First, We Pray

During any season, prayer should be our first priority. Certainly, in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, we want to be praying.

Before this crisis began, The Wesleyan Covenant Association formed an intercessory prayer network. Becky Wilder has volunteered to head up our intercessory prayer efforts here in the Holston chapter. This is from Becky:

“We can strategically zero in our prayers to hit the mark and further the Kingdom that God is advancing us into. I will be heading up our Holston WCA intercessory group, praying together via technology (for those who can) twice a week, and sending out a monthly email/letter with specific prayer points. Please ask the Lord if he is calling you to this commitment and if so, contact me by email or phone (leave a voicemail).

“When I heard General Conference might be canceled due to the coronavirus, my first thought was, ‘No!’ Then immediately in my spirit I heard the Lord say, ‘I am putting it on pause so you have more time to pray My Heart for the United Methodist Church.’ God has good plans ahead, and through our prayers we can be a part of implementing them. He’s waiting for our response!”

Becky Wilder
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Also, please be aware:

We are entering a time of fasting and prayer as the global WCA, culminating in group prayer at 5 p.m. local time this Sunday. If you have not seen the details, be sure to take a look at the Prayer Waves announcement.

Uncertain Times …

First of all, to those of you who follow Holston WCA regularly, I apologize you haven’t heard much from us recently.

As you might imagine, those of us who are pastors and lay leaders have been busy trying to adapt to the new worship circumstances brought on by COVID-19. In particular, we are focused on what we need to do to keep our churches bound in the Spirit while the congregants are physically separated.

Know that we continue to pray about and monitor developments surrounding the Protocol legislation going to 2020 General Conference, including when GC2020 will actually happen.

This is more of a personal offer, but during this time I am developing daily devotionals for the church where I pastor, and any of you are welcome to peruse them, of course. Here is a link to today’s devotional:

Homebound Simulator

Blessings on all of you, and let’s be praying fervently together.

Fear Not!

A Holston WCA Gathering

Pastors and church leaders in the southern end of the Holston Conference are invited to a gathering Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, to hear more about the benefits of joining the Wesleyan Covenant Association.

The Fear Not! event will be held at Sulphur Springs UMC in Whitwell, Tenn., which is about a 30-minute drive northwest from Chattanooga. The Rev. Chuck Griffin, chair of the Holston WCA’s board of directors, will be speaking at the invitation of Sulphur Springs’ pastor, the Rev. Brenda Woods.

Topics will include the recently announced Protocol Statement and a new Holston WCA effort to organize Methodist Life Groups in churches and other locations.

The meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time (3:30 p.m. EST).

Sulphur Springs UMC is located at 329 Sulphur Road, Whitwell, Tenn., in the Powells Crossroads Community. Pastor Woods can be reached at (423) 645-4133 or at

Similar Holston WCA gatherings throughout the conference are being planned.

Loving Guidance

We at the Holston WCA would like to share the words of one pastor who is dealing with the developments in the UMC in a loving, thoughtful way. He’s right—to not guide congregants during this time would be unloving.

A Love Letter to My Congregations

It’s Time …

Can we at the Holston WCA be frank? If you are a traditional-minded Methodist who has not yet joined the Wesleyan Covenant Association, it’s time.

Church memberships are also available. If it’s clear what direction your congregation is headed, it’s time.

Be counted. Yeah, it costs money, but what better way to invest in the future of traditional Methodism? If you have any questions, let us know. Details on joining as an individual or as a congregation are here: