Central Plains Conference offers free faith formation resources

Calling all Anabaptists: Central Plains Mennonite Conference has a gift for you. Central Plains Mennonite Conference has gathered a wide variety of resources for people interested in faith formation and teaching people of all ages on its Anabaptist Faith Formation website: http://www.anabaptistfaithformation.org/. All resources on the website are free to use. The site has downloadable resources for working with children…

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New book focuses on evangelism

David Eshleman, who has worked with Ohio Conference congregations to provide revitalization resources, has written a new book, Share the Irresistible Story of Jesus, published by ChurchSmart Resources. Many Christians feel free to talk about the weather, news, cars, sports, or their job but have difficulty verbalizing their faith. Share the Irresistible Story of Jesus seeks to help Christians to…

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Everence resource focuses on generous living

By Lois Bontrager Ohio Conference Resource Advocate Here’s a great resource from Everence: Generous Living in a Self-Centered World: Biblical Models of Generosity. This resource is a six-week course in which you will be introduced to a variety of generosity models found in scripture.  Our challenge as 21st-century followers of Jesus is to take the lessons described in scripture, understand their context…

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Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console, To be…

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Methodist Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own, but yours. Put me to what you will, rank me with whom you will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for you, or laid aside for you, exalted for you, or brought low for you; let me be full, let me be empty, let me have all things,…

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Call to Prayer and Fasting

OC Ministry Development Team (Dana Short, Prayer Coordinator) May 3, 2014   This is a call for Ohio Conference congregations to engage in a three day fast between now and the August 9th special delegate session. At this session, delegates will discern OC’s response to the Concerned Pastors’ Letter and Resolution in response to Mountain States decision to license a…

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Mentoring in the Bible

Type in the word “mentor” in a word search on Bible Gateway…and you get 0 Results! Type in the word “mentee” in a word search on Bible Gateway…and you get 0 Results! You get the same results when you enter “mentored” or “mentoring!” But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing in the Bible on the subject! Consider this list of the…

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How We Use Our Child Protection Policy

By Kris Nussbaum Kidron Mennonite Church Minister of Christian Education A child protection and abuse response policy benefits everyone in our congregation. Not only does it work to create a safe environment for children, but it also protects volunteers from the appearance of wrong doing and the church from potential accusations. Our entire child protection and abuse response policy fits…

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