Resources for Pastors

We are here to serve our affiliated congregations and support our pastors in any way possible. We offer a wide variety of resources to support pastors in their ministerial growth and health.

For Pastors

Sabbatical Policy
Steadfast Ministries - for pastors
Ministering during COVID-19

COGO Re-Gathering Guidelines DOWNLOAD

Communicating with your congregation if someone has COVID DOWNLOAD

A Pastoral Response to COVID-19: Hosted by Pastor Geremy Dixon with Bishop Timothy Clarke and Pastor Rod Stafford.

Video March 13, 2020


1-28-2021 | Navigating LIfe, Ministry & COVID Webinar Series #1 The Heart of a Leader

11-19-2020 | Leading in Difficult Times READ MORE

6-11-2020 | Retreat Options in Ohio | Welcome Back! | Everence Webinar – Prioritize Relationships in a Virtual Environment | COGO Covid-19 Crisis Relief Grant | Prayer Warrior Opportunities  READ MORE

6-1-2020 | Webinar: A Conversation with Bishop Timothy Clarke | Messages to the Church of God | National Day of Mournng and Lament READ MORE

5-19-2020 | Grant | eMist | Governor Briefings | Testimony & Stories READ MORE

5-12-2020 | Forums, Webinars and Prayer READ MORE

5-5-2020 | COGO Guidelines for Re-Gathering | COGO Covid-19 Crisis Relief Grant | Webinar May 14 | Camp Update | Prayer  READ MORE

4-28-2020 | Lead | Think Beyond | Before People Return | Webinars | Preparing for PPP READ MORE

4-23-2020 | 24 Questions Before People Return | Relaunching | CARES Act Update | Webinars | Psychology of Crisis READ MORE

4-21-2020 | Thriving During Lockdown; On-Line Presence | Coaching Testimonials | Envision your church after COVID-19 | Micro-Church | Prayer & Fasting | Mississippi Tornado Relief | CAMP | READ MORE

4-16-2020 | Summer Camp Update | Envision Your Church After COVID-19 | Micro-Church | Mississippi Tornado | ZOOM Cheat Sheet READ MORE 

4-14-2020 | COVID-19 Coaching Webinar invite | V2X Invite | Children’s Ministry READ MORE

4-7-2020 | Holy Week, Prayer & Fasting, CARES Act, Meals-to-You, Partners In Ministry READ MORE

4-2-2020 | CARES Act 2020 – Help For Churches READ MORE

3-30-2020 | CARES Act; Saturdays Seeking God: A Call to Prayer and Fasting; COVID-19 Response Cohort; Helpful Tips for Pastors Working from Home READ MORE

3-26-2020 | Senate Bill…Good News For Churches A Comin’; First Quarter Federal Estimated Tax now due July 15; Stay At Home…Options; Invite to COVID-19 Response Cohort READ MORE

3-25-2020 | COVID-19 RESPONSE COHORT | FREE 6-WEEK COACHING COHORTCOGO and Tom Planck from Healthy Growing Churches, will be launching a FREE 6-WEEK COACHING COHORT. This will include creating a 90-day plan for you to lead your church well during this crisis. REGISTER HERE

3-23-2020 | BETTER TOGETHER…conversations with fellow pastors. Info on joining ZOOM meeting with pastors and a word from our attorney about Governor Stay At Home Order.  READ MORE

3-20-2020 | Recorded Webinar about on-line giving and on-line worship HERE with Rev. Esther Cottrell | Rev. Nate Hultz | Rev. Chris Allen and paper on navigating financial crisis.  READ MORE

3-17-2020 | “Don’t be anxious…offer hope” from Rev. Esther Cottrell VIDEO Church of God Ohio comes along side you, encourages you, and is praying for you. When Social Distancing and Pastoring Meet READ MORE


Tips for Leading in Crisis with Rev. Esther Cottrell, Rev. Nathan Hultz, and Rev. Chris Allen.  VIDEO 

     1) video marker 4:40 Rev. Nathan Hultz, on-line giving

     2) video marker 29.11 Rev. Chris Allen, good practices for Worship Service recording or Live Feeds.

Coronavirus Contingency Plan READ MORE 

3-13-2020 | A Pastoral Response to COVID-19: Pastor Geremy Dixon | Bishop Timothy Clarke| Pastor Rod StaffordVIDEO

For more CARES Act Information go to

M2M - Ministry to Ministers

~Christian Counseling/Counselors DIRECTORY

If you feel the need to see a mental health professional, please make that appointment.  COGO Ministries has prepared a path for pastors seeking faith-based counseling.  If you would like a list of counselors in your area, contact COGO Ministries at


~Practicing positive emotional and mental health
by Rev. Angie Swonger LPC

For positive emotional and mental health, here are a few interventions you may want to put into practice as you navigate these precarious times in history and ministry: Distraction | Emotional Release | Social Support | Self-Compassion | Soul-Care

~Ministry to Ministers

For many, ministry is hard right now. There are so many varied opinions and so much at stake for the sake of the Gospel. Last week the state ministries from IL, IN, W PA and OH came together to bring a powerful webinar to address some of the root causes of burn-out, discouragement, and even depression. If you missed or simply want to review this webinar with John Walker and Charity Byers from Blessings Ranch, you can download this RECORDING
Coaching Session Reports

COACHING SESSION REPORTS | As a part of leadership development, pastors are asked to complete the following report after each coaching session to share their learnings and goals.


Board Meeting Training

Board Meeting Training Video

Regarding Women in Ministry

Since the earliest days of the Church of God Reformation Movement, women have been active and equal partners in evangelism, preaching, teaching, and prayer, affirming in practice what Paul declared in Galatians 3:26-28:

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

From the beginning of our movement, within the Church of God it has never been an issue as to whether or not women belong in ministry or in the leadership of the local church. Our history is rich with women evangelists, pastors, Bible teachers and preachers. Ohio Ministries continues to affirm that God gifts both women and men for ministry in His Kingdom and encourages congregations to prayerfully consider both as they discern God’s will in their selection of a new pastor.

For more information read “The Role of Women in the Church” from former Director of Ministries Randall Spence.

The Ohio General Assembly


The Ohio General Assembly consists of active and retired ministers of the Church of God as well as lay delegates that are selected by local churches. The General Assembly meets annually to worship together, make and confirm covenants, address the needs of the Church of God in the State of Ohio, and witness an ordination service for new ministers.

General Assembly Packets

2023 GA Packet

The General Assembly Packet for the October 15, 2023 meeting.

2022 GA Packet

The General Assembly Packet for the October 22, 2022 meeting.

GA Packets 2016-2021
GA Packets 2013-2015


Just entering the process or new to Ohio? Need Credentialing resources? You’ve come to the right place. We are here to help.