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2017 Minister's Spring Refresher
March 2

9:30 am - 3:30 pm
At Meadow Park Church of God
Columbus, OH
Speaker: Dr. Cliff Sanders
More information HERE
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Cliff Sanders
~Born and reared in a Church of God pastor’s home, the oldest of 3 siblings.
~Graduated from Gulf-Coast Bible College, now known as Mid-America Christian University with a BA in Bible and Theology and went on to earn my Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary.
~Married to Becky Alexander Sanders for 34 years whom he met while they were students at Gulf-Coast Bible College.
~Ordained minister in the Church of God for 36 years.  His ministry has involved being a pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana prior to teaching at Mid-America Christian University since 1992.  Currently serving at Mid-America Christian University in the capacity as the chair for the School of Ministry.
~Presently attending Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City and serves as an Elder, Ministry Staff Trainer, and Adult Sunday School Teacher.
“My passions are to help people understand how important it is to have a Biblical view of God, distinctives of Wesleyan Theology,  and teaching others to actually study the Bible.”
Jan 2017 - It's a new year greeting!
The church is alive and well!
Acts 2    "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people..."
The Right Tools
 By Demetrius Booker,
State Associate Pastor Church Health

 I was filling up my gas tank the other day. A day when the temperature was around 16 degrees coupled with a wind chill factor that made it near single digits. It’s winter time, right? We mid-westerners expect winter to be cold. I spent my college years in Southern California, apart from the occasional smog, the weather was beautiful, but I missed the change of seasons. I learned to not only embrace this treasure or change of seasons that God has given us, but I love getting dressed for them: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.
In the winter, it is VERY important to dress appropriately or you will cause serious harm to your body. Case in point, as I was filling up my gas tank,


Coming in 2017

Are you wanting to explore a call to ministry? Do you need ministerial credentials to fully engage in ministry in the Church of God? Is there a sense in your spirit that God is calling you to deeper adventures, then you may be ready to begin a ministerial credentialing journey with the Church of God. Check out the LEADERSHIP FOCUS information to learn more about this powerful journey." 
Managing your finances to honor God
OHCHOG members are eligible to work with Everence Financial. Everence offers a variety of financial services and member benefits to help you connect your finances with your faith values.
From banking products that give back to the faith community to investment options to help meet your financial goals while promoting your faith values, Everence offers services to help you manage money in ways that honor God.
Everence offers banking, investing, financial and retirement planning, insurance and charitable giving services along with member and church benefits. For more information about Everence, or to find a local representative, visit or download this informational flyer.
Everence offers credit union services that are federally insured by NCUA. Investments and other products are not NCUA or otherwise federally insured, may involve loss of principal and have no credit union guarantee. All products are not available in all states.
See their Website
Senior Adults Spring Fling
April 20, 2017
Save the Date - destination TBD from exciting choices

Healthy Growing Churches present: Exponential East

April 24-27, 2017 in Orlando, FL
Click HERE for more details
Good News! Healthy Growing Churches has secured a group rate to the conference. Register

Every summer, approximately 800 students attend Camp Marengo for drama, worship, and a wide range of activities. They build relationships with each other and they build relationships with Jesus Christ.

Register HERE for the camp of your choice and join us in this extraordinary exploration.

Ohio Missions Team

ITALY Mission trip ~ July 2017
Next summer Ohio Ministries in partnership with 3Worlds Missions is offering a missions experience for youth ages 16-20 who are interested in exploring a call to ministry within the context of a post-Christian, secular culture.
Click HERE for application
See this Video

~ News from around Ohio ~

Girton Church of God, Risingsun
Girton Church of God, Risingsun, under the leadership of Pastor Robin Hindall, has been hosting all-you-can eat pancake breakfasts each month for the past two years. This is to raise money for improvements to Risingsun Community Park. They went to the village council and asked “What is going on (in Risingsun) that our church can support 100 percent? They were in desperate need of redoing their park and trying to get grants for the park.” Five to ten church members serve 30-60 people at each breakfast. Along with the proceeds from the breakfasts, a grant received through Wood County and community donations, a $23,000 piece of playground equipment will be installed in time for summer.
Another opportunity to serve the community will include an equine vacation Bible school at their local Saddle Club.  Hindall’s husband, Jason, is president of the Gibsonburg Saddle Club, a non-profit equine, where Hindall is the chaplain and runs the food for events such as rodeos and 4-H shows.

Sharing Your Story for God’s Glory

In 2017 we are encouraging you to share your congregation’s story of Redemption and Victory in the areas of Church Transformation, Multiplication and Leadership Development. We will use your story to encourage and empower other leaders and congregations. Please submit your story to

Open Churches

For a list of open churches, please click HERE or go to our website: and click on For Pastors>Resources For Pastors and then scroll down to the "Open Church List.

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Global Church of God

Church of God National Convention

WICHITA, KANSAS • JUNE 20–23, 2017

Register HERE
NIYC in Review
Dr. Cottrell brings greetings from Ohio to the hundreds of convention attendees
Generation Joshua leads convention in time of awesome worship
The Cincinnati area was the place to be during Christmas week, 2016, as the National Inspirational Youth Convention (NIYC) came to town. With all the enthusiasm and optimistic spirit of youth, the convention center was filled with powerful worship, preaching and teaching. Some of the featured speakers were Rev. Monte Dillard, Bishop Timothy Clarke, and Christian comedian Marcus D Wiley. Worship was led by an awesome band, Generation Joshua. Although the convention was actually just across the river in Covington, KY, the Cincinnati churches and Ohio Ministries brought host greetings. Ohio Ministries was honored to be one of the sponsoring partners for this event. NIYC is an annual event sponsored by the National Association of the Church of God and moves around the country to different venues each year. 
National Inspirational Youth Convention
held in Northern Kentucky December 2016.
Bob & Glenna, Dave & Patty, Kyna, Esther, Doreen & Demetrius, Jan & Vernon, Marilyn & Jim
Ohio Ministry staff and spouses wish you a Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events


Next Year Events   2017
Minister's Spring Refresher,
Meadow Park, Columbus 
  March 2
Senior Adults Spring Fling   April 20
Orlando FL
  April 24-27, 2017
South West Ohio District
Camp Meeting-Lebanon, OH
  June 4-9
National, Witchita, KS   June 20-23
South East Ohio District
Camp Meeting-Warsaw, OH
  July 7-15
North East Ohio District
Camp Meeting-Berlin, OH
  July 23-30
Payne Camp Meeting Payne, OH   July 22-28
National Association of the COG
Camp Meeting - West Middlesex, PA
  Aug. 5-13
Central Ohio District
Camp Meeting-Springfield, OH
  Aug. 6-13
Men’s Ox-Roast
Camp Marengo
Sept. 8-9
Senior Adults Fall Feast – Walnut Creek, Der Dutchman   Oct. 5
Senior Adults Fall Feast – Plain City, Der Dutchman   Oct. 19
Ohio Church of God General Assembly and Ordination Service   Oct. 26
Church of God Women's Convention
Daytona Beach, FL
  Oct. 26-29, 2017
OSYC-Ohio State Youth Convention   Nov. 10-12
Regional Exponential - Chicago   Nov. 7-8
  Growth Points
January 2017
  Parish Paper
January 2017
Healthy Growing Churches

  Church of God Ministries, Anderson IN

Ohio Ministries 

Ohio Ministries is the centralized coordinating ministry serving Church of God congregations throughout Ohio. Together with local pastors and laypersons, we provide services and expertise to help our churches thrive. 
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