Local church ministry

Done “playing church”

Done “playing church”

Rev. Ken Klein was weary of “playing church on Sunday” at Christ Wesleyan Church (CWC) in Greensboro, North Carolina. He loved his church and its people. But he felt like their purpose in ministry had faded. One morning, he stood in front of the congregation and said,...
Wesleyans in the news: May 2nd

Wesleyans in the news: May 2nd

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. Ohio Wesleyan needs kidney Michelle Pollock, who attends First Wesleyan...
Otto receives Mitchell Award

Otto receives Mitchell Award

Early in life, Rev. Wayne Otto had no idea he would someday become a pastor. He grew up in an unchurched family and as a teenager was headed away from God until a local church congregation reached out to him; there he became a Christian, and his life was transformed....
The story of Ruth

The story of Ruth

Ruth* was raised in Pakistan as a Muslim, hearing in the Koran that Jesus was only a great prophet of Allah. However, she discovered a Christian friend in Pakistan who left a good impression of Jesus Christ. Years later, she received a scholarship for an education in...
Celebrating Discipleship: Slave Lake Update

Celebrating Discipleship: Slave Lake Update

It has been almost two weeks since the ‘Impact’ team from New Brunswick and Boaz Global Ministries left Slave Lake Wesleyan Church in Slave Lake, Alberta, Canada. What a week. To recap, we met over 40 children, had one family (mom and two children) give their lives to...
Ohio Multiethnic Church Hosts Block Party

Ohio Multiethnic Church Hosts Block Party

Community Life Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, hosted a block party that volunteers say was “anointed in more ways than we can count.” Three other Wesleyan churches, located in Indiana (Brookhaven Wesleyan in Marion; Trinity Church East in Fishers; and Trinity Church in...
​New York Wesleyan wins notable award

​New York Wesleyan wins notable award

Zethea Bushelle, director of social services at New Hope Family Worship Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., received the Educational Leadership Award by Healthfirst at its sixth Annual Educational Leadership Breakfast on April 28. Healthfirst is a health insurance company...
​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...
Why texting is a great way to connect with guests

Why texting is a great way to connect with guests

It’s the first day back in the church office after the weekend service and you’re combing through the connection cards. If you’re like me and you see first and second time guests, you get pretty excited. The next step is some type of follow- up...
Disciples making disciples

Disciples making disciples

Some Wesleyan churches across the U.S. and Canada are phenomenal “role model churches” for disciples making disciples. See if your church made the list at Wesleyan.Life.
​109 years old and still serving

​109 years old and still serving

At age 109, the world’s oldest known Wesleyan is finally enjoying a little downtime. Merle Phillips attends Wheaton Wesleyan Church in Wheaton, Ill. She was almost 100 when she retired, after having numerous jobs down through the years. But it was only recently...
Joy after ​992 days of waiting

Joy after ​992 days of waiting

The Wesleyan Church encourages every local church to recognize Orphan Sunday on a Sunday in November, and promote adoption and foster care. We are part of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Check out all the resources on the site, and make plans to include...
Iconic 38-year Buffalo pastor retiring

Iconic 38-year Buffalo pastor retiring

After 38 years of serving as pastor of the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, Rev. Greg McClain is passing on the pastoral torch to another. The spiritual leader of a church of 1,900 people, Rev. McClain has led one of the largest congregations within The Wesleyan Church....
Casinos and tattoo parlors

Casinos and tattoo parlors

New Life Community Church in Wayland, Michigan, stands behind its self-proclaimed “weirdness!” Our four-year old church plant determined that “normal” wasn’t going to work here to reach people for Jesus. When a new casino was built in our...
I am a church member

I am a church member

I am a church member. I like the metaphor of membership. It’s not membership as in civic organization or a country club. It’s the kind of membership given to us in 1 Corinthians 12: “Now you are the body of Christ, and individual members of it”...
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....
Reverse Offerings bless numerous recipients

Reverse Offerings bless numerous recipients

Some Wesleyan churches have participated in a “Reverse Offering” in this Christmas season, choosing to bless countless people. 12Stone Church, the largest within The Wesleyan Church, celebrated its “Reverse Offering” during its December 6...
A simple question changed Sherry’s life

A simple question changed Sherry’s life

They lived across the street from us in a suburban neighborhood of split-level homes. One night we heard a knock at the door. The three children, two boys and a girl, had been kicked out of their home by their stepfather. My husband Wayne and I took them in for the...
Three hours of free conferring for more effective church ministry

Three hours of free conferring for more effective church ministry

A free online conference for pastors and leaders is being offered January 19, 2016, for Wesleyans and non-Wesleyans alike. The Generation to Generation Conference, a free, three-hour event, will assist pastors and leaders in providing age-appropriate ministries within...
150 Wesleyans inspired by CCDA gathering

150 Wesleyans inspired by CCDA gathering

Over 150 Wesleyan leaders representing 16 districts, 14 states, and four countries attended this year’s Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) Annual Conference in Memphis, Tenn., this November. A partner of The Wesleyan Church, the CCDA gathers...
Circle of friends

Circle of friends

Sunday services at [Anderson, Indiana’s] 2233 S. Central Way look a little different these days. The congregation consists of various groups now — Quakers, Wesleyans, white, black, Hispanic, the old and the young. “We don’t consider ourselves us and...
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...