Who we are
The Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) connects Spirit-ﬁlled, orthodox churches, clergy, and laity who hold to Wesleyan theology. It is an association of individuals and congregations who share a common understanding of our Wesleyan doctrine and a desire to become a vibrant, faithful, growing 21st century church.
In light of the widely endorsed Protocol for Reconciliation and Grace through Separation, we believe The United Methodist Church will be the first old mainline Protestant denomination to reach an amicable separation over matters that have divided the church for decades. Although we regret separation, we affirm it’s a necessity for the sake of the greater mission of the church universal.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is a global connection of local churches, laity, clergy, and regional chapters that seeks to partner with like-minded orthodox Christians to build a new global Methodist church.
Upholding Scriptural Authority and the Lordship of Jesus Christ
The earliest Christian afﬁrmation was “Jesus Christ is Lord” (Acts 2:36). This is the core belief that characterizes all Christians and deﬁnes discipleship. As followers of Jesus, we seek to live together in obedience to Christ’s teachings as found in Holy Scripture (Matthew 28:20). We know Christ authoritatively through the revelation of God’s Word. We believe “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful … so that [we] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16).
Our understanding and application of Scripture is informed by 2,000 years of Christian tradition, along with our reason and experience. But God’s Word is “the true rule and guide for faith and practice” (Confession of Faith, Article IV). The Wesleyan Covenant Association aims to ground all of our beliefs and practices in the authority of Scripture and seeks to reestablish our church on this ﬁrm foundation. Living and serving under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of Scripture, we are moving forward with conﬁdence for the future.
Preparing for a New Global Methodist Church
The Wesleyan Covenant Association looks forward to partnering with like-minded orthodox Christians for a church that joyfully worships the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that diligently seeks to make disciples of Jesus Christ; and, that daily goes forth to be His faithful ambassadors in the world.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association has gladly joined with like-minded orthodox bishops, advocacy group leaders, and clergy and laity from around the world to create a Transitional Leadership Council that will guide us through a season of transition and into a new global Methodist church. Acting together gives us confidence for the future.
Preparing a Plan for the Future
We are convinced that after the 2022 General Conference a new global Methodist church will come to the fore. However, we cannot wait until 2022 to figure out how orthodox, evangelical United Methodists will move forward together. That is why the Wesleyan Covenant Association is committed to working on plans for a revitalized 21st century global church that can deliberatively and energetically move into the future with confidence. Our plans must uphold the integrity of our belief in the authority of Scripture under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, as well as seek the best framework for a vital, growing church that is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. This planning and preparation will give us confidence for the future.
Our Regional Chapter
On July 3, 2021, a regional chapter of the Wesleyan Covenant Association for Eastern Europe was established. The organizing meeting adopted the bylaws and elected the chapter’s council:
Rev. Dr. Gabriella Kopas – Chairwoman
Rev. Jessica Morris – Ivanova – Secretary
Hristina Stoimenova – Treasurer
Rev. Dr. Daniel G. Topalski – President
Rev. Rares Calugar
Rev. Štefan Rendoš
Rev. Vatroslav Župančić
Thirty-eight founding members established the chapter – clergy and lay
The chapter is open for every Eastern European United Methodist within the Central Conference of Central and Southern Europe, and beyond who subscribe to the statement of faith and moral principles, Sections 4, 5, and 6 of Article I of the bylaws, and are willing to cooperate in their ministry through the WCA
and to work for the realization of the WCA’s goals.