ABC Ohio youth join with CONVERGE this year at the Elida Fieldhouse in Elida, Ohio! It is a conference for students in grades 8 to 12 that focuses on unifying area ministries and churches under the banner, "One Body, One Mission, One God." During the two day event, students will hear from three keynote speakers and thirty workshop leaders. Our worship will be joined by worship bands The Digital Age and Sixteen Cities. Download the American Baptist Youth Ohio 2017 Event Brochure HERE!
In addition to workshops, worship and keynote speakers, students will also have the chance to serve the community through "Operation: Love Lima." During Operation Love Lima, students will distribute over 60,000 pounds of food to people in need in the community while taking the time to pray with them and share the Gospel.
Our mission is to bring together the Body of Christ to reach our city and surrounding communities for the cause of Christ. We are passionate about reaching as many people as we can with the great news of God's love and salvation.
On Sunday morning we will share in a special American Baptist Youth worship service hosted by First Baptist Church of Lima at 451 North Cable Road, Lima OH 45805.
RESERVE YOUR HOTEL NOW! Several hotels have partnered with CONVERGE to offer special rates to those attending the event. To take advantage of these rates, you must call the hotel, speak with the specified contact person and mention that your group is attending the CONVERGE Conference. Information on the conference and registration may be found at the CONVERGE MOVEMENT website.
For more information about this and other 2017 youth events, please contact Rev. Mark Click, Regional Minister at 513-737-8779.
ABC Ohio is delighted to welcome Dr. Karl Slaikeu, Ph.D to the 2017 Church Leadership Conference April 28th and 29th at First Baptist Church Newark (1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH 43055). Download the Church Leadership Conference Brochure and Registration Form HERE.
For two days, Dr. Slaikeu will lead a practical ministry learning experience for pastors, church leadership teams and Region staff on the theme "Transformed by the Journey." We have a bulletin insert to download HERE. The conference theme is selected to provide pastors and church leaders with inspiration, insight and practicable approaches to conflict resolution in the church.
We have worked to keep the cost of the conference reasonable. Registration includes participant materials as well as lunch from Honeybaked Ham, snack items and beverages on both days. Friday is specifically designed for pastors and ministry staff. Saturday morning is for both pastors and church leaders. Copies of Dr. Slaikeu's "Preferred Path Core Course" will be available for purchase.
Pastors may take advantage of scholarship opportunities through ABC USA. Information and application forms for scholarships may be downloaded HERE.
Hotels nearby include the Hampton Inn (740-788-8991); Courtyard by Marriott (740-344-1800); and Doubletree by Hilton (740-322-6455). Please contact the hotels direction for reservations.
Dr. Slaikeu is an internationally recognized psychologist, mediator and negotiation expert based in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, PhD), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BA).
Dr. Slaikeu holds a patent for a business model that integrates cost savings methods of conflict resolution into organizational procedures. He has mediated a wide range of commercial, employment and organizational disputes, and trained numerous attorneys, business leaders, mental health professionals and faith based leaders in conflict and crisis resolution methods.
Dr. Slaikeu is the author of When Push Comes to Shove: A Practical Guide for Mediating Disputes and five other books and numerous professional publications on negotiation, mediation, crisis intervention and conflict resolution. His model for psychological first aid has been translated into thirty-two languages for use by the American Red Cross with earthquake and tsunami survivors in Central America and Asia.
Face to Face is a day and a half event which brings clergy, church search committees and seminary seniors / recent graduates in the ordination process together in one location for a series of 45 minute “first time interviews.” Church search committees are assigned an interviewing space and pastors move from interview to interview.
A limited number of interview slots are available which may be scheduled during the event. Interviews are scheduled based on a preference request and matching process prior to the event. Participants are scheduled with churches or clergy who have requested to meet with them and also scheduled with other matches that have been determined by the matching team based on interests, experience, gender and other background information. Get more information including registration forms by CLICKING HERE!
Since 2009, the "Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering" (BMMO) has become a significant avenue for churches in the Region to support the ministries of ABC/Ohio. BMMO helps make it possible for ABC/Ohio to serve your church. DOWNLOAD A BULLETIN INSERT FOR YOUR CHURCH HERE.
The American Baptist Churches of Ohio, or ABC/Ohio) is a fellowship of American Baptist Congregations. Our vision is to help congregations “Rise up and build healthy churches that impact the world for Christ."
We are making a difference!
-Pastors are being encouraged and equipped in ministry.
-Churches are being assisted in calling new pastors.
-Regional Staff are consulting with churches to improve ministry health.
-Resources are being provided to strengthen ministries
-gatherings are equipping churches for ministry.
The Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering helps make it possible for ABC/Ohio to serve your church. 100% of your offering will go to this purpose. The offering benefits many ministries including Leadership Academy, Ordination, Local Church Ministry Grants, Ministry Gatherings and the ABC/Ohio Regional Ministry Team.
Get Connected – and Give!
BMMO gifts help develop, coach, and assist servant leaders. Provides new ministry resources for local churches, and helps provide quality ministry gatherings to challenge and grow healthy churches.
Each of the ABC/Ohio’s Congregations is called to join in ministry opportunities.
Please consider giving to the BMMO in 2017 to reach our goal of $50,000. This is one way your church can partner with ABC/Ohio to fulfill God’s mission in your community and beyond.
The West Virginia Mission Trip June 19 to 23, 2017 is an opportunity for ABC Ohio students to work with adult supervision as they seek to make a difference in the lives of families and communities impacted by last year's flood. This experience will seek to build faith, community and compassion while being a witness for Jesus Christ. Pastor Howard Thompson of Market Street Baptist Church in Zanesville is the mission team leader. Download the American Baptist Youth Ohio 2017 Event Brochure HERE!
On June 23, 2016, thunderstorms brought torrential rain to most of West Virginia. Accumulations totaled up to 10 inches in many areas in only 24 hours qualifying this as a 1,000 year rain event. There was widespread destruction throughout the state. This trip will give our students an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ as a part of the on-going cleanup of the flood damage.
MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!
Rev. Robert W. Newman, age 93, a longtime resident of Brookville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 19, 2017. Bob was a veteran of WWII having proudly served in the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Wheaton College and Northern Theological Seminary.
For over 50 years, he was Pastor and his wife of 71 years, Flora Mae was the church organist for several American Baptist Churches in the area. We lift up the family in prayer during this time.