Ministerial Recruitment Institute Shows Teens How God Calls Them into Service

By Brett Hetherington* Every summer for 37 years the East Ohio Conference invites teens in grades seven through 12 to explore what it means to pursue a life dedicated to ministry. The Ministerial Recruitment Institute (MRI) held at Baldwin Wallace University (North Coast District) July 14-19 offered an environment conducive to allowing young people to [...]

Church Says that Children are the Church of Now… Not the Future

By Brett Hetherington* Children are not the church of the future, they are the church of right now. That is the message being at Brecksville United Methodist Church (North Coast District). Church leaders believe this idea so deeply that they dedicate an entire Sunday morning service each year to their children. The service is not [...]

East Ohio Conference Youth Changing the World One Meal at a Time

By Rick Wolcott* “Today is about bringing the community together to work as one to accomplish an amazing goal of packing 75,000 meals,” said Brady Smith, assistant community engagement manager for Rise Against Hunger. For the fourth-consecutive year, East Ohio’s Conference Council on Youth Ministries (CCYM) teamed with the international hunger relief organization to pack [...]