NASHVILLE, Tenn. (GBOD) – All United Methodist lay and clergy leaders are invited to participate in a 10-day Wesley Pilgrimage to England next spring where they can walk in the footsteps of John and Charles Wesley. Participants will immerse themselves in the Christ-centered leadership of the Wesley brothers during the pilgrimage April 15-24, 2013, which will be offered by the General Board of Discipleship.

“We will learn, pray and explore places where the Wesleys lived and served,” said Dr. Steven Manskar, Director of Wesleyan Leadership at GBOD, who will co-lead the adventure. “On the pilgrimage, we will worship daily and make connections between the Wesleyan heritage and missional leadership for today.”

Dr. Paul Chilcote, Academic Dean and Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, and a member of the Indiana Conference, will join Manskar to lead the pilgrimage.

The registration fee of $1,795 includes 10 nights lodging, most meals, ground transportation to pilgrimage sites and all admission fees. This event qualifies for three CEUs.

The pilgrims will explore:

  • Epworth, the Wesley’s birthplace;
  • Oxford, where the brothers led the Holy Club;
  • Bristol, home of the Methodist societies and class meeting
  • London, where both Wesley brothers experienced assurance of salvation and John Wesley built the center of British Methodism; and
  • Salisbury, home to a vital Methodist congregation once served by Francis Asbury.

To register or to get more information, go to www.gbod.org/WesleyPilgrimage. Or contact Manskar at smanskar@gbod.org or 877-899-2780, ext. 1765.

John Wesley’s boyhood home
John Wesley’s boyhood home at Epworth, England.

A UMNS photo courtesy John Singleton.