Aldersgate SG 2014 (22-25 May)

Early Methodists in Oxford were laughed at because they took their commitment to Christ more seriously than their fellow students. Yet today, we reap the fruits of the exceptionally rich legacy of our Wesleyan heritage. Renowned Wesleyan teacher and Methodist minister, the Rev Dr David Lowes Watson, will offer rich insights in an articulate, entertaining and quick-witted way at ALDERSGATEsg 2014 May 22–25



A Matter of Heart & Life 

DISCIPLESHIP in the Wesleyan Tradition



7.45 pm Toa Payoh Methodist Church
The Rev Dr David Lowes Watson


Thursday 22 May: “Born of the Spirit”
Sin is not our fault, we are born into it. But it becomes our fault when we try to deny our condition. We need to be “born of the Spirit”, which in itself is a dynamic process from conception to birth to growth.


Friday 23 May: “Salvation and Discipleship”

There were two tracks in the ministry of Jesus – salvation, and discipleship. Each was clearly distinct. All are offered salvation in Christ, but not everyone is called to discipleship. This insight could greatly strengthen pastoral leadership, both clergy and laity.


Saturday 24 May: “Anointed by the Spirit of the Lord” 

What do you do after your heart is warmed? On this final evening, the Aldersgate Service will be celebrated with Dr Watson preaching to commemorate Wesley’s heart-warming experience on May 24, 1738, and how he proclaimed the gospel for the next five decades, forming the societies that would become the Methodist Church.



9 am to 1 pm, Aldersgate Methodist Church

The Rev Dr David Lowes Watson


Saturday 24 May: Covenant Discipleship

Based on the early Methodist Class Meeting, Covenant Discipleship is a practical way of mutual support and accountability in the Christian life. $5 registration fee; sign up at                                





A Celebration of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs 

7.30 pm Toa Payoh Methodist Church


Sunday 25 May 

With the Methodist Praise Festival Choir 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The Rev Dr David Lowes Watson will share about discipleship at this 

                                                                                               year's Aldersgate SG 2014 Convention




Meet Dr Watson, Our Special Speaker for Aldersgate SG 2014


Dr Watson is an Elder in the Tennessee Conference of The United Methodist Church (UMC), having served the Church in a multitude of roles for more than 40 years.


He has pastored congregations in the Illinois Great Rivers and North Carolina Conferences of the UMC, and was also Professor of Evangelism at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a Professor of Theology and Congregational Life and Mission at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D. C.


He concluded his active ministry as Director of the Office of Pastoral Formation for the Nashville Episcopal Area of the UMC. In 2005, he retired, but nonetheless continued serving God for another three years as Interim Senior Minister at West End United Methodist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.


Dr Watson has written extensively on Methodist history and theology, evangelism and congregational life and mission. His books include Covenant Discipleship: Christian Formation through Mutual Accountability; Class Leaders: Recovering a Tradition; and God Does Not Foreclose: The Universal Promise of Salvation. He was also the founding editor of the Covenant Discipleship Quarterly and the Journal of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, of which he is a past President.




A native of England, Dr Watson earned his M.A. from Oxford University, his M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary in Missouri and his Ph.D. from Duke University, North Carolina. He has been married for 52 years to the Rev Gayle Turner Watson. Their son and daughter are both married, and live in Dallas, Texas, along with their three grandsons.



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Photos courtesy of Rev Dr Watson        

[Updated 18 March 2014]