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I’m grieving

I’m grieving

A swirl of emotions make up the grief process: loss, anger, denial, guilt — the list goes on. I’m feeling all these. This grief comes from news of lives senselessly, violently taken. Then come stories of protest, conflict, official statements and profanity-filled...
Wesleyans in the news: May 28

Wesleyans in the news: May 28

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. Jo Anne Lyon featured in NAE podcast Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent...
A call during crisis

A call during crisis

A few weeks ago, I was on a call with Bishop Tendero, secretary general of the World Evangelical Alliance. He was discussing briefly what is happening around the world with COVID-19. His first words struck me, “In the Philippines, our mega churches have turned their...
Northwest District Next Gen leaders create sermon series

Northwest District Next Gen leaders create sermon series

Children and youth pastors across the U.S. have gotten creative in connecting with kids and teens in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. Next Gen pastors in the Northwest District saw the need for helping foster those connections in a digital fashion and got to work....
WE5 discipleship at a distance

WE5 discipleship at a distance

When we think discipleship, we usually think togetherness. But when traditional means of gathering are disrupted, how does a community work together to practice life in the way of Christ? As COVID-19 disrupts the traditional methods of residential higher education,...
Online Fuel event inspires Next Gen leaders

Online Fuel event inspires Next Gen leaders

Next Gen Multiplication and Discipleship hosted its annual Fuel conference online this year, April 20-24. The event, Fuel WebCon, was scheduled to be online prior to COVID-19 shutdowns, as Wesleyan Next Gen leaders from around the world hoped to participate. Next Gen...
A tribute to Donald Dayton  

A tribute to Donald Dayton  

Years ago, readers of the influential Christian Scholar’s Review were intrigued when an unexpected dialogue — actually, more like a debate — broke out in its pages. Someone was challenging the view of noted historian George Marsden, long accepted in scholarly circles,...
Drive-in funeral is a ministry first

Drive-in funeral is a ministry first

When someone from the community needed a funeral for a recently deceased family member in the midst of current COVID-19 restrictions, she approached Rev. George Larue of Faith Wesleyan Church in Salem, Virginia, for help. Larue has been hosting drive-in services on...
Wesleyans in the news: May 14

Wesleyans in the news: May 14

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. OKWU plans to re-open in fall Students at Oklahoma Wesleyan University can...
Florida church launches amid pandemic

Florida church launches amid pandemic

The Florida District approved our launch for Table Church in St. Petersburg, Florida, on March 11. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and our state was “locked down” just days later. But even with the lockdown, we felt the need to still launch our church, albeit in a...
Take time to pray TOGETHER

Take time to pray TOGETHER

All great movements of God seem to flow out of a foundation of prayer. That was true on the day of Pentecost for the beginning of the Church, when believers gathered in one place praying as the Holy Spirit descended and filled them, and it was true in my life as a...
Engaging in unexpected ministry on Easter Sunday

Engaging in unexpected ministry on Easter Sunday

Easter during a pandemic. They don’t prepare you for what you’re to do in a pandemic in seminary — particularly a pandemic at Easter. At any other time, I would be thinking about how to craft an interactive, all-age celebration of the resurrection at our church,...
Kingswood University signs agreement with Nazarenes

Kingswood University signs agreement with Nazarenes

Kingswood University announced a new agreement with the Canada Atlantic District of the Church of the Nazarene (COTN). The agreement allows Nazarene students who are enrolled in Kingswood’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degrees to meet all academic requirements for...
TOGETHER: an online Pentecost event

TOGETHER: an online Pentecost event

On May 31, Pentecost Sunday, Wesleyans are gathering online for worship and prayer for the fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit. The hour-long event begins at 7 p.m. EST. “Wesleyans are people of prayer,” said General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt. “We live and minister...
Offering encouragement in poverty-stricken West Virginia town 

Offering encouragement in poverty-stricken West Virginia town 

As the detective put handcuffs on me and loaded me into his patrol car, he said, “Darrell, you are a piece of ____!” His words hit me hard as I was jailed with more than 20 felony charges: trafficking opiates, forgery, larceny by employee and obtaining property...
Two churches in same district destroyed by tornadoes 

Two churches in same district destroyed by tornadoes 

Following a string of devastating tornadoes across the Kentucky-Tennessee District, Salem Ridge Wesleyan Church (Brooksville, Kentucky) and Faith Community Wesleyan Church (Chattanooga, Tennessee) experienced near-total losses of their church buildings and belongings....