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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 and details HERE beginning the 3rd week of January.

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.
God's Community News ~ Chillicothe

God's Community Outreach of Chillicothe held its 25th New Year's Eve Celebration Dec. 31.
The Church of God congregation began January 1, 1995 following a New Year's Eve service in Londonderry's Community Building. Twenty-two people attended the first service two weeks later. Ten remain in the work to this day.
Jonathan White, one of Gospel music's top tenors, featured a concert following dinner.
Rev. Woodrow Wilson, senior pastor reports on the history of GCO; 622 have been saved, 343 baptized and nine ordained in ministry. GCO has blessed four to go into full time pastoring. Three building projects have taken place on 11.1 acres.

Congratulations...we celebrate with them.
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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!
Because you give to COGO Ministries (previously Ohio Ministries)....

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
Wanted: Puppets, Stage & Props
Request from 11th St Church of God
They have a family event every Sunday night for about 65 kids, teens, special needs and adults from the community; Introducing them to the gospel and making relationships.  
"Pastor Stan Hunter did a puppet show for the kids recently and THEY ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! So now I am on a mission to find some puppets, stage, props etc to keep the excitement alive and their interest peaked. Our program is growing but our money is not...

How you can help:
De-clutter your program, Share extra puppets and/or puppet ministry supplies at a reduced rate or donations. Thank you

Contact: Laura Osborne  330-705-7798

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

Job Opportunity 
NEO Retreat Center of the Church of God

Job Description    Date: December 19, 2019 
Job Title: Retreat Center Property Manager
We are seeking a seasoned hands-on Property Manager to direct the running of our facilities and create a safe and efficient environment. Duties for the Property Manager will include directing facilities functions, implementing policies and safety procedures, engaging with vendors and contractors, minimizing hazards, preparing facilities budgets and monitoring expenditure, coordinating remodeling and refurbishment initiatives, testing equipment, and ensuring compliance with zoning laws. Read
Downloadable file

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 Modeules 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
January 2020
  Parish Paper
January 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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