The Ohio Council of Churches is a partnership of 17 Christian faith denominations in 23 different organizational configurations or judicatories throughout the state of Ohio. While our administrative offices are in Columbus, the Ohio Council of Churches is much larger than any office; it is all of us, together, across Ohio!
Now celebrating 100 years of ecumenical ministry, the Ohio Council of Churches is one of the oldest of the state ecumenical councils in the United States. Its seventeen denominations encompass some 4,000 congregations and one-million members. The Council enjoys productive and meaningful relationships and partnerships with several Christian, interfaith, and civic agencies and organizations. In fact, we are looking to expand our table and to converse with all who are committed to advancing the common good.
The Council’s Governing Board is comprised of each bishop and/or executive leader of the 23 denominational judicatories (governing bodies). It meets two times each year.
Now the Council also has an entity called the Ohio Council of Churches Foundation. The Foundation is entrusted with the fiduciary responsibilities of our endowment and investments. Its Board of Trustees consists of representatives from the various 23 judicatories of the Council. The Executive Director of the Ohio Council of Churches serves as secretary of the Foundation’s Board.
The Council is an Ohio expression of the historic worldwide ecumenical movement with connections to both the Washington, DC-Based National Council of Churches and the Geneva, Switzerland-based World Council of Churches. The Council serves as a platform through which the unity of Christ’s church is made visible. As member churches collaborate, they acknowledge their God-given gift of unity while expressing their desire to be one in their witness and service to the world. Through this, they offer a faithful response to Jesus' prayer, "…that they may all be one...so that the world may believe." (John 17:21)
Make plans now to join us on September 6, 2019, as the Ohio Council of Churches celebrates its 100th Anniversary by presenting a public event featuring syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. This celebration will take place on the beautiful campus of our partner organization, Delaware’s Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Please save the date and look for more information soon!
2019 Governing Board Fall Meeting
Tuesday, September 24th
Location to be determined
100th Anniversary Celebration, featuring Syndicated Columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. September 6th, at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware, Ohio. Please save the date and look for more information soon!