Local Ministry and Mission

Serving Ohio With Pride

We care for our neighbors and make neighborhoods better.

 

We know what it means to be “in the thick of it,” because we’re in the thick of it daily for our communities. We support people of all ages and backgrounds, of all income and education levels, and of all abilities. We do so with tender love and care, proud to be doing God’s work in this crazy world of ours.

If you are able to give to support our ministries, please click here to learn more at our synod appeal website.

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio (LOMO) is a year-round ministry serving the three Ohio synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. All of the LOMO sites are ACA accredited and safety is a high priority.  LOMO Operates four camps: Camp Luther, Camp Mowana, Lutheran Memorial Camp (LMC), and LOMO Outreach.

Lutheran Men in Mission

Lutheran Men in Mission of Northwestern Ohio supports Lutheran men on their faith journey. The Northwestern Ohio men distribute Bibles and wooden crosses, walk the Mackinac Bridge to raise money for synod partner ministries,  and hold a spring retreat. Lutheran Men in Mission Northwestern Ohio is affiliated with the national Lutheran Men in Mission ministry.

Women of the ELCA

Women of the ELCA of Northwestern Ohio supports Lutheran women on their faith journey. As a community of women created in the image of God, called to discipleship in Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to grow in  faith, affirm our gifts, support one another in our callings, engage in ministry and action, and promote healing and wholeness in the church, the society, and the world.

Lutheran Campus Ministries

Lutheran Campus Ministries provide an ELCA presence at more than 180 state and private colleges and universities. With cooperating congregations in campus ministry at an additional 400 campuses nationwide, Lutheran Campus Ministries keeps faith active during a time of change for young adults.

Ohio University - The Bridge

Pastor Lynn Miller
69 Mill Street, Athens, Ohio 45701
740-593-3144
pastorlynn@clcathens.org

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Miami University

Pastor Logan Dysart
420 S. Campus Avenue, Oxford, Ohio 45056
513-523-3808
pastorlogan@woh.rr.com

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University of Toledo - Threshold College Community

Andrew Thomas
athomas42@rockets.utoledo.edu

Pastor Tom Schaeffer
tjschaeffer@gmail.com

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Ohio State University - Jacob's Porch

Pastor Grant Eckhart
45 E. 13th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
614-291-9317
grant@jacobsporch.com

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University of Cincinnati - The Edge

Pastor Alice Connor
3007 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
513-861-5444
pastor@edge-uc.org

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Special Needs Awareness Task Force

Seeing all people, regardless of ability, through the eyes of Jesus, the Special Needs Awareness Taks Force of the Northwestern Ohio Synod is prepared to assist congregations with the following:

Disability awareness materials, including opportunities for experiential training.

  • Resources for addressing architectural barriers.
  • Help in planning an “Access Sunday” at your church.
  • Religious Education resources and materials.
  • Consultations to explore particular ministry needs and opportunities in your congregation.

You may contact the following Task Force members directly for assistance in the following areas:

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Judy Lehner
740-389-2889 or Cell 740-360-1595
judylehner@gmail.com

Molly King
Cell 614-581-6675
mkingaim@gmail.com

Community Resources & Caregiving

Carol Costello
419-592-0847
cjcast@yahoo.com

Cognitive (Intellectual & Developmental) disabilities

Eric Kretzmann
Cell 440-222-2477
eric.kretzmann@mailblc.org

Emotional (Mental Illness) disabilities

Juanita Hollis
419-292-2168 or Cell 567-225-9308
glenwoodlc@gmail.com

Invisible (Hidden) disabilities

Bob Haaf
419-475-0374
rahaaf@aol.com

Jim VanBrussel
419-474-0333
jvanbrussel@buckeve-access.com

Physical disabilities

Deb and Richard Noll
419-864-1471
noll.77@osu.edu

To schedule a presentation at your congregation please contact Bob Haaf 419-475-0374 or rahaaf@aol.com.

Cherish All Children

Cherish All Children is a national Lutheran ministry of prayer, education, relationship-building, and action, to prevent child sexual exploitation.

Congregational Components

Prayer

Confirmed members of the congregation pray daily for all children and young people, ages birth to 25.

 

Education

Leaders provide at least two educational sessions yearly for junior/senior high youth and parents on the topic of sexual exploitation prevention and Internet safety. Pastors preach two sermons each year which incorporate preventing child sexual exploitation.

 

Relationship-Building

Members develop relationships with other groups in the community that are also working to prevent child sexual exploitation.

 

Action

Out of the prayer, education, and relationships, a congregation discerns action appropriate for the children of their community.

As a result, congregation members will be:

• more aware of young people and their needs;

• more intentional about supporting young people;

• better prepared to detect and prevent sexual exploitation;

• better equipped to dismantle the system of sexual exploitation.

 

Mission Partner Congregations

Mission Partner congregations develop mutually supportive relationships so that each congregation is encouraged in its outreach.  These partnerships enable new and renewing missions to have what they initially need in finances, basic needs, spiritual and prayer support, etc. to “make Christ known” in their communities.

 

LUTHERAN CAMPUS  MINISTRY, UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

Campus ministry offers a church “home away from home” as students deal with the pressures and opportunities of campus life, as well as participate in worship and fellowship, nurturing and serving with their peers.

 

OLD SOUTH END MINISTRY

Ministering to a largely immigrant neighborhood of Toledo, OSE ministries include after-school and summer  programs for children as well as a thrift shop and space for immigrant groups wishing to preserve their culture.

 

REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH

This multi-cultural congregation in Toledo provides ministries for children through their Learning Club and a  summer camp. Hundreds of children are served  breakfast and lunch as well as a full day of fun, learning activities. Located in a struggling neighborhood, members of Redeemer also  direct a food pantry that serves local residents.

 

SAINT JOHN AT THE BAY, SOUTH BASS ISLAND

A new mission to the residents of this often isolated island. Youth ministry is an important element with over 80 young people eager for fellowship.  Also emphasized on the island, is ministry to foreign students who work during the tourist season and to vacationers and seasonal  residents.

 

SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH

The oldest Lutheran parish in Toledo is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city; among struggling, often discouraged people. Food for body and soulis offered at the church throughout the week as well as on Sunday. The parish provides many programs, including after-school and summer programs for children and a support group for mothers.

 

THRESHOLD

Threshold is a new church plant that is “called to bring the Kingdom of God to Toledo through word and action so that our city may be transformed by the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ.” Some hallmarks of this ministry are its ability to reach young adults and its mission team named “call-outs” that regularly go out into the city sharing God’s love and serving in His Name.

 

COVENANT CLUSTER

In order to provide greater access to theological education for ministry for all the baptized in Regions 4, 5 and 6, the Covenant Cluster Network will: convene the theological education providers within the Covenant Cluster including the colleges, seminaries, campus ministries, synods and synodical non-degree programs, camps and teaching congregations and encourage networking among theological education providers by creating the opportunity for coordination, cooperation and/or collaboration among theological education providers.

Ministry With And Among People in Poverty

In Luke 4:16-21, Jesus sets forth what some call “the mission statement of God” as he quotes Isaiah, and embraces his own call. As the fulfillment of the promise of the Messiah, Jesus demonstrates that in him, the reign of God is already here. How do we do know? What are the signs that the Messiah has truly come? The first sign we get that the kingdom of God is at hand is that God anoints Jesus to bring the good news to the poor. And if that is at the heart of Jesus’ mission, it is at the heart of our mission as well.

 

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio

Lutheran Social Services of Northwestern Ohio is a faith based social service agency that has been changing lives in Northwestern Ohio for the past 100 years. Assisting communities within a 24 county area, LSSNWO touches the lives of over 13,000 people a year through a variety of services– providing hope, compassion and stability to those in need. LSSNWO has seven branch offices throughout Northwest Ohio, family resource centers and other specialized services that provide help to people of every race, creed and economic status.

Lutheran Homes Society

Every day, the ministries of Lutheran Homes Society (LHS) touch the lives of seniors and youth within our service area of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. LHS provides a continuum of senior living services, youth care services, and outpatient services that focus on enhancing people’s lives. While Lutheran Homes Society’s rich heritage spans more than 150 years, our charitable ministry continues to evolve to meet current needs. Our mission, vision and values provide the framework for how we provide care and services, how we relate to staff and volunteers, and how we serve the community at large.

 

National Ministry and Mission

With the ELCA