• 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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New Pastor Orientation

The New Pastor Orientation is for new pastors to Ohio Conference along with a guest. This orientation is to help new pastors feel connected, to understand the resources available to them, and to connect with others in Conference. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.

Credentialed Bible Study

A day of studying scripture through the lens of Jesus is scheduled for all credentialed Ohio Conference leaders. This event will take place on August 28 at the Upper Sandusky Library in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.

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News & Stories

May financial report

Stan Helmuth, Ohio Conference financial coordinator, has finalized the May financial statements; May is the second month of the fiscal year. While congregational giving was higher in May than in April, expenses are still exceeding receipts. Staff continues to keep expenses below budget, but giving also continues to be below budget. As of May 31, the conference has a $12,478…

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Centered around Jesus

By Dan Miller Interim Conference Minister As I’ve been learning about Ohio Conference, hoping to hear the Spirit, and engaging in our work together, Philippians 2:5-11 is a passage that’s stuck out to me. Many scholars think this was a hymn used in early church worship that exalted how he went about his mission. Here are verses 5-8: Let this…

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Oak Grove Mennonite Preschool outreach

By Miriam Zehr Retired associate pastor of Worship and Education at Oak Grove Mennonite Church Oak Grove Mennonite Preschool has been in operation since 1975. It offers programming for three- and four-year-olds on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and for four– and five-year-olds on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during the school year. We have had many connections with community families…

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Welcome Shaquez!

New Program and Communication Coordinator to begin on July 1 My name is Shaquez Dickens. I am originally from Wooster, Ohio, where I previously worked in various roles at The College of Wooster. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with my Bachelor’s in Business and will soon graduate with my Master’s in Organizational Leadership. My husband, Bob, and I live in…

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Is God calling you? (Or someone you know?)

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14 Thank you for the ways you support Ohio Mennonite Conference! The Gifts Discernment Committee is tasked with filling all Conference committee positions. Sometimes their…

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UPDATED: Staffing positions available

Ohio Conference is looking for a half-time administrative coordinator and a quarter-time bookkeeper. These two roles can be hired separately, or combined if an applicant has experience in both areas. Each position makes a significant contribution to the conference’s ability to work toward its mission to love God, love others, and make disciples of Jesus Christ. The Administrative Coordinator will accomplish…

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Congratulations, Sue!! Sue Short graduates from AMBS

On April 27, AMBS held its commencement service honoring 22 graduates. One of those honored was Sue Short, pastor at Zion Mennonite in Archbold. Sue anticipates completing her Master of Divinity with a major in Pastoral Ministry this August. Sue completed most of her degree from a distance through the MDiv Connect program. Sue states, “My seminary experience at AMBS…

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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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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.

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

Robert “Bob” Schloneger, age 82, formerly of Ohio Conference, passed away on March 25, 2024, in Goshen, Indiana. Born on April 17, 1941, in Louisville, Ohio, Bob married Enid Miller in 1963. They had three sons and one daughter. Over the course of his life, Bob served in various ministerial roles, including many in Ohio Conference. He pastored at North…

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Leadership Council gathers for retreat

The new Ohio Conference Leadership Council met  April 24-25 at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Tiffin, OH. The purpose of our retreat was to get to know one another better and to intentionally set time aside to review the 2024-26 Strategic Plan that was approved at our recent Annual Conference Assembly. As the Leadership Council gathered it…

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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.