Kingdom Living Amidst Political Divisiveness

Hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour chat with Sean Swanson, pastor of First Mennonite Church in Canton, in this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast. They learn a bit more about Sean, who is one of the newer pastors in Ohio Conference, and talk with him about a group from First Mennonite which engaged with some of their neighbors to…

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What happened at CLC this time?

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour talk to Ohio Conference’s representatives to the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC), Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, Ralph Reinford, and Bob Sauder. They discuss what happened at the March meeting of the CLC and they preview the Future Church Summit, which will take place at the denominational convention in Orlando…

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ACA wrap-up – Hope for the future

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s exciting work.” So says co-host Thomas Dunn in this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast podcast. Thomas and his co-host, Bill Seymour, take a few minutes to reflect on happenings at the 2017 Ohio Conference Annual Conference Assembly (ACA). They talk about ACA with someone fairly new to Ohio…

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Talking with Alan and Debra Hirsch

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with Alan and Debra Hirsch, the presenters at Ohio Conference’s missional conference. They discuss broadening our understanding of ministry roles, bi-vocational ministry, the future of the church and the Hirsches’ impression of the people they have met in the Ohio Conference. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/12_03_24_Alan_Debra_Hirsh_Submitted-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window…

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Missional Conference Musings from Joel Shenk, Hannah Troyer, and Karla Minter

Ohio Conference Cast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with three participants of the Ohio Conference’s missional conference featuring Alan and Debra Hirsch. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Tom-and-Bill-hear-from-Hannah-and-Karla-and-Joel-final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Google Play | RSS

A good neighbor

The Ohio Conference Cast is continuing to highlight stories of congregations engaged in mission in their local settings. In this podcast episode, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with Craig Strasbaugh and Kris Nussbaum of Kidron Mennonite Church about the blessings and challenges of ministry in a local trailer park. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Kidron_Nussbaum_Final_01-1.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes |…

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How to process difficult decisions

How can congregations work through difficult issues together? In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with pastor Doug King of Tedrow Mennonite Church and congregation member Lynn Miller. They learn about the process Tedrow Mennonite has used to work with questions about affiliation. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/17_02_22_Tedrow_Working_02.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes |…

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Dollars, Donuts, and Milk – Missional Stories from the Northwest

In this episode, Ohio Conference Cast hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour travel to a regional meeting in Northwest Ohio at Tedrow Mennonite Church. They hear stories of mission from members of three congregations — Salem Mennonite in Elida, Lockport Mennonite in Stryker and Central Mennonite in Archbold. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/NW-Regional-Gathering-Podcast-Final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Google…

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Where are we going next?

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour discuss the Leadership Team’s proposed direction for Ohio Conference, which includes a strong focus on mission. Delegates will be learning about this statement at regional meetings. Joining Thomas and Bill for this discussion are members of the Ohio Conference Leadership Team and Stewardship Ministry. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-02-15-13.34-Stewardship-Ministry-Team-meeting_01.mp3Podcast: Play…

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Jessica breaks things

Back in a November podcast, Ohio Conference Cast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn learned that one Ohio Conference pastor, Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg, had addressed the Constituency Leaders Council (CLC) of Mennonite Church USA.*  Jessica spoke to the CLC as one of four co-authors of a paper titled “An Appeal for Healing and Hope for the Future of Mennonite Church USA…

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Cliff Brubaker reports on his conversations with congregations

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn check back in with Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker to get an update on his conversations with church leaders from around the Conference. Cliff also talks about the Feb. 2 meeting for pastors. Improving relationships is an important goal of both of these endeavors.     https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Cliff-Brubaker-Second-Interview.mp3Podcast:…

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How does Ohio Conference work?

Podcast hosts Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn are giving listeners something special in the Christmas edition of the Ohio Conference Cast — the chance to win a $25 gift card. To learn more about the contest, listen to this podcast episode, titled “How does Ohio Conference work?” All entries are due by Thursday, Jan. 5. Send your contest entry to…

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What happens at the Constituency Leaders Council?

Twice a year representatives from each conference in Mennonite Church USA meet as the Constituency Leaders Council, also known as the CLC. But what actually happens when this group of about 70 people gets together? In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour talk to Ohio Conference Regional Pastor Ralph Reinford about the latest…

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What does being “missional” mean?

This year in Ohio Conference the word “missional” is being used A LOT.  In this podcast Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn interview Jacob Dodson to discuss what being missional actually means and what the implications could be for our individual congregations and for Ohio Conference. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Jacob-Dodson-Interview-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Google Play | RSS

What is The Voice?

In this episode of the Ohio Conference Cast, Bill Seymour and Thomas Dunn talk with Erin Dye and Darrin Snyder Belousek about “The Voice,” a special task force created by the Ohio Conference Leadership Team. This task force, which includes Bill, Erin and Darrin, has been listening to questions and concerns from Ohio Conference congregations and communicating with Mennonite Church USA and denominational agencies…

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What are the Missional Gatherings?

In this episode of Ohio Conference Cast, Jacob Dodson, pastor of Wooster Mennonite Church, talks with hosts Thomas Dunn and Bill Seymour about the Fall Mission Events taking place and about the Ohio Conference Year of Mission. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Jacob-Dodson-Interview.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Google Play | RSS

Cliff Brubaker plans meetings with congregational leaders

In this edition of the Ohio Conference Cast, Interim Regional Pastor Cliff Brubaker talks about his plans to visit all Ohio Conference congregations for a time of listening to congregational leaders. https://ohiomennoniteconference.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/OCC-Episode-1-Cliff-Brubaker-.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Google Play | RSS