• 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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Social Justice Sunday

Ohio Conference’s racial reconciliation resource team, Grace & Groundings, invites your congregation to participate in this year’s Social Justice Sunday on June 23. Resources have been compiled by the team around the themes of Let justice roll down and Celebrate the promise of freedom.

 

Staffing Positions Available

Ohio Conference is hiring! There are two open positions – 1) Administrative Coordinator and Bookkeeper; 2) Program and Communication Coordinator. Applications are being accepted now.

 

News & Stories

Food justice in Ohio

Why do so many Ohioans have difficulty getting food that is affordable, nutritious, culturally acceptable, and accessible? The newest Ohio Conference Cast podcast explores this topic with Dr. Brandy Phipps, associate professor at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Phipps works with others throughout Ohio and the Midwest to create new options for people to grow and access food…

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Journey

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Journey is a missional leadership development program from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS)  that develops leaders centered in Jesus for ministry. Are you on a journey to ministry? Do you know someone who is on a journey to ministry? Why not tap them to join Journey? To find out more information, check out this link.

How is your congregation impacting the community?

The new strategic plan that was adopted at Annual Conference Assembly in March, states that congregational stories of “evangelism and community participation” will be included in Ohio Conference’s communications throughout the year. How is your congregation working in the community? Are you beginning something or have you been involved in something for some time now? Would you be willing to…

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Staffing positions available

Ohio Conference is hiring two positions as it pursues its mission to “Gather, Equip and Send our congregations by the power of the Holy Spirit to live out God’s Greatest Commandments and Jesus’ Great Commission.” 1)  The Administrative Coordinator and Bookkeeper will contribute to the Conference’s ability to successfully achieve its mission by: Being the first connection for those contacting the…

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Bluffton University announces merger with University of Findlay

At a press conference on March 20, the presidents of Bluffton University and the University of Findlay announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding declaring the intention to pursue a merger of the two universities. This would create one institution with two campuses. Each university would remain affiliated with its denomination—Bluffton with MC USA and Findlay with the…

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Former Ohio Conference pastor passes at age 82

Bob Schloneger, age 82, passed away on March 25, 2024, in Goshen, Indiana. A retired Mennonite pastor, Bob was married to Enid (Miller) and served in various roles around Ohio Conference. He was co-pastor at Millersburg with Enid and served for four years as regional pastor, as well as various other conference roles and pastoral assignments. His memorial service was…

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First month of fiscal year complete

Ohio Conference’s fiscal year began on April 1 and ended its first month with just over a $3,000 deficit. In comparison, the past two fiscal years had over a $14,000 deficit after the first month. While receipts were low, expenses were almost $8000 lower than budgeted. The budget this year is based on $250,000 in contributions from congregations and $40,000…

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Healthy Boundaries 201 Training

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Healthy Boundaries 201 training was held on April 30 with sixty people participating. Led by Nancy Kauffmann and Jon Bohley, credentialed leaders from Ohio Conference and beyond completed the training. All persons with an active (or active without charge) credential from the Ohio Conference are required to complete Healthy Boundaries training once every three years.          

Leadership Council gathers for retreat

Ohio Conference’s newly formed Leadership Council met at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Fremont, Ohio, April 24-25 for its first meeting. Gathering around Psalm 23 and Philippians 2:1-11, the days were filled with gratitude, recognition of transitions and challenges, trust, and a sense of God’s engagement in Ohio Conference. Moderator Paula Snyder Belousek led the gathering which…

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Training opportunities in mediation and conflict transformation in ministry

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Lombard Mennonite Peace Center (LMPC) is hosting Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders in Huron, Ohio, May 27-31 at Christ Episcopal Church. This 32-hour training is for clergy looking to increase or improve their mediation skills. If these dates are not convenient, there will be other trainings in Pennsylvania and Illinois this summer. LMPC is also offering Leadership Development…

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