Congregation Exceeds Missions Challenge, so it’s Pastor Kisses a Pig

By Rick Wolcott* In her 2017 Episcopal Address, Bishop Tracy S. Malone challenged and encouraged every East Ohio Conference church – regardless of size, location or demographic makeup – to commit to engage in at least one new, bold, courageous ministry that would share the love of Christ, expand the church’s reach beyond its four [...]

Merging of Two Denominations – a Selfless Act

The Heart of a Small Church: Part 4 Federated churches have their beginnings in the early part of the 20th century and reached their zenith in the period from around 1915-1940.  Federated churches involve forming a local church congregation that relates to two or more denominations, with members each deciding to which of the denominations they choose [...]

A Three Point Ministry Team, an Interesting Relationship

The Heart of a Small Church: Part 3 The Three Point Team vision stemmed from Judy Claycomb, former Firelands District Superintendent, during her last full year on the district. Claycomb had noted the need to provide gifted pastoral leadership for several of her smaller congregations throughout her district. She envisioned a partnership of churches (in this [...]