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Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Fierce Conference, to be held February 7-8 at Ginghamsburg UMC, is a gathering for women who lead spiritually and professionally within the church. This conference will provide a safe space, support and encouragement from those who have "been there and yet still do that," with tough love challenges, tools and a network that will help women clergy and other women church leaders rediscover their call and thrive in an industry that provides kingdom of God impa... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
The Ohio Council of Churches is part of the initiative "Breaking the Chains of Slavery and Racial Bias," including an effort to involve churches in a discussion of the book and documentary titled, African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (video can be obtained through Amazon). OCC's participation in this effort is linked to its anti-racism priority and connection with the ACT NOW to End Racism effort of the National Council of Churches. Toward that end, a discus... continue reading
Friday, Jan 18, 2019
It's W-2 Time! 2018 W-2's are due to all employees by January 31, 2019. Information to help with preparing IRS Form W-2 for clergy, which can be complicated, can be found on the Conference website. Use the worksheet and example here as a guide for preparing your pastor's W-2. This sample spreadsheet and W-2 are just that, samples. Your pastor's compensation and benefits may be different than the sample provided (for example, moving expenses which are now taxabl... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019
The Bible instructs all of God's children to build Sabbath time into their lives. For clergy to truly have a Sabbath, it is oftentimes necessary to get away from home! Lakeside Chautauqua is making that possible. Lakeside invites United Methodist clergy to apply for a Renewal Scholarship that will provide hotel lodging, up to 2 or 3 nights, in the Fountain Inn at Lakeside Chautauqua. Take time with God along the shores of Lake Erie for rest and renewal. You can... continue reading
Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019
Sam Rodriguez has been named the Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement for The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. He will begin his new role on February 4. “I am excited about building relationships with clergy and laity and seeing what God is going to do through me and the leadership of the West Ohio Conference," Rodriguez said. A lifelong United Methodist, he comes to West Ohio with vast experience in relationship development,... continue reading
Friday, Jan 11, 2019
The government shutdown is affecting all of us and will continue to provide barriers to food and housing. Here’s how the shutdown is and will be affecting West Ohio communities: FOOD INSECURITY Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) The Department of Agriculture (USDA) cannot guarantee funding of SNAP benefits beyond February. SNAP supports 38+ million people, of whom 76% are children, older adults, or persons with disabilities. SNAP supports 1,39... continue reading
Thursday, Jan 10, 2019
Human Relations Day is one of six churchwide Special Sundays with offerings of The United Methodist Church. Human Relations Day calls United Methodists to recognize the right of all God’s children in realizing their potential as human beings in relationship with one another. The special offering benefits neighborhood ministries through Community Developers, community advocacy through United Methodist Voluntary Services and work with at-risk teens through the Yo... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
The Leading Ideas Talks podcast debuted in January 2018, providing a new way for church leaders to learn cutting-edge leadership strategies from some of today's most relevant thought leaders, including Robert Schnase, Kenneth Carter, Adam Hamilton, Ginger-Gaines Cirelli, and Olu Brown. Leading Ideas Talks focuses on issues such as navigating change, reaching younger people, financing your ministry,and communicating effectively. These 10 episodes from the Lewis... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
Each month, we join together in praying for our brothers and sisters doing mission and ministry around the world... For the past 20 years, The West Ohio Conference has been sending VIM teams to a clinic at a non-denominational church in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. During that same time, a Methodist Church in the neighboring colonia was growing to the point that it could support a medical clinic within its own complex. In January 2011, it was decided that West Ohio... continue reading
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019
With support from its generous donors, Methodist Theological School in Ohio has announced an extension of its commitment to every qualified applicant who pursues United Methodist candidacy: an opportunity to earn a master's degree with no out-of-pocket tuition expenses or tuition debt. The pledge applies to every qualified prospective student who pursues United Methodist candidacy as an elder or deacon and applies to a master's degree program by July 1, 2019, f... continue reading