Movement Over Model

By Anita Eastlack

Connecting pastors and churches for effective discipleship and multiplication is one of Church Multiplication and Discipleship's main approaches.

Aprimary role of The Wesleyan Church Division of Church Multiplication and Discipleship (CMAD) is resourcing. Most of the best resources and practices for ministry are constantly being created in a number of local churches where they are born out of real needs and tested in actual ministry situations.

One of CMAD's main approaches will be to connect pastors and churches to resources being developed by others.

Building connections will be more important than creating programs. Of course, the focus will be to champion effective discipleship and church multiplication. But it is believed that the best methods for doing so are being birthed out of development in local contexts.

Healthy chemistry, authentic teamwork, and real joy describe team culture as the new executive director, Rev. Anita Eastlack, and mostly-new staff rally around the CMAD mission to serve local churches.

CMAD is casting a vision for movement over model, encouraging decisions for the specific discipleship and multiplication ministry models to be made at the local level. CMAD leaders are seeking to be connectors over creators. They will reference discipleship models in a variety of avenues, identifying training and resourcing “hubs” where effective models of discipleship, multiplication, and social holiness already exist. Digital conversations and online resourcing will be a major way in which connections are facilitated.

One new avenue will be through a free resource-sharing website designed to provide access to a full range of church-related needs.

The release goal is summer of 2017, but the strength of the site will continue to grow over time. Also, the Belonging membership booklet has been updated in English and Spanish, along with a video (in English and Spanish) that can be used in membership classes as an introduction to what it means to be a member in a Wesleyan church.

The CMAD team is committed to the vision of transforming lives, churches, and communities through the hope and holiness of Jesus Christ, celebrating every time a disciple makes a disciple and a church multiplies itself until The Wesleyan Church has a transforming presence in every zip code.

Please pray for the CMAD team

Contact them for your first conversation and commit to keep the conversations going as we stay in touch with you in the local church where peoples’ lives are being Made New.

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Director of Discipleship

Rev. Kim Gladden brings 25 years of experience of ministry in both urban and suburban settings as a church planter, lead pastor, and in staff roles such as director of discipleship and missions.


Director of Multiplication

Dr. Ed Love is a prolific author, church multiplier, and was a district catalyst for church multiplication. He created and teaches the Certificate in Church Planting and Multiplication program at Wesley Seminary.


Directory of Next Gen Discipleship

Rev. Zach Coffin brings ten years of experience in leading Next Gen ministries, earned degrees in Christian ministry and Christian education, and was on the leadership team for the Follow 2015 Youth Convention.


Directory of Multiethnic Ministries

Rev. Santes Beatty has served in CMAD for over two years and is passionate about building teams that pursue unity, while facilitating connections and developing resourcing.


Director of Operations

Jessie Sears’ passion is organization and events planning. She has served at headquarters for nine years.

Translation Specialist and Support Staff for Multiethnic Ministries

Josmar Trent was born and raised in Maracay, Venezuela, and is a trained translator in Spanish, French, and English.

Executive Assistant

Rhonda Moore has served at headquarters in CMAD for six years. Her husband is a Wesleyan pastor.

Support Staff for Discipleship

Stephana Bledsoe founded the Christian Classical Home Educating Community. She and her husband speak at marriage events across the country.

Support staff for Next Gen

Christen Melser, recent college graduate, helped plan and host the IWU FUSION Youth Conference.

Read Anita's Article from Fall Issue
Leading Like Jesus