The Wesleyan Church

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: The Wesleyan Church
Denomination type: Methodist Bodies
Year Reporting: 2010
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Description: The Wesleyan Church was formed on June 26, 1968, through the union of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of America (1843) and the Pilgrim Holiness Church (1897). The headquarters was established at Marion, Ind., and relocated to Indianapolis in 1987,and relocated again in Fishers, Indiana in 2004.
The Wesleyan movement centers around the beliefs, based on Scripture, that the atonement in Christ provides for the regeneration of sinners and the entire sanctification of believers. John Wesley led a revival of these beliefs in the 18th century.
When a group of New England Methodist ministers led by Orange Scott began to crusade for the abolition of slavery, the bishops and others sought to silence them. This led to a series of withdrawals from the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1843, the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America was organized and led by Scott, Jotham Horton, LaRoy Sunderland, Luther Lee and Lucius C. Matlack.
During the holiness revival in the last half of the 19th century, holiness replaced social reform as the major tenet of the Connection. In 1947 the name was changed from Connection to Church and a central supervisory authority was set up.
The Pilgrim Holiness Church was one of many independent holiness churches which came into existence as a result of the holiness revival. Led by Martin Wells Knapp and Seth C. Rees, the International Holiness Union and Prayer League was inaugurated in 1897 in Cincinnati. Its purpose was to promote worldwide holiness evangelism and the Union had a strong missionary emphasis from the beginning. It developed into a church by 1913.
The Wesleyan Church is now spread across most of the United States and Canada and in over 90 other countries. The International Conference of The Wesleyan Church, originally named Wesleyan World Fellowship, was organized in 1972 to unite Wesleyan mission bodies developing into mature churches. The Wesleyan Church is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Methodist Council.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: P.O. Box 50434
Address line 2:
City: Indianapolis
State: Indiana
Zip Code: 46250
Country: United States
Phone: (317)774-7900

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Gen. Sec., Dr. Ronald D. Kelly
Phone: (317)774-7907

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Ronald C. McClung
Position: Assistant General Secretary
Phone: (317)774-3920

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 121,429
Other Members: 17,901
Total Inclusive Members: 139,330
Total Churches: 1,715
Average Attendance: 204,245
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 2,469
Other Service to the Church: 523
Retired: 780
Total Clergy: 3,772

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 1,488
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $44,342,132.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $271,863,678.00
Total Financial: $31,620,581,000
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures