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Date(s) - 03/16/19
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Meadow Park Church of God


Ohio Ministries 2019 Empowerment Conference

The 3W’s to a Winning Church

valuing WOMEN in ministry

 inspiring WORSHIP

WOW factors that contribute to growing congregations

March 16, 2019

10 AM – 3 PM


Meadow Park Church of God

2425 Bethel Rd | Columbus, OH 43220

As more and more congregational leaders search for new and relevant tools to help them minister, both in and outside their community of faith, Ohio Ministries can partner with you to develop new Leaders, equipped to minister to a changing culture.

Bring your church Leaders, Ministers, Seniors, Teachers and come enjoy a time of Learning, Fellowship and Fun!

Teach the wise, and they will become even wiser; teach good people, and they will learn even more. Proverbs 9:9 NCV

This scripture serves as the catalysis for Ohio Ministries’ Spring Empowerment Leadership Conference. The purpose of this five-hour event is to educate, empower and refresh church ministers and ministries.

Who should come?

  • Church Leaders to include:
    • Board Chairpersons
    • Board Members
    • Elders
    • Leadership Teams
    • Treasurers
    • Trustees
    • Jr. Trustees
    • Finance Secretaries
    • Search Committee Members
  • Church Teachers to include:
    • Small Group Leaders
    • Children’s Ministry
    • Youth/Student Ministry
  • Church Worship Teams
  • Senior Adults Leaders
  • Senior Adults
  • Those interested in Missions and Outreach Ministry
  • Those interested in Prison Ministry and Ministering to Children of Prisoners
  • Those who feel a call to ministry: Getting License and Ordained
  • All Pastors and Ministers.
    • Pastors/Ministers interested in designing more effective sermons
    • Pastors/Ministers interested in using “Thematic Calendar Planning”
  • Women In Ministry
  • Those interested in Financial Planning and money management
  • Churches who need better tools to include their yearly contributions

I believe the above represents most of the ministries and volunteers in our congregations.

This is the ONLY statewide Ohio Church of God event that is designed to connect all of our churches and their leaders together under one roof.

Because of the generous support of our local churches, this event cost only $20 per person. (For a limited time, you can register for only $15 per person through Monday, February 18, 2019.)

In addition to the above, this year we will offer our attendees the opportunity to walk through “Resource Alley”.  Resource Alley is available as you enter the lobby of the Meadow Park. Vendors from around the state and several national organizations will be present to share resources with you designed to help you do ministry better!

Looking forward to seeing you!
      Demetrius and the Start Fresh Empowerment Team

Panel Discussion

Rev. Liisa Erskine, Worship Leader | Dr. Esther Cottrell, State Pastor | Arnetta Bailey, Panel Speaker

The Church of God (Anderson) has long embraced the value, gifting and wisdom of continuing the biblical model of having women in ministry. Start Fresh this year has dedicated its first two hours of this embrace by inviting three gifted women to lead the attendees in worship, preached word and panel discussions.

Rev. Liisa Erskine – On staff at Eaton Church of God; will lead this year’s empowerment conference as worship leader for Start Fresh. Liisa will also participate in the panel discussion, Mentoring Women of Ministry.

Dr. Esther Cottrell – State Pastor and Director of Ohio Ministries; will serve as our keynote speaker and one of the panelist for Partners of Women In Ministry.

Dr. Arnetta Bailey – Director of Christian Women Connection; will speak on behalf of Qara and lead off the panel discussion of Women In Ministry.

These three women, empowered by the Holy Spirit to serve both local and national ministry, represents another reason to be at this year’s Start Fresh Empowerment Conference.

Start Fresh Empowerment Team

Calling ALL Senior Adults

This year’s Start Fresh Empowerment Conference, Senior Adult Track will feature, Joel Wrobbel from the Ohio Living Speaker’s Bureau.

Joel has a passion for senior adults and the challenges they face as they transition from one age to the other.

Joel will be speaking on two topics:

  • Downsizing and Coping with Transitions in Life
  • Living well through all the stages in life to include his “Walking Through the Fire” series.

In 2012, he was awarded the “Leading Age Public Trust Award” (see video) for his work with the senior adult community. In 2016 he was awarded The Charles B. Jenkins Legacy Award which recognizes the exemplary and dedicated service of those advocating for and serving seniors in central Ohio.
Joel is often heard on the radio speaking on senior adult issues.

We encourage you to bring your seniors to hear this amazing servant and advocate for all of our adult seniors!

Leading from the second chair

Most of the decisions made in organizations, including churches, are made by ministry team members who often don’t understand the influence of their decisions. LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR will raise awareness of the need for strong leaders in secondary positions. It will describe the value they can bring to their organization and to primary leaders when they are serving at their full potential. It will reshape the way the leader views their role, with an emphasis on their own responsibility as leaders.

Pastor Vaughn Bell is a native of Columbus, Ohio. Pastor Bell received and answered the Lord’s call to Christian ministry in 1994. He is the founding Pastor of Triumphant Church of God in Westerville, OH

Prior to Triumph Church, he was the Minister of Conservation at First Church of God, Columbus OH, where he served 10 years as Pastor of Assimilations. Pastor Bell has several degrees to include Master of Divinity and he is currently completing his Doctor in Ministry at Anderson School of Theology.

His civic and social involvement includes:

  • Previous Member of the Church Multiplication Team for the central district of the Ohio Ministries of the Church of God
  • Previous Member of the central district Credentials Committee
  • Active member of the Westerville Area Ministerial Association
  • Active co-chair of the Westerville Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Planning Committee
  • Active member of the board for Leadership Westerville
  • Active board member for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry
  • Active member of the Westerville Diversity Advisory Committee.

He recently was selected as a member of the Westerville City School Board.

Pastor Bell taught this class in 2018, at the Midwest Regional Convention and have been asked to facilitate this important class to our Ohio Churches of God congregations.

Children of Prisoners

Senator Rob Portman with Pastor Paul McCulley

Although many congregations may have a prison ministry, few have a ministry that focuses on helping Children of Prisoners. Pastor, Author and Rehabilitated Criminal, Paul McCulley provides ways of helping minister to the family of prisoners.


Pastor McCulley, book “Sinner Man” and his Clergy Community Assistance Network’s, “Starting Point” for Prisoners, has received many awards and citations from both public and religious leaders such as Governor Mike Dewine and U.S. Senator Rob Portman.


Pastor McCulley is the winner of the Kentucky Press Association Award.


If you have children in your congregation who represent children of prisoners, you will not want to miss this exciting opportunity to hear his passion and solutions to this ignored problem in our churches and community.


9:15 AM              Registration

10:00 AM           Welcome, Instructions & Worship (Rev. Liisa Erskine)

and Keynote Speaker (Dr. Esther Cottrell)

11:00 AM           Panel Discussion

  • Women in Ministry
  • Partners of Women in Ministry
  • Mentoring Women in Ministry

NOON                Lunch

1-1:45 PM          Session 1

2-2:45 PM         Session 2

3:00 PM            Wrap Up

Download Files: (packets were mailed to all churches 1-29-19)

Letter to Churches

Registration form

Conference Matrix Overview

Session Description

Mini Poster 8.5 x 11

Large Poster 11 x 17

~Registration Information~  Please register as a church


               Cost: $20 per person (Includes Lunch)

               Deadline: March 4, 2019

Not-Registered on day of event

               Cost: $35 per person (Includes Lunch)

Sponsored by Ohio Ministries

740 747-2916 phone

740 747-2807 fax

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