By the Rev. Drew Martin
LEXINGTON—Some groups within The United Methodist Church have vastly different opinions on the authority of Scripture and the correct methodology for interpreting it, and many believe now is a time of grave uncertainty in the denomination.
In response to that uncertainty, the Wesleyan Covenant Association was formed in October 2016. After a successful launch event in Chicago, in one year the WCA has grown to include several thousand members representing almost every annual conference in the connection. It exists to help the UMC be faithful to its heritage and calling as a distinct expression of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective. Its members believe the best days of the Methodist movement are still ahead, and they are committed to being a part of them.
This month, WCA will host its second international conference Oct. 14, and Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington, will host a live simulcast of the event.
Held at Woodlands UMC, near Houston, the event will go on as planned despite Hurricane Harvey. In keeping with the WCA’s commitment to making Methodism an apostolic movement advancing the Kingdom of God globally, the theme of this year’s gathering will be “Move—On Mission With God.” The WCA has said it longs for Methodism to rekindle its original passion for missions.
At the Mount Horeb simulcast, doors will open at 9 a.m. for registration and gathering. The conference itself will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The cost is $30 for WCA members or $55 for non-members. This includes lunch and snacks.
Membership in the WCA is open to all Methodists who ascribe to its governing documents, which can be found at https://wesleyancovenant.org/wca-statements-and-beliefs. The annual membership fee is $100.
To register for the simulcast, visit www.wesleyancovenant.org. Simulcast sites are listed alphabetically by annual conference, so be sure to indicate intention to attend the simulcast at Mount Horeb.
For questions, contact the Rev. Drew Martin at 803-490-0152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.