On September 25, leaders from 25 churches attended the West Ohio Conference Safe Sanctuaries® training hosted at First United Methodist Church in Hillsboro. Led by RaNae Street, West Ohio's Director of Discipleship, the day was a hands-on learning experience for church members on creating programs that are welcoming and safe for children, youth and vulnerable adults.
Effective September 30, 2014 the worker’s compensation Third Party Administrator (TPA) for the West Ohio Conference group plan is changed to CompManagement. The Conference is part of a group rated plan sponsored by the South Summit Chamber of Commerce and following a TPA review, their board selected CompManagement as TPA.
This change is for Third Party Administrator ONLY. The Managed Care Organization (MCO) will remain 888 OhioComp.
We want to make all of you aware of our decision to start fresh in our selection of At-Large Delegates from amongst our laity for the upcoming West Ohio Annual Conference. We will be opening up the opportunity to be an At-Large Delegate to all our members on a first come, first served basis. The District will be allowed 37 At-Large delegates to the 2015 Annual Conference at Lakeside, Ohio.
The second Breakthrough Prayer Lab (BTPL) Training Retreat, sponsored by the West Ohio Conference, was hosted on September 26-27 at Mohican State Park. Eight churches (their clergy plus 3-5 unpaid leaders) attended this training, as well as 8 "breakthrough prayer coaches" who were present to help them form a breakthrough prayer initiative and strategy plan to take home and implement...and who will follow up with each church over the next six months to guide them with implementation.
The United Methodist Appalachian Ministry Network (UMAMN) held its fall meeting at the Holston Conference Center in Alcoa, Tennessee on September 11 - 12, 2014. Twenty UMAMN members came together in Alcoa from across the Appalachian region, which extends from New York to Mississippi. West Ohio was well-represented at the meeting by Rev. Joy French, Zanesville, Ms. Carlene Triplett, Coolville, Rev.
Time to retreat is essential to everyone, but it is a need felt most keenly, and least indulged, by those who have accepted God’s calling to pastor. Gathering with those who share your particular struggles and burdens can be even better, as it helps alleviate pressure and the feeling of being alone. On September 14-16, more than 60 clergy stepped aside to gather and be renewed at the East and West Ohio Black Pastor’s retreat, hosted by Bishops John L.
Destination Known, a mission team from EUM Church in Greenville, Ohio, sent a group of twelve people to Sutton, Alaska for their third annual Alaskan mission trip. During the weeklong trip, the team was able to serve the residents of Sutton in some very practical ways. The team went into the community to serve the locals by cutting and splitting fire wood, cutting grass, debarking logs and helping the local pastor put a new roof on his house before the harsh cold winter sets in.
"We already have everything we need to make the next faithful step in ministry," was West Ohio Bishop Gregory V.
Jackson Area Ministries was a creation of a merger between Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren denominations in 1968. At the time, Jackson County had 30 congregations divided between the two denominations. Jackson County, OH was designated (and continues to be) Appalachian, possessing traditional socio-economic/cultural/theological characteristics of that region. County United Methodist congregations bonded to confront the problems of poverty and congregational issues.