The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

Friends of the Region Legacy Initiative

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!

Churches and Pastors: Important Tax Law Changes

On July 1, 2015 the Affordable Care Act rules officially change for many churches. Tax advisors are warning churches who previously provided health insurance reimbursement as part of a salary “package” that it is now against the law. Unless your church employees are on a group plan or pay only one employee, an employer is not permitted to reimburse individual health care insurance premiums on either a pre- or post-tax basis. If your church continues to do this, the church is required to pay a fine of $100 per day per employee.

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Rev. Bob Cassady Announces Retirement

Rev. Bob Cassady has announced his intention to retire as of December 31, 2015. His letter of retirement may be downloaded HERE or you may read it in full here:
 
To All ABC/Ohio Pastors, Ministry Leaders, Church Members & Friends:
 
It has truly been an honor and privilege to serve Christ through the ministries of our ABC/Ohio Region for almost 25 years. God has richly blessed me with the opportunity to establish many friendships and ministry partnerships for which I will be eternally grateful. 
 
Over the years I have experienced God doing some incredible ministry during our time together. Both our ABC/Ohio Region and many of our churches are going through significant ministry-changing transformations. God is truly in our midst and doing great things. We continue to partner to work together in ‘building healthy churches that impact the world for Christ!’

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Executive Minister "Intent to Retire" Letter

Our Excutive Minister Dr. Larry Swain will be retiring this year. You may read his Resignation Letter (Intent to Retire) HERE.

ABY/Dare2Share 2015 Youth Conference Report

What an amazing weekend! Our Ohio American Baptist Youth participated in the annual Dare2Share evangelism training conference March 6 and 7, 2015. Thousands of youth gathered in Grove City for a weekend of dynamic worship, powerful speakers and evangelism training. This was our eighth year partnering with Greg Stier and Dare 2 Share Ministries for an amazing time of sharing and celebration.  

Following the Friday session, the American Baptist Churches of Ohio sponsored our annual After Party. It was a great time of fellowship, pizza, sharing and a devotion to conclude a great Friday!

For more on the weekend, check out our video highlights!