Congregation Grows During the Pandemic by Reaching New People in New Ways

By Brett Hetherington* Church attendance routinely ebbs and flows. During the COVID-19 pandemic this reality became even more apparent. Most people would not be surprised to hear that a church’s attendance during such a time would tail off and perhaps even drop dramatically, but what if a church were able to grow during this season? [...]

Low Pressure Block Party Ministry Yields Big Connections

By Brett Hetherington* “We want to be involved in reaching people.” These words come from the Rev. Tim Monteith, who serves at Johnson First United Methodist Church (Canal District). This fall the church opened its campus for a block party to engage with the community. “We wanted it to be a connecting spot for [...]

Bishop Tracy S. Malone Appoints Five Clergy to New EOC Leadership Roles

By Rick Wolcott* Bishop Tracy S. Malone announces the following appointments, made to ensure that the East Ohio Conference continues to be strategically staffed for both the sustainability of the Church and for the future of the Church. The appointments, made after prayerful discernment, are effective July 1: Ed Peterson, appointed as assistant to the [...]