Hello friends in Christ!
Thank you to all of you who have connected with us, offering support, prayer, and hopeful ideas for the shape and leadership of our Christian Church in Ohio beloved network and community of congregations! As I've had the opportunity to see (virtually) and hear from more of you, I am more and more grateful for the depth and range of hopes and dreams (and passion) that we have together. In these conversations, the Regional Minister Search Team has heard that many of you would like more regular communication and updates from us. We understand and will do our best to send regular updates, including this one!
Right now, members of the Search Team are working on collecting data and composing our Ohio Regional Profile, as well as an early draft of what we imagine the position description to be. We are moving forward in this work in hope and faith, trusting that together we will be able to meet our Regional goal of raising $75,000 through our Renewal Initiative to make sure that we have adequate funds to sustain the full-time Regional Minister position that we have discerned is an ideal way forward (We are almost half-way to our goal already!) Our discernment to focus on a full-time position includes an understanding, through conversations throughout the Region, that one of our greatest hopes together is for a unified source of leadership, vision, and compassionate connection. We have considered benefits to part-time position(s), but have agreed through prayerful discernment that a single position (with a collaborative and creative leadership style) is where we feel the Spirit leading us.
We, as the Regional Minister Search Team, are excited and hopeful for what we imagine our next chapter as a Region can be! This is an odd and challenging time, to be sure, but we will be stronger together. We hope that you will join us in making a gift of support and hope to the Renewal Initiative (see more here) so that we can continue to move forward with creativity, vision, and excitement for the "what's next" for our Christian Church in Ohio network and community of congregations!
Rev. Melanie Harrell Delaney
Regional Minister Search Team Co-Chair
Regional Minister Search Team Members:
Rev. Debbie Saxe (co-chair)
Rev. Melanie Harrell Delanie (co-chair)
Rev. Anna Hope Curwood (secretary)
Candis Wilson (Regional Moderator)
A previous update from the Regional Minister Search Team on July 3rd can be read at /ccio-blog/regional-minister-search-team-update-july-3rd.aspx