Clergy Care

The Gathering: a turning point

The Gathering: a turning point

Steve Dunmire was a young pastor and father of three children under age three when the first Gathering was held in 2007. Financial restraints would have prevented him and his wife, Tammy, from attending, but their church and district came together to provide the...
The Gathering: Phil Lewis’ story

The Gathering: Phil Lewis’ story

With 33 years of ministry experience, Rev. Phil Lewis views The Gathering as a time for ministers to be encouraged and sharpened by finding their place in a ministerial community. Lewis’ previous experiences at The Gathering have left him refreshed from fellowship...
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...
Called to family Sabbath

Called to family Sabbath

After six years of bi-vocational ministry in North Carolina, Dustin and Hannah Wilson sensed God moving their family to live differently. “God called us into a new season, a season where we felt the need to focus on family Sabbath,” Dustin said. Overworked and not...
Retreat guide provides tips to Reclaim Sabbath

Retreat guide provides tips to Reclaim Sabbath

This year, Education and Clergy Development encourages pastors and clergy leaders to Reclaim Sabbath like never before. “Sabbath practices often involve times of solitude for recharging and regaining perspective,” said Rev. Dave Higle, Clergy Care director and Reclaim...
The Gathering: one year out

The Gathering: one year out

In less than a year, hundreds of Wesleyan church pastors and their spouses will come together at The Gathering 2019 to reconnect, celebrate God’s faithfulness and leave renewed. Plans are progressing for the quadrennial event set to take place at the Caribe Royale in...
The most significant relationship

The most significant relationship

Did you know that: research shows pastors are typically use 65 distinct skills, forms of knowledge and character traits in their ministry? on any given day, pastors shift their focus from doing sermon research with the biblical text to crisis counseling; from...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

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. New Canadian church bringing people together Transformation Church in Thunder...
Inaugural Breakaway retreat for pastors’ spouses a success

Inaugural Breakaway retreat for pastors’ spouses a success

More than 120 participants traveled from as far away as North Carolina, Texas, and North Dakota to attend Breakaway, a gathering for pastors’ spouses, April 15 and 16, 2016. The event was held at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana....
New pastors and seminarians introduced to The Wesleyan Church

New pastors and seminarians introduced to The Wesleyan Church

New Pastors Orientation and Seminary Days met for the two events’ annual gathering at The Wesleyan Church World Headquarters in Fishers, Ind., prior to Thanksgiving. The two events, normally held separately, celebrated 65 newly ordained or first appointment pastors,...
“Flourishing in Pastoral Ministry” Conference a success

“Flourishing in Pastoral Ministry” Conference a success

Education and Clergy Development partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University to hold the inaugural conference on clergy care. The Flourishing in Pastoral Ministry Conference, held on October 11, 2013, in Marion, Ind., explored “best theories and practices for fostering...