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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...
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,...
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....
Worship: a disciplined discipleship

Worship: a disciplined discipleship

Songwriting, worship and discipleship have long been indoctrinated into the minds and work of Wesleyans, something credited largely to the intentional songwriting and teaching practices of John and Charles Wesley. In the preface to The Wesleyan Methodist Hymnal:...
Wesleyans ignite prayer movement in schools

Wesleyans ignite prayer movement in schools

In the wake of an ever-growing gospel gap, heightened social and personal anxieties, and deep national and global divides, one man, his daughter and their team are working to inspire change in one of the nation’s most vulnerable battlefields: public schools. Jeff...