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Ohio Ministries monthly newsletter

'Tis the season of traditions and love. We have much to be thankful for again this year. Please read about COGO Ministries in our December Messenger.
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
Holiday Schedule:
State office closed December 23-January 1

Friday, December 6, 2019
Project Prayer
Ohio is on the schedule December 6 Church of God worldwide prayer 25-day vigil.
With so much division in our world, how powerful it is for the church to join together praying for our leaders, the Church, and the world!
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

Start Fresh - March 14, 2020
2020 Leadership Convention

Theme: You Are Not Alone
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.
Join us on March 14, 2020
10 am—3 pm
at Meadow Park, 2425 Bethel Road, Columbus OH 43220
for a time of worship, training and fellowship.
Look for registration details the first of the year.

News around Ohio

Jeff Combs Installation

November 10, 2019
Welcome Jeff Combs to the First Community Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was joined in celebration by (top photo-left to right) Rev. Demetrius Booker, Rev. Michael LeMay, Keith Clark-Chair Search Committee, Rev. Hal Morgan, wife Kim Combs, Rev. Jeff Combs, Rev. Greg Smith, Rev. David Guess, State Credential Chair.

Rev. Abe Jeter - 18th Anniversary
Rev. Abe and Chrystal Jeter       Chrystal and Doreen Booker

October 13, 2019
Union Avenue Church of God in Cleveland celebrated the 18th Anniversary of Rev. Abe and Chrystal Jeter. Congratulations Pastor Abe!


Furniture for Tornado Victims

Dayton Ohio Area
by Caleb Ingram
Friends, guess what?? Last month I sent an email asking you if your churches could donate to help displaced families have their furniture and household goods before Christmas. 
Guess what happened?
Collectively, you donated over $20,000 that has allowed St. Vincent de Paul to make bulk orders of more furniture to help meet the needs and get the 100 families who had been waiting delivered before Christmas!
Though there will still be further opportunities, I wanted to take this time to say THANK YOU!! If individuals from your churches want to help deliver, we're doing a massive move-in day on Saturday, December 14th! People can register for that at
Also, we did a quick, informal video that you could share with your church or communities to let them know just how grateful we are! You can see the video on Facebook or this version you can DOWNLOAD to play in your church service.
Thank you all for your generosity, and thank you St. Vincent de Paul for coordinating the purchasing and delivery process!
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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)....
Ohio State Youth Convention of the Church of God


This year’s OSYC, November 8-10, 2019 was held at Salem Church of God. It was an absolutely wonderful weekend to be a part of as a director. What made it so great this year was an incredible group of leaders on our team, as well as the Salem team, speaker, band, and tech crew. Everybody did an incredible job fulfilling their responsibilities, which made the weekend smooth and easy. 

We had right at 550 students and adult leaders registered this year. 

Our speaker, Chip Taylor, and band, Community Music, also far exceeded our expectations this year. Chip has a way of connecting with students that is often hard to find in a “professional” speaker. He definitely made an impact and I know that my own students have still been talking about what he shared. I even have one student that felt called into ministry, both because of Chip and the worship with the band. Community Music was really great to work with as well. They worked so hard to meet our needs and to offer worship that connected with our students. Throughout the weekend, they worked hard to make adjustments in order to better connect and draw students into worship.

On Saturday afternoon students engaged in a much needed work project. Several of the youth groups fanned out into the tornado ravaged community of Dayton to offer hope and help. 

Developing Leaders for the Next Generation

by Steve Southards (notes from his TED talk at the 2019 General Assembly)

Invest in a few who have the potential to outlive and outpace you.
  1. By your life example (1 thes 2:8)
  2. By your words (ICNU)
  3. By creating opportunity (expose them, serve them, you do it, then watch them do it)
Partners in Ministry

As mentioned at our General Assembly Business Meeting in October, this month we will launch our new website.
Beginning DECEMBER 11, 2019, you can connect with us at our new website address, no need to put the www in your search bar. Or you can continue using the current  and be automatically redirected to
Rationale for change?
While not all change is good, this change is GREATbecause it reflects the following:
To simplify what we do, show our relationship to our national body, and focus on core ministries, we have changed our name from Ohio Ministries of the Church of God to Church of God Ohio Ministries (COGO Ministries).
To do whatever it takes to effectively share the good news of Jesus, both locally and globally, so that mature disciples are made, biblical leaders are identified and nurtured, and healthy churches are established and multiplied.
To accomplish this mission for our more than 200 congregations, and nearly 700 licensed and ordain clergy, our website will serve as a resource center. The purpose is, not just to increase one’s knowledge, but also to empower those who visit our site to be more effective in ministry!
Once you sign on to our website, the landing page opens to a fresh new look which matches the color of our national office while at the same time delivering on what is uniquely Ohio. You will be reminded that  we are Better Together as we Move Together. Moving Together serves as our unified call to action in our four core ministry areas:  Church Transformation, Leadership Development, Congregational Services and Church Multiplication.
You Are Not Alone, the theme of our 2020 Leadership Convention (Start Fresh), reflects our many partnerships both in and outside of the state of Ohio. COGO Ministries believes in power of many partnerships with local churches, districts, and Church of God Ministries as well as partnerships with other church agencies and businesses. These partnerships open doors for you to collaborate for Kingdom Advancement.
Many of our partnerships have served both our congregations and clergy for many years. At you will find partnerships in the areas of insurance and financial services, mission and ministry. We even included State of Ohio Government links to help you meet your fiscal and legal responsibilities.
All of these partnerships are under the tab RESOURSES/FOR MEMBERS. When you click on our partners’ icons, you open strongboxes of hidden treasures designed to save you money, time, and eliminate frustrations. 
Our new website was designed with your ministry needs and desires in mind and has the capacity to grow and expand.
You are encouraged to view both videos on the landing page and VISION tab to learn more about what COGO Ministries (Church of God Ohio) is doing for our many churches, pastors, and ministries throughout the state.
Enjoy the World Wide Webb … Our new website will launch DECEMBER 11th.

Give the gift of CAMP this Christmas!

Are you looking for a special gift for your child, grandchild, or just a kid you are investing in? Consider giving the gift of a camp registration to COGO camp.
For only $280 you can make an eternal difference in the life of a child or a teen. To register your child click 

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!
Exponential Highlights

Exponential 2019 – Chicago – Made for More

Walking through Ephesians, Exponential this year focused on how each of us are called for more in our lives, churches, and partner ministries. With powerful worship and great talks the 2 day event impacted, challenged, and encouraged over 1000 pastors, planters, and key lay leaders present to live into our God created nature and God called ministry. COGO Ministries was delighted to scholarship 12 pastors and lay leaders to Exponential this year. We had a wonderful time together as we worshipped, talked, prayed and dreamed together. Thanks to Dan Fiorini, Jordan Halstead, Derek Specht, Grace Specht, Drew Wilkerson, Kay Wilkerson, Chris Allen, R.W. Moody, Brandon Holbrook, Corie Holbrook, Chris Cottrell and Esther Cottrell for representing Ohio well at Exponential.

Next year’s theme is Collaboration: what can we do better together than separately? COGO Ministries has already purchased a block of tickets to share with pastors for November 10-11. For more information of how you can attend contact Esther Cottrell,


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
Clergy ID Cards

The 2020 cards will be arriving mid-December. 
(These cards are sent out every year around mid-December.)

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
Read more HERE
Register HERE

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.
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."

For more information contact Credentials 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.
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HOW TO PRINT this newsletter: 
Click on "View this email in your browser" located at the top of this newsletter then right click to Print. (HOWEVER, there are several LINKS you will miss by doing this and will have to pursue the links on your own)

The 2019 Christmas Project
The theme is Good News:
Experiencing the Genuine Jesus!

In a world seeming overwhelmed with bad news, it’s time for some good news. Maybe it’s a positive doctor’s report, a promotion, or the announcement of a much-wanted pregnancy. Whatever the good news, it restores hope, energizes love, excites joy, and brings peace. Over the past two thousand years, people just like you and me have found that experiencing Jesus—the genuine Jesus—has enriched, and even, changed our lives. This Christmas, the CWC and regional pastors are empowering congregations and church leaders, like you, to help people in your ministry area to sample the best news of all. His name is Jesus.

You will find some excellent Christmas materials located at the CWC website.
If you have additional comments or need further assistance,

please contact Ohio Ministries. 
We believe the resources found here
will make a difference this Christmas.

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

For All Churches and Ministers
Are Credentials with Jesus Is The Subject current?
In order to get your minister’s cards this year your registration must be up to date no later than November 1st.  REGISTER HERE
WARNING: Since September, the Faithlife platfom is being used to register both pastors and churches. Auto renew is no longer in place. See an email you should have received from Church of God Ministries. If not, please contact them at: 800-848-2464

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
November 2019
  Parish Paper
December 2019
Healthy Growing Churches

  Church of God Ministries, Anderson IN
  Ohio Ministries of the Church of God
  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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