The latest news specifically for American Baptist Churches of Ohio.

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!

2017 Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering

Since 2009, the "Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering" (BMMO) has become a significant avenue for churches in the Region to support the ministries of ABC/Ohio. BMMO helps make it possible for ABC/Ohio to serve your church.  DOWNLOAD  A BULLETIN INSERT FOR YOUR CHURCH HERE.

The American Baptist Churches of Ohio, or ABC/Ohio) is a fellowship of American Baptist Congregations.  Our vision is to help congregations “Rise up and build healthy churches that impact the world for Christ."

We are making a difference!

-Pastors are being encouraged and equipped in ministry.  
-Churches are being assisted in calling new pastors.
-Regional Staff are consulting with churches to improve ministry health.
-Resources are being provided to strengthen ministries
-gatherings are equipping churches for ministry.

The Buckeye Mission and Ministry Offering helps make it possible for ABC/Ohio to serve your church.  100% of your offering will go to this purpose. The offering benefits many ministries including  Leadership Academy, Ordination, Local Church Ministry Grants, Ministry Gatherings and the ABC/Ohio Regional Ministry Team.

Get Connected – and Give!

BMMO gifts help develop, coach, and assist servant leaders.  Provides new ministry resources for local churches, and helps provide quality ministry gatherings to challenge and grow healthy churches.

Each of the ABC/Ohio’s Congregations is called to join in ministry opportunities.

Please consider giving to the BMMO in 2017  to reach our goal of $50,000. This is one way your church can partner with ABC/Ohio to fulfill God’s mission in your community and beyond.