THE WESLEYAN CHURCH

Indiana Wesleyan University is an institution of The Wesleyan Church, an evangelical Protestant denomination with more than 500,000 constituents in over 4,300 churches and missions around the world. The denomination's world headquarters are in the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers, Indiana. Founded in 1968 from the mergers of several like-minded groups dating back as far as 1843, The Wesleyan Church has its roots in John Wesley's Methodism.

All Are Welcome

Although students from Wesleyan churches are a key constituency of IWU, more than 80 Christian denominations and other non-Christian faiths are represented each year in the student body.

The Soul of the Church

The following terms describe who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do:

Biblical Authority: The Bible is God’s holy Word. It uniquely and infallibly reveals God’s plan for His people and how to live out that plan, individually and corporately. Beliefs, practices, priorities, and our mission are to be anchored in clear biblical teachings.

Christ-likeness: Jesus Christ is the defining feature of God’s will and relationship with all humankind. In Christ is found both newness of life and the highest and clearest example for godliness. People made new in Christ find Him to be the source of faith, hope, and love in both the inner life and in our outward actions engaging a world desperate for hope and life.

Disciple-Making: Making disciples is a clear mandate from Christ. This requires a strong missional focus on evangelism and training in spiritual growth and holy living. Done effectively, this will produce and promote growth and health in and among the churches.

Local Church Centered: The denomination exists to help local congregations grow and multiply, be more healthy, and more authentically reflect God’s plan. Local churches are the most fundamental and strategic points of evangelism and discipleship. The challenge of the denomination is to keep finding the best ways to serve, strengthen, and multiply congregations.

Servant Leadership: Wesleyans respect leadership that is placed over them, while realizing that the authority and effectiveness of spiritual leadership is not primarily bestowed, but earned, and is characterized by a loving and willing heart of obedience that serves God and mankind gladly. Wesleyans desire to be leaders in serving.

United in Diversity: There is intrinsic value in every person. Biblical unity becomes all the more important and beautiful in the light of the wide-ranging differences in personalities, cultures, races, languages, talents, and perspectives. Finding unity and mutual love in Christ eliminates devaluation and deprivation of life to one another.

A Summary of Wesleyan Beliefs : https://www.wesleyan.org/about/articles-of-religion