Community outreach

Reaching neighbors in Nashville

Reaching neighbors in Nashville

First Wesleyan Church in Nashville, Tennessee, is multicultural and multigenerational and full of energy and creativity. The church is actively involved in outreach opportunities throughout Nashville. Reaching the nations The Wesleyan Church has a long history rooted...
​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...
Outreach across the South Coastal District

Outreach across the South Coastal District

ATLANTA, GA A Joshua 13:1 ministry. Daniel Bernate (pictured) served 23 years as national superintendent of the fast-growing Wesleyan Church of Colombia, South America. When he retired there, he got an invitation in 2006 from Dr. Dan Berry. “Many people need...
​Kingswood Praxis ministers in NYC

​Kingswood Praxis ministers in NYC

A Kingswood University Praxis team ministered at numerous places on their trip to New York City this past October. Team members included Brett Laidlaw, Shaun Miller, Kalton Smith, Tony Horton, Michael Sims, Jessica Ruston, Sydney Windsor, and Shannon Nickerson. Praxis...
Community Partnerships Have Global Impact

Community Partnerships Have Global Impact

“RICE” was a familiar cry on Saturday, April 2 as nearly 500 people worked together in the little town of Harrington, Delaware. Volunteers came from the community surrounding the little, big community that 3,300 people call home. Numerous churches came...
Church Becomes a Catalyst for Their Community

Church Becomes a Catalyst for Their Community

On Saturday April 9, The Journey Church had an amazing opportunity to partner with Woodside Elementary School and the Maryland Food Bank to distribute more than 35,000 pounds of food to the Glen Burnie community. Woodside PTA President and Vice President, Don and Tina...
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....
Armigers leading once-dying church with the basic tenets of ministry

Armigers leading once-dying church with the basic tenets of ministry

Though still small in numbers, the church is growing and thriving To many who know them, Tom and Vangie Armiger are ministry veterans. The couple has been in ministry together their entire married lives of 40 years. Tom has served in various capacities: youth pastor,...
Made New Gatherings: Harvest Community Thunder Bay Celebration Day

Made New Gatherings: Harvest Community Thunder Bay Celebration Day

Milliken Wesleyan Methodist Church members traveled within the northern part of Ontario to serve on a missions trip with Harvest, a developing church plant. Celebration Day included music, yard sales, and fellowship. In this four-minute video, Pastor Carl Edmundson...
HopeCity’s annual “Big Give” serves 5,000 community members

HopeCity’s annual “Big Give” serves 5,000 community members

HopeCity, a fast-growing Wesleyan church in North Carolina, provided more than 600 boxes of food, 6,000 diapers, 1,550 backpacks, and 150 haircuts recently to local families. In addition to school supplies and book bags, the annual free giveaway included...
Made new “starts” in Bellaire, Ohio

Made new “starts” in Bellaire, Ohio

United Wesleyan Church hosted a neighborhood open house, and Rev. Mark McKay reports lives are being “made new” as a result. The Bellaire, Ohio, church had 87 people attend the event held September 26 in its neighborhood. The open house featured indoor and...
Kansas church holds ninth annual rodeo

Kansas church holds ninth annual rodeo

Plains Church in Argonia, Kansas, hosted the Bronc Kraft Memorial Rodeo over Labor Day weekend. This is the ninth rodeo our church has put on in the past five years, and it has grown into a huge event. Our Saturday night rodeo drew a crowd that was larger than the...
​Celebrating 70 years of ministry, Kingswood students serve Sussex

​Celebrating 70 years of ministry, Kingswood students serve Sussex

On September 18, Kingswood University began Heritage Month, celebrating its 70th year anniversary as a ministerial training school and its 50th anniversary of opening its doors in in 1965 in Sussex, New Brunswick. In honor of those who sacrificially led in building...
Kansas church holds successful School Supply Giveaway

Kansas church holds successful School Supply Giveaway

See a need, meet a need was the idea behind the 2015 School Supply Giveaway held at First Wesleyan Church in Wichita, Kansas. Over 100 volunteers, including a local Boy Scout Troop, gathered at various times to plan, prepare, and execute the most successful giveaway...
Church of “misfits” being made new

Church of “misfits” being made new

Years ago, someone suggested to Pastor Doug Preston that he needed prominent people as part of his congregation, ones who could help market the church and support it financially. The pastor of Greensburg Wesleyan Church (GWC) in Greensburg, Ind., walked away from that...
Seaford Wesleyan hosts Ark and Animal Day

Seaford Wesleyan hosts Ark and Animal Day

Seaford Wesleyan Church hosted its first Ark and Animal Day, with more than 300 in attendance. The idea developed as Pastor Dave Kiser and his Seaford, Del., staff contemplated how to build on the momentum that most churches experience on Easter Sunday. “Most...
SWU graduate establishes a ‘beachhead’ on Grand Strand

SWU graduate establishes a ‘beachhead’ on Grand Strand

As the year moves into warmer days, Myrtle Beach becomes a top vacation destination for fun in the sun and pleasures of all kinds. At the same time, two Southern Wesleyan University graduates are helping visitors and area residents find the true joy only available...
Bed Brigade meeting basic needs in Ohio town

Bed Brigade meeting basic needs in Ohio town

There is a handful of residents in Chillicothe, Ohio, that may never take a good night’s sleep for granted ever again. That’s because First Wesleyan Church has gifted over 200 beds to Chillicothe residents–a given for many, but a luxury for some. The...
A “made new” story?

A “made new” story?

I continue to hear overwhelming stories from Easter. We want to hear more. Do you have a story to share about Christ transforming your life, your church, or your community? Take 20 seconds to record a video and share it online with the tag ‪#‎madenew2u. You...
Church multiplication grant adds momentum in Newark

Church multiplication grant adds momentum in Newark

Newark, New Jersey, is a city ripe with opportunity for God to move. A city that experienced a series of riots in 1967, the result of systematic oppression that bubbled over in a sea of racial, housing, and economic tension. Present day, Newark is a city with...
Christmas recaps across The Wesleyan Church

Christmas recaps across The Wesleyan Church

Here is short list of Christmas recaps from some Wesleyan churches. West Michigan District Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., welcomed 3,818 at the Christmas Eve services, witnessed three new commitments and 5 recommitments to Christ, and received an...
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. The...
#LoveColumbus transforming Ohio’s capital

#LoveColumbus transforming Ohio’s capital

#Love Columbus is more than just a hashtag used for social media purposes. Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway, Ohio, has made it a point to love the Columbus area, having begun a campaign during the Christmas season. The idea is to show kindness in intentional ways...
In the streets of Oakland, California

In the streets of Oakland, California

Last week when the famous grand jury verdict was announced in Ferguson, Missouri, protests and even some rioting began in cities across the nation. Oakland, California, a racially diverse city across the bay from San Francisco, has had several nights of downtown...