• 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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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 is Friday, Aug. 4. The Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT) is accepting proposals from Conference congregations and related organizations for projects and mission initiatives. The MDT has $7,395 available for grants in 2023.

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2023 Pastor-Spouse Retreat

The 2023 Pastor-Spouse Retreat will take place Nov. 10-12 at Deer Creek State Park.

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News & Stories

Please remember us in prayer this summer

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Please keep Ohio Conference, our congregations and pastors in your prayers throughout the summer. If you would like a prayer request added, please contact Ann Leaman at ohioevangel@gmail.com, Conference Minister Dick Barrett at ohioconferenceminister@gmail.com, or Regional Pastor Tony Doehrmann at ocrpwest@gmail.com. Please remember these requests during your prayer times: — Ohio Conference as we continue to discern God’s future vision…

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Webinar showcases new Bible storybook

The Shine Sunday school curriculum will soon have a new Bible storybook, The Peace Table. The Peace Table is the source of the Bible story for Shine’s elementary curriculum for 2023-26. Recently MennoMedia offered a webinar to overview the features of The Peace Table and its use in the curriculum. The webinar also explored how this book can help teachers…

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Ministry Grants can help fund local projects

Ministry Grants are back! Aug. 4 is the deadline to submit a grant proposal to the Ohio Conference Ministry Development Team (MDT). The MDT is accepting proposals from Ohio Conference congregations and related ministries for mission projects and initiatives. This year the MDT has $7,395 available for grants. Since 2012 the MDT has awarded grants each summer, providing funds for a…

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‘Aha’ moments: Reflections on a lifetime

By Gregory Battle  “Now I understand why people choose to have biographers. This is painful to revisit.” —  All-Too-Black Greg Many of the things that have formed my life experiences are the same things that have formed the lives of other men of my age. Then there’s a whole other thing: I am visibly Black. I have 67+ years of learning…

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A Vision Beyond Ourselves

By Dick Barrett Conference Minister  As a conference of Anabaptist Mennonite churches across Ohio and the surrounding states we find ourselves at the beginning of our second year of discerning together God’s vision for us as we look to the future. Over the past year our process consultant, Jeanne Zimmerly Jantzi, met with our credentialed leaders and congregational delegates to…

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Creation care resources abound

By Ann Leaman Ohio Conference Resource Advocate This month I would like to highlight a number of resources related to the environment. MCC Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has gathered a set of resources related to the environment and climate change, all available at https://mcc.org/mcc-climate-change. The introduction to this collection says, “Our partners say changing weather affects almost every aspect of…

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