Ohio United Methodist Clergy Renewal Scholarships Announced

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.


Rodriguez Named as Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement

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.


Human Relations Day is January 20th

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 Youth Offender Rehabilitation Program.


Praying for our churches, January 2019

During the month of January, the staff of the Ohio River Valley District is praying for 
the congregation, pastors and church ministries of the following churches...
that you might bring the hope of Christ to your community. This year's Annual
Conference theme of "Be not afraid, there is Hope" guides our prayer for you.
Week of January 13:

Podcast Provides New Strategies for Church Leaders

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 Center for Church Leadership were among their most popular of the year.