Wayne Schmidt

Lesson #10: Humility is essential

Lesson #10: Humility is essential

I was recently asked “Wayne, after 40 years of ministry, what do you think is the greatest spiritual leadership principle?” My answer applies to all of life as well as leadership, and is not original with me, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”...
Lesson # 9: Axioms are anchors

Lesson # 9: Axioms are anchors

Over the years I’d captured some “axioms” as anchor points in ministry. We have developed axioms for how we function as a team at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters, but I also have about a dozen axioms that are personal and memorable to me. They serve as anchor points...
Lesson # 8: Off-stage leadership

Lesson # 8: Off-stage leadership

I’ve succumbed on multiple occasions to a certain occupational hazard of ministry — trying to accomplish everything from the platform. I wrestle for months to grasp a perspective or make a change. I then fool myself into thinking if I preach louder and longer, I can...
Lesson #7: Transitions

Lesson #7: Transitions

In 40 years of ministry, I have experienced three major transitions. Each involved a change in geographical location. Each involved a change in ministry context. Each was led differently by God. Transition #1: college to church planting (1979–2009) As I was...
Lesson #4: Stewardship of Energy

Lesson #4: Stewardship of Energy

The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12). We don’t know exactly what the thorn was, and I am certain it was more perilous than my own. But, like the Apostle Paul, I have found my thorn to be a reminder of the sufficiency of God’s grace and a source...
Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

There is an occupational hazard for pastors — we often see the dark side of people and the soft underbelly of the Church. While there are many in the Church who shine brightly like those referenced in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (the majority in most churches I’m personally...
Lesson #2: Credibility

Lesson #2: Credibility

If we are faithful in little things and over time by God’s grace there is fruitfulness in our ministry, we will begin to build credibility with those we are privileged to shepherd. I believe that the accumulation of credibility is a stewardship opportunity and...
Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Today completes 40 years of ministry for me. In some ways, it seems like yesterday that a 21-year-old kid who graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) joined a launch team to plant a church on June 1, 1979. In other ways, it seems like, well,...
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...
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...
New title, same passion

New title, same passion

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon remains as busy as ever in her ministry within the denomination. Lyon was named General Emerita at General Conference 2016 after eight years of service as General Superintendent. She also holds the title of ambassador of The Wesleyan Church, an...
General Superintendent’s Office

General Superintendent’s Office

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Discipulado con trajes de fiesta

Discipulado con trajes de fiesta

No sé tú, pero cuando miro fotos Viejas que me tomé en los 70, no me la creo. Allí estoy mostrando mi maravilloso cuello ancho, unos estampados salvajes, pantalones campana, y unas botas de cuero bien chulas. ¡Y ni sigo con mi corte de pelo! En aquel tiempo yo creía...
Daily

Daily

Is discipleship something you are? Or is it something you just do once in a while? General Superintendent Wayne Schmidt discusses how discipleship is living out the Great Commission and the Greatest Commandment on a consistent, daily basis. Read more at...
​Leisure suit discipleship

​Leisure suit discipleship

I don’t know about you, but when I look back on old pictures of myself from the 70s, I shake my head in disbelief. There I am sporting my groovy wide collar, wild prints, bell bottoms, and patent leather dress boots. And don’t get me started on that...
Unleashed Disciples

Unleashed Disciples

The mission of the church is nothing more and nothing less than a mission of discipleship. Almost everything we could talk about passionately in regards to the church could be covered under the heading “discipleship.” When we talk about discipleship, we...
Make the Most

Make the Most

A 30-year pastor at Kentwood Community Church in a Grand Rapids, Mich., suburb, he most recently led Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University for six years. Weeks after his election, Wesleyan Life took the opportunity to interview “Wayne,” as he...
​Aprovechando al máximo

​Aprovechando al máximo

To read this story in English, click here. El 6 de Junio, 2016 el Dr. Wayne Schmidt fue electo Superintendente General de La Iglesia Wesleyana… El pastor que por 30 años sirvió en la Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana de Kentwood, un suburbio en Grand Rapids, Michigan; más...
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,...