• Gather

    We gather together for times of fellowship and mutual discernment, such as Annual Conference Assembly.

     

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  • Equip

    We work at equipping pastors, youth workers and other church leaders through a variety of retreats, workshops and other programs.

     

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  • Send

    Each congregation is sent by the power of the Holy Spirit to live out God’s Greatest Commandments (Mark 12:29-30) and Jesus’ Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

     

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Retreat for Pastors’ Wives

Ohio Conference will hold a retreat for wives of Ohio Conference pastors on Nov. 4-6, 2022, at the St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin, Ohio. Miriam Zehr will be the speaker for this retreat, which will explore the theme “Joy in the Journey.”

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Ministry Grants

Have an idea for a ministry that could impact your community? Why not apply for a Ministry Grant? The deadline to submit a grant proposal isMonday, Aug. 1. The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) is accepting proposals from Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and mission initiatives. The MDT has $15,225 available for grants in 2022.

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News & Stories

Staying the Course

With affirmation from our delegates at our Annual Conference Assembly on March 4-5, 2022, at Zion Mennonite Church in Archbold, Ohio Conference embarked on a review/discernment process looking at our vision based on our new mission statement1, our structure, and our future affiliation with Mennonite Church USA (MC USA). Also with affirmation from our delegates, we contracted with a process…

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Leadership Team releases statement regarding MC USA Special Delegate Assembly

To: Ohio Conference Pastors, Delegates and Congregations From: Ohio Conference Leadership Team Subject: Statement regarding MC USA’s Special Delegate Assembly, May 27-30, 2022 Date: June 6, 2022 MC USA’s delegates met May 27-30 for a special delegate assembly in Kansas City, Missouri. Of the 502 delegates who participated, 47 represented Ohio Conference or one of our congregations. We met to…

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When will we act?

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By Dick Barrett Conference Minister Last night I watched the reports of the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of at least 19 children and two adults. That comes less than two weeks after a shooting at a grocery store in my hometown of Buffalo, New York, claimed the lives of 10 people…

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Immigration forum coming to Columbus

Interested in learning more about immigration issues? Immigration advocate Christy Staats is extending an invitation to Ohio Mennonites to attend Ohio 2022: A New Consensus on Immigration. This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, at Scarlet City Church in Columbus. Staats notes, “During Lent of 2021 I had the privilege of joining…

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Congregational pastors gather on June 15

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On June 15, 2022, Ohio Conference hosted a gathering for congregational pastors at Der Dutchman Restau­rant in Plain City. It was a time of fel­lowship and a chance to debrief after Mennonite Church USA’s spe­cial delegate assem­bly in Kansas City, Missouri, which was held May 27-30. There were 30 pastors present, representing 24 congregations. Ohio Conference was represented by our…

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Expenses outpace giving during May

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Ohio Conference’s expenses exceeded receipts during May, according to figures provided by Financial Coordinator Stan Helmuth. Receipts for the month totaled $19,443, including $19,124 in giv­ing from congregations. Expenses during May totaled $29,917, resulting in a deficit of $10,474 for the month. As of the end of May, the Conference’s operating balance was -$25,020. The  2022-23 fiscal year ends March…

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Ohio MCC Bike Ride to raise relief funds

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This July a group of bike riders in Ohio will be raising funds for Mennonite Central Committee’s emergency response in Ukraine. Participants in the Ohio MCC Bike Ride will be riding on July 23 and 24. The group of riders will leave Summit Mennonite Church in Barberton and ride 100 miles over two days (approximately 50 miles each day) to help…

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Visio divina combines images with scripture

CommonWord, a collaboration of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University, is offering a new free resource called the Visio Divina Project. This online resource includes a collection of visual images combined with scripture. The Visio Divina Project is inspired by Ruth Boehm, a pastor and photographer. Boehm invites us to “see with our own heart” using the practice of…

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