• Bishop Palmer's Response to the Coronavirus

    Dear West Ohio Pastors,

    At this writing, there have been 3 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Ohio. As concerns are mounting, we are very aware that you may experiencing an influx of calls and emails from concerned congregants. As you care for your congregation and community, we want you to know we are holding you in our prayers. We also encourage you to practice self-care. As you know, you cannot care for others, if you are depleted physically, emotionally or spiritually.

    “Do not be afraid” appears 47 times in the Old Testament and 21 times in the New Testament. There is no doubt that the news coming at us every day is fear producing and we need to take reasonable precautions to protect ourselves and our families. But as Christ followers, we also need to remember the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). People walked by the man in need out of fear – fear of getting too involved, fear of contamination, fear of interrupting their own lives.

    At all times, but especially in times of crisis, we need to be good neighbors. As we make our own preparations, let us not forget to be good neighbors for those without resources.

    We have included a significant amount of information with this letter. Based on the number of calls coming to our offices, we know some of you are needing helpful, credible information. We believe we have provided that here. Remember: Don’t panic. No one knows your congregation better than you. It is important to have a plan and to be prepared to implement the plan, if and when the time comes.

    Please know of our continuing prayers for you, your churches and the communities you serve. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of us.

    Yours in the service of Christ Jesus,

    Bishop Gregory V. Palmer
    Rev. Barry Burns
    Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson
    Rev. Dr. Dennis Miller
    Rev. Dr. Jocelyn Roper
    Rev. Linda Middelberg
    Rev. Calvin Alston, Jr.
    Rev. Dr. Scot Ocke
    Rev. Dr. Timothy Bias

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  • District Lay Ministry Training Opportunities


    Lay Servant Ministry Training Opportunities occur in the Northwest Plains District every March, April, and October.  Occassionally training opportunities are available during the summer as well. These courses are open to all interested persons, laity and clergy. 

    *CORE Courses are required to become a Lay Speaker. All courses may be used for re-certification for Certified Lay Servants if they have not already taken the course. 

    Future Training Opportunities:

    (look back later for registration information)

    March 2-3, 2018 "Introduction to Lay Servant Ministry: Basic" - led by Rev. Vernagaye Sullivan

    *March 3, 2018 "Heritage" - led by Rev. Brian Arnold - This is a CORE course.

    March 3, 2018 "Accountable Discipleship" - led by Rev. Barry Burns

    *April 7, 2018 "Lay Servants Lead in Prayer" - led by Rev. Jeff Motter - This is a CORE course.

    April 7, 2018 "Sacraments" - led by Rev. Taylor Burton Edwards

    Cost: $40, includes lunch and materials

  • Worship Resources

    Worship Resource Links


    General Worship Resources for Leading Well
    Re:worship- Free reflections, prayers, call to worship, and drama resources
    Text This Week- Lectionary Scriptures, sermon helps, prayers, music ideas, and more
    Discipleship Ministries: Worship- United Methodist worship planning helps
    Bible Gateway- Translations, commentaries, Bible dictionaries and more

    Seasonal Worship Needs
    Engage Worship

    Worship/Sermon Videos

    Sermon Spice
    Worship House Media
    Wing Clips
    Skit Guys
    Right Now Media
    Story Corps
    The Work of the People

    Books to Stretch Your Worship Planning
    ○ The transformational worship team -Brian Frame
    ○ Worship Matters
    ○ Beyond Sunday

  • Traction Tracks

  • ORV Lay Servant Ministries Advanced Core Course - Life Together in the UM Connection (Polity)

    Sunday, March 12, 2023 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 9:00pm

    Life Together in the United Methodist Connection gives participants an overview of the structure and organization of The United Methodist Church. A copy of the 2016 Book of Discipline is recommended for this course.

    What we believe about God and God’s relation to the world shapes who we are and how we organize our church. The Method of Our Mission, especially written for United Methodist classes, uses a Wesleyan theological frame to help readers understand United Methodism’s principles and structure, and the relationship between our beliefs, mission, and practice. The book is arranged into four parts—United Methodist beliefs, mission, practice, and organization.

    This LSM core advanced course is being offered via Zoom on the following dates from 7-9pm:
    • Sunday, March 12
    • Tuesday, March 14
    • Thursday, March 16
    • Sunday, March 19
    • Tuesday, March 21

    Your Zoom link will be emailed to you 3 days prior to the first class.

    Students will need to purchase their own text: The Method of Our Mission, Laceye C. Warner, Participant’s Book  -  Available from Cokesbury, Amazon and more.

    Location Name: 
    Glen Lash
    $20 + the cost of the book
  • Doing Restorative Justice TODAY

    Saturday, March 11, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
    Sponsored by All In Community, a mission initiative through the West Ohio Conference

    In the United Methodist Social Principles on criminal and restorative justice (164.V.H.), “we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole.”

    But how?  Restortative justice, rooted in indigenous traditions of healing and accountability, offers a solution.  Focused on repairing the relational and communal damage done by harmful actions, restorative justice offering pathways and practices for righting the wrong and bringing healing to all involved—including the one harmed, the one who harmed, the families of both, and the community at large.

    Restorative justice is the Church’s work of reconciliation and redemption in the face of woundedness and in the reality of harmful systems of retribution and injustice.  This session provides a basic understanding of the restorative justice framework and some basic restorative practices for doing restorative justice today.


    Location Name: 
    Virtual Only through ZOOM
    Jami Nathan
    Age Group: 
    $10 - General, $15 - CEU (UMC)/Certificate of Participation
  • Exciting Work Happening In West Ohio

    Dear Ones in Christ Jesus:

    Grace and Peace to you.

    I want to take this opportunity to give you an update on some exciting work going on in the West Ohio Conference that has an affect on all of us. So, here we go.


    • At the 2022 regular session of the Annual Conference, the members established a Connectional Table. The group convened in the Fall and took up their work. Recently they acted to move forward with a Strategic Planning Process for the conference to help envision the work to which we are called over the next several years. Measurement Resources has been engaged as a consulting partner for this process. This work will ultimately engage lots of people and voices. It is anticipated that the process will be completed by early September. Stay tuned for more as it emerges.
    • Last June the lay and clergy members of the West Ohio Annual Conference also voted to reduce the number of districts from eight to six effective July 1, 2023. I promised to report the what and the where of the six new districts by March 1, 2023. I share with you now that we are on track, and you can look for an announcement said date. Many people have given generously of their time, skill, experience, and opinions in this process. I am grateful to each and all of them. I look forward to living into our new six district reality.
    • The work related to disaffiliation continues. I want to alert you that I intend to call another Adjourned Session of the West Ohio Annual Conference to vote on disaffiliations under par. 2553 of the Book of Discipline. Please hold Saturday October 21, 2023 for this special session. Keep in mind that this heads-up is not the official Call to Conference. Rather it expresses my intention. There are details still to be worked out including formally specifying all agenda items, technology etc.

    As we journey from Epiphany to Lent to Easter let’s choose to keep our eyes on Jesus and boldly engage the mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

    Yours in Christ Jesus,

    + Bishop Gregory V. Palmer


  • Help God’s Love Take Flight this February!

    Bishop Palmer, the West Ohio Conference Office of Connectional Ministries and the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio invite you to show your love for Wings of the Morning during the month of February through a special urgent appeal.

    Due to supply chain issues and government paperwork delays, the much-loved Cessna aircraft, purchased by West Ohio for the North Katanga Conference Wings of the Morning Ministry has been unexpectedly grounded for nearly six months awaiting necessary repairs.

    With the grounding of this aircraft, the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo lost access to emergency medications, supplies and the ability to evacuate in case of emergency. Although the costs for the major maintenance are covered, thanks in part to the Wings of the Morning Endowment Fund, operating reserves are now depleted with no corporate sponsorships to offset operating costs. Soon, staff may need to be laid off.

    West Ohio, we can make a difference and help lighten the load for missionaries Jeanne and Gaston Ntambo!

    Just $20,000 would help cover immediate needs for operational support including staff salaries, airplane documentation fees, hanger fees, and fuel costs – all necessary costs for getting the ministry back up and flying by spring, just in time for the rainy season in the DRC.

    You can help! 

    As an individual donor: Send your tax-deductible gift via check to the UMFWO with the following information in the memo line: NKWOTM Advance # 08597A or click here to donate and choose Wings of the Morning in the drop down menu to donate online.

    As a church: Mail your gift to: West Ohio Conference 32 Wesley Boulevard, Worthington, Ohio 43085 C/O Finance & Administration with the following information in the memo line: NKWOTM Advance # 08597A.

    Please follow us on our website, social media channels and NewsNET for updates on this fundraising effort.

    Thank you, West Ohio!

    Click here to learn more about Wings of the Morning

    Click here to watch a video