The Wesleyan Church is one of several Christian groups in Canada influenced by John Wesley. Let me say a few words about him before introducing
our church family.
John Wesley was a founder of Methodism, a Christian
movement that emphasizes helping the poor and spreading the gospel. Wesley, who lived 1703 to 1791, described
himself as a “man of one book”
– the Bible brought him to assurance of salvation through faith,
motivated him to bring Christ to
the common people of England,
inspired him to develop orphan
schools, job programs, medical
aid for the poor, prison reform,
and to argue for the abolition of
Wesley’s description of the
Bible as “the only and sufficient
rule for Christian faith and practice” is still the hallmark of The
Wesleyan Church today (and of all Evangelicals, really).
As its key message for the coming years, The Wesleyan Church is focusing on 2 Corinthians 5:17–18: “If
anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The
old things have gone; everything is made new! All this
is from God” (NCV).
In ever-changing times we press on with our vision of
transforming lives, churches and communities through
the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ. This vision can really
be summed up in two words – made new.
The Wesleyan Church focuses on new life. We long for
attitudes to be made new, inner spirits to be made new on
a daily basis, and disciples to become like the One who
made them (see Ephesians 4: 23, Colossians 3: 10 and 2
Corinthians 4: 16).
Our denomination is a Spirit-led, praying movement
called to evangelize and make disciples of all people by
equipping believers, developing leaders, multiplying
churches and transforming communities.
At the North American General Conference of The
Wesleyan Church, general superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Lyon
presented the church with seven vital areas of focus to see
our missional priorities fulfilled:
The key message of The Wesleyan
• authentic Christian leaders
• spirit-filled believers
• ethnic diversity
• urban urgency
• church health and vitality
• church planting
The Wesleyan Church in Canada is fully committed
to these missional priorities. Whereas the denomination
is active in the Atlantic provinces, eastern Ontario and a
few locations in Alberta, we have a strong desire to press
forward into the rest of Canada,
planting vibrant new churches
and making disciples of all nations, right on our own soil. In
2010, a strategy was put in place
to begin to expand The Wesleyan
Church into every province and
territory of our nation, breaking
the vast area into more manage-ably sized regions.
While we realize we are
only one of many evangelical
denominations with similar vision, we are eager to do our part
in reaching Canada for Christ, from coast to coast to
coast, so that all areas to the north, east and west will
be touched with the gospel of Jesus Christ, transformed
and made new.
Jesus promises, “I am making everything new” (in
Revelation 21: 5). As The Wesleyan Church continues in
growth and refocus, may our lives, our churches and our
communities be truly made new in Him. FT
reV. mArK PArKer is assistant district superintendent
for the central Canada district of The Wesleyan Church,
responsible for overseeing church multiplication
and directing Wesleyan churches in the
this article. This column features affiliates of
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.
For a list see www.theEFC.ca/affiliates.
GodAtWorkInDenominations n BY MARK pARKER
We press on with
our vision of
through the hope
of Jesus Christ.