Canton for All People: Transforming the City One Block at a Time

By Brett Hetherington* “Street by street, block by block. It is not simplistic, but it is simple,” says the Rev. Don Ackerman of how Canton for All People is effecting change among the chaos and brokenness of Canton, Ohio neighborhoods. Canton for All People is a community development corporation formed by Crossroads United Methodist Church [...]

Celebrating 75 Years of Ministry at Camp Wanake

By Brett Hetherington* If you were to ask Julie Lautt, ‘what is the primary mission of Camp Wanake?’ she would respond with a simple sentence. “Wanake provides people places and role models away from daily routines and distractions so that campers can find life change, new friends, time with God, and a lot of fun.” [...]

Bowling, Burgers, and Bibles: EOC Churches Ministering in New Ways Beyond the Walls of Their Buildings

By Brett Hetherington* A prominent message to laity and clergy during East Ohio Annual Conference 2022 was the importance of finding new and fresh ways to do ministry outside the walls of the church. For some congregations in East Ohio that may have been a new and even challenging idea, but for many others in [...]