Report from Annual Meeting of Covenant Members
December 7, 2014
The fourth meeting of the Global Wesleyan Alliance convened on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 1:00pm in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the World Ministries Center of the Free Methodist Church—USA.
Eleven of the twelve covenant members were present to hear reports, review vision and strategy for 2015, elect officers, appoint the Executive Director, approve the budget for 2015, and hear presentations by special guests.
The officers for 2015 are: Dr. David Graves (Church of the Nazarene), Chair; Dr. JoAnne Lyon (The Wesleyan Church), Vice-Chair; Bishop David Kendall (Free Methodist Church-USA), Secretary; Brian Eckhardt (The Evangelical Church), Treasurer; and Rev. Vernon E. Kinnebrew (National President of Church of Christ Holiness USA) at large member.
Dr. Ronald V. Duncan (Church of God Anderson) was reappointed as the Executive Director of GWA.
The Executive Director reported the outcomes on the initiatives for 2014. The Global Mission Directors met twice this year (Indianapolis, Indiana and Lenexa, Kansas). The outcomes from these two meetings resulted in a world map of the missional activity of all covenant members, recognition of common challenges, discussion on how to better utilize resources, a commitment to work on how to sustain missionaries, develop accountability structures, and how to integrate training opportunities. This group plans to meet twice a year to continue their development together.
The second initiative for 2014 was the City Ministry Forums, which were held in Chicago and Detroit. These forums were to identify best practices of developing incarnational city ministries and creating relationships among the covenant member’s leaders in those areas. An additional ten cities were recommended for this type of forum in the coming years.
The third initiative for 2014 was Young Leaders Forum, which were held in Indianapolis and San Diego. The covenant members selected these Young Leaders. The anticipated outcomes were to assist in developing relationships across faith group and denominational lines, dialogue about the challenges facing young leaders in ministry, and building lines of communication from young leaders with national leaders.
All three initiatives received excellent feed back from the participants as meaningful and significant.
The acceptance of credentials from one covenant member group to another covenant group continues to be considered. Some have approved the proposal already, while others are still in process.
The initiatives for 2015 will include the continuation of the Global Mission Directors meeting, at least one Young Leaders’ Forum, one City Ministry Forum, a Chief Financial and Treasurers Forum, and the development of a position paper on Human Sexuality and Sexual Ethics from the Wesleyan perspective.
Several special guests were invited this year to present their ministries: One Mission Society (OMS); World Gospel Mission (WGM); Seedbed; and Wesleyan Covenant Network.
Each of the covenant members of GWA presented updates from their tribe which was cause of praise and thanksgiving as well as the need for prayer on some difficult issues.
The group approved a motion to apply for 501C(3) status with the IRS. The December 4-5, 2015 Annual meeting will be held at the Wesleyan Headquarters in Fishers, Indiana.