After my recent trip to Costa Rica, several of the clergy and one layperson from Asbury Church went to Chicago for the inaugural meeting of the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA). Over 1,700 persons gathered as an expression of our concern for the future of the United Methodist Church.
The gathering approved the formation of this association and also the statement of purpose, beliefs and a document to the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church. Information on the WCA can be found at wesleyancovenantassociation.org.
The following is a statement from the homepage:
In these times of great uncertainty about the future of The United Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Covenant Association stands together as an alliance to advance vibrant, scriptural Christianity within Methodism. We are a coalition of congregations, clergy, and laity from all jurisdictions that are committed to promoting ministry that combines a high view of Scripture, Wesleyan vitality, orthodox theology, and Holy Spirit empowerment. We encompass a broad range of worship styles and ministry practices. What links us together is our desire to witness to the transforming power of God to change and redeem human lives and societies. We have come together to support, network, and encourage one another as the future of The United Methodist Church comes into clearer focus.
We clergy and lay leaders of Asbury Church are committed to maintain our orthodox Wesleyan position and to uphold our book of discipline. Even though these are uncertain times, God is still on the throne. Yet, these are also very exciting times in which to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We at Asbury will not be deterred from our mission to make disciples of Jesus who are grounded in prayer and sent on mission.
We clergy are always available to discuss these or any other matters with you.