In her Episcopal Address during Annual Conference 2017, 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:
The United Methodist Church is in the midst of a worldwide time of focused prayer for the mission of the church, and for the ongoing work of the Commission on a Way Forward.
Sunday, July 30 to Saturday, August 5 is East Ohio’s week to hold the denomination in prayer. During that week, Bishop Malone asks that every clergy and lay member of the conference pray specifically for the work of the Commission. In addition, she asks that every congregation include a time of prayer for the Commission on the Way Forward during its worship services on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.
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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