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Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
“Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zachariah 9:9b, NRSV Many Palm Sunday church celebrations feature children in parades and other festivities as part of their worship service to celebrate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem days before his Crucifixion. One Capital Area North church decided to hold a different kind of parade outside the church walls. When the Rev. Glenn... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
Bishop Palmer is excited to announce his next Leadership Clinic guest, Bishop Michael Curry, on May 18, 10a-12p EST. The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. Join us for his teaching titled, “Leadership and the Dangerous Liberation of Love.” Following Bishop Curry’s teaching,... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
After eight years as the Director of Camping & Retreats Ministry for the West Ohio Conference, Ken Overholser will retire on August 31, 2021. After becoming the interim director in 2013, Ken realized his calling to a position that used both his skill set and his passion for children’s and youth ministry. “Thousands of children, youth, young adults and families have been impacted through Ken’s leadership,” says Dee Stickley-Miner, Director of Connectional Mi... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
West Ohio is seeking a Director of Camps, Retreats and Next Generation Engagement. Do you want to be a difference maker? You can by joining a strong, diverse, and collaborative conference team committed to making the love of Jesus accessible, real, and life transforming for all. Never doubt that camp changes people. 92% of our campers say that camp helped them feel good about themselves, and 70% of our parents say that their child gained self-confidence at camp... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
We are seeing the trends, and they are troubling. As churches return to in-person gatherings, they are abandoning their digital and streaming services. At the very least, they are not giving them the attention they did during the quarantine. It’s a mistake. It’s a big mistake. Here are seven reasons why we believe strongly your church must continue to emphasize and invest in digital and streaming services.  It will grow slowly after it declines. One pastor... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 20, 2021
The ones least responsible for climate change can be the ones who are most effected by the results of climate change. Pastor Joe Graves of Central City Church talks with Ryan Fogt, professor of meteorology at Ohio University about climate science and climate justice. Fogt offers small action steps we all can take in our everyday lives to help reverse the trend of climate change. Click here to listen.
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021
On Memorial Day of 2019, the Dayton, OH, area was devastated by 15 tornados, including an EF-4 with winds over 165 miles per hour. The tornados destroyed at least 1,500 buildings and damaged 7,000 across four counties – Greene, Mercer, Miami, and Montgomery. In the immediate aftermath of the tornados, many Dayton area United Methodist churches provided food, water, prayers, and volunteers who helped to clear debris. In the months that followed, United Methodist... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021
The West Ohio Conference will host the Annual Clergy Session virtually on May 19, 2021. All Clergy members of the Annual Conference and Laity on the Board of Ordained Ministry are invited to participate. The objectives of the Clergy Session include caring for those who will have new credentials for Commissioning and Ordination and those who have changed status in the past year, such as retirees. Clergy Session is an important aspect of holy conferencing that re... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021
This year’s West Ohio Annual Conference Offering will be used to support disaster response in West Ohio and around the United States. In 2020, millions of people were affected by natural disasters, from wildfires to floods to hurricanes and tornadoes. Experts are predicting an extremely active hurricane season in 2021, with a higher-than-average number of named storms, as well as major hurricanes. When disasters happen, it is often the local church that provide... continue reading
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021
Thanks to your generosity, the Conference finished 2020 in a solid financial position. Yes, our receipts on apportioned connectional giving were less than forecast, but our expenses were low. Those trends combined with a PPP loan meant we started 2021 on solid footing.  The Conference situation may sound a lot like your church’s, if the feedback we’re hearing is correct. Unclear at the end of 2020, however, was whether our strong finish was a result of churches... continue reading