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Ohio Ministries at Work

Welcome to our new State Pastor and Director of Ministries, Dr. Esther Cottrell!!!
2015 General Assembly

Mark your calendars now!  The 2015 General Assembly is Thursday, October 22 at Meadow Park Church of God. The speaker this year is Dr. Bob Whitesel and he will be speaking on "Leading Through Change."  Read more and Register>>
Save the Dates!

*Senior Adults Fall Feast
  • Walnut Creek-October 1
  • Plain City-October 15
*Ohio Ministries General Assembly-October 22 at Meadow Park Church

*Ohio State Youth Convention-November 13-15, Springfield, OH
Senior Adults Fall Feast

Senior Adults Fall Feast will be help at Der Dutchman again this year.  Mark your calendars now with the dates below!  Tickets are available now. Click on the date and location you want to attend for more information (including a printable registration form) and to register online!
Dr. Spence to Lead Coaching Ministry

In an effort to continue and to take to the next level the coaching ministry in Ohio, Director Dr. Esther Cottrell has asked former Director Dr. Randy Spence to further develop, organize and to lead the ongoing coaching ministry for Ohio. Over the last number of years there has been an emphasis on coaching in Ohio with an effort to create a coaching culture. The belief here is that ministry is too difficult and complex to be done alone. For that reason we all can benefit from having a coach to walk with us through this maze called ministry. Learn More>>


Pastors Peer Learning Clusters

Pastors Peer Learning Clusters are forming now. 

If you are a pastor (whether solo, senior, or a staff member) and believe that we are better together, then you will want to be part of a Pastors Peer Learning Cluster. In these cluster groups (typically 5-8 persons living within 2 hours or less of one another) you will meet monthly over a course of two years to learn with one another and from one another. These groups are a safe place for you to transparently share your hurts and joys, your hopes and failures. It’s a place to be accountable to one another for the sake of the Gospel.

Groups start in October. Show your interest by registering at our website.

Ohio State Youth Convention
November 13-15, Springfield, OH


The 2015 youth convention will be held at Clark State College and will include worship with Digital Age and feature Pastors Brooklyn and Coy Lindsay!  Read More and Register>>
Cultivating Congregations

On August 25th, at Crossroads Church in Lima, Ohio, 28 Pastors and leaders from Ohio, gathered with Pastors and leaders from Indiana and Michigan, about 65 persons in all, in order to continue in their learning about church multiplication through developing multi sites. Read More>>
Missions Board Receives Italy Update

Thursday, September 10th was a great day for the Ohio Ministries Missions Board to meet with Marcos Felice Lovaglio to hear about what God is doing in Arco, Northern, Italy. Read More>>

Men's Ox Roast 2015

Men older and younger came by the carloads to the Annual Men's Ox Roast at Camp Marengo.  The theme was, "What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?" based on 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Read More>>

Resources Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

Many churches are asking for resources in light of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding same-sex marriage.  Ohio Ministries has compiled some resources that we believe, while not exhaustive or complete, will be useful to churches and pastors throughout the state.  Please follow THIS LINK to review the resources that have been made available to you.

News from Around Ohio

Forty Corners Church of God Installs New Pastor

Sunday afternoon, September 27th, Pastor Scott and Mrs. Susan (confirm her name in the Yearbook please) Haynes were installed as the new Pastoral family at Forty Corners Church of God, Massillon, Ohio. Read More>>


"What is the Spirit Saying to the Church" Conference
What is the Spirit saying to the church today during a time of massive cultural shifts when the church is increasingly pushed to the margins of society?
The theme for the conference will be focused primarily on culture
shifts and transitioning from attractional to missional
ecclesiology. The language and presentations will be highly
accessible for lay people as well as clergy. Click here for the full conference brochure.
Breiel Blvd Commissions Missional Community

On Sunday, August 23rd, Pastor Wes Duff and the Breiel Blvd. Church of God received the challenge of establishing a missional community.  Read More>>

Three Churches Celebrate Anniversaries

Three Ohio churches recently celebrated anniversaries, Iglesia de Shalom, Girton Church of God and Lancaster Church of God.  Shalom celebrated two years and Girton and Lancaster both celebrated 100 years! 
Read More and see photos>>

Miamisburg Hispanic Congregation

Pastor Ercedes Estrada and people from Nueva Esperanza Church in Cincinnati, Pastor Tim Kuefeldt and persons from the Dayspring Church of God, Pastors Roy and Sharon Maxwell from Miamisburg Church of God, and Dr. Esther Cottrell from Ohio Ministries came together on Saturday, August 1st at Dayspring.
Read More>>

Open Churches

Ohio Ministries keeps a list of all churches who are currently seeking pastors and/or associate pastors.  If you, or someone you know are a Church of God Minister looking for a position, you can click here to go to our website and view the current open church list.

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Ohio Ministries
PO Box 276
Marengo, OH 43334

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Be Bold Academy

Looking to reach new heights in ministry? This digital portal of resources, training, and coaching will help you do just that. In a single place you will find help in every area of ministry. It can be accessed at any time. New ministry resources will continually be added. Great blessings as you grow in your skills in serving our LordLearn More>>

Global Strategy

Since the late 1880s, the Church of God movement has been reaching out beyond the borders of the United States and Canada, resulting in a church body outside those geographic borders that is more than three times as large as the Church of God in the United States and Canada.

Over the last century, the names of the missions programs have changed, but the assignment has stayed the same—to tell the world of the hope found in Jesus Christ. In 2000, the Missionary Board of the Church of God became Global Missions, and now Global Missions has become Global Strategy, effective June 22, 2015.

Children of Promise 

Your church probably reaches beyond your walls to support worthwhile ministries and mission endeavors. Some may be Church of God, some may not be. Many are local, and you support state and national ministries. Great! Our vision should be bigger than just ourselves.  Read Update>>

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Senior Adults Fall Feast-Walnut Creek Der Dutchman   October 1
Senior Adults Fall Feast-Plain City Der Dutchman   October 15
Ohio Church of God General Assembly-Columbus, OH   October 22
Ohio State Youth Convention-Springfield, OH   Nov 13-15
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