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Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018
What do you love to do? That’s the question that gets to the heart of our gifts and talents. In this episode, Tim & Sara have a conversation about using our gifts and talents in the church and our communities. We explore a few experiences that point to gifts and talents as well as explore five clues to talents.Sometimes we call your talents your superpowers. Get a three-page guide to unlocking your superpowers here. Listen to Episode 027 Now...
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
Join thousands for 4 days of discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ. YOUTH 2019 will provide youth and their leaders with chances to connect with each other, denominational leaders, and connectional agencies to help them discover the wide variety of ministries of the United Methodist Church.  YOUTH 2019 event... continue reading
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
The West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church has created a new position, Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement. This ministry of engagement is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ that calls us to invite people into communities of faith who transform the community and world. A qualified candidate should bring leadership, vision, integrity, and a team-oriented philosophy to empower and support congregations and leaders to develop asset-ba... continue reading
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
ERT members are some of the first on site after a disaster, however teams must always wait for an invitation before deployment. Both North Carolina and South Carolina have extended invitations for Early Response Teams to help with disaster clean up, relief and recovery.  If you would like to lead an ERT team or be paired up with an existing team, please contact Kris Shoaf at kshoaf [at] wocumc.org, or you can visit the  West Ohio Disaster Response Efforts  pag... continue reading
Monday, Oct 15, 2018
Is your church using Facebook Live for worship? Do you have permission to "broadcast" music performed by your choir or praise band? Do real estate matters make your head spin? How can we protect the people of our churches from harassment?   These are just a few of the topics to be covered at The West Ohio Conference's 22nd Annual Legal Forum will be held on Friday, October 26, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at Ohio Northern University Law School in Ada, Ohio. Topics w... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018
Leaders are courageous. The challenges of our contexts and the resistance we may encounter necessitate courage. As a leader, you help make something happen. While others curse the darkness, you light a light. First, you have to practice. You have to manage your fear. You have to take the steps that require discipline to stay the course and keep you and others focused on the mission at hand. Then you can lead with courage.Listen Now
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
All West Ohio clergy are invited to the 2018 Clergy Day Apart on Tuesday, December 4, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at Bethel International UMC in Columbus. The Clergy Day Apart is for all active clergy serving in ministry in The West Ohio Conference. This year's speaker will be Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor at Hyde Park UMC in Florida. In addition to being a pastor, Rev. deVega is the author of 10 books, his latest being Hope in Hard Times: Lessons on Faith from... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
While attending General Conference 2016, Nick and Renee Shaw were browsing the display area when they came across an exhibit for the General Board of Global Ministries, the mission board of The United Methodist Church. After the encounter, both were convinced that missions would be a part of their future. Two years later, the couple and their four children have been assigned as missionaries to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Nick and Renee will serv... continue reading
Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018
LeaderCast: Building the Bridge as You Walk on It When we seek to lead people through adaptive challenges, we’re faced with another challenge…what type of leadership will we offer? In this episode, we distinguish between the fundamental and normal state of leadership. The challenge of leading people through adaptive challenges is it feels like we’re building a bridge as we walk across it. We explore examples of the normal and fundamental state of leadership and... continue reading
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018
Who do you call when you have a toothache? A dentist, of course! What about if your engine fails on your car? A mechanic, right? When the challenge before you has a readily available solution that comes in the form of an expert, you're likely facing a technical challenge. But, too often in leadership in the local church, we treat adaptive issues as if they are technical problems. Need a primer on the difference between technical problems and adaptive issues?... continue reading