It’s Time to Apply for Scholarships


The start of a new year is a great time to begin searching for available scholarships, loans, and grants.

The Scholarships and Financial Assistance button, found on the lower left side of this home page, offers one-stop shopping of funds that are available to assist with your education or with that of a loved one.  The page includes financial assistance opportunities from committees, boards, and agencies of the East Ohio Conference as well as those of The United Methodist Church.

Each year the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) awards an average of $5 million in scholarships.  This is possible because of your generous giving through endowments, wills and annuities, Special Sunday offerings, and online gifts.  The Scholarships and Financial Assistance page also contains a link to the Fund for Theological Education, which provides assistance to those attending seminary.



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How Appointments Are Made

Confirmation Retreats

Bishop Malone, in prayerful discernment with the Cabinet following its consultation with clergy and staff parish relations committees, appoints East Ohio Conference clergy to their respective mission fields. 

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church ¶ 425 states that appointments are made with consideration of the gifts, skills, competencies and evidence of God’s grace of those appointed, to the needs, characteristics, and missional opportunities of congregations, communities and institutions, and with faithfulness to the commitment to an open itineracy. Appointments are made without regard to “race, ethnic origin, gender, color, disability, marital status, or age, except for the provisions of mandatory retirement.”

Malone says, “I invite you to pray for us as we do the sacred work of making appointments, and to pray for our clergy and their families, and for the congregations that will experience transitions in the coming months.”

2018 Appointments and Changes of Status


Equipping local churches to be, make, and mature disciples of Jesus Christ

Four Areas of Focus

FOUR AREAS OF FOCUS: United Methodists live out our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through Four Areas of Focus: Engaging in Ministry with the Poor; Improving Global Health; Developing Principled Christian Leaders; and Creating New and Renewed Congregations.

Rule of Christ

RULE OF CHRIST: This ministry resource applies Jesus’ teachings from Matthew 18 to the life of the local church by creating a process that aids pastors and congregation in managing conflicts, disagreements, and relationships because healthy disciples make other healthy disciples, who, together, transform the world.

Disaster response

CONVERSATIONS ON A WAY FORWARD: All EOC clergy and laity are invited, and encouraged, to participate in intentional Conversations on a Way Forward as we think about the challenges that our differences around human sexuality present us at this time in The United Methodist Church. Register here.

YAC 18

YOUTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE (YAC):  Teens from across Ohio will gather at Lakeside Chautauqua June 8-10 for YAC ’18.  Ephesians 4:3-6 is the guiding verse for this year’s theme We Are One. Register now through April 4 and pay only $40/person. Learn more about YAC ’18

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