Ohio Conference will hold an online missional conference during the evenings of March 4-5, just prior to Annual Conference Assembly.

The theme of this conference will be “Come and See! The Mission of the Church in God’s Country.” Brad Roth, pastor and author of the book God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church, will be the featured speaker.

It is sometimes hard to expect renewal and new expressions of mission to emerge from the rural church, but mission can flow from there. Based on John 1:35-51 and 1 Peter 3:15-16a, this conference will focus on the work of God in our rural churches and communities. Everyone in the Ohio Conference is invited to participate in this online conference and join others seeking a new vision for mission in God’s country.

The missional conference will take place from 6:30 to 8:45 each evening. A conference schedule with more details is included on this page.

Registration cost is $20 per person, with a special price of $10 for young adults under age 30. After Feb. 26, the registration fee increases to $25 per person. Please register online at https://bit.ly/2021MissionalConference.

Thursday, March 4
6:30-7:40 p.m.Session 1: What Are You Looking For? Thinking about Rural Context and Why It Matters (John 1:31-51)
7:40-7:45 p.m.Break
7:45-8:45 p.m.Session 2: They Remained with Him that Day: More with less in the Rural Church
Friday, March 5
6:30-7:45 p.m.Session 3: Come and See: Rural Mission and Evangelism (1 Peter 3:15-16a)
7:40-7:45 p.m.Break
7:45-8:45 p.m.Session 4: What Are You Seeking? Prayer in God's Country
Get a missional conference preview

If you would like to learn more about Brad Roth, the speaker for Ohio Conference’s missional conference, you can get a missional conference preview by reading some of his writing on the topic of mission and the rural church.

You can access highlights of Brad Roth’s book, God’s Country: Faith, Hope, and the Future of the Rural Church, by downloading “Growing the Church in the Rural Neighborhood,” a Missio Dei booklet from Mennonite Mission Network. This booklet is available online at http://bit.ly/GrowingRuralChurch.