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A call to prayer for United Methodist Church Special Session

A call to prayer for United Methodist Church Special Session

Dear Wesleyan Church family, Our Wesleyan sisters and brothers in The United Methodist Church (UMC) will be convening at a Special Session of their General Conference called by the UMC Council of Bishops February 23-26. Their purpose, as stated on the UMC website, “is...
What’s a church?

What’s a church?

Wesleyan leaders are pursuing creative missional work with the purpose of reaching those who are missing from Christ and his church. More and more are taking discipleship and multiplication seriously. New leaders, lay and clergy, have felt called to initiate and guide...
138th Session of the General Board highlights include new members

138th Session of the General Board highlights include new members

A new member, Rhea Bell, joined The Wesleyan Church General Board for its 138th session, November 13-14, 2018, representing the Northeastern Area. Bell serves as the worship arts director at LifePoint Church in Waldorf, Maryland. Bell volunteered at LifePoint for many...
2018 TWC statistics reinforce need to fill the Gospel Gap

2018 TWC statistics reinforce need to fill the Gospel Gap

The Wesleyan Church (TWC) 2018 statistics show 138,190 members, 235,100 in worship attendance, 30,907 conversions and 11,560 baptisms. Between 2018 and 2017, membership declined 2.0 percent, attendance declined 2.0 percent, conversions declined 3.8 percent and...
The Gospel Gap

The Gospel Gap

In Simon Sinek’s book, Start With Why,1 he unfolds a why/what/how framework. The “why” is the heart of the matter, and what energizes change. In the words of my friend, Duffy Smith, “the ‘why’ gives permission to the ‘what.’” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the...
Houghton College founded through faithful prayers

Houghton College founded through faithful prayers

The first class of students walked through Houghton College’s doors in September 1884, just months after the school’s charter was signed on April 21,1883. Then called Houghton Seminary, the founder, Willard J. Houghton, never dreamed the institution would become a...
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...
What is a true Wesleyan?

What is a true Wesleyan?

To be a true Wesleyan is to understand and “recover” the personal faith of John and Charles Wesley. Wesleyans are Methodists, or as originally quipped, method-ists. John Wesley was an ardent believer in the Scripture: “Let all things be done decently and in order”...
Wesleyan view on immigration

Wesleyan view on immigration

Immigration has been a recent news focus as United States lawmakers make key decisions about immigrant residents. The Church adopts official statements of the Wesleyan View on issues in order to encourage laity and ministers to integrate faith and life to respond...
World Hope International year in review

World Hope International year in review

Relief organization responds to 2017 crises and new opportunities to alleviate global poverty and injustices It has been a challenging and active year for World Hope International (WHI). In August and September, Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico were...
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...
After 500 years, a personal reformation

After 500 years, a personal reformation

Martin Luther did not intend to start a movement away from the church of which he was a part. His intent was to reform, to change. His efforts were met with resistance. Instead of reforming, the church excommunicated Luther. Standing before an official body of the...
​Apostolic multipliers

​Apostolic multipliers

Repainting the Role of Apostle for the 21st Century What is the first image that comes to mind when you hear the word apostle? Do you envision Jesus’ 12 original disciples or maybe the Apostle Paul? Typically, the word apostle is associated with Early Church...
​General Board convenes for 135th session

​General Board convenes for 135th session

The 135th session of the General Board of The Wesleyan Church met at the denominational headquarters in Fishers, Indiana, May 2 and 3. Led by General Superintendent Dr. Wayne Schmidt, the members met to discuss important denominational matters at the two-day meeting....
​70 years “Serving Higher Interests”

​70 years “Serving Higher Interests”

Wesleyan Investment Foundation, or WIF, is celebrating 70 years of helping build God’s kingdom by financing church building projects and providing affordable loans. “The charitable and religious purposes for which WIF exists have made a dramatic effect on...
​The 2016 edition of The Discipline now available

​The 2016 edition of The Discipline now available

The Discipline of The Wesleyan Church, 2016 Edition is now officially available for purchase or download. This marks the 13th version of The Discipline, the book of governance for the denomination’s next four years. As a result of the completion of The...
Wesleyan Church of Egypt granted free land

Wesleyan Church of Egypt granted free land

Atif Sedhom Kilf, National Superintendent of The Standard Wesleyan Church of Egypt, reported on Facebook how God has been working in his country: Today is a glorious day. The Egyptian Formal Journal published the government agreement to give The Standard Wesleyan...
Getting real about prayer

Getting real about prayer

The church I grew up in didn’t just meet on Sunday mornings. They met on Sunday nights. It seemed like every day there was something going on at the church building. They met every night at times too, for fall “revival services” for more than a week,...