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Esther October 2015 Newsletter Video
Welcome to our new State Pastor and Director of Ministries, Dr. Esther Cottrell!!!
2015 General Assembly
"Better Together"

REGISTER NOW!!!  The 2015 General Assembly is Thursday, October 22 at Meadow Park Church of God. The theme for the day is "Better Together" as we truly are better together! The speaker this year is Dr. Bob Whitesel and he will be speaking on "Leading Through Change."The "Early Bird" Registration of $20 ends Friday, October 16!! Read more and Register>>
Coaches Training

Dr. Randall Spence will be conducting a training day with those who have been selected as coaches for Ohio Ministries.  This training day will be held Friday, October 23 (the day after the General Assembly) from 9am to 3pm at Meadow Park Church of God in Columbus.  If you are one of those coaches, please call Eric at the State Office at (740) 747-2916 or email him at to register and let him know if hotel arrangements are needed for Thursday evening.
Save the Dates!

*Ohio Ministries General Assembly-October 22 at Meadow Park Church

*Ohio State Youth Convention-November 13-15, Springfield, OH


     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

Pastors, You Are Invited to Attend a Listening Tour Meeting This Fall!

Ohio Ministries' new State Pastor and Director, Dr. Esther Cottrell, is scheduling several meetings across the state to  share the blueprint for moving forward with Ohio Ministries and, more importantly, to hear from our pastors what their needs and vision for ministry are. This is call a Listening Tour to be held at various locations and dates around the state.  Each stop on the tour will include a simple meal, underwritten by Ohio Ministries. To seek to accommodate the maximum number of pastors, there are evening, daytime and even one Saturday meeting scheduled. We are currently making final arrangements for all dates and locations, but you can Click Here to find a location near you and to register!
Walnut Creek Fall Feast 2015

Pastor Dan Betts from wintergreen ledges church of God was the featured artist at the walnut creek fall feast for senior adults. Dan gave a concert to an enthusiastic crowd that spanned the story of the Bible from creation to resurrection. Attendees left the event with stomachs satisfied with a great Amish meal and with hearts full with the he good news! See More>>

Pastors Peer Learning Clusters

Pastors Peer Learning Clusters are forming now. 

If you are a pastor (whether solo, senior, or a staff member) and believe that we are better together, then you will want to be part of a Pastors Peer Learning Cluster. In these cluster groups (typically 5-8 persons living within 2 hours or less of one another) you will meet monthly over a 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.

Groups start in October. Show your interest by registering at our website.

Ohio State Youth Convention
November 13-15, Springfield, OH


The 2015 youth convention will be held at Clark State College and will include worship with Digital Age and feature Pastors Brooklyn and Coy Lindsay!  Read More and Register>>
To All Ohio General Assembly Members: 

For the last 8 years the camp has been involved in an experiment to see if a full-time, year-round program could be developed. John and Melyssa Trussel gave faithful and creative leadership to this endeavor as they sought to create an out-of-the-box program. Individuals and congregations gave generously to support this experiment. Ohio Ministries of the Church of God committed to underwrite the losses for a five-year period with the anticipation that this would become a self-sustaining program.  Read More>>

News from Around Ohio

Ohio Churches Welcome New Pastors

Four Ohio Churches have recently welcomed new pastors!  We celebrate with you as you begin your journey together!

Parkman Road, Warren - James Frampton
Huber Heights - William Riley
Hillside Ave., Springfield - Larry Cook
First Church, Ridgeway - Tim Kohl

Missional Training Opportunities 

Pastors, if you are seeking intensive training opportunities to develop your skills and sharpen your understanding of what it means to lead a missional church read on! To get needed training and experience powerful encounters with cutting edge leaders many pastors have often traveled to far flung places. When, however, powerful and helpful training comes into our corner of the world at a cost that is more than reasonable, we want you to know. Such is the case with two opportunities coming to Ohio in 2016.  The Re-Thinking Church . . . The Way of Incarnational Mission  is a 2 day conference sponsored by Forge Middletown with guest speakers including Hugh Halter. It is being held at Breiel Blvd Church of God. The Missional Leadership Initiative retreats are held throughout the year at Salt Fork State Park.  Click here to download brochures for these missional events!

Ridgeway Installs New Pastor


Sunday, October 4th, Pastor Tim and Mrs. Kim Kohl  were installed as the new Pastoral family at First Church of God, Ridgeway, Ohio. Read More>>


Hillside Church of God Welcomes New Pastor

On Sunday, Oct 4, the Hillside Church of God in Springfield formally welcomed Larry and Penny Cook. Dr. Esther Cottrell had the privilege to bring the message as well as the charge of installation. Pastor Larry is the new Sr. Pastor and is looking forward to a long and fruitful ministry in Springfield. Welcome to Ohio, Larry and Penny!

Miamisburg Hispanic Congregation

Sunday, September 20th, Miamisburg Church of God and the City of Miamisburg welcomed Diego and Reina Mendoza and their children Brandon and Lorisa, and Nueva Esperanza to the community. This new work is part of the Miamisburg First vision and mission as they engage the community seeking to win people to Christ. Esperanza is the first Hispanic work in Miamisburg.
Read More>>

Open Churches

Ohio Ministries keeps a list of all churches who are currently seeking pastors and/or associate pastors.  If you, or someone you know are a Church of God Minister looking for a position, you can click here to go to our website and view the current open church list.

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Looking to reach new heights in ministry? This digital portal of resources, training, and coaching will help you do just that. In a single place you will find help in every area of ministry. It can be accessed at any time. New ministry resources will continually be added. Great blessings as you grow in your skills in serving our LordLearn More>>

Global Strategy

Since the late 1880s, the Church of God movement has been reaching out beyond the borders of the United States and Canada, resulting in a church body outside those geographic borders that is more than three times as large as the Church of God in the United States and Canada.

Over the last century, the names of the missions programs have changed, but the assignment has stayed the same—to tell the world of the hope found in Jesus Christ. In 2000, the Missionary Board of the Church of God became Global Missions, and now Global Missions has become Global Strategy, effective June 22, 2015.

Children of Promise 

Your church probably reaches beyond your walls to support worthwhile ministries and mission endeavors. Some may be Church of God, some may not be. Many are local, and you support state and national ministries. Great! Our vision should be bigger than just ourselves.  Read Update>>

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