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Monday, Feb 17, 2020
Small churches provide important ministries.  For this reason, the Small Church Essentials Conference has been set for March 27 and 28. The event will feature Rev. Karl Vaters, author of the books Small Church Essentials and The Grasshopper Myth.  His organization New Small Church exists to encourage, connect and equip innovative Small church leaders. "We believe being small is not a problem to fix, but a strategy God wants to use," said Vaters.  Sessions will... continue reading
Monday, Feb 17, 2020
The United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio is seeking an Executive Director who will lead the strategic vision of the Foundation and promote the spirit of generosity and investment services compatible with the Social Principles of The United Methodist Church. This leader will also serve local churches and individuals of the West Ohio Area by providing resources and services for planned giving, fund management and financial stewardship. (Learn more...) UMFW... continue reading
Monday, Feb 17, 2020
Human trafficking is a modern-day reality for at least 20 million people who have been forced into slavery across this country and around the world. Here in West Ohio, Dr. Marlene Carson, a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking, has decided to do something about it. From 2008-2016, Marlene founded and ran Rahab’s Hideaway, a non-profit that provided housing for trafficking survivors. She later created The Switch Anti-Trafficking Network, which offers wrapa... continue reading
Monday, Feb 17, 2020
The Harry Denman Evangelism Award, sponsored by The Foundation for Evangelism, honors United Methodists in each Annual Conference whose exceptional ministry of evangelism brings people into a life transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.  What distinguishes a Harry Denman Evangelism Award recipient is the commitment to consistently introduce others to the Good News of Jesus Christ in all ministry settings. Their ministry is exceptional for the number of new... continue reading
Monday, Feb 17, 2020
No recording devices trapped the cadences and power of “Black Harry” Hosier’s preaching. But we may conjecture that given his African American heritage, his words poured out rhythmically and with a range of volume. This rhetoric, combined with a keen mind and outstanding communication skills, enabled the biblical truths he proclaimed to pulverize the stony hearts of his listeners. “I really believe he is one of the best preachers in the world,” was the opinion... continue reading
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
The Ohio Chapter of PAUMCS (Professional Administrators of the United Methodist Connectional Structure) was a dream of Bob Storey, Coordinator of Communications for the West Ohio Annual Conference. In 1988 the General Conference approved legislation allowing the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) to sponsor PAUMCS. But Ohio PAUMCS did not become a reality until 1991 when it was established at a gathering at the Green Street United Methodist Ch... continue reading
Monday, Feb 10, 2020
Scouting was officially recognized by the Methodist Episcopal Church in February 1920. In truth, Methodist churches were supporting Scout troops prior to 1920 when James V. Thompson, superintendent of Young People's Sunday School, wrote to James E. West, the Chief Scout of BSA. But that letter marks the first formal relationship between the Methodist Episcopal Church and Boy Scouts of America. First Local Church Grace Methodist Church in Delaware, Ohio, may be... continue reading
Monday, Feb 10, 2020
The Crossroads Retreat is a multi-faceted workshop for ministry leaders serving in cross-racial and/or cross-cultural settings. Working across difference is the key to vitality in our current and future churches. The event is March 19-21, 2020 in Lewis Center, Ohio. To learn more, click here. Registration closes February 11. Attendees can register and pay immediately or register now and submit payment at a later date. Spouses can attend for free.
Monday, Feb 10, 2020
Are you called to lead a mission team? West Ohio will provide a Volunteers in Mission (VIM) Team Leader Training on Saturday, March 7, 9am-3pm at Milford First UMC near Cincinnati. With experienced team leaders as instructors, you will learn how to plan and lead a mission experience in Ohio, the United States or around the world. You will also be provided with resources for nurturing the spiritual life of your team, as well as practical information on travel, i... continue reading
Monday, Feb 10, 2020
In the Ohio River Valley District, All In Community has turned its restorative justice efforts toward healing the most vulnerable justice-involved persons - victims and families. Over the course of several months, lay, clergy, and area Stephen Ministers participated in a series of trainings with All In Community and Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections trainers. A Good Samaritan team formed in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Stephen Ministr... continue reading