This year has found us all in unprecedented times. Our daily normal has no longer been normal and has challenged us with finding new ways to work, live, and worship. For our Region to continue safe practices, this year's Regional Assembly will be a virtual experience on our scheduled gathering date of September 26, 2020 for Ohio Disciples to participate in and view at their convenience.
The theme for the Assembly is "Rise Up” based on Isaiah 40:31 which reads:
"but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
Specific Assembly details will be posted and shared as soon as they are finalized.
This year's virtual experience will still include the business items of the biennial assembly, Regional updates and commissioning of the next Regional Church Council members. The nomination process and voting process will all be done virtually this year. The following outlines the protocols and deadlines we will use to complete these business items.
Nominations for New Regional Council Members
The Regional Church Council is looking for a diverse group of people, both laity and ordained ministers, who feel called to serve on the Regional Church Council of the Christian Church in Ohio for a period of two to six years. The Regional Church Council is the backbone of the Christian Church in Ohio and works to support the many ministries that the Region has to offer. Their vision includes: Strengthening Relationships and Building Networks, Leadership Development, Congregational Transformation, and Evangelism. If you think this might be for you, then take the following steps:
- Review the Job Description for Regional Council Members:
- Complete the Spiritual Gift Inventory (and SAVE your results to fill in on step 3) http://ccinoh.org/admin/assets/spiritual%20gift%20inventory.htm
- Complete and submit Profile to the Regional Church
Ohio Disciples who are interested in serving for the next term of the Regional Church Council will need to complete the above steps no later than August 31, 2020 to be considered for the election ballot. All steps need to be completed in their entirety no later than this date. Any submissions after this date may not be considered. If there is someone in your Congregation who would be a good addition to the Regional Church Council, please be sure that they see this information as well.
Election of Regional Church Council Members
All nominations for the Regional Church Council will be considered by the Membership Development Committee and an electronic voting ballot will be created maintaining diversity and inclusivity (between laity and clergy, men and women, age groups, racial/ethnic groups, and geographical sections of Ohio) of those profiles submitted. All Ohio Disciples will be given the opportunity to vote for those candidates virtually via electronic ballot the week of September 7, 2020. Access to the electronic ballot will be sent on September 7, 2020 and will close on September 12, 2020. No votes will be accepted after this date.
If you have any questions about the nominations or election, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The story we are telling is less about spreadsheets and bottom lines than it is about lives and communities which are being transformed, each day, through our shared ministry to Ohio and the world beyond. We await our next meeting together with faith, hope and love for the good work God will continue to enable through us.
Yours in Christ,