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Thursday, Jul 25, 2019
Don't let summer slip by without celebrating fun, faith and friends at camp. West Ohio Camps still has camp opportunities available. Adventure Camp at Camp Otterbein is a chance for campers ages 9 to 17 to go on an adventure in the great outdoors and try something new. They will soar down the zip line, get blobbed into the lake, and hit a bullseye at the archery range. High school campers also take an adventure day-trip hiking, kayaking, or rock climbing. Otter... (read more)
Thursday, Jul 25, 2019
Back-to-school season in the United States begins in early August and continues until mid-September. United Methodists will be gathering for prayers on school campuses, blessing students and teachers and other staff who serve them, distributing school supplies, hosting outreach events - and much more. Discover what others are doing and find resources to promote and carry out your events here.
Thursday, Jul 25, 2019
When the General Commission on Religion and Race set out to develop new resources for clergy new to cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry settings, the staff turned to those with experience. Read the advice these pastors offer to help others develop cultural competence as they get to know their new charge and become more self-aware of their own expectations, assumptions and concerns. Read More
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
Last week, Barry Burns talked about what makes a vital congregation. This week, I would like to tell the story of two very different vital churches in the Capitol Area North District.   North Lewisburg United Methodist Church in Champaign County worships about 65 on a Sunday morning. When Pastor Karen Montgomery arrived there in July 2012, she found a kindhearted church in the middle of town that knew how to raise up strong families. Pastor Karen set about... (read more)
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
Clergy wellness has been a focus of the West Ohio Clergy Wellness Task Force that recently finished up its work. While the Conference continues working to implement their recommendations, including the July 1 launch of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Wespath shared its 2019 Clergy Well-Being Study, which provides information about clergy wellness from across the country. For more information, click here.
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
The Festival Gathering of Biblical Storytelling will be held July 31-August 3, 2019, at the University Marriott hotel in Dayton, OH. The Festival Gathering features  workshops for beginners through master storytellers, keynote presentations, world-class performances of both sacred and traditional storytelling, and many opportunities to immerse yourself in the Bible as story, and network with other storytellers from all over the world. For more information or to... (read more)
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
Clergy may be the first individuals who become aware of elder abuse or exploitation in their communities, but clergy are often left out of discussions of elder justice. 'Leading Faithfully: Mobilizing Clergy to Help Respond to Elder Abuse" will help connect the dots for faith leaders that serve in communities across Ohio. Workshops will be held in West Ohio on August 21 (Grove City), September 11 (Dayton), and September 18 (Toledo). Cost is $25 for registration... (read more)
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019
You are more likely to encounter someone - a friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community - in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Youth Mental Health F... (read more)
Monday, Jul 15, 2019
Now that I am in my 35th year of pastoral ministry, and my sixth year of serving as a superintendent, I have seen and worked with a wide variety of congregations. And what I am noticing in this season of ministry is that as our dialogue with each other has become more and more divisive and toxic, as we have seen the cultural trend that fewer folks are attending worship, and those who do are attending less often, we tend to lose sight of the fact that even now... (read more)
Monday, Jul 15, 2019
Whether you are getting set to launch fall ministries and programs, building your congregation's budget for 2020, or both, be sure to include a check-up of your building on your to-do list. An annual building check-up can prevent small maintenance issues from becoming major - and may ward off endangering the health and safety of your congregants and guests. Get started by downloading this checklist produced by The Academy of Church Business Administrators.