The Grove is part of the Wesleyan Denomination and was officially formed in 1843, largely in response to a deep belief that as brothers and sisters in Christ, we should use our voice to stand up against slavery. Our founding fathers were actively involved in abolition and the Underground Railroad.
The early Wesleyans and championed the rights of women. In 1848, a Wesleyan Church hosted the Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights rally. Luther Lee, General President of the Wesleyan Denomination in 1856, preached at the ordination service of Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the very first woman ordained to Christian ministry in the United States. At the General Conference in 1867, a resolution was adopted favoring the right of women to vote (as well as the right of freedmen—blacks). This was 44 years before the US constitution was amended to ensure women voting privileges.
Today, The Wesleyan Church is a Protestant, evangelical, denomination with a rich heritage. We still fight for people who don’t have a voice. This can be seen in our denomination wide efforts in: reducing AIDS in Africa, providing clean water, sustainable economy through micro-loans, anti human trafficking, refugee assistance, and much more. Click here to learn more about the Wesleyan Denomination or here to learn more about our articles of religion. Below you will find a list of our core values and beliefs.
We believe in one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and the Savior of all who put their faith in Him alone for eternal life. We believe that those who are made new in Christ are called to be holy in character and conduct, and can only live this way by being filled with the Lord's Spirit. We believe in the Bible and its sufficiency to establish our faith and conduct. We believe God wills for people everywhere to know Him and be made new in Christ. We believe that the purpose of the Church is to worship God in spirit and in truth, and to reach a lost and fallen world with the gospel of Jesus Christ through its worship, witness, and loving deeds.
The following are terms descriptive of who Wesleyans are and why they do what they do. They describe the "soul of the Church":
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.
CHRISTLIKENESS: 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.
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.
UNITY 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.