SAVE THE DATE for this year's Leadership Conference April 28th and 29th at First Baptist Church Newark (1000 Granville Road, Newark, OH 43055). Our speaker for the conference is Dr. Karl Slaikeu, Ph.D.
Dr. Slaikeu is an internationally recognized psychologist, mediator and negotiation expert based in Austin, Texas. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo (MA, PhD), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BA).
Dr. Slaikeu holds a patent for a business model that integrates cost savings methods of conflict resolution into organizational procedures. He has mediated a wide range of commercial, employment and organizational disputes, and trained numerous attorneys, business leaders, mental health professionals and faith based leaders in conflict and crisis resolution methods.
Dr. Slaikeu is the author of When Push Comes to Shove: A Practical Guide for Mediating Disputes and five other books and numerous professional publications on negotiation, mediation, crisis intervention and conflict resolution. His model for psychological first aid has been translated into thirty-two languages for use by the American Red Cross with earthquake and tsunami survivors in Central America and Asia.
Face to Face is a day and a half event which brings clergy, church search committees and seminary seniors / recent graduates in the ordination process together in one location for a series of 45 minute “first time interviews.” Church search committees are assigned an interviewing space and pastors move from interview to interview.
A limited number of interview slots are available which may be scheduled during the event. Interviews are scheduled based on a preference request and matching process prior to the event. Participants are scheduled with churches or clergy who have requested to meet with them and also scheduled with other matches that have been determined by the matching team based on interests, experience, gender and other background information. Get more information including registration forms by CLICKING HERE!
James Edwin Ohde, 78, of Mount Vernon, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born October 25, 1938 in Cincinnati, to the late Robert and Dorthea (Lauderbaugh) Ohde. Jim was a member of Brandon Baptist Church. He graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1956 and from Mount Vernon Bible College. Jim served in the Air Force from 1959 – 1963. After serving in the military, he worked at Cooper until he became a minister in 1979. Jim served several congregations in the American Baptist Churches of Ohio including Bryn Zion Baptist Church in Mount Gilead, Clear Fork Baptist Church in Kimbolton, and First Baptist Church of Loudonville. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Ohio Leadership Academy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ohde family and friends.
For over three years the Association Task Force has been working to develop a covenant to put on paper what we have long believed about our relationship and mission. We have created a Proposed ABC Ohio Covenant and Addendums (you may download by clicking here and peruse them at your convenience).
We ask that you read the Covenant. During the Fall of 2016 and the winter months of 2017 Dr. Ernest Jones, Rev. Mark Click and Rev. Jane Gibbons will be seeking your thoughts and ideas. They will discuss the proposed document at clergy gatherings, association meetings and at the 2016 Annual Gathering in October. These discussions will provide insights into how we can all make a greater commitment to the mission of Jesus Christ through intentional authentic relationships.
The American Baptist Churches Mission Summit will be held June 29 to July 2, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. A number of exciting events occur before and after the official Mission Summit dates - so plan to come for the full event!
Chaplains and pastoral counselors will gather June 29. Additional information will follow. Registration will begin in early 2017. Please continue to check online for more information at www.americanbaptists2017.com.
Experience a gathering of American Baptists like no other, as our diverse family joins together for faith-stretching worship, Mission Summit conversations, preaching and fellowship.
American Baptist Churches of Ohio (ABC Ohio) assist local and regional congregations. In an effort to provide long term financial stability, the Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative has established the Rise Up and Build Fund to support key ministry initiatives. These include congregational development consulting, coaching, training, pastor and famiily care, crisis counseling to congregations and pastors, promoting the congregations shared mission and more. Your financial commitment is important to the support of these ministries and more. In addition to cash gifts, there are other ways to contribuite including wills (bequests), gifts of stock, life insurance, real estate and other property along with charitable trusts and annuities. For more information about this fund and ways you can give, contact ABC Ohio at 740-587-0804 or our partners the American Baptist Foundation at 650-768-2035. You can make a difference and join the Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative!