Wayne Schmidt

Lesson #4: Stewardship of Energy

Lesson #4: Stewardship of Energy

The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12). We don’t know exactly what the thorn was, and I am certain it was more perilous than my own. But, like the Apostle Paul, I have found my thorn to be a reminder of the sufficiency of God’s grace and a source...
Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

There is an occupational hazard for pastors — we often see the dark side of people and the soft underbelly of the Church. While there are many in the Church who shine brightly like those referenced in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (the majority in most churches I’m personally...
Lesson #2: Credibility

Lesson #2: Credibility

If we are faithful in little things and over time by God’s grace there is fruitfulness in our ministry, we will begin to build credibility with those we are privileged to shepherd. I believe that the accumulation of credibility is a stewardship opportunity and...
Lesson #1: Accountability

Lesson #1: Accountability

In 40 years of ministry, I have been blessed by an accountability relationship for the past 34+ years with Paul Anthes. Paul is a devoted disciple of Jesus who lives out his calling in the marketplace with every bit of the intentionality and intensity as I live out my...
Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Today completes 40 years of ministry for me. In some ways, it seems like yesterday that a 21-year-old kid who graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) joined a launch team to plant a church on June 1, 1979. In other ways, it seems like, well,...
What’s a church?

What’s a church?

Wesleyan leaders are pursuing creative missional work with the purpose of reaching those who are missing from Christ and his church. More and more are taking discipleship and multiplication seriously. New leaders, lay and clergy, have felt called to initiate and guide...
For you, I give thanks.

For you, I give thanks.

Download this video: https://resources.wesleyan.org/thanksgiving18 Join the Mission House Army of Love: https://wesleyan.life/mission-house Find your place in the messy, beautiful MOSAIC: https://wesleyan.life/mosaic Become a storyteller:...
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...
Strong enough to send?

Strong enough to send?

I’m energized by the action-oriented conversations about church multiplication taking place throughout The Wesleyan Church! Churches of various sizes, locations and histories are engaging–and there is a question that is often being asked: Are we healthy...
Make the Most

Make the Most

A 30-year pastor at Kentwood Community Church in a Grand Rapids, Mich., suburb, he most recently led Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University for six years. Weeks after his election, Wesleyan Life took the opportunity to interview “Wayne,” as he...
​Aprovechando al máximo

​Aprovechando al máximo

To read this story in English, click here. El 6 de Junio, 2016 el Dr. Wayne Schmidt fue electo Superintendente General de La Iglesia Wesleyana… El pastor que por 30 años sirvió en la Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana de Kentwood, un suburbio en Grand Rapids, Michigan; más...
​Wayne Schmidt acceptance speech

​Wayne Schmidt acceptance speech

Newly-elected General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt was welcomed to the platform with a standing ovation following the announcement of his election as leader of the North American General Conference. The other primary candidate, Rev. Isaac Smith, district...