A Model Forward
by Kevin Mannoia
There is little question that there is a significant role for the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium in the coming years and decades. Responses from Study Project participants, pastors at the Holiness Pastors’ Days, denominational heads, regional leaders, as well as leaders of the broader church all affirm the work done to this point and encourage future expansion.
As we consider the importance of the holiness message in the history of the Church and its impact on the future mission of the Church, we must carefully marshal the credibility, momentum, and results of the past 5 years to shape the early stages of the Consortium for maximum results in a clear, relevant call to holiness.
The Wesleyan Holiness Consortium is truly that – a consortium of leaders and churches centered not on an organizational alliance but upon our common message and interest in holiness which flows from our common heritage.
The steering committee of the WHC is comprised of persons designated by their denomination who represent the variety of churches commonly committed to a relevant message of holiness for the Church in the 21st century. The emphasis on Scriptural holiness propelled by our common heritage will have the natural result of increased unity in mission for decades to come.
Thus, we faithfully respond to God’s call to be a holy people, while also honoring the prayer of Jesus that we be one.
Following is a general framework that may guide our actions and focus as we take the responsibility to form our next steps.
The Wesleyan Holiness Consortium will serve the Church and world as –
- A visible presence which serves as a reference point keeping the holiness message alive and thriving in the minds and ministries of our pastors and leaders;
- A source of resources and connections that will empower pastors, scholars, and leaders to find deeper understanding of our heritage and commitment to relevant holiness in the 21st Century;
- A voice to the Church that allows the holiness tradition and message to be heard and to influence the diverse mix of theological streams on the landscape of Christianity.
The image of a ship may best illustrate our hopes. The mast provides visibility; the hold provides the resources; the lights establish the position among others.
May God grant us wisdom with the trust of unity and holiness for the 21st Century.