Clergy Care

The Truth

The Truth

In the Midst of church planting – Next week will celebrate 2 years as a church plant. The last two years feel like they have made up most of our lives. There is a small piece of me that realizes the comical truth in that statement, being that we are very young,...
The Truth

Seasons of Change

Today is my fifteenth anniversary. And instead of cruising through a blue Caribbean sea, or driving through the sparkle of big city lights, we are spending it staying still. Living with my parents. Almost all of our worldly possessions are in a storage unit ten...
Emotional Healthy Leader

Emotional Healthy Leader

ECD Home Thriving Clergy The Gathering Ministerial Preparation Wesleyan Higher Education Thrive Financial Initiative Women in Ministry Opportunities coming soon, be sure to check back!   EHD...
The Truth

Friendship

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C. S. Lewis   I am an extrovert. I like being around people and I thrive on conversations. I’ve been accused of smiling too much and,...
The Truth

Wonderfully Made

Imagine an ultrasound picture of a precious baby. Or better yet, imagine holding that child in your hand while reading this Psalm (139): 13 For you created my inmost being;     you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and...
The Truth

God is Bigger Than This

I never dreamed of being a pastor’s wife.  Never did a thought enter my mind that it would be a possibility for me.  In fact, when a friend wanted to introduce me to my future husband, I told her no because the thought of dating a pastor was so odd to me. Well, here I...
Chaplain Spotlight: Judy Adams

Chaplain Spotlight: Judy Adams

“Church in prison is my favorite church anywhere,” said Judy Adams, a correctional institutional chaplain in Canada. Adams was a teacher at the institution for 13 years and has served as its chaplain for the past four years. Adams’ draw toward organizing and taking...
Rugh transitions to full-time role with ECD

Rugh transitions to full-time role with ECD

Education and Clergy Development (ECD) has announced that Rev. Johanna C. Rugh has moved from a part-time position to that of a full-time one within the division. Rugh serves as the director of Spanish Ministry Education and Clergy Care. She previously served as...
STOP, REST, PRAY, PLAY, THRIVE

STOP, REST, PRAY, PLAY, THRIVE

Five words summarized the message given to nearly 2,000 Wesleyan pastors and spouses attending The Gathering, January 9-12, in Orlando, Florida – Stop, Rest, Pray, Play, Thrive. The event’s goal, said Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development Russ...
Clergy Care Programs & Resources

Clergy Care Programs & Resources

ECD Home Thriving Clergy The Gathering Ministerial Preparation Wesleyan Higher Education Thrive Financial Initiative Women in Ministry   Education & Clergy Development offers a variety of resources to help clergy and spouses to be healthy, fit and effective...
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: a turning point

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: a turning point

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....