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As our deadline approaches this Monday (April 10), we encourage you to complete your group registration online. If you are having problems, with your registration and or would like to sign up as an individual, please call our Ohio Ministries Office (740) 747-2916 and ask for Kyna.
Senior Adults Spring Fling
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Where: Der Dutchman ~ Plain City
(445 S Jefferson Rt, 42, Plain City OH  43064)
(614) 873-3414

Cost: $20 per person
Doors open at 11:30 am ~ Meal begins at noon.
Please register with your church
so they can send in one check

and number attending for each church.
Thank you!
Complete details

Discovery Day link
May 23, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE but you need to register HERE
Location: Indiana Ministries Office (13300 Olio Rd, Fishers, IN 46037)

Sponsored by Ohio Ministries, Indiana Ministries and Church of God in Michigan
for the mid-west multiplication initiative.
Sensing a call to be a church multiplier?
Come to Discovery Days and explore your potential next path in ministry.

For persons interested in exploring church multiplication ministry contact Esther Cottrell at 
Have you been wrestling with your next ministry role in the Church?  Is it possible that God calling you to be a church planter, campus pastors or start a missional community?  Is your church dreaming of going multisite or daughtering a church?
Discovery Day is designed to help you explore a potential calling to be a church multiplier and provide an overview of church multiplication.  We will wrestle with questions like what is church multiplication?  Am I called and wired to be a church planter?  The goal of Discovery Day is to help pastors and church leaders gain greater clarity on what it could mean for them or their church to multiply.
Join regional leaders and pastors from Ohio, Michigan and Indiana for a day of discovery on Tuesday, May 23rd.

2017 District Camp Meetings
South West Ohio
June 4-9               Lebanon Camp Meeting (flyer)
South East Ohio
July 7-15               Warsaw, OH
North East Ohio
July 23-30            Berlin, OH
North West Ohio
July 22-28            Payne Camp Meeting
Central Ohio
July 30-Aug. 6     Springfield Camp Meeting
June 9-10, 2017 at Camp Marengo
If you are a pastor, a board member, or you work with people in another capacity, then you find yourself in conversations and meetings where the stakes are high, the opinions vary, and the emotions run strong.  If you are feeling stuck in these conversations, then there is probably a conversation you are not having, or are not engaging in effective and healthy dialogue.  If you are like most people, you struggle to manage these situations well.
Help is available.  On June 9-10 Ohio Ministries is sponsoring a Crucial Conversations ® workshop with Dr. Chris Cottrell.  Chris is a Certified Trainer, International Mediator and Executive and Team Conflict Coach. 
This workshop will provide skills for fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics.  You will learn how to:
  • Discover your motive,
  • Master your story,
  • State your path,
  • Build acceptance with others in stating their path,
  • How to keep conversations safe,
  • Resolve individual and group disagreements before they escalate.
 Registration is $250 per person which includes materials and meals. Lodging is available at the camp, or at hotels within reasonable distance.
Any questions, contact Dr. Chris Cottrell 937-621-2162 or
Don't Forgets?
By Demetrius Booker, Associate State Pastor/Church Health
As we prepare for the “Suffering, Crucifixtion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus, this article will serve as a list of “Best Practices” in the area of Guest Service and Congregational Readiness as both Palm Sunday and Easter approaches.
Congregational Readiness …
Are you kidding me? This is the day that your Church will have its largest attendance per service. It will also be the day that you get more regular attendees and visitors (Guest) to visit you. So let’s talk about being ready!
Do as much as you can to De-Clutter and Clean up both the interior and exterior of your Church building. Don’t forget to remove dated signs used to communicate to your members; this would include your restrooms and communication boards around your facility. Oh, don’t forget to remove those spider webs.
Guest Service, in the words of Dr. Gary L. McIntosh, churches need to “Enhance their Friendliness”. By focusing their day’s activities on newcomers visiting the church they will show a friendly environment that is attractional to those not familiar with the church culture.
Beside the creation of a “Welcome Center” or Use of Hospitality Table, Dr. McIntosh gives us a friendly way to remember how to enhance our church friendliness by using the acrostic “GREETER”. READ MORE
Work Staging Areas Needed!

Ways to be involved in your community?

As part of our preparedness your O.M. Disaster Relief Team wants to partner with you in serving your community (if) when a natural disaster hits your part of the state. In addition to the possibility of using the CHoG camp grounds, there is need for 15-20 local congregational D.R. Team Work Staging Areas across Ohio. Interested in knowing more? Checkout the "Memo of Understanding" attachment in the O.M. Website (under Disaster Relief).  
by Vernon Maddox
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 Website 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.

~ 2017 Camp Marengo ~

Camp Marengo 
is excited to continue hosting retreats and getaways for your congregation or just for your family. Rental requests can be made online to get an immediate estimate of costs for the retreat. Church of God pastors can also come and utilize the pastor’s quarters for a personal getaway at no cost! All requests can be made on-line HERE 
2017 Summer Camp theme: home.
Acts 2:42 
We are exploring how the early church supported each other and how those various attributes of the early church can help shape our relationships today. 
We are also excited to offer a new internship opportunity for high school students 16+. Students will come and camp for 1 week, counsel for 3 weeks, and have a summer staff experience for 2 weeks. During the internship, students will gain counseling skills through workshops, meet with college admissions counselors from some Christian colleges, and upon completion of the summer internship, will receive a letter of recommendation from both the Camp Director and State Pastor! 
Camp registration is also now open! This year we opened up registration earlier than normal to allow a discounted early bird price for those who register before March 29! Registration can be completed entirely online HERE 
We are praying for you and your students and hope to see you this summer! 
       Your Camp Directors, 
       Alan and Jess Smith

~ Camp Marengo Work Event ~

Mission Marengo – Fall Work Event

Theme “Power of Praise and Thanksgiving”
·         September 28th (Arrive on Thursday Evening)
·         September 29th (Secondary Work day with Evening Fellowship)
·         September 30th (Primary Work day / Go Home)
(Except for folks that desire to continue to work for few additional days)
Anyone interested in attending one day or all days, please contact us below
Jim & Dianne Gilley
996 TWP Road 55
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
Home: 937-592-1723
Jim’s Cell: 419-230-6218
Dianne’s Cell: 937-407-5540
Home Email:

~ News West Enon-Fairborn ~

West Enon Church of God and Maiden Lane Celebrate New Beginnings
What happens when a church closes?  Sometimes the properties are appropriately deeded to Ohio Ministries to be sold, and the monies distributed to advance the Kingdom of God throughout the wider Church to aid in church multiplication, church transformation and leadership development. But, as often as possible, the properties are re-purposed to start a new congregation or campus.  And that is what happened at Enon, OH. 


The Enon Campus is now known as the West Enon Church of God. The next time you are in the area, they would love to have you stop in and worship with this growing, healthy new congregation!

~ East Second Street-Xenia ~

1 Timothy 5:17
Congratulations to Pastor James D. Walls on the celebration of his 49th Pastoral Anniversary at East Second Street Church of God in Xenia, OH
Though the morning service was focused mostly on their regular Sunday AM activities, the afternoon service nearly filled the sanctuary with supporters from several states to show their love and appreciation. Special appreciation to the Cincinnati Area Ministers Fellowship who showed up in full force to show their support!
I am asking all clergy and their spouses to prepare now for the 50th Anniversary of this distinguished man and woman of God which will be next year, March 18, 2018.

~ NEO Concert ~

NEO Adam Crabb Concert
June 25, 2017
Sunday at 6 pm
ticket price $7
for more information contact Rob McFarland
(330) 534-0084,

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.
A Growing List
Congratulations and Thank You to the following Churches and their Pastors for taking on Ohio Ministries $12 Challenge! This challenge seeks to address the need for congregational support that our local churches give to fund the various youth, camp meeting, church planting, credentialing, coaching and transformational activities.
The $12 a week or $624 a year Challenge help both smaller and struggling congregations who are not able to give more, give something to ensure Ohio Ministries will be able to support the ministries above throughout the coming year.
 New Supporters since our November Challenge …
  • Circleville Church – Pastor Lynn Summers
  • South Lebanon – Pastor Steve Bowman
  • Lancaster Church – Pastor Bill Means
  • Canton Worship Center – Joseph Glover
  • Cleveland, Fifth Church – Victoria Dorsey
  • Chestnut Ridge Church – Robert McFarland
  • Lancaster, Pleasant Chapel – Steve Rauch
  • Lebanon Church – Tracy Stephens
  • Poasttown Church – James Brewer
  • Peoples Chapel – Charles Daniel
  • Morrow Church – No Pastor
  • Moraine Church – Russell Hays

Global Church of God

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
Church of God National Convention

WICHITA, KANSAS • JUNE 20–23, 2017

Register HERE

Upcoming Events


2017 Events   Date
Senior Adults Spring Fling
Der Dutchman, Plain City
  April 18
Orlando FL
April 24-27
Discovery Days, Indiana   May 23
South West Ohio District
Camp Meeting-Lebanon, OH
  June 4-9
Crucial Conversations
Camp Marengo-Marengo OH
  June 9-10
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
Central Ohio District
Camp Meeting-Springfield, OH
  July 30-Aug. 6
National Association of the COG
Camp Meeting - West Middlesex, PA
  Aug. 5-13
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
April 2017
  Parish Paper
April 2017
Healthy Growing Churches

  Church of God Ministries, Anderson IN

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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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