Connection Blueprint

Connection  Blueprint is an innovative hands-on practical learning process designed to help congregations maximize the impact of Jesus’ redemptive and healing love in neighborhoods and congregations. It builds on the foundational value that developing relationships of mutuality with our neighbors will change communities and congregations.  This 12-18 month journey gathers congregational teams of lay and clergy leaders from across the conference into a dynamic learning community. Together, they learn and practice tools designed to assist each congregation to implement transformative ministry within their unique context, thereby allowing them to realize the dreams God has given them. The Rev. John Edgar provides the primary leadership throughout the learning process. For more information, contact Dee Stickley-Miner at dstickley [at]


  • Findlay Howard UMC
  • Mt. Blanchard UMC
  • Leipsic UMC
  • Concord UMC
  • Incline Missional Church
  • Deerfield UMC
  • Franklin First UMC
  • Clough UMC
  • The Gathering UMC
  • Hyde Park Bethlehem UMC
  • UM Church for All People
  • Central City UMC
  • Rushsylvania UMC
  • Zanesfield UMC
  • Bellefontaine UMC
  • North Lewisburg UMC


  • August 23, 2018  10:30 am - 1:00 pm  Church for All People kick off meeting with Bishop Palmer.
  • September 15, 2018  10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Hyde Park Bethlehem UMC in Cincinnati
  • October 20, 2018  10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Zanesfield UMC in Zanesfield
  • November 17, 2019  10:00 am - 3:00 pm - West Park UMC in Columbus (hosted by Central City UMC)
  • No meeting in December
  • January 19, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Cancelled due to weather
    February 16, 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Bellfontaine UMC in Bellefontaine
  • GROUP 1:
    Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Location to be determined
    Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - ZOOM check-in meeting for clergy and any laity who can join 
  • GROUP 2:
    Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - ZOOM check-in meeting for clergy and any laity who can join
  • Saturday, April 6, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Location to be determined

    May 18, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Both groups - Location to be determined
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Building Relationships of Mutuality 

Sept. 15, 2018


  • Radical Hospitality
  • Welcoming and embracing the stranger God has sent to be our neighbor


  • Participants will be able to identify and define the basic elements of radical hospitality
  • Participants will acknowledge and further develop their individual capacity to build relationships of mutuality
  • Participants will identify opportunities to build relationships with members of their community
  • Participants will discern the population group with whom they will focus their Connection Blueprint journey
  • Participants will build their initial hospitality plan


  • Hebrews 13:1-2
  • 1 Samuel 17

Living in a Divine Economy of Abundance

October 20, 2018


  • Humans live in a Divine Economy of Abundance 
  • All effective ministry is asset based


  • Participants will embrace the Biblical concept that they live in a divine economy of abundance
  • Participants will reject the mindset of scarcity
  • Participants will learn the basic principles of Asset Based Community Development
  • Participants will engage in an experience of mapping some of their personal assets 
  • Participants will begin to explore ways to develop asset based ministries that generate relationships of mutuality


  • John 6

Extra Resource:

Touching Grace

November 17, 2018


Grace is an English translation of the Greek word "charis", which means "gift".
Relationships of mutuality  are the bridge between the church and persons of the community which allows for participation in asset-based ministries where they touch grace.
Introducing the community to God's grace


Participants will learn the Greek term Charis and understand its root and meaning.
Participants will explore the Biblical concept that any good gift from God is grace.
Participants will learn about asset-based ministries that enable people to touch grace.
Participants will learn to use the Wesleyan concepts of prevenient justifying and sanctifying grace to refine ministries to better allow people to touch grace.
Participants will assess the effectiveness of their ministries in helping people touch grace.
Participants will begin to develop plans/blueprints for new ministries to ensure people in their community are touching grace.


John 1:14-18
Luke 6:17-19