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 [...]

Fitchville UMC – A Holy Spirit Summer

The Heart of a Small Church - Part 2 By Rev. Timothy McCollum Fitchville UMC (Firelands District) is a small church on Rt. 250 about halfway between Ashland and Norwalk. Many folks have driven by it, few have stopped. This is farm county, so it can feel spread out and sparse, besides one other church [...]