How do we transform individuals into active disciples of Jesus Christ? In the past several years, many Ohio Conference congre­gations have worked toward this goal by participating in the Mis­sional Discipleship Initiative (MDI). This initiative was first offered by Mennonite Mission Network.

Starting in January Ohio Conference will offer training in MDI to a new cohort of church leaders. This online training, which is open to both pastors and lay leaders, will take place from January through June. Participating church leaders will meet online twice a month.

In addition to training leaders, MDI utilizes Missional Disciple­ship Groups in the participating congregations. Missional Disci­pleship Groups are three-person small groups which meet face to face each week.

If you are interested in participating in the upcoming MDI training, please contact Kevin Himes at