Wesleyan head challenges church to rise up

More than 3,000 Wesleyans from all 38 member churches across Barbados, who gathered at the historic Kensington Oval for their first National Assembly in the denomination’s 102 year existence, were challenged by their new District Superintendent to impact social issues.


Dr McAthin Hinds told the church members that instead of standing afar and criticizing things like culture, family life and education, they should come with an alternative that was well informed and inspired by the power of God.

“There is a call for us to impact our society.  We need to be involved as a denomination in education. It makes no sense simply having Sunday School . . .  the children go and leave; and then by age 17 and 18, we doing evangelistic work to try and get them back,” the church leader said to applause from the thousands who packed the Hall and Griffith stands.


He suggested the establishment of an educational facility that could assist in discipling children from the cradle onwards.

“It makes no sense complaining about the culture of ours that has gone haywire when God wants to work in us to transform art and entertainment. It does not mean we have to go into a tent or on Spring Garden on Kadooment Day to gyrate with them.”

“If the Holy of Holies dwell in us, then there ought to be something attractive by what we do. So we need to be able to combat that culture of arts and entertainment that is degrading,” he added.


Dr Hinds also challenged his flock to get involved in the whole area of health and wellness. He contended that God’s people should not be dying early at 20 and 25 when the Bible says “with long life I’ll satisfy you and show you my salvation”.  He noted while Jesus healed when He was on earth, He also taught people about cures that they could apply to rid themselves of their diseases.

“So if Jesus was present here in Barbados, He would say to some of you with rheumatism, arthritis and lumbago, go to the Hot Pot three times a day for five weeks.

“I want to see us get involved and impact our society, as opposed to simply being people who just simply criticize everything that happens. We get together and criticize everything that happens. We get together and criticize the Government. We get together and say how bad family life has become. We get together [and] criticize school. It is time for us to do something about it. Let’s rise and build in the name of Jesus Christ,” the District Superintendent charged the worshippers. He also urged the Wesleyans to help to shape and fashion those brilliant young minds that are among them. He stressed that there were a lot of sharp, brilliant, intellectual young minds in the Wesleyan community.


“It would be sad, if they come to a place where in their Christian life, where they don’t feel that our church is challenging them enough; where they don’t feel that . . . the tools they have  are beneficial to us, so that they ply their gifts elsewhere,” he said.
The church leader said he hoped God would help to open the hearts of Wesleyans and expand their vision to see that the world needs to be challenged by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr McAthin said that once challenged, the younger ones could be helped to live the kind of life that God wants them to live, whilst preserving the sharpness of their intellect.


“Our nation needs to see Christian people who are devout where the Lord is concerned, while, at the same time, be scholars in Jesus name. When we respond to family disputes in the paper, when we respond as a church and as Christians to same sex issues, when we respond to Government and law and order, we don’t have to do it from a knee jerk response, we do it from a brilliant academic response that is informed by the power of Jesus Christ who dwells within us,” the head of the 4,400-strong Wesleyan denomination stated.

The District Superintendent’s charge to the church also included an impassioned plea for unity.


The National Assembly was also ministered to in dance by the Messiah House Dancers and in song by the Carrington Wesleyan Church Quintet, the All Male Choir and the Worship Team.


13 Responses to Wesleyan head challenges church to rise up

  1. Melissa S Rollins
    Melissa S Rollins May 15, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Awesome day!!

  2. Louise King
    Louise King May 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Christianity is Satanic insanity –Wonna better wake up -and find ur christ within Ye God Bless-

  3. Jason Belle
    Jason Belle May 15, 2016 at 9:17 pm


  4. Neil B May 16, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Louise King please explain

  5. Mike May 16, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I believe the church has to define our society and not the other way around. The church is at the cross roads and now more than ever have to join forces to start reshaping and impacting our society. How is the church going to address the upcoming elections, will they as God for five minutes and vote against their beliefs??. Will they allow politicians change the teaching of the bible when it comes to our children?? Will they start living by the word and let their actions speak louder than their words??. I support this initiative but the church and hope others follow. You have power in Christ and power in numbers. Don’t allow politicians to set the stage for you. You were called to be the head and not the tail.

  6. Alex Alleyne May 16, 2016 at 8:50 am

    You guys should get into POLITICS, you have the NUMBERS. Control the direction of this Country . Make a mark do it NOW.

  7. jrsmith May 16, 2016 at 8:59 am

    We are in the 21st century and this is what’s being imposed on our young generations, 38 churches not one business across Barbados, non productive non economical adding nothing to the economy of Barbados and people wanting everything free. that’s why for every decade our black countries is standing at the crossroads with tin cup in hand waiting for hand-outs..

    What ever has happen since slavery involving our black people the bible and religions again is working in favour of the white man. Here we are at our 50th year of (Independent) (DEPENDANCY) and as like nothing has happen waiting for the blonde haired blueyed white man to save the day…

    Would some one tell me how long must the black man wait for something real to happen we have lost our culture , we have lost our heritage, we are loosing our country to foreigners shouldn’t we try teaching our new generation ,about the economic future for them and they children’s survival.. we are expecting to survive decade after decade by people coming to our aid international debt, when are we going to try doing for our selves.

    In most Christian religious countries, all we see is poverty crime and 1 to 2 % of the population owning over 90 % of the countries wealth by people who need not to get involve in local politics, because they control the countries…Its about time us blacks have a black Jesus ( NELSON MANDELA)…

  8. arjun May 16, 2016 at 9:16 am

    We all know this thing we call christ and his disciples is allegorical and has EVERYTHING to do with WITH METAPHYSICAL AND COSMOLOGICAL understandings and has nothing to do with no DEAD man coming through no f—– clouds.Wake up my people they took away your plate of food and they gave you something else god forbid. Someone who knows should tell the churches something.They are always calling people lost sheep when in fact they are the lost ones. LOOK at the facial expressions in the photos CONFUSION AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS. We as humans are going through another evolutionary level of awakening and it has nothing to do with the way they perceive the BIBLE as a matter a fact none of them are prepared or was preparing for this time.I am not here to judge and you can’t blame anyone for what they don’t know.As a matter a fact u can you can only deal with what u know and what u been taught.Consciousness is what helps to lead to our own destruction and we need to get it right.

  9. BEVERLEY PINDER May 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Wow, I was not there but just reading this I got so much goosebumps.

  10. drew May 16, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Wow …
    I read each and every comment. It actually hurts that you bralliant people not actually putting exactly what your afarid of out there. The future is going to come regardless… If you can help the future generation what are you waiting on

  11. Sherlock Holmes. May 16, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Some of you here have entered into what can be considered as Blasphemy, Arjun you more so and Jrsmith i can see you have no regard for your creator,you speak of God with disdain,but bear this in mind there will come a time when each and everyone of us will be called to account for every idle word that we would have spoken and both of you have spewed so many here,God’s word is sure and unless you are truly repentant the time will come that you will find yourself like the king of Babylon son when the writing appeared on the wall,in absolute terror and weak in the loins.

  12. Rochelle May 17, 2016 at 8:39 am

    We will see who is right on that day of Judgement. When you stand before Him, after that knee bows and that tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord, that is. Have a great day!

  13. jrsmith May 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    @ Rochelle , On that judgement day its only black people who is going to be judge ..for shooting at each other..


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