Discussion of Memorials (resolutions) was spirited but loving. The courtesy and wisdom of those asking questions and making comments were beautiful to see. Important business for the kingdom was done.
The title of General Superintendent Emerita was conferred upon Dr. Jo Anne Lyon and she was honored with a special citation. Her personal testimony was moving.
Wednesday morning Dr. Jo Anne Lyon recognized those who have faithfully served on the General Board for a number of years, including Charles Joiner, who has served for 44 years.
On June 8, at General Conference, new General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt, the other five general officers, and the 24 area representatives on the General Board were installed.
General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt called the Church to focused prayer as he reminded the assembly of the primacy of the Great Commission and being the apostolic church.
On June 7, at the 2016 General Conference in Buffalo, N.Y., the following area representatives of the General Board of The Wesleyan Church were elected and will serve the Church for the next 4 years.
Outgoing General Superintendent Dr. Jo Anne Lyon will serve as interim vice-president for Wesley Seminary for one year, as part of her responsibilities as Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church.
Under Dunn’s leadership, Church Multiplication and Discipleship became a hub of local church empowerment in the denomination. Dunn’s leadership always reflected his love for the local church.
Half of the general officers are new additions. The Wesleyan Church is depending upon all of these leaders for visionary and Spirit-filled leadership.
While Wayne MacBeth works with systems and structure with great detail, he also loves people, and doesn’t lose sight of the fact that each person he works with is made in the image of God.
The 2016 General Conference approved the creation of the “Ibero-America Established Regional Conference of The Wesleyan Church,” strengthening 19 countries in Latin America as a regional conference.
Bobbie Strand has been an extraordinary servant of the Lord in churches, districts, colleges, and beyond. She has lent her expertise, her wisdom, and her spirit to help ministries thrive.
Scores of pastors at General Conference were honored for 40, 50, 60, and even 70 years of ministerial service in The Wesleyan Church.
“Who will be our next pioneers?” This was the theme of the Sunday evening rally, led by Dr. Jim Dunn, executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship for The Wesleyan Church.
Dr. Dennis Jackson of Global Partners and Rev. Russ Gunsalus of Education and Clergy Development are re-elected to office after being nominated by General Superintendent-elect, Dr. Wayne Schmidt.
Dr. Wayne Schmidt delivered an acceptance speech filled with humility and vision.
The General Conference, by overwhelming vote, elected Rev. Anita Eastlack to the office of executive director of the Division of Church Multiplication and Discipleship.
The General Conference, by overwhelming vote, elected Janelle Vernon to the office of executive director of the Division of Communication and Administration.
Dr. Jo Anne Lyon has been named Ambassador of The Wesleyan Church, a position created by action of the General Board to retain the considerable connections and influence she holds.
Newly elected General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt announced that Rev. Scott Rhyno will serve as chief development director for The Wesleyan Church.
The General Conference of The Wesleyan Church has elected Dr. Wayne Schmidt, by a strong majority, on the first ballot, to be the General Superintendent of the North American General Conference.
“We don’t just want a few. We want them all to come to Jesus,” said Dennis Jackson. Read more of what God is doing among the nations through Global Partners and its vision for the future.
You don’t have to miss one minute of General Conference 2016. For those not able to be in Buffalo to experience the event, live streaming is available.
“Every movement needs a melody,” said Kory Pence, creative director for Wesleyan World Headquarters. “Each voice in this movement matters.”