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Esther May 2016
May Greetings from State Pastor Dr. Esther Cottrell!

The Letter (email) You Have Been Waiting For...

I’m in my third week on the job and received a note that I need to write an article. Though I have written many articles, the stress associated with writing this one is that it is my first one. First articles are usually used to introduce the person to the audience and woven within the message, a kind of vision of the future or plan of attack the new leader is developing or have chosen to focus on.


Though I am new to Ohio Ministries, I am happy to say that I do not have a new focus or agenda, my focus is clear and the agenda is as old as mankind existence: A loving creator redeeming the world through empowered believers!


My role?

Remind individuals and congregations fighting the good fight of faith that we are at war against powers and principalities who do not embrace God’s agenda. Second, equip leaders and congregations to win the battle. If you are uncomfortable with the word winning, exchange it with the word, “Being Fruitful” (John 15:8). Winning versus losing and being fruitful versus losing should be part of our daily reflections. When we are unfruitful and find ourselves losing the battles that challenges our faith in God and spiritual activities, we are not the only losers—the women, men, girls, boys, communities we live in and churches we worship in are affected!


So let’s talk about Winning and Being Fruitful!  Continue Reading>>>

2016 Summer Church Camp Dates

May 6 to May 7 - Camp Cousnelor Training
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

New This Year!!! Register for camp online!!!

We are looking for Summer Camp Counselors! 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 Counselor applications are available online: 
Click here to download the application!

Camper Packets were mailed to churches on March 15!  Please contact the camp directors, Jessica and Alan Smith at if you did not receive one.

Counselor Training Weekends
Alan and Jess are so excited about all of the progress that has gone on at Camp Marengo so far this season. They have had two counselor trainings where the counselors helped with many work projects and prepared for campers this summer. During the training counselors were given hands on training and lessons to fully prepare them for campers to arrive this summer. This summer starts in just a few short weeks and hope to see you there!
Large 3C Gathering with Ben Hardman
Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 10:00am to 3:00pm

REGISTER HERE For the Lima 3C Gathering!!!
Almost two years ago, the state ministries of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana challenged 50+ churches to flip the question from ‘Should we multiply’ to ‘How will we multiply?’  It’s been exciting to see these Cultivating Congregations in the Midwest region wrestling deeply with the idea of multiplication.  
Annually in August, we bring these Cultivating Congregations together to inspire and resource them as they seek to multiply.  If you have yet to join the conversation, now is the perfect time to connect with this kingdom-impacting initiative. Read More and Register>>>
Looking for 3W-Ohio CHOG Partners 

The State of Ohio Mission Team is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Three Worlds (3W) Europe/Middle East team of Global Strategy of the Church of God, to invest in the Church of God in Arco, Italy! Would you join us in investing in the work that God is doing in the Arco congregation? We are looking for 27 giving units (churches, individuals or groups) who are ready to partner for the next two years to assist in the work of the Arco Church of God, by giving $100 per month.
This investment of $100 per month would cover adequate resources to pay the rent for the Arco pastors, Nicola and Berta Lovaglio, support the move toward the establishment of Trentino Alto Adige Ministry Center (a Christian community youth center), and would support the development of Arco as a hub of youth ministry training for the Church of God in the Europe and Middle East region.

Annual Ohio General Assembly
October 27, 2016

Mark your calendars for our annual Ohio General Assembly on October 27.  Our speaker for the day is Bishop Timothy J. Clarke, Columbus First Church of God.  He will be speaking on the topic of Leadership Development.
Ohio State Youth Convention
November 11-13, 2016

The Ohio State Youth Convention welcomes back the popular Eric Samuel Timm as our speaker and the exciting, break-through band, I Am They, for our 2016 gathering.  This year, in an effort to hold down costs while continuing to offer an unequaled experience of excellence and spiritual growth, we will hold the convention in Springfield at the Maiden Lane Church of God. 
Church Renewal Survey

The Regional Pastors' team exploring church transformation and renewal are  trying to determine the best books on Church Renewal. They have collected a list of church renewal books and placed them on a Survey Monkey survey for pastors to rank. Please take a moment to complete the survey.    
FOR SURVEY, click here:
We will keep the survey open until July 1, 2016.  At that point, they will tally up the results and place them on the Ohio Ministries website, Anyone who wants to find the list will be able to find it there.  

News from Around Ohio

Lima Crossroads
Celebrates 100 years

On May 15, Crossroads Church of God commemorated a special day: 100 years as a congregation. The celebration kicked off with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. with several former pastors speaking. Past and current members were part of the worship and music that morning also. Read More>>>
Friends and family gathered together for a great service & banquet celebration Sunday evening at Iglesia de Dios Shalom in celebration of Mother's Day!
Welcome Keith and Ruth Paff to Saint Mary's
On Sunday May 15 the St Mary's congregation formally charged pastor Keith with the office of pastor. Long time friend of Pastor Keith , Rev. Terry Davy, brought the message for the occasion. Credentials chair, Rev. David Cotto, gave the charge of Installation to the Pastor and Congregation. Dr. Esther Cottrell led the prayer and commissioning time. Several friends and family joined the congregation for this wonderful time of celebration.
Men's Ox Roast
September 9 & 10, 1016

The Church of God Men's Ox Roast is a two day event, in which Christian men, ages 12 and up, can gather in fellowship with one another. The Ox Roast has many different activities that both younger and older men can enjoy, such as golfing and cornhole. Meals are provided all weekend, including an entertaining pancake breakfast on day two, in addition to the ox roast itself. You will get to hear a great speaker, different every year, speak about life as a Christian man in today's society. Find Out More>>>
Lynn Ramey is offering his original edition of the Interpreter's Bible Commentary (12 volumes) and his original edition of the Interpreter's Bible Dictionary (5 volumes) to the first taker.  Each book is 10" tall and all books combined take up 35 inches of shelf space.

If you are interested, please contact Ohio Ministries for the phone number and address to pick up the books.
Camp Meeting Dates

June 26 - July 1 Southwest Ohio Disctrict Camp Meeting - Lebanon, OH

July 8 - 17 Southeast Ohio District Camp Meeting - Warsaw, OH

July 24 - 31 Northeast Ohio District Camp Meeting - Berlin, OH

July 23 - 29 Payne Camp Meeting - Paulding, OH

August 7 - 14 Central Ohio District Camp Meeting - Springfield, OH
Payne Camp Meeting

The Payne Camp Meeting will be held at the Paulding County Fairgrounds in Paulding, OH this year! The dates for the camp meeting are July 23-29.

Open Churches

For a list of open churches, please click HERE, or go to our website: and click on For Pastors>Resources For Pastors and then scroll down to the "Open Church List.

Missional Think Tank

Here is a list of all the great things happening at Missional think tank in May.  We sincerely hope that at least one of these options will be a blessing to you and your ministry!If you can't make it to any of these options do us a huge favor and share what we are doing with some friends that these options might bless! Read More>>>

Do you have news you would like to share with the state?

Send it to us to be included in the monthly Newsletter. All news submitted must be received by the first Friday of the month to be included in that month's newsletter. Send all editorial correspondences and email subscription requests to or mail to:

Ohio Ministries
PO Box 276
Marengo, OH 43334

North American Church of God

The Disaster Relief Committee at Church of God Ministries is mobilizing to aid the men, women, and children affected most by these natural disasters in Myanmar, Japan, and Ecuador, and we need your help.


Your donation will bring immediate relief to Church of God congregations and their communities, and will also provide for the longterm needs of rebuilding of churches, homes, and communities. Despite the incredible destruction, death, and injury, we praise God that no lives were lost within the Church of God communities in these locations. Read More>>>

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.
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,

Upcoming Events

Leadership News

All District Credentials Team Meeting  
    May 5, 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
Men's Ox Roast   September 9-10
Senior Adult Fall Feast - Walnut Creek   October 6, 2016
Senior Adult Fall Feast - Plain City  
October 20, 2016
Ohio General Assembly   October 27, 2016
Ohio State Youth Convention
Springfield, OH
  November 11-13, 2016
Church of God Women's Convention
Daytona Beach, FL

  Growth Points
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  Parish Paper
May 2016

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