Conference Workers' Compensation Third Party Administrator Change (effective 9/30/14)

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.

At-Large Delegate Selection Process to Change

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.

Churches embrace breakthrough prayer

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. 


Appalachian Ministry Network to focus on children's issues, hunger

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.


Black pastors come together for retreat

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.


Evangelical United Methodist Church Sends Mission Team to Alaska

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.