Cultivating Leaders

The vibrancy of the witness of Christ followers in the world is greatly impacted by the effectiveness of leadership within the body of Christ. WME is committed to cultivating dynamic, young leaders who are committed to the wholeness of the Christian message, integrity in evangelistic practices, and reconciliation in relationships. In partnership with our Institute, WME equips seminarians, young clergy, and laity through resources, seminars and other training events, emphasizing the holistic nature of evangelism as a foundation of discipleship and ministry.

Order of the Flame


The Order of the Flame – Faithful Leaders as Mission Evangelists – is a covenant community within the Methodist Wesleyan family, which exists to form, nurture, and encourage young clergy who are committed to sharing the whole gospel with the whole world. As a ministry of World Methodist Evangelism, we seek to emphasize that all ministers of the Gospel are mission evangelists in their own communities. Membership in the Flame community connects us across the lines of tradition and encourages collaboration and unified witness on behalf of Jesus Christ. Clergy in their first 5 years of ministry are nominated for membership in the Order by Church leaders and other members of the Flame community. Because we believe ministry involves the entire family, clergy spouses are a valued part of the Order and are invited to participate as equal members. Both new and existing members join together annually at Epworth by the Sea, St. Simons Island, Georgia for inspiration, sharing, learning, and fellowship. The Order of the Flame has chapters in the United States, Ireland and Kenya.

World Methodist Evangelism Institute

For more than three decades, World Methodist Evangelism has been training indigenous, front-line evangelism leaders – lay and clergy – who multiply the witnesses for Jesus Christ by training and encouraging others in Christian faith and discipleship. This is the primary focus of the World Methodist Evangelism Institute, a ministry of WME, the World Methodist Council, and Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Since its inception in 1982, more than 7,000 people have been trained in international and regional seminars on every continent. In addition to training indigenous leaders across the globe, through our Institute, Wesleyan Methodist seminarians in the United States are provided the opportunity to participate in cross cultural evangelism experiences as part of their seminary curriculum. These transformative experiences are critical to building bridges across both geography and tradition and to promoting preaching, teaching, and witnessing grounded uncompromisingly in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.