Holy Conversations: The WCA Podcast
Growing Rural Ministries with Meghan Riegerix

Growing Rural Ministries with Meghan Riegerix

October 22, 2020

Rural churches are vital centers of Methodist ministry around the world and they have some unique challenges and opportunities before them as they navigate a changing world and discern their place in the coming denominational separation. Rev. Meghan Riegerix, who pastors two churches in Missouri and consults with pastors and communities on rural ministry, offers some words of encouragement and hope for small membership churches and invites all of us to move from a mindset of "no" to "grow."

Check out Meghan's website and her article on developing community partnerships in rural areas. 

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A Theology of the Body with Dr. Timothy Tennent

A Theology of the Body with Dr. Timothy Tennent

October 8, 2020

Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, talks with Bob and Stephanie about his forthcoming book For the Body. How do Christians articulate what we're for when it comes to the body and sexuality rather than what we're against? In his book, Dr. Tennent offers seven key building blocks for a comprehensive theology of the body and gives us a vision for promoting a biblically-grounded sexual ethic for the Church. This is an important discussion for helping us speak truth to the culture and to navigate the way forward in a new traditional Methodist denomination. 

Dr. Tennent writes regularly on issues facing the church in his blog

His upcoming book For the Body will be published by Seedbed/Zondervan in October 2020.

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A Bishop’s View with Bishop Bob Hayes

A Bishop’s View with Bishop Bob Hayes

September 24, 2020

What's it like to be in the room with the Council of Bishops? Retired Bishop Bob Hayes offers us an inside look as well his views on race and the future of Methodism. He also envisions the kinds of bishops a new traditional Methodist Church will need. Plus, we get some of is powerful gospel preaching on the side! 

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Wesley’s Sermons and the New Methodism with Dr. Jason Vickers

Wesley’s Sermons and the New Methodism with Dr. Jason Vickers

September 10, 2020

The sermons of John Wesley are some of the foundational documents that have grounded the beliefs and practices of the Methodist movement since the 18th century. What role did these sermons play in early Methodism? How do they inform our doctrinal standards? How might those sermons be used in the Church today and what role might they play in the formation of a new traditional Methodist denomination? Dr. Jason Vickers from Asbury Theological Seminary talks with Stephanie and Bob about these important questions in this episode of "Holy Conversations." 

 

Jason Vickers and Ken Collins put together a fresh collection of The Sermons of John Wesley in 2013. You can also find Wesley's Sermons online. 

 

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BONUS Episode: Our First Ever Mailbag with Keith Boyette!

BONUS Episode: Our First Ever Mailbag with Keith Boyette!

September 3, 2020

We've got mail! In this special bonus episode, WCA Preside Keith Boyette answers listener questions about the WCA and preparing for the launch of a new traditional Methodist denomination. You'll hear an update on where things stand currently with the Protocol and General Conference and get answers to questions about things like racial and ethnic inclusion in the new church, the perspectives of African Methodists, the role of bishops, the importance of rural and small membership churches, the disposition of church property during the separation, the timeline for receiving pastors and churches in the new denomination, and much more. 

Keith refers to a number of articles during the Mailbag: 

Read Are We Really Better Together? by Rob Renfroe and Walter Fenton.

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Women in Ministry with Revs. Nako Kellum and Beth Caulfield

Women in Ministry with Revs. Nako Kellum and Beth Caulfield

August 27, 2020

The Wesleyan Covenant Association celebrates women in ministry and, in this episode, Stephanie and Bob interview two WCA Council members, Nako Kellum and Beth Caulfield, on their challenges and joys as ordained pastors, the biblical witness on women in ministry leadership, and their hopes for the new traditional Methodist denomination. 

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“Love Has a Name” with Adam Weber

“Love Has a Name” with Adam Weber

August 13, 2020

How do we learn to love people like Jesus, and especially those whom we might find hard to love? Adam Weber, Pastor of Embrace Church (UMC), a multi-site church based in Sioux Falls, SD, talks with Bob and Stephanie about his new book Love Has a Name: Learning to Love the Different, the Difficult, and Everyone Else which is full of stories of loving real people with the love of Christ. Adam tells some powerful stories, offers some advice on loving people with both grace and truth, and gives us some tools for navigating the future for the Church and Methodism with a love that makes a difference. 

 

To order your copy of Love Has a Name, check out your favorite bookseller (releases on August 25, 2020). 

 

To download a complete (and free) sermon series package based on the book, go to Adam's website

 

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The Power of Banded Discipleship with Dr. Kevin Watson

The Power of Banded Discipleship with Dr. Kevin Watson

July 30, 2020

Class and band meetings were the "engine" of growth in both numbers and holiness in early Methodism, and they're seeing a resurgence today thanks to the work of our guest, Dr. Kevin Watson, who has written on both the class and band meetings and how they can be transformational for people today. In this episode, Kevin talks with Bob and Stephanie about the history of class and band meetings, how they are structured, what they produce in those who participate, and how they might once again drive the new Methodism. 

Check out Kevin's blog and order his books on the class and band meetings at Seedbed.com

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The Authority of Scripture with Dr. David Watson

The Authority of Scripture with Dr. David Watson

July 16, 2020

What do Wesleyans mean when they talk about the "authority" of Scripture? What is the "quadrilateral" and is it an accurate understanding of Wesley's understanding of biblical interpretation? Why don't Methodists use words like "inerrancy" and "infallibility" in our doctrinal statements about Scripture? In this episode, Dr. David Watson, Dean of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, talks with Bob and Stephanie about the doctrine of Scripture and how we can read the Bible most effectively and faithfully. 

Check out "Plain Truth: A Holy Spirited Podcast" after you listen to this episode!

Go to the new Firebrand online magazine for some great content by traditional Wesleyan scholars and thinkers.

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Understanding the Image of God with Dr. Bill Arnold

Understanding the Image of God with Dr. Bill Arnold

July 2, 2020

In a world where there is continuing conflict around issues of race, sexuality, identity, and the value of human life, it's clear that there is a lot of confusion about what it actually means to be human. The creation narrative in Genesis 1 offers us way of cutting through that confusion and gives us a paradigm for being the human beings God created us to be. Wesleyans hold in tension both the goodness of God's creation in humanity as well as humanity's brokenness while emphasizing grace as the means by which the image of God can be restored in us. In this episode Bob and Stephanie interview Dr. Bill Arnold, Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, who offers us some insight from the Scriptures and the Wesleyan tradition on how we might reengage the truth and the vocation of being truly human.  

Check out Bill's article on a Wesleyan understanding of original sin in the new Firebrand online magazine. 

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