Leaders of 18 denominations convened for Global Wesleyan Alliance (GWA) meetings on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at the Churches of Christ in Christian Union headquarters in Circleville, Ohio. This unique partnership was formed in December 2011 to amplify the prophetic voice of Wesleyan-Arminian holiness ministries and to increase their effectiveness in spreading scriptural holiness throughout the world.
Members of the GWA Board of Directors are: Tom Hermiz (Churches of Christ in Christian Union), president; Jo Anne Lyon (The Wesleyan Church), vice president; David W. Graves (Church of the Nazarene), secretary; and Ronald Duncan (Church of God Anderson), treasurer.
Additional denominational leaders involved in the GWA organizational procedures are from Church of Christ Holiness USA, Church of God Holiness, Congregational Methodist Church, Evangelical Methodist Church, Free Methodist Church USA, International Fellowship of Bible Churches, Missionary Church, The Evangelical Church of North America, The Methodist Protestant Church, and The Salvation Army.
The Covenant of the Global Wesleyan Alliance was created last December and further revised by the GWA Board of Directors later that month. It includes a Statement of Faith and a plan for organization and governance of the organization. Prospective members of the Global Wesleyan Alliance have been in the process of gaining approval from their denominations for supporting this Covenant and for their participation as official members.
At the last meeting, the Covenant was officially approved in principle, and a plan for financing the organization was also initiated. The Board of Directors will assign denominational members to convene meetings in order to discuss specific possibilities for collaboration, such as a facilitated transfer of credentials between member denominations, promotion of prayer participation and input from young people, missions collaboration, urban mission collaboration, and a gathering of judicatory leaders. Ongoing efforts include the planning of holiness summits, creating forums for prayer, and making classic holiness literature available.