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Ohio Ministries monthly newsletter

February - The month of love.
Read all about things happening around Ohio.
COGO Ministries

Office Hours:
Monday thru Thursday
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
P O Box 276, 3438 Twp Rd 221
Marengo OH 43334
(740) 747-2916
2020 Ohio Events
  • March 13-15 3SLi Student Leadership
  • March 14 Start Fresh
  • April 23 Senior Adult Spring Fling in Plain City
  • Summer Youth Camps (see below)
  • Camp Meetings (see below)
  • September 11-12 Men's Ox Roast
  • October 1 Senior Adult Fall Feast in Walnut Creek
  • October 13 Senior Adult Fall Feast in Plain City
  • October 22 Ohio General Assembly and Ordination Service
  • November 13-15 OSYC Ohio State Youth Conference

March 14, 2020

2020 Empowerment Conference

Join us on March 14, 2020
10 am—3 pm

Meadow Park
Church of God

2425 Bethel Road
Columbus OH 43220

A time of worship, training and fellowship.

As more and more congregational leaders search for new and relevant tools to help them minister, both in and outside their community of faith, COGO Ministries can partner with you to develop new leaders, equipped to minister to a changing culture.

Theme: You Are Not Alone

Registration form, poster, bulletin insert, overview and descriptions HERE

News around Ohio
Our new Website* is now live

New email addresses*


Esther Cottrell, State Pastor

Demetrius Booker, State Associate Pastor

Main Office, Kyna Shindle

Bethanne Martin, Special Events Liason

Nancy Blankenship, Business Admin

Kimberly Leach, Leadership Focus Coordinator

*our old email addresses and website will redirect to our new ones.
Around Ohio
Retirement ~ Rev. Lawrence G. Cook
On January 26, 2020 Pastor Larry Cook retired after serving the Church and the Lord for many years. Pastor Cook completed his last 5 years of pastoral ministry at Hillside Avenue Church in Springfield. Dr. Esther Cottrell, State Pastor brought her greetings; welcome by Rev. Terry McKinney and a prayer of blessing from Rev. Demetrius Booker, State Associate Pastor/Church Health, who also presented him a plaque on behalf of COGO Ministries.
Congratulations...we celebrate with him.
Congratulations ~ Rev. Dan Fiorini
West Enon Church of God in Fairborn, Ohio celebrated 16 years of ministry as their Senior Pastor. The special service was held February 2, 2020. Though Dan is retiring from Pastoral service beginning in the spring he will be available for pulpit fill and interim pastor assignments.

We celebrate with him.
Installation ~ Boardman, Simon Road

On February 16, 2020 Pastor Charles (Chuck) Cunningham, Jr. will be installed at 3 pm. Simon Road Church of God, 450 Simon Road, Boardman OH 44512

Congratulations...we celebrate with him.
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Sharing Your Story for God’s Glory: 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
Share a photo of where your church meets
Share event photos
Thank you!
Student and Youth Leaders Ministries
Watch for Registration will be live soon.
A special announcement will be sent out!

Inspiration Hills- 4819 West Easton Rd, Burbank OH 44214

 The following are some ways you can support the camp:
  • Send your child(ren) to camp
  • Be on Staff or Jr. Staff
  • Be a counselor
  • Monetary donations to help campers afford camp and also for programming
Be part of the EXPERIENCE!
Partners in Ministry

3SLI is a powerful weekend of leadership training for high school students across Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana. Designed to be completed in three levels over three years, students will have the opportunity to understand more about their own spiritual gifts, developing Christ-centered character and learning more about how to be serve the Kingdom of God in their future. 

Please feel free to contact Andy Hoover @ with questions or to learn more about this important event. 
Andy Hoover, 3SLI Director
Discovery Day
Crossroads Church, Lima, Ohio
May 19th 10 AM to 4 PM

Various speakers including:
Josh Wagner, Amanda Daniel, Kevin & Misty Gillian, and more!

Pastors, Staff & Leaders are Invited 
This FREE event is open to anyone so bring your whole team and spread the word...
but you must register below.

Have you been wrestling with your next ministry role in the Church? Is it possible that God calling you to be a church planter or campus pastor? Is He calling you to start a Missional Community? Is your church dreaming of going multi-site or daughtering a church?
Discovery Day is designed to help you and your team explore the calling to multiply your church and what that may look like. Together, 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.
We will be joined by regional leaders and pastors from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana for a day of discovery. Tuesday, May 19th
Event Date and Times:
Tuesday, May 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE
Crossroads Church
775 S. Thayer Road | Lima OH 45806

Facebook Review

As part of our re-branding we would love for our community to leave some reviews to update our Facebook. Please share your memories, experiences and stories with COGO Ministries.  Thank you so much!
Ministry Works
By Brotherhood Mutual
The IRS has issued a redesigned Form W-4 for 2020. All employers, including ministries, must begin using the form for all new hires beginning January 1, 2020. Current employees do not have to complete a new Form W-4 unless they need to make a change to their withholding election.

The new Form W-4 is very different from the previous version.
You will notice the new form does not include a space for number of allowances.
Instead, employees will see spaces to enter number of dependents and a new income table to more accurately calculate withholdings when an employee and spouse hold two or more jobs.

Available resources:

NOTE: Your MinistryWorks payroll processor cannot offer advice on completing the form, nor can you as an employer. Please refer your employees to the instructions included with the form or to an accountant. 

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
The MinistryWorks Staff

LifeGivers is a tool to provide training for pastors, leaders, laypersons and all followers of Jesus designed to help them:

Connect in discipleship with other Church of God believers.
Ignite their individual passions and purposes.
Revitalize their local church.

For more information or to become a LifeGiver, visit

Join us March 12-15, 2020 in Ridgecrest North Carolina for E2020, a conference for women exploring and living out their call to ministry.

Come see and be seen in a setting where your soul will be set on fire, your calling will be affirmed, your imagination will expand, and your ministry will be set ablaze by the Spirit of El Roi – the God Who Sees.Read more at
Register Now!

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company® is one of the nation’s leading insurers of churches and ministries. In business since 1917, Brotherhood Mutual provides property, liability, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, mission travel insurance, and payroll services* to ministries throughout the United States, including: Churches | Church day nurseries | Christian camps | Schools | Association/Denomination offices | Colleges and universities | Other related ministries
Payroll services are provided through MinistryWorks®, a subsidiary of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company. Join the thousands of churches that trust Brotherhood Mutual.
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Everence has offices throughout Ohio, offering:

banking | insurance | financial services | charitable giving services.
Learn More about Everence
Serving those who serve others.
Learn More about Servant Solutions
Dear Church Leaders,
We know that managing church finances can be overwhelming. Church leaders need access to the best resources available to effectively structure a compensation package, set up a healthy church budget, and keep up with the current tax laws and regulations.
This is why we are excited to partner with ECFA to bring you the best & most reliable resources through ChurchEXCEL. It is our hope that through access to these resources, your church may flourish.
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."
March 1, 2020 - Launch of Spring 2020 Session - Modules 2 - 6
March 10, 2020 - Payment due date for Modules 2-6

May 1, 2020, Deadline for Module 1 New Candidate
For more information contact Kimberly, Leach, our Leadership Focus Coordinator,
Church Pastors/Staff Positions
Please click on the link below to see the opportunities we have in our state.
For a list of Open Churches, please click HERE
or go to our website: and click on For Pastors/Resources For Pastors/"Open Church List
Note to Churches: Please contact the State Office if you have a position open or let us know when a position is filled. Thank you.
Archive Newsletters:
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Church of God Bible Institute

Equipping Men and Women for Ministry, Leadership, and Spiritual Growth

A Biblical Education for God’s People Today

Training Ministers and Laity in Biblical Knowledge and Leadership

The Church of God Bible Institute offers an affordable, two-year course of studies designed to prepare those who are called to the Ministry and leadership in the church.  Virtually everyone that desires a deeper understanding of the Bible and the doctrines on which the Church of God is built will find this course of studies beneficial. In structuring the classes online in six-week intervals adults will find the course of studies flexible and more easily adaptable to their

Upcoming Events


Event ~    2020
Like us on FaceBook / Printable 2020 Calendar    
Start Fresh-Meadow Park Church of God   March 14
EASTER Sunday   April 12
Senior Adult Spring Fling-Plain City OH   April 23
Southwest OH District Camp Meeting-Lebanon OH   May 31-June 5
Church of God Regional Convention-Anderson IN   June 26-28
Southeast OH District Camp Meeting-Warsaw OH   July 10-19
Northwest OH District Camp Meeting-Payne OH   July 18-24
Northeast OH District Camp Meeting-Berlin Center OH   July 19-26
Central OH District Camp Meeting-Springfield OH   August 2-9
National Association of the CHOG Camp Meeting-West Middlesex PA   August 2-8
Men's Ox-Roast-Lebanon OH   Sept. 11-12
Senior Adult Fall Feast-Der Dutchman, Walnut Creek OH   October 1
Senior Adult Fall Feast-Der Dutchman, Plain City OH   October 13
Ohio General Assembly and Ordination Service-Meadow Park Church   October 22
OSYC-Ohio State Youth Convention-Salem Church of God   Nov. 13-15
  Growth Points
February 2020
  Parish Paper
February 2020
Healthy Growing Churches

  Church of God Ministries, Anderson IN
  COGO Ministries [Church of God Ohio]
  CWC Christian Women Connection

COGO Ministries office 740.747.2916

COGO 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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