THE WESLEYAN PREMISE  

 

The formation of Christians by the Holy Spirit occurs largely through spiritual disciplines, community, prayer, and other means of grace. 

 

Participation in mission is itself a means of grace that invigorates Christian formation.

 

The Way of Salvation, centered on justification and sanctification, provides the motivation, desire, and vision to participate in God’s mission in the world. 

 

Participation in mission is an expression of Christian growth. 

 

 
 


The mission of the Rio Texas Conference is to “Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”. Our vision for achieving this mission is to do so by “Uniting Peoples, Vitalizing Congregations, Developing Leaders, and Transforming Communities.”

At the heart of the experience of the Rio Texas Conference toward fulfilling this mission and vision is the reality that we as the United Methodist Church are rooted and grounded in our Wesleyan heritage. It is therefore significant that we remain faithful to our Wesleyan heritage in our efforts to respond to the prophetic vision of advancing God’s will for our work to establish the Kingdom in today’s mission field.

This resource has therefore been developed for the distinct purpose of helping the Rio Texas Conference to remain connected to our “Wesleyan DNA”. The objective of this guide is to assemble the books, materials, and resources developed by foremost Wesleyan scholars and historians in our world today in order to equip leaders throughout the Conference with resources to assist in sustaining our foundation within our Wesleyan Methodist heritage.

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The resources in this guide are based upon a basic Wesleyan Premise. The Wesleyan Premise in forming missional communities is that the process begins with embracing the way of salvation, engaging in formation, and living out one’s faith in mission. It becomes a continuum that leads and encourages a constant process of renewal. The foundation is based upon embracing and understanding the Wesleyan way of salvation. Ongoing formation occurs through the participation in the means of grace in the context of the community of Christian faith. Participation in mission is the natural expression of a social holiness that imitates from a personal holiness in Wesleyan theology. The following continuum illustrates this Wesleyan premise. 

 
 

Contents

Way of Salvation: Wesley and his Message of Salvation
The Way of Salvation, centered on justification and sanctification, provides the motivation, desire, and vision to participate in God’s mission in the world.  
Formation: Christian Formation in the Wesleyan Tradition
The formation of Christians by the Holy Spirit occurs largely through spiritual disciplines, community, prayer, and other means of grace. 
III.    Mission: Forming Missional Communities
Participation in mission is itself a means of grace that invigorates Christian formation. Participation in mission is an expression of Christian growth. 

Additional Wesleyan Essentials:

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership
Wesley DVDs and Videos
John Wesley’s Sermons & More 

Criteria for classification of resources

  • Foundational resources are those that lay explicit Wesleyan foundations and are comprehensive in what they cover. They are on the whole the best place to start.
  • Resources for going deeper are not more difficult but are usually more focused, or contain a bit more material.
  • Resources for going deeper do not require persons to first read foundational resources but can stand alone. Some may themselves serve as alternative starting points.   

Foundational Resources