Wayne Schmidt

General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church


Wayne Schmidt

General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church


Wayne Schmidt

General Superintendent of
The Wesleyan Church

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Today (May 31, 2019) 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, four decades ago. Now, at age 61, I still feel like that kid most days.

So, I’ve decided to write about some “lessons learned” over the 40 years. I looked for 40-year situations in the Bible and landed upon Joshua 1. After 40 years of wilderness wandering, Joshua finds himself uniquely positioned in the upcoming season to take new territory. In a private conversation with the God of the universe, he is told, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Now my 40 years could hardly be characterized as desert wandering. But the people of God about to enter the promised land had developed a culture…

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Lesson #2: credibility

I have experienced the challenge of wise credibility in all three of the ministry responsibilities God has entrusted to me over these 40 years.

Lesson #1: accountability

I’m celebrating the blessing of an inspected life in the context of a spiritual or vertical friendship — a commitment not only to each other, but to help one another to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

In the coming months, I’ll participate in the ordination of over 100 ministers. I thought it would be a fitting season to share some lessons I’ve learned these last 40 years. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of celebration and reflection.

Victory through surrender


Wayne Schmidt transparently shares stories of his life offering plate moments, those life-changing times when he surrendered his will to follow God’s will. You will learn through his words the difficulties and rewards experienced when he placed himself, his ego, and his plans into God’s plan for God’s glory.

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Lesson #2: credibility

I have experienced the challenge of wise credibility in all three of the ministry responsibilities God has entrusted to me over these 40 years.

Lesson #1: accountability

I’m celebrating the blessing of an inspected life in the context of a spiritual or vertical friendship — a commitment not only to each other, but to help one another to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.”

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

In the coming months, I’ll participate in the ordination of over 100 ministers. I thought it would be a fitting season to share some lessons I’ve learned these last 40 years. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of celebration and reflection.

Celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and the church multiplies itself until there is a transforming presence in every zip code.

Celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and the church multiplies itself until there is a transforming presence in every zip code.