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December Greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!
End of Year Giving

We want to remind you that the end of the year 2015 also marks the end of the 2015 budget for Ohio Ministries. we want to thank all of our churches that generously and faithfully support the work of Ohio Ministries of the Church of God. Your support is vital to enabling us to follow where God is leading.

We want to ask all church treasurers to ensure that allocated funds for this year have been remitted for the 2015 fiscal year. For tax deductible giving, all gifts must be post marked by December 31, 2015. 

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Ohio State Youth Convention Recap 

The Ohio State Youth Convention was held November 13-15 in Springfield, Ohio at the Clark State College Performing Arts Center. We had an incredible time of worship under the worship leadership of The Digital Age. We also had the opportunity to learn together under the teaching of our featured speakers, Brooklyn & Coy Lindsey. Read More...
Awaken 2016 Network Gathering

AWAKEN, the 2016 Healthy Grown Churches Network Gathering, will be held February 17, 7pm -February 19, 12pm 2016 at Bayside Community Church in Safety Harbor, FL. Jon Ferguson, keynote speaker and co-author of the new book Finding Your Way Back To God, will be sharing on awakening the heart of your church to reach those who are lost. This conference opportunity includes pre-conference activities, breakout sessions and keynote sessions. You will also have the opportunity to network with other pastors and church leaders. For more information and to register, check out

Ministers' Spring Refresher

Our Spring Refresher will be held on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Meadow Park Church of God in Columbus, OH, from 10:00am - 4:00pm. We are excited to announce that our speaker for the Refresher will be General Director of the Church of God, Rev. Jim Lyon. We hope you will make plans to join us for this exciting event. Come be encouraged, inspired, and enjoy fellowship with the great pastors in Ohio!

Take a minute and get to know a little more about our General Director, Jim Lyon:
Jim Lyon grew up in Seattle, where he served as an Associate and then Senior Pastor of the Fairview Church (1977-1991).  Read More...

Three Worlds European Mission Trip
*Please note that the dates of this trip have been changed. 

Ohio Ministries is partnering with the Three Worlds Team to offer an opportunity to Ohio congregations and pastors to travel to Germany, the Netherlands and Italy to learn more about the Three Worlds ministry and paradigm. The Three Worlds Team, the regional missions arm of the Church of God in Europe and the Middle East, seeks to navigate the worlds of Traditional Christianity, Post-Christendom Christianity, and Non-Western Christianity through partnered ministry throughout their region. The trip will depart from Columbus on June 6, 2016 and will return on June 17, 2016. Click here for details and cost...

Start 2016 off Right! Join A Peer Group!

We were created to be in community, but pastoral ministry can be a lonely profession, even when you are surrounded by people! Peer to Peer Learning Clusters (typically 5-8 persons living within 2 hours or less of one another) are groups of pastors who meet monthly over the 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. Cluster groups are forming now, and it is not too late for you to join! Contact the Ohio Ministries office or register for a cluster group here:

2016 Summer Church Camp Dates

June 12 to June 17  – Junior High Camp | 7th thru 9th graders
June 19 to June 25 – Senior High Camp | 9th thru 12th graders
June 26 to July 1 – 6th thru 8th Grade Camp
July 3 to July 8 – 6th Grade Camp
July 3 to July 8– Paintball Camp | 9th thru 12th graders
July 8 to July 9 – Mom & Me/Dad & Me | Family Camp
July 10 to July 13 – 5th Grade Camp | Half Week
July 10 to July 15 – 3rd thru 5th Grade Camp | Full Week
July 10 to July 16 – Performing Arts Camp | 9th thru 12th graders

Applications for for Summer Camp Director are now being accepted.
Click here for a job description and more information.
If you have any questions, please contact the Ohio Ministries office.

Summer Camp Staff applications are also now available! 
Click here to download the application!

News from Around Ohio

Ohio Ministries extends its condolences to the family of Rev. Billy Ball, who went to be with his Lord early Sunday morning, December 6, 2015 at his residence. 
Harvest Point Church Serves Community
by Rev. Shannon New-Spangler, Senior Pastor, Harvest Point Church

Harvest Point Church of God is located in the village of Lordstown, Ohio. Along with the Christian Church and the Lutheran Church in town, we form LEAF (the Lordstown Ecumenical Aid Fund). We are a group who exists to assist Lordstown residents with needs they might have. In the past this has included buying a tank of gas, giving grocery cards or paying for a bill that needs to be paid. 

Twice a year LEAF joins together; once a year for an ecumenical service and once a year for a service project. This year for Thanksgiving we decided to collaborate with the Lordstown police department in their food drive. On Sunday November 22nd we gathered together, three churches and three pastors and many congregants, to pray for Lordstown and gather food and other non-food household items. We gathered boxes and boxes of items for the community. It was a blessed evening of prayer and teaming up to do God’s work. Our prayer is that together we might reach people for Jesus Christ.

LEAF (with pastors on the far right side, Rev. Shannon New-Spangler farthest to the right)

Open Churches

For a list of open churches, please contact the Ohio Ministries office.


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Christ's Birthday Observance 2015

The Advent season will soon be upon us. Since 1949, the Church of God has celebrated this season by collectively focusing on the birth of Christ through shared devotions, prayers, and giving to the Christ’s Birthday Offering (CBO). Organized by The Christian Women Connection this offering blesses Church of God World Ministries by giving to programs such as CBH radio broadcasts, Global Strategy (formerly Global Missions) outreach in 87 countries, disaster and relief response efforts, Servant Solutions and Church of God colleges and universities. Another portion of the funding goes toward the ministries of Christian Women Connection, which goes toward Hunger and Relief Efforts, Domestic and International Mission Projects and Missionary Support, printed resources available for the church, scholarships and internships and young women’s ministries. Learn More>>
Regional Midwest Meeting 2016
In July of 2015, the General Assembly of the Church of God voted to affirm a proposal presented at the General Assembly meeting that the Church of God Convention would meet in odd numbered years going forward, with regional meetings during the even numbered years, to encourage a larger regional participation. These regional meetings will take place across the United States and will be organized and carried out by the Church of God Ministries national staff. Each regional meeting will have the same speakers and worship leaders, as well as the same conference focus. The Midwest Regional Convention will be held June 21-23 at Madison Park Church of God in Anderson, IN. Each Convention will be paired with a “CHOG Table,” which will be a discussion forum to address the important issues of our time. For registration, lodging and programming information, head over to the Church of God Ministries website,

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Awaken 2016                                                    
February 17, 2016  
Ministers' Spring Refresher   March 31, 2015
3W Europe Mission Trip                              June 6-17, 2016
Midwest Regional Gathering   June 21-23, 2016

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