Evangelism

Living as a sent one

Living as a sent one

When I began to travel for my current job, I preferred to cocoon on the plane. I used the time to catch up on emails and sleep. It didn’t take long for me to sense the Holy Spirit’s conviction, as the Lord was nudging me out of my cocoon. I must live as a sent one....
Graham’s secret for staying connected to God

Graham’s secret for staying connected to God

We all learned this week of Billy Graham’s transfer to heaven at the age of 99. What an extraordinary life! He preached the gospel to more people than any other Protestant minister in history – an estimated 2.2 billion. Millions responded by surrendering their lives...
Something happened to Mike

Something happened to Mike

Mike Billat’s family attended Crane Community Chapel in Austin, Minnesota, for several years while he stayed home or did other things. He had no interest in God. One Wednesday evening while his wife and children were at church, Mike asked God to speak to him and show...
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...
​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...
​Honoring a father’s enduring faith

​Honoring a father’s enduring faith

In an ever-changing religious landscape, the Church constantly looks for new ways to be relevant and reach people with the gospel. One result is that in many places camp meetings and revivals have become endangered or even extinct. That’s why, when Dad told me...
​Only a woman

​Only a woman

I was reading recently about Mary Slessor, a Scottish missionary to Nigeria in Africa. The daughter of a shoemaker by trade, Mary went to work as a “half-timer” at the age of eleven. This meant she worked in the mill half a day and the other half-day she...
From rehab to heaven

From rehab to heaven

I have been attending The Wesleyan Church for over a year, and I want to share a story about my husband Dean who got very sick in 2015. He was in and out of the hospital from January through August of that year. Dean was put in the Seaford Rehab and Pastor Larry...
​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...
​The 6 Bs of evangelism

​The 6 Bs of evangelism

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak on the west coast at the Organic Outreach Conference on the subject of evangelism. In one of my sessions, I asked my wife, Claudia, to share her personal story of meeting Jesus. The following is a quick overview of her...
​JESUS film continues to have global impact

​JESUS film continues to have global impact

John Croft, director of the JESUS Film Partnership of Global Partners, reported how God is using the JESUS film to continue to make lives new across the globe. Mozambique, Africa. Last year, a Mozambican JESUS film team was showing the film in a village, and in the...
​Staff of General Conference hotel express gratitude for Wesleyans

​Staff of General Conference hotel express gratitude for Wesleyans

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon reflects on an interaction with a hotel staff member during her last morning in Buffalo, N.Y., location of The Wesleyan Church’s recent 13th General Conference. It is gratifying that the many Wesleyans staying at the hotel and attending the...
JESUS Film Partnership plants 482 Wesleyan churches since 2012

JESUS Film Partnership plants 482 Wesleyan churches since 2012

Isaiah 55:9 states, “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (NLT). Sometimes it’s hard to figure God out. Isaiah 45:15, the prophet declares, “Truly, O...
Fortune-tellers and faith in Turkic/Arabic Muslim area

Fortune-tellers and faith in Turkic/Arabic Muslim area

Global Partners missionary team among the Karis people sent the following praise report: On a recent Sunday in February, more than 20 believers gathered in a small local home to worship, pray, and celebrate the baptism of four sisters in Christ. Over a year ago, one...
The word I had never heard

The word I had never heard

I was in fourth grade, when I first heard the word. “Wow” showed up in a Christmas song during music class at my school. The teacher and I had a discussion about it, and she assured me it was fine to say. I, however, was not easily convinced, and I asked...
I did not know that

I did not know that

Mosaic is a new urban church in Aurora, Colorado (in the Denver metropolis). God has been blessing it. The need for Mosaic’s kind of ministry in Aurora is staggering. If you would like to know how you can pray for or partner with Mosaic, click here. I met...
Tick tock

Tick tock

The clock of life is ticking. It always has been. In a week that included an inspirational church planting convene, a challenging evangelism conference, a spiritual formation training, a wonderful birthday celebration, friends arguing over paper cups, an unthinkable...
Wesleyan pastor and educator passes

Wesleyan pastor and educator passes

Wesleyan pastor and educator, Rev. Robert Brown, passed away November 2, 2015, after an extended illness with Cushing’s Disease. He was 59. He served in vocational ministry in multiple churches, first in Methodist Protestant and then Wesleyan churches, across...
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 “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...
Fiery tongues and four-letter words

Fiery tongues and four-letter words

When I think about the “fiery tongues” of Pentecost, I also think about a friend of mine named Sully (not his real name). Sully does stand-up comedy at a local nightclub called Dr. Grins. Strange as it sounds, we met because a good friend of mine, also my...
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...
A trembling heart transformed to go and love

A trembling heart transformed to go and love

When I left America to go to the Czech Republic for EuroCamp, I was undeniably apprehensive. “What’s going to happen while I’m there? What if something goes wrong? Am I going to be a useful team member?” As I boarded my first plane, my heart...