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Teenage boy steps into ministry leadership role

Teenage boy steps into ministry leadership role

Hydrant Church, located in Goldsboro, North Carolina, was forced to make budgetary cuts as a result of COVID-19. One of its most difficult decisions? Laying off its youth pastor. Surge, the name of Hydrant’s youth group, has struggled in establishing stability, as the...
Iowa mom spends her days investing in others 

Iowa mom spends her days investing in others 

The time had come for Lindsay Phipps’ third child to head to kindergarten in the fall of 2018. A stay-at-home mom in Altoona, Iowa, Phipps began to wonder what her time would look like with all three kids out of the house.   She began to pray and Psalm 90:17 came to...
South Dakota pastor engages with faith leader about racism

South Dakota pastor engages with faith leader about racism

Rev. Keith Loy, founding and senior pastor of Celebrate Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recently talked to Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner in an interview touching on the challenges of racism. Williams-Skinner is a faith and community leader, advisor and author with...
House church model adopted by Canada church

House church model adopted by Canada church

Saint John First Wesleyan Church (SJ1) in Saint John, New Brunswick, has recently launched 18:20, a house church model intended to allow congregants to worship safely together as restrictions still limit large public gatherings. Grounded in Matthew 18:20, which...
General Conference 2021 dates announced

General Conference 2021 dates announced

The Wesleyan Church will convene for General Conference June 6-9, 2021, in St. Louis, Missouri. “The General Board made the courageous decision in March to postpone General Conference 2020 in order to allow The Wesleyan Church to focus on ministry during COVID-19,”...
Fervent prayer

Fervent prayer

I am new to The Wesleyan Church but not to the family of God. My family relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from the New York City area in 2017. Kentwood Community Church (KCC) was the first church we visited, just two days after arriving in the state. We immediately...
Box filled with cash blesses Utah pastor and wife

Box filled with cash blesses Utah pastor and wife

I’m a co-pastor at Utah Valley Church (UVC), in Spanish Fork, Utah. My wife, Shanae, and I planted UVC with Matthew and Chandra Anderson in 2015. We live in Utah County, which has half a million residents. Of that half a million, less than one half of one...
Minnesota church offers hope

Minnesota church offers hope

Previously named Kingswood Church in Blaine, Minnesota, Hope Church was already prepared to serve the needs of the Minneapolis suburb prior to the hit of COVID-19 through its food shelf, Hope for the Community. Led and founded by Hope Church pastor, Dr. Alan Goracke,...
“God helps those who help…”

“God helps those who help…”

We were building a whiteboard list of favorite Bible verses in a Sunday school class. One of my friends, a stoic and stern fellow, raised his hand and recited his favorite verse ponderously: “God helps those who help themselves.” After a bit of a pause, I asked him to...
Church rhythm and (ordinary) lyrics

Church rhythm and (ordinary) lyrics

Does your church have rhythm? Sure, it does! The question is not whether your church members can clap on beat but, rather, what rhythm of worship establishes itself among you. For many of us, this rhythm is recognized by the well-planned sermon series. These...
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....
Indiana teacher survives COVID-19

Indiana teacher survives COVID-19

What started as a nasty case of pneumonia in early February turned into a nearly seven-week hospital stay and near brink-of-death conditions for Sweetser Elementary teacher David Henry. Henry, who was admitted to Marion General Hospital on March 26, was quickly...
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...
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...