?

Is Humor an Organizational Value?

“Make it Fun” has been a practice of the 12Stone staff for many years. Humor and laughter have always been only a few steps down the hall or a few minutes away (even in our sermons). But I confess that I haven’t always been a fan of frivolity in the workplace....
Strategically Non-Linear

Strategically Non-Linear

Strategically Non-Linear: 3 Lessons from Zach Aument’s Roundabout Journey to Ministry If you met Zach Aument on the street, you would guess he’s an artist, philosopher or political advisor. And while you’d be correct, Zach’s current job title is strategist. A ministry...
The Courage of Conviction

The Courage of Conviction

The Courage of Conviction: Gabrielle Crofford Shares 3 Insights about Family Life in Ministry Gabrielle Crofford grew up in Suffix County, Delaware, running across the tops of chair rows at Laurel Wesleyan Church. The privilege came with being a pastor’s kid, and as...