The Ohio Conference Missional Network will begin with a training event during summer 2018. Missional Consultant Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg is asking representatives from each participating congregation to attend the training on the date which works best for their schedules. The initial training is being held on the following dates:

  • Sunday evening, June 24 — 6-9 p.m., First Mennonite Church, Canton
  • Tuesday morning, June 26 — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold
  • Thursday morning, June 28 — 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Salem Mennonite Church, Elida
  • Sunday evening, July 8 — 4-7 p.m., Zion Mennonite Church, Archbold. Please note that the time for this training has been changed from 6-9 p.m. to 4-7 p.m.

For those unable to attend one of these initial training sessions, we highly recommend you send someone from your congregational leadership team to represent your congregation. We will also videotape the training, but the training will be interactive and best experienced in person.

Interested in learning more about the Ohio Conference Missional Network? Check the Missional Network Plan for more information.

Please note: Missional Consultant Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg says that the training sessions build on each other, but they can be experienced individually. If an individual has to miss the first training session, they can still come to trainings 2 and 3.

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Missional Consultant outlines training topics to be studied

Training One

Moving Toward Missional: Progression Chart on Change Process

Dates: June 24, 26, 28, July 8

  • Changing the Scorecard: attendance, budget, programs vs. biblical understanding of success (discipleship that produces disciple-makers)
  • Understanding Discipleship: Missional Discipleship Initiatives
  • Planning for the Change (and what you can be doing in the meantime)
    • Step-by-step process on moving congregational leadership, discipleship, and eventually the entire congregation on the road to missional
    • This session will include the definitions and nuances between small groups, discipleship groups, missional communities, micro-church, house churches, church plants, and movement making.


Training Two

Developing Leadership by Raising the Bar of Discipleship and Lowering the Bar of Sunday Morning

Dates: TBD during September

  • Becoming Good News people who testify to the Good News: sharing your faith and learning to whom you can share it and how
  • Identifying your teachables and then teaching them: Leaders are made through an apprenticeship learning process, not necessarily in a classroom
  • How to go from missional to Bible study to church to church planting-churches


Training Three


Dates: TBD October

  • Establishing a culture that favors discipleship multiplication
    • How to purposefully develop a particular culture. Values + Narratives (stories) = culture.
  • Starting with WHO. Unreached people, and people of peace (gatekeepers of the community)
  • Identifying your church’s Third Spaces: Relationship Gardens. Planting missional communities who grow around the people who will never go to your church.

If you have questions about these training topics or other matters related to the Ohio Conference Missional Network, please contact Missional Consultant Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg at