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District Vision

SHAWNEE VALLEY DISTRICT VISION

Updated 2017

WHO IS OUR NEIGHBOR?

OUR VISION  (Luke 10:25-37)

“We are to love the Lord with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength and all our mind. And we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.”

We want to understand, get to know and be involved in the lives of our neighbors at home and beyond so that they experience the grace, mercy and love of Jesus Christ.

OUR MISSION

“ to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

OUR KEY OBJECTIVES

  • to be compassionate, loving and encourage each other into an intimate relationship with Christ and others
  • to nurture and help each other grow in our faith,
  • to develop and equip new leaders who mentor others,
  • to establish new small groups, new faith communities and new churches.”

OUR MISSION FIELD

9 COUNTIES IN SOUTHERN OHIO - Our Local Neighbors

Our local churches have the privilege of being involved in transforming their communities by being neighborly and building relationships with people where they live. Our congregations have the exciting task of creating partnerships with helping agencies in the community so that neighbors get to help neighbors. Most importantly, we are called to invite people to minister with us so that we become the fresh expression of Christ’s love.

We have the privilege of being in ministry with others in our communities who are:

  • Struggling with Poverty

 Food Pantries, Clothing stores, Emergency Assistance, Budgeting Classes, Community Meal, etc.

Here are a few examples: 

  • Jackson Area Ministries- Work camps, Gardens, Housing (Jackson)
  • Harvest for the Hungry (Ironton)
  • Chesapeake Mission Outreach (Cooperative Ministry)
  • Habitat for Humanity/ Home repairs
  • Health Ministry- Clinic, Nutrition Education, Emphasis on Exercise, etc.

Here are a couple of models:

  • Hope Clinic of Ross County (Chillicothe)
  • Jackson ECHO ministry
  • Addicted, Co-dependent and those who enable others in their addiction

Here is one fresh expression:

  • Rejoicing in Recovery- Cornerstone UMC in Portsmouth
  • Dealing with Developmental Disabilies

A few opportunities to be involved in:

  • Family Retreats- Joni and Friends- Shawnee State Park
  •  Camp Dovetail- Rocky Fork State Park
  • Partner with your County’s Developmental Disabilities agency
  • Engaging the Next Generations and particularly those at-risk (and their families)

Here is what is happening in our region:

  • Appreciation dinners for teachers and administrators
  • Prayer Walking our schools
  • Partnerships with the community- Freedom Schools, Live Free Schools
  • After School Programs
  • Tutoring in school
  • Church camp
  • Chrysalis weekends
  • School Supplies, Backpacks, Winter Coat Giveaways
  • Impacting our Local College Campuses (if one is nearby the church)
  • ​Shawnee State University (Portsmouth)​
    • Ohio University- Chillicothe
    • Ohio University- Southern (Ironton)
    • Southern State Community College (Hillsboro)
    • Southern State Community College (Mt Orab)
    • Southern State Community College (Washington Court House)
    • Chatfield College (St Martin)
  • Enjoying our State Park Campgrounds in this region (9) as well as Private Campgrounds

One example is:

  • Hillsboro First UMC Campground Service
  • Military Ministry with Active Service persons and their families as well as Veterans and their families which includes the VA Medical Center (Chillicothe) and the Community-based Outpatient Clinics in Georgetown and Portsmouth

Here are some ways churches are involved:

  • Card Ministry/Care Packages/Prayer ministry
  • Veteran Day Service
  • Off-site Worship Service at the American Legion or VFW
  • Mentoring those who are incarcerated in 5 Prison Facilities in our region plus our County Jails as well as reaching out to Returning Citizens and their Families

Here are some ways to volunteer as an individual or church:

  • Kairos Weekends
  • Life Builders Mentoring
  • Prison Fellowship opportunities
  • Angel Tree (A ministry to children of those incarcerated)
  • Leading a Video series with Incarcerated Men
  • Including in our lives those who are aging in our communities by visiting nursing care facilities and those who are shut-ins in their own homes

Here are some ways your church can become involved:

  • Nursing Home Worship services/Bible Studies
  • Holding a VBS at the Nursing Home
  • One on One relationships with nursing home residents
  • Adopt a Shut-in
  • Deliver Food to Shut-ins
  • Card Ministry/Phone calls
  • Alzheimer Unit Worship Service

   OUTSIDE OUR 9 COUNTIES  - OUR STATE AND NATIONAL NEIGHBORS

  • ERT Ministry
  • Next Generation Mission Trips
  • West Ohio New Church Start Initiative (Light the Way Campaign)
  • Supportive of the Foothills District in Southeast Ohio
  • Supportive of the Kentucky East District across the Ohio River
  • Connectional Giving Support
  • Hispanic Ministry in Ohio

 

THE WORLD - OUR INTERNATIONAL NEIGHBORS

  • Vietnam- Community Outreach Initiatives
  • imagine No Malaria Effort
  • local Church Support of Mission around the globe
  • Mission Teams
  • Connectional Giving Support

 

 

“For the whole law (of God) can be summed up in this one command:

LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF

Galatians 5:14