Wesleyan Covenant Association

The Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland of Mainstream UMC explores past actions of traditionalist/conservative forces in the church that he believes led to evidence of voter fraud at the 2019 special General Conference. Read more


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The Rev. Dr. Mark R. Holland of Mainstream UMC finds troubling news in the latest church-wide financial report: Wesley Covenant Association supporting conferences have withheld some $6 million in funding for worldwide ministries. Read more

UMC Future 17 Comments

With the help of a Virginia clergy colleague, the Rev. Jeremy Smith finds unsavory, if not downright unethical, connections between an independent church plant and the Wesleyan Covenant Association. Read more

Jeremy Smith 5 Comments

The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper wonders why the Wesleyan Covenant Association isn't pursuing a merger with the like-minded Wesleyan Church. Read more

Perspectives 9 Comments

General Conference 2020 representation by U.S. traditonalist delegates has dropped by 20 percent in recent elections, according to Good News vice president Thomas Lambrecht. Read more

UMC Future 13 Comments

The Rev. Dr. Rebekah Miles responds to recent comments by the Rev. Tom Lambrecht of Good News and other conservatives over moderates' rejection of the so-called Traditional Plan. Read more

Perspectives 13 Comments

In the aftermath of UMC Next, Mark Holland of Mainstream UMC is inviting United Methodists to help define the terms used for one's stance on LGBTQ inclusion. Read more

UMC Future 5 Comments

Traditionalist groups requested a meeting with the bishops, which took place in private after previously being announced as a public gathering. Read more

Finance and Administration 3 Comments

United Methodist progressives, centrists and LGBTQ-friendly evangelicals need to study the 15-year history of traditionalist efforts to take over the UMC before deciding whether to stay or go, writes the Rev. Jeremy Smith. Read more

Jeremy Smith 6 Comments

Jesus vs. Pharisees

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United Methodist layman Robert Schotter gives a forceful critique of a recent column from the Wesleyan Covenant Association regarding LGBTQ inclusion in the UMC. Read more

Perspectives 19 Comments

LGBTQ Acceptance

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Longtime United Methodist leader Tracy Merrick of Western Pennsylvania disputes Rev. Keith Boyette's assertion that the Wesleyan Covenant Association welcomes LGBTQ people Read more

Perspectives 10 Comments

The Wesleyan Covenant Association people, who now have gotten their hopes fulfilled by continued exclusion of the LGBTQIA community, will be delighted to make sure the African church stays fully funded, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more


Bishop Will Willimon observes: "There are people, left and right, progressive and conservative, who just say, 'This is it. We’ve waited. We’ve watched. We’ve tried. And now we can’t stay.'” Read more


There's a lot in common between the vulgarly hilarious musical "Book of Mormon" and the Wesleyan Covenant Association's attitude toward LGBTQI people, writes the Rev. Dr. Christy Thomas. Read more

Christy Thomas 1 Comments

The Rev. Jeremy Smith has recovered evidence of a long-term strategy on the part of Good News to either capture or dissolve The United Methodist Church. Read more

Jeremy Smith 14 Comments

Wesleyan Covenant Association has formed a 16-member Next Steps Committee, and denies recent assertions that it intends to leave the UMC no matter what the 2019 General Conference decides. Read more

A Way Forward 1 Comments

Mainstream UMC documents plans of the Wesleyan Covenant Association to leave The United Methodist Church no matter what. Read more

A Way Forward 11 Comments

In an essay on the Wesleyan Covenant Association website, the Rev. Joseph F. DiPaolo, a 2019 General Conference delegate, argues that the One Church Plan will merely shift denominational conflict over homosexuality to local churches. Read more

A Way Forward 2 Comments

True Wesleyan holiness is "about experiencing the joy of perfect belonging through our love of God and then spreading that joy to others through our love of neighbor," not just following rules, writes the Rev. Morgan Guyton. Read more

Perspectives 2 Comments

Centrist and progressive United Methodists need to plan, as the Wesleyan Covenant Association has, for the possibility of The United Methodist Church breaking up, writes the Rev. Bryan Bucher. Read more

A Way Forward