Church Planting

South Dakota church “celebrates” multiple church plants

South Dakota church “celebrates” multiple church plants

What can happen when a leader hears the voice of God? When Keith Loy heard God’s voice 18 years ago to plant a church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he knew he was supposed to plant a church family where everyone was welcome. What he didn’t know at the time was how...
​Celebrating and partnering with Poland churches

​Celebrating and partnering with Poland churches

Wesleyan churches in Poland are using things like Facebook Live and auto repair to meet their neighbors. They’re following Jesus into their neighborhoods—virtually and literally—to introduce themselves and help with real-life problems like car trouble and...
​The engine of discipleship

​The engine of discipleship

Jon Wiest, teaching pastor at Trinity Church in Fishers, Ind., shared this TED Talk at a recent Exponential (church planting) shoulder event of The Wesleyan Church. Around 200 Wesleyan district superintendents, pastors, and leaders were in attendance. My oldest...
Called to the impossible

Called to the impossible

Dwight Nash, senior pastor at Sent Church in Plano, Texas, shared this TED Talk at a recent Exponential (church planting) shoulder event of The Wesleyan Church. Around 200 Wesleyan district superintendents, pastors, and leaders were in attendance. Have you ever felt...
​An “Epic” church multiplication

​An “Epic” church multiplication

Epic Church of Portland, Michigan, was born to multiply. From the moment it was planted by Dr. Ed Love, Epic existed to be a sending and multiplying church. Epic’s sending and multiplying DNA is birthing two overlapping church plants–one planned and one...
​Dreaming big dreams in Pottstown

​Dreaming big dreams in Pottstown

What happens when you dream big dreams to reach one percent of the Lehigh Valley? God says you didn’t dream big enough! The vision and mission of Trinity Wesleyan Church in Allentown, Penn., is being fueled by a passion and determination to reach beyond...
Pre-Civil War bell rings in new church plant

Pre-Civil War bell rings in new church plant

Westfield, Ind., just north of Indianapolis in Hamilton County, is the site of a developing church plant. Paradox Church had its first service on March 26, 2017. Pastor Jordan Gardner and his family made the move last year from South Dakota so he could become the...
Because of Raj, they believed

Because of Raj, they believed

Raj is a young pastor in the mountain village of Pida, Nepal. He was led to Christ by a Nepali pastor about six to seven years ago. Raj was one of the first Jesus-followers in his village. A passion to reach his community for Jesus grew within him. He began his...
Hornell, NY: I don’t have a church

Hornell, NY: I don’t have a church

Rev. Doug and Terrah Jones planted New Hope Wesleyan Church in Hornell, N.Y., a town of 8,000, just five years ago. Doug grew up in the area. He attended Houghton College, then served in the military. When he returned, he went on staff at rural Buena Vista Wesleyan...
​Who are the people in your neighborhood?

​Who are the people in your neighborhood?

When Edgar and Eylin’s landlord approached them with a surprise request, the couple knew they had to take the opportunity presented to them. The landlord opened the doors of his house “to learn more about the Bible.” Weekly visits with the...
​Church Experience celebrating two years of services

​Church Experience celebrating two years of services

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to...
​People reaching people

​People reaching people

#GivingTuesday (November 29) is a day dedicated to giving to reach people with the hope of Jesus Christ. With God’s help we are equipping urban church planters and mobilizing holistic church planting teams to unreached global cities. Below are two opportunities...
​The second Giving Tuesday venture

​The second Giving Tuesday venture

#GivingTuesday (November 29) is a day dedicated to giving to reach people with the hope of Jesus Christ. With God’s help we are working together to reach 1) the over 7,000 unreached people groups in cities around the world and 2) urban centers here at home. Last...
​Grand Rapids church impacting the “49507”

​Grand Rapids church impacting the “49507”

Rev. Chase Stancle and his church have claimed a five-digit number as their predominant mission field. The Wesleyan pastor leads Unison Christian Church, a church plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 49507 zip code has been adopted by Rev. Stancle and Unison as its...
The Fringe

The Fringe

A mile from the center of Atlanta, in an upscale urban residential and shopping district, is a new Wesleyan congregation called The Fringe. The name is based on the gospel account of the woman who touched the fringe of Jesus’ robe, and was healed (Luke 8:43-48...
​Wesleyans in the news

​Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org....
​Church of the Jordan impacting lives in “tough” Florida city

​Church of the Jordan impacting lives in “tough” Florida city

We planted Church of the Jordan* in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, in March of 2014. The launch team met in five different schools and locations until God led us to rent an existing church in Port Saint Lucie. After the existing congregation moved to another city and that...
A pastor’s surrender leads to birth of Resonate Church

A pastor’s surrender leads to birth of Resonate Church

God put a passion in my heart to plant a church back in 2006, but fear and the unknown prevented me from surrendering my life to plant a church for six years. However, I finally surrendered to God’s will and spoke the words that we read in Isaiah 6:8,...
Mid-sized New York church thinks big with church planting

Mid-sized New York church thinks big with church planting

A mid-sized church in rural New York is doing its part to multiply churches and see lives become “made new” within The Wesleyan Church. Located between Canisteo and Hornell, New York, Buena Vista Wesleyan Church is missions-minded, both locally and...
How do you start a church, exactly?

How do you start a church, exactly?

It was a year ago that God started stirring our hearts and turning our heads toward this crazy notion of planting a church in Manhattan. I (Jenn) have been reading through my journal lately, and here are some of the things that stood out to me: February 18, 2015: What...
North Point part of making lives new in Minneapolis suburb

North Point part of making lives new in Minneapolis suburb

Two thirds of the population for the state of Minnesota lives in the twin cities and surrounding suburbs. On the north side of Minneapolis, North Point Church purchased a foreclosed property in Coon Rapids that allows church staff and congregants to better pursue its...
Made new in South Troy, Minnesota

Made new in South Troy, Minnesota

The old South Troy Wesleyan Church near rural Zumbro Falls, Minn., had been closed for 10 years. Established in 1856, it was the first Wesleyan Methodist congregation in Minnesota. Its history was notable and strong. It had assisted in planting a church in Rochester,...