The West Ohio Camps experience is about fun, friendship, and especially faith. To strengthen that faith component, several pastors join our camps each summer as Pastors of the Week. Their involvement greatly enhances our camps' Christian ministry. Camp Wesley was honored to have several pastors join camp this summer who are quite familiar with the surroundings.
Emily Burns, daughter of Northwest Plains District Superintendent Barry Burns, will be serving as a Global Mission Fellow (GMF) with The United Methodist Church. The GMF program is for young adults, ages 20-30, with a passion for justice and community. Emily will work for two years at Sunnyside United Methodist Church in Kalamazoo, MI, as a Community Organizer, helping with the church's free store and community garden, as well as their anti-racism work. "Mission work is important to me because the church is meant to be fully engaged in the world working to love God's creation," Emily says.
Royalties from the upcoming devotional We Pray with Her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead will fund scholarships through the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry for young women pursuing a seminary education. The We Pray With Her group is a grassroots collective of United Methodist clergywomen under the age of 40 who are called to encourage other women in leadership through writings and prayers. The new book encourages women who lead in a variety of ways, not just at church.
With its 1.5 billion users, YouTube is a valuable social media tool that churches can incorporate into outreach and communication plans. Get started by joining United Methodist Communications for a free webinar on September 12 at Noon central time (1 pm EST). This live learning session will teach you the basics of YouTube as well as in-depth tips and hints.
As people spend more time online, social media has become one of the most effective and necessary ways for churches to communicate with their congregations and with potential new members. Your church has the opportunity to inform and inspire your congregation on a daily basis through Facebook, but it takes time to plan and post relevant content consistently. That's where a grant from United Methodist Communications can help.
Studies suggest that many students who were connected to a local church during high school are walking away from active church connections during their college years. Other experts believe that many young adults have a desire to connect with other believers once away from home. That is why intentionally transitioning high school graduates in their faith is so critical. West Ohio Campus Ministry is the official presence of The United Methodist Church on college and university campuses in West Ohio.
Several new Traction Tracks will be starting soon! Traction Tracks are specific training resources developed within West Ohio's Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI), now available in individual short courses for churches of any size and setting. Every Traction Track involves your pastor plus a team from your church.