Buried within the report of the most recent General Board of Adminstration meeting of The Wesleyan Church was this astounding line:
"Approved a resolution authorizing the Board of General Superintendents to pursue further discussions with other like-minded holiness denominations regarding the possibility of creating a new holiness denomination for the 21st century."
Outstanding!! There's really no reason for there to be Wesleyans, Nazarenes, Free Methodists, and so forth when we all have the same basic beliefs and practices. And in a culture of decentralization, networking, and financial stress on bureaucracies, it can take a reformulation of this sort to create a structure that really fits the times rather than one perpetuated merely because of traditions that don't really fit any more.
Let's call it the Wesleyan Methodist Church (or maybe connection?)! ;-)
Also hidden in there are some very significant potential restructurings of the general church...