Nearly 1,400 clergy and lay members gathered at Lakeside Chautauqua June 12-15 for Annual Conference 2017, Bearing Fruit that Lasts: Called, Committed, Connected.
In her Episcopal Address, Bishop Tracy S. Malone asked that each East Ohio Conference congregation do something bold in this next ministry year, that they connect with the Four Areas of Focus, and that they do these three things:
Be a part of the 35th anniversary of Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI), a spiritual retreat designed to assist youth ages 12 to 18 to hear, ponder and answer God's call to ministry.
Called By Name, Redeemed & Not Afraid is the theme for a week of learning, Spirit-filled worship, intense Bible study, singing, dancing, praise, and fellowship to be held July 16-21 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea.
Guest theologians will be the Rev. Troy Benton, a MRI alum now serving in the greater St. Louis area; Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, resident bishop of the West Ohio Conference; and Bishop Tracy S. Malone, resident bishop of the East Ohio Conference.
ENGAGING IN MINISTRY WITH THE POOR – The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland is just one example of how the East Ohio Conference is in ministry with the poor and the marginalized. United Methodists believe working side-by-side with those in need is better than top-down charity. Learn more.
IMPROVING GLOBAL HEALTH – East Ohio teens created Project Feed, at which they packed 50,000 nutritious meals for those in need around the world. The United Methodist Church has become a key player in fighting diseases and promoting initiatives that improve the well-being of others. Learn more.
DEVELOPING PRINCIPLED CHRISTIAN LEADERS – The church needs leaders rooted in Jesus Christ who have a vision for changing the world. The Candidacy Summit is one of many forums in the East Ohio Conference for clergy and laity to explore and nurture their leadership skills. Learn more.
CREATING NEW AND RENEWED CONGREGATIONS – The Twice Blessed Free Store is reimagining what it means to be the church. United Methodists are modeling new ways of being in ministry with others, revitalizing faith communities, and planting new congregations to reach people for Jesus Christ. Learn more.
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