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 [...]

Numbers Don’t Tell the Story

The Heart of a Small Church: Part 5 "As a small church, the people in it need to believe they have a purpose in this vast kingdom of God and your wanting to feature us in an article is a gift from God," wrote Pastor Janet Boyd when she was approached to write this article.  By Pastor [...]

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 [...]