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January newsletter greeting
January Greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!

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. During the lunch time, there will be opportunity for specialized ministries, such as children’s ministry, worship ministry, and student ministry, to network. 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!

Early Bird Registration, due by March 25, is $20. Late Registration, beginning March 26, is $30.

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...

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

We are looking for Summer Camp Staff! If you know of individuals in your congregation who are great with kids and teens and would be an asset to the Church of God Summer Camp ministry at Camp Marengo, encourage them to apply!

Summer Camp Staff applications are available online: 
Click here to download the application!

Three Worlds European Mission Trip

We are still accepting registrations for the Three Worlds European Mission Trip! This will be an incredible opportunity to meet, journey, share and learn about what God has been doing in the Church of God in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy. We believe that God will use this trip to impact our ministry here in the United States, as we bring back knowledge and experiences to our own churches. The trip will depart from Columbus on June 5, 2016 and will return on June 17, 2016.

A $100 deposit is due to the Ohio Ministries office by February 22, 2016.

Will you join us?

Click here for details and cost.
Reminder: Easter is early this year!

We want to remind you that the Easter Season begins early this year on February 10, with Ash Wednesday. We hope you will join us in making this 2016 Easter Season a special time of prayer. Pray with us that God will begin working in the hearts and lives of God's people as we journey to the cross and the tomb. Pray that Easter Sunday will be a day of great impact for the people in our churches and communities.
Potential Good News for Ministers!
(from an email sent by State Pastor Esther Cottrell)

This week I was informed by the Assemblies of God state pastor that the Ohio House Bill 95 may afford an exemption for “self-employment” wages earned in ministry, at the municipal tax level. If you paid municipal income tax on from ministry income you may be entitled to a full refund from your municipality of taxes paid for clergy income for past years!! 

Seniors' Spring Fling Canceled 

Please note that the Senior Adult Spring Fling has been canceled.
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

Leadership Focus New Ordination Module Dates

Payments due for Spring 2016 module          March 18
Spring 2016 Module Launch                           April 1

If you or someone you know is interested in beginning the ordination process, or are interested in restarting the process, please contact, Credentialing Coordinator, Jen Carney at

Church Planter and Coach Training with
the Concilio Hispano de la Iglesia de Dios

April 4-6, the Concilio will be in Ohio with 35 church planters and coaches for a training. Will you join us in praying for this important training, that God would bless these church planters and that the work of their hands and the diligence of their training would multiply in the Kingdom of God?

Catalyst Conference Comes to Cincinnati!

For the first time, the Catalyst Conference will be coming to Cincinnati April 21-22, 2016. Guest speakers will include Andy Stanley, Christine Caine, Donald Miller and Margaret Feinberg. The conference theme is "Awaken the Wonder" and will focus on the power of wonder in our relationships, leadership, potential, inspiration and relationship with God.
Click here for registration and more information!

FORGE 1-Day Conference, Middletown, OH
Rethinking the Church, The Way of Incarnational Mission

FORGE America will be holding a conference at the Briel Church in Middletown, OH on Saturday, May 14, 2016. Forge will hold breakout sessions on May 13th as well. Featured Speakers for the Saturday event are Hugh Halter, US Director of FORGE America and Brad Briscoe, Church Planting Catalyst for a network of Baptist churches in Kansas City on their North American Missions Board. 

From the FORGE website:
The Church & Culture in the West is under incredible change. Social/political/financial nuances continue to make the idea of engaging culture and building church a head scratcher. What is needed is a ‘missionary’ people committed to live and lead in the incarnational way of Jesus. This "Good News" will work but the leaders of this future church must understand: 

  • The Kingdom of God instead the kingdom of church
  • The Gospel DNA that anyone can live
  • The most transferrable church structure of the ‘missionary community’
  • What is Church and how does God build it?
  • How to apprentice missionary leaders instead of pandering to consumers
  • How to champion modern day trappists: The New BIVO option for leaders & Laity. *Where leaders spend time for the greatest influence
  • How people actually come to Jesus: The ancient way of incarnational evangelism

Click here for registration and more information!

News from Around Ohio

Ohio Ministries extends its condolences to the families of Sharon Skaggs, Bill Neace, and Shirley Profitt, who went home to be with the Lord this month.
Congregations with New Senior Pastors

Congratulations to Bellfountaine Church of God, who welcomes new pastor Gary Brown.

We celebrate with the Alliance First Church of God, who has called their new Senior Pastor, Dale Gruver.

Congratulations to the Van Wert First Church of God, as they welcome Jason Hollar as their new pastor.

We also celebrate with the Evendale Church of God as they welcome their new pastor Scott Planck.

Open Churches

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


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North American Church of God

Freedom Sunday, February 14, 2016

On Sunday, February 14, 2016, believers and communities around the world will unite through prayer and worship on behalf of the more than 30 million men, women, and children around the world who are enslaved today. Join us for this global celebration and help us reach our goal of $1 million dollars to spread Jesus’ good news of freedom around the world.
We hope you will consider how your church can participate in this important Sunday. 

For more information, click here.

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,
International Youth Convention 2016
Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the International Youth Convention of the Church of God (IYC) 2016. IYC will be held July 2-5 in San Antonio, TX. This will be the 50th anniversary of IYC. Featured speakers and guest artists this year will include Jeff Bethke, Sean McDowell, Brenda Salter McNeil, Jim Lyon, Robert Madu, Alanna Story, Rend Collective and The Skit Guys. We hope you will encourage the teens in your congregation to attend this important gathering of the youth of the Church of God.

For registration information and additional convention information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Leadership News


Awaken 2016                                    
February 17, 2016  
Ministers' Spring Refresher   March 31, 2016
 All District Credentials Team Meeting   April 19, 2016
3W Europe Mission Trip                 June 6-17, 2016
Midwest Regional Gathering   June 21-23, 2016
International Youth Convention
San Antonio, TX
  July 2-5, 2016
Ohio State Youth Convention
Springfield, OH
  November 11-13, 2016
Church of God Women's Convention
Daytona Beach, FL
  October 26-29, 2017

  Growth Points
January 2016
December 2015
  Parish Paper
January 2016

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