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Blindsided and grateful

Blindsided and grateful

One October night in 2006, my wife blindsided me* with this question: “What would you think if God wanted us to be missionaries?” I had never considered that possibility before and was not ready to consider it then. “Why in the world would God want us to do that?” I...
The first days of Wesley Seminary

The first days of Wesley Seminary

In 2009, when the existence of traditional, on-campus seminaries was being challenged and most seminaries in the United States were reexamining how they could continue to educate ministers, Wesley Seminary, the first seminary officially affiliated with The Wesleyan...
Church For Neighbors nears second anniversary

Church For Neighbors nears second anniversary

January 6, 2019, will mark two years that we have been gathering regularly as Church For Neighbors in Portland, Oregon. So much has happened over the last two years that it would be impossible for me to fit it into this update. However, I’d like to share a little bit...
Cruz named director of The Sacred Alliance

Cruz named director of The Sacred Alliance

Dr. Miranda Cruz has been named the director of The Sacred Alliance at Wesley Seminary. She began her role at the organization on September 15, 2018. After the position recently became available, Dr. Colleen Derr, president of Wesley Seminary, and Dr. Abson Joseph,...
Wesleyan Higher Education: plan a visit today

Wesleyan Higher Education: plan a visit today

Summer vacations have come to an end and high school students all over the country are back to their regular activities. One activity that is often overlooked is scheduling a time to go on a campus visit at colleges. A campus visit is one of the best ways to sense...
Wesleyans in the news: September 27

Wesleyans in the news: September 27

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. North Carolina church to open coffee shop United City in Greensboro, North...
2018 TWC statistics reinforce need to fill the Gospel Gap

2018 TWC statistics reinforce need to fill the Gospel Gap

The Wesleyan Church (TWC) 2018 statistics show 138,190 members, 235,100 in worship attendance, 30,907 conversions and 11,560 baptisms. Between 2018 and 2017, membership declined 2.0 percent, attendance declined 2.0 percent, conversions declined 3.8 percent and...
Well-known author to speak in Marion, Indiana

Well-known author to speak in Marion, Indiana

Dr. Colleen Derr, president of Wesley Seminary, extends an invitation to join the faculty and students of Wesley Seminary for a special event featuring Dr. Richard Foster and Nathan Foster at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, on Wednesday, September 26, from...
The Gathering: Keith Carroll’s story

The Gathering: Keith Carroll’s story

Rev. Keith Carroll, associate pastor at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville, North Carolina, has been a minster for 38 years. In almost three decades, he has only missed one year of The Gathering, because he sees it as a time of encouragement, insight and...
Wesleyans in the news: September 13

Wesleyans in the news: September 13

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. Indiana church’s partnership is helping change community The partnership...
Call to prayer: Hurricane Florence 

Call to prayer: Hurricane Florence 

According to today’s forecast for Hurricane Florence, 23.7 million residents of the Carolinas and Virginia are in the path of the Category 4 storm. Nearly 30,000 of those residents attend Wesleyan churches. Thanks to diligent meteorologists and the media, residents in...
IWU makes history with first-ever football game

IWU makes history with first-ever football game

Indiana Wesleyan University football played its long-anticipated first game in program history on Saturday, Sept. 1, vs. Taylor University. Over 6,000 fans packed Wildcat Stadium for the sold-out inaugural game. IWU led by 14 points in the first quarter and had a...
Great Lakes District merger is complete

Great Lakes District merger is complete

Delegates from the East Michigan, Illinois, North Michigan and West Michigan districts met at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan, on Friday, August 24, to complete their merger, forming the new Great Lakes District. The new district elected Rev. Chris Conrad...
A flat tire paves the way for Oklahoma Wesleyan University

A flat tire paves the way for Oklahoma Wesleyan University

One hundred nine years. Seven antecedents. Five generations. Two denominations. One OKWU. Oklahoma Wesleyan University has a unique history — spanning a wide geographic and generational range, the result of a series of mergers between Bible colleges in California,...
Wesleyans in the news: August 30

Wesleyans in the news: August 30

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. Chicago Tribune pays tribute to oldest known Wesleyan Merle Phillips, a...
Michigan church blesses two plants financially

Michigan church blesses two plants financially

A core value at Thrive Church in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, is intentional multiplication. We envision having a transforming presence in 10 area ZIP codes in 10 years’ time. We see value in multiplication locally and globally, in various modes: church plant,...
The Gospel Gap

The Gospel Gap

In Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why,1 he unfolds a why/what/how framework. The “why” is the heart of the matter, and what energizes change. In the words of my friend, Duffy Smith, “the ‘why’ gives permission to the ‘what.’” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the...