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Ohio Messenger             November 2016
Ohio Ministries monthly newsletter                                               

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

November State Pastor Greetings
 Thanks and Giving!
State Pastor Esther Cottrell
~ Click photo for video ~
Psalm 100:4
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.

Take The Challenge … $12 Dollars A Week

When is the last time you heard these words, Mission Accomplished? I know it’s been a while. But that stops now! Your partnership with Ohio Ministries will help the assembly accomplish its mission of empowering congregations and leaders to meet the changing needs of a challenging culture; provide trained and experienced coaches who walk along side young and new pastors; continue to offer summer low cost youth camps. For an increase of just $12 Dollars a week to Ohio Ministries these investments and others will provide Ohio Ministries with the resources needed to help our various state and local ministries. How do you sign up? It’s simple, just call, email or with your current giving, include the extra dollars a week when you send in your monthly support.

P O Box 276
3438 Township Road 221
Marengo OH 43334
Office (740) 747-2916

Coming up very soon!

Cultivating Congregations Micro Meetups
Begins November 10th, 2016 at 1 pm
Hi Pastor!
Are you looking for opportunities to connect with other Church of God pastors seeking to learn and practice disciple-making?  Ohio Ministries, Indiana Ministries and the Church of God in Michigan have teamed up with Healthy Growing Churches (HGC) to bring you a web-based quarterly experience that will challenge us all to develop our disciple-making plans and activities. Tom Planck is our host for these meetings and will be bringing in some great guests to share their journey of disciple-making and to answer some of your questions. 

Register today and plan to join pastors from the Midwest in our first Micro Meetup, November 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm for a one hour online conversation on disciple-making. 

Register HERE

Ohio State Youth Convention
November 11-13, 2016

Maiden Lane Church of God, Springfield OH

The Ohio State Youth Convention welcomes back the popular Eric Samuel Timm as our speaker and the exciting, break-through band, I Am They, for our 2016 gathering. This year, in an effort to hold down costs while continuing to offer an unequaled experience of excellence and spiritual growth, we will hold the convention in Springfield at the Maiden Lane Church of God.

Click HERE to go to schedule, flyers, Facebook link and more.

Overcoming Doubt

Free Sermon and Small Group Material
Next Generation Project - Overcoming Doubt - Free Material
The FREE Material for Pastors and Youth Leaders have been extended through November. Please click HERE to go directly to the Church of God page to receive your FREE resource material for helping our next generation of youth to face the questions of their time about their faith in Christ. The FREE Six-Week material will help them Overcome the Doubts confronting today’s culture!

Crucial Conversations Two Day Workshops
December 5-6, 2016
With Chris Cottrell at Camp Marengo

What is Crucial Conversations Training?
Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Click HERE for complete information
Please respond no later than November 17th
to ensure your place at this exciting event and ensure materials have arrived. 

By Demetrius Booker,

Coming in 2017

2017 Spring Refresher
March 2

9:30 am - 3:30 pm
At Meadow Park Church of God
Columbus, OH
Speaker: Dr. Cliff Sanders
“What Does it Mean to be Weslyan Arminian?”
Coming Soon - 2017
Everence mission and history:
Our mission is to help people inte-grate faith and finances. Everence is a financial services organization based on the idea that it is possible to incorpo-rate your faith and values with your decisions about money. We do this to follow the biblical instruction to be good stewards. 
See their Flyer
See their Website
April 24-27, 2017 in Orlando FL

Good News! Healthy Growing Churches has secured a group rate to the conference. Registration will begin TBD

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.
See this Video

~ News from around Ohio ~

Congratulations to Rocky Fork First Church of God
who celebrated the installation of their new Pastor, Anthony Perrine.
On October 23rd, the members of First Church of God along with Pastor Rob Bulter, New Philadephia Church (Speaker), Rev Louise Worsham, Chair of the SE Credentials Committee, Rev Demetrius Booker, Associate State Pastor and a host of family, friends and guests showed up to support not only the installation of Pastor Perrine, but also his being commissioned by the Ohio Ministries to perform the duties of a Church of God clergy/shepherd. Pastor Anthony is a graduate of Ohio Christian University with who surrendered his credentials from the Narazene Church.
Welcome to the Church of God, Ohio Ministries’ Southeast District!
Go to website here
Annual Ohio General Assembly in Review
A great day of leadership tools!

We thank Meadow Park Church in Columbus for their gracious hosting of this event.
  • Speaker: Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Columbus First Church of God spoke during the day and also at the ordination service where 19 candidate were ordained. Rev. Aaron Ferry from BridgeWater Church in Hamilton led us in worship throughout the day. 
  • The General Assembly was attended by over 180 people.
  • Our lunch was provided by the School of Theology followed by our business meeting.
  • We congratulate two men who were newly ratified for the governing board; Paul Flores and Richard Triplett.
  • The Bylaws Amendment passed unanimously as well as the 2017 proposed budget. 
  • Our snack break included Graeter's ice cream provided by Servant Solutions.
  • The evening Ordination Service was attended by over 400 people.
~ District Chairs and Candidates ~
Central District–Rev. David Cotto, Chair
Kyle Hayes–Salem Church, Clayton
 Lisa Huff–Church of the Crossing, Indianapolis
 Madeline Hunter–First Church, Xenia
Nathanael Lyon–Salem Church, Clayton
Roger McDaniel–Meadow Park Church , Columbus
Michael Parks–Maiden Lane Church, Springfield
Thomas F. Siafa, Sr.–Kettering Church
Northeast District–Dr. Edward Beck, Chair
Josh Chaffin–Creston First Church
Lisa Parker–York Avenue Church , Warren
Kimberly Walker–Fifth Church of God, Cleveland
 Northwest District-Dottie Kaiser, Chair
Donna Garth–First Church, Toledo
Donna Hill–First Church, Toledo
Brent Smalley–Quarry Ridge Church, Sylvania
Angie Swonger–Quarry Ridge Church, Sylvania
Michael Wise–Stonebridge Church , Findlay
 Southeast District–Rev. Louise Worsham, Chair
Chad Knight–God’s Community Outreach , Chillicothe
Mark Linn–Pleasant Chapel Church, Lancaster
Southwest District–Rev. Tim Kufeldt, Chair
John Damion Tipton–Poasttown Church , Middletown
Tyler Williams–BridgeWater Church , Hamilton

go to website here

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

Where is NIYC 2016?

Northern Kentucky Convention Center
1 W Rivercenter Blvd, Covington, KY 41011

When is NIYC 2016?

December 27-31

What should I wear?

Casual to dressy casual attire is appropriate.

See more HERE
Annual Registration
Both churches and ministers need to register. 



Your annual ministerial registration and your congregation’s registration with Church of God Ministries is very important!  According to the records from Church of God Ministries several Ohio congregations and ministers have not yet registered within the last 12 months and in some cases several years. 

Registering annually with Church of God Ministries means that you and your congregation desires to maintain the connection and relationship with Church of God Ministries and your credentialing body, Ohio Ministries. When years go by with no registration we wonder where you are and what your connection to the Church of God is.

It is very important that each minister and each congregation register annually with Church of God Ministries. This matter needs your attention within next 5 business days, especially if you wish for your name and the congregation to appear in the 2017 COG Yearbook. The Church of God Credentials Manual suggests that a church that does not register for three consecutive years may risk approval by their assembly and lose their 501(c)3 tax exempt status. It is being recommended by Church of God Ministries that all assemblies begin to enforce this policy in the coming year.

Here is the registration link:  You can contact Church of God Ministries at (800) 848-2464, or send an email to:

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.

Upcoming Events


Coming us this year   2016
Micro Meetups   Nov. 10
Ohio State Youth Convention
Springfield, OH
  Nov. 11-13
Crucial Conversations   Dec. 5 & 6
NIYC-National Inspirational Youth Convention   Dec. 27-31
Next Year Events   2017
Spring Minister's Refresher,
Meadow Park, Columbus 
  March 2
Spring Fling   TBD
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 30-Aug. 3
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   TBA
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
  Growth Points
November 2016
  Parish Paper
November 2016
Healthy Growing Churches

  Church of God Ministries, Anderson IN
November 2016

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