Church Planting

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,...
Casinos and tattoo parlors

Casinos and tattoo parlors

New Life Community Church in Wayland, Michigan, stands behind its self-proclaimed “weirdness!” Our four-year old church plant determined that “normal” wasn’t going to work here to reach people for Jesus. When a new casino was built in our...
Hope House begins ministry

Hope House begins ministry

The Well is a church plant in downtown Ionia, Michigan. It continues to expand its impact on the community. The sign that graces the entry way to the quaint little home tucked away on a quiet dead end street, simply reads Hope House. No one would have guessed the...
Landscape of Florida savanna changing as church plant grows

Landscape of Florida savanna changing as church plant grows

On a vision trip to Florida, Joe and Jennifer Jackson were asked to drive to a specific area to discern if that might be a place God would call them to plant a church. Along the route Jennifer prayed out loud for the Lord to show them if this would be the place....
Church plant experiences exciting launch

Church plant experiences exciting launch

A church plant in September saw a sizeable launch! On September 20, United Church in Delaware had their official launch Sunday with 525 in attendance. It is led by Rev. Ken Wagner with Asst. Pastor Mark Tennefoss.
150 Wesleyans inspired by CCDA gathering

150 Wesleyans inspired by CCDA gathering

Over 150 Wesleyan leaders representing 16 districts, 14 states, and four countries attended this year’s Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Annual Conference in Memphis, Tenn., this November. A partner of The Wesleyan Church, the CCDA gathers...
#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and this time of year, consumerism can sometimes become the focus. This year The Wesleyan Church is joining the national campaign #GivingTuesday, December 1, a “global day dedicated to giving back.” You have five...
The power of prayer in South Haven

The power of prayer in South Haven

South Haven, Michigan, is the venue of LifeBridge, founded in 2012 by Milan Bittenbender and his wife, Jennifer. A beautiful resort community on Lake Michigan, it is Jennifer’s hometown. The Bittenbenders, after years of ministry elsewhere, felt specifically...
150 new churches in 2014!

150 new churches in 2014!

2014 was deemed a successful year regarding the JESUS film. More than 377,000 viewed the evangelistic film through the JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners. In 2014 alone, a record nu mber 37 JESUS film teams planted 150 new churches in 18 different countries*....
The Wesleyan Church hosts Lausanne consultation on church planting

The Wesleyan Church hosts Lausanne consultation on church planting

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, The Wesleyan Church headquarters partnered with the Lausanne Church Planting Network to host a Strategic Consultation on Church Planting in the Americas. Among the participants were church planters and resource providers, denominational and...
Landmark evangelism rallies in Cuba bear fruit

Landmark evangelism rallies in Cuba bear fruit

The vision was born one year ago in the heart of Pastor Yunio Gonzalez, superintendent of the Cuba West District. I could see it in his eyes. I was translating for a Global Partners team comprised of the director of the JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners, Rev....