• 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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Annual Conference Assembly

Ohio Conference will hold its 2023 Annual Conference Assembly March 3-4 at Central Christian School in Kidron.

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2023 Missional Workshop

The 2023 Missional Conference will take place April 15 St. Francis Spirituality Center in Tiffin. The theme of this workshop is “Outward Church: Mobilizing the church wherever you are.” Mauricio Chenlo of Mennonite Mission Network will facilitate this event, which will include time for teams from congregations to work on plans for local mission projects and receive feedback from others.

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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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Register for ACA by Feb. 10

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Have you registered for Annual Conference Assembly (ACA)? Feb. 10 is the deadline to register for ACA at the regular fee of $45 per person. After that date, the registration fee rises to $60 per person. Central Christian School in Kidron will host the 2023 ACA March 3-4. The theme of this year’s gathering will be “Doing Life Together: Rooted…

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ACA resolution procedure announced

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If you would like to propose a resolution for delegates to consider at Annual Conference Assembly (ACA), please note: At its Nov. 17 meeting, the Ohio Conference Leadership Team decided that this year all proposed resolutions must be submitted no later than three weeks prior to ACA. The deadline to submit a resolution is Feb. 10, 2023. If you have…

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Giving to Conference drops in December

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Giving to Ohio Conference was lower than average during December, resulting in a deficit of $8,493 for the month. According to figures provided by Stan Helmuth, Ohio Conference financial coordinator, receipts for the month totaled just $16,028, including $10,306 in congregational giving. Total expenses for the month were $24,521. As of Dec. 31, 2022, the Conference’s operating balance was -$55,452.…

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Humbled from the start: One person’s start on the anti-racist journey

By Greg Bowman Part 1 “When did you begin to grapple with being White?” The answer to this question is fairly straightforward: about 2001. The back story is more revealing. I was 49, living in eastern Pennsylvania in an all-white community, attending an all-white rural Mennonite congregation in  Bally. It was at a Saturday morning session of a weekend-long anti-racism…

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CommonWord offers Lenten resources

By Ann Leaman Ohio Conference Resource Advocate  This year Lent begins on Feb. 22, which means now is a great time to look for worship and devotional resources related to Lent. If you are looking for new Lenten resources, check out the website for CommonWord, a collaboration of Mennonite Church Canada and Canadian Mennonite University. In preparation for Lent, CommonWord…

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Winter Read discussion begins

The Ohio Conference Winter Read has returned! Once again this winter Ohio Conference is holding a Conference-wide book study using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. 2023 marks the second year for the Winter Read. Last year, more than 60 people participated in discussions about the book Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison. This year Winter Read participants are studying Just Mercy, a…

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