North Central Ohio District NMI
School is in Session!  Is your Youth Group Ready?
Issue: #2 August 2013

Welcome Youth Leader!  Your contact information was provided to us, North Central Ohio NMI by your church via the annual NMI report.

NMI is committed to discipling new generations in their faith journey. Discipling, of course, includes teaching developing young leaders about Christ's global mission, and nurturing their mission passion. We do this through one-on-one mentoring, providing opportunities for leadership, and inviting developing leaders to participate in mission work here and now, no matter their age.


We hope these resources below will help you in your service to the Lord!


God Bless and keep connected with us as well as North Central Ohio NYI via the links the right.



What is it that sets apart the kids that STAY in church?

Calling Our Generation to a Dynamic Life in Christ

Bible Quizzing is gearing up. . . Romans & James are the focus and the first meet is September 21 @Westlake Parkside. Click here for more district information.

#IFTHEN: See You at the Pole 2013 is Wednesday, September 25.  A Global day of student prayer throughout the USA.  More info and resources may be found here.

SonFest2013 with Thousand Foot Krutch and more  is at MVNU on October 5. Doors open at noon.  More info is found here.

Q2014 will be at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.  For more information about the Teen Bible Quizzing ministry, devotionals, events calendar, Q2014 and many other tools, visit 

Mission Immersion 2014 in Quito, 9-20 July 2014, is for High School juniors and seniors with a definite mission call to serve in a culture other than their own one day. See the application site for more details. Registration Deadline is Dec 1.  Sponsors are also needed.

Mission Immersion in 2014 El Paso is for high school freshman and sophomores taking place 14-21 June and 2-9 August 2014. See the application site for more details.Registration Deadline is Dec 1.  Sponsors are also needed.

Third Wave 2015 conference will be in Costa Rica, January 6 through 11, 2015.  Stay tuned for details and updates by clicking here or on FB.

2015 USA/Canada Nazarene Youth Conference (NYC) will again be in Louisville, Kentucky, July 8 through 12, 2015. 
Generation to Generation : East and North Central Ohio SDMI convention on Saturday, Sept 14 at Wooster with guest speaker Wayne Rice and worship leaders; Kathy Frizzell and Nathan Ward.  Breakout sessions for all ages also scheduled.  Registered is due by August 27.

Project Gift
Christmas party/dinner for the families in the community served by our inner city ministry, CLE Victory is scheduled for December 7. Contact Kristen Zeleny or Michele  Ackerman of State Road Community (440.237.2344 or for this awesome opportunity for youth groups.  

In fact CLE Victory,  sponsors a monthly pantry ministry on Saturdays that would be a great youth group service day. Simply contact Pastor Carolyn L. Joseph to discuss ideas on how to help.


HeavenTrain,  flagship ministry of Lighthouse, Inc. is a great ministry for youth groups to spend a Saturday serving. Always feel free to connect with CLE Heaventrain via Facebook or Youtube or Lighthouse, Inc.


Did you know Heaventrain is rolling through Columbus now as well as Cleveland?  Check it out  at the Columbus Heaventrain website or Facebook page.  


We Care Connection is NCO's outreach called to connect the homeless in inner city Cleveland to Christ by contributing to their essential needs, including the building and bridging of grace-filled relationships. many opportunities for youth groups to get involved, simply contact Pastor Todd Gulley of Willowlake.


Gateway Resource Center in Mansfield Ohio.  This year's Toy Give Away is scheduled for December 14 and would be a great service opportunity for youth groups.  Contact Sheila Burrows at  567-224-2114 ( or Susan Walker at 419-709-8216 / 419-564-1914 ( Other opportunities are also available too.  Stay connected regularly via their Facebook page.


NCO NYI on Facebook is an awesome way to keep you, your teens and their parents updated on youth events throughout the district in real time. Spread the word!


Urban Awakening in Sandusky is a week long opportunity to experience God at a whole new level through city missions, VBS at the county fair, ministry to the homeless-elderly-handicapped, prayer walks, times of healing and deliverance, incredible worship, thought provoking devotions, and so much more! Text Pastor Judy Sommer at 419.366.4028 for more info.


Barefoot ministries, resources for Youth workers. Check out  the Art of Humility, newest 6 week curriculum  in the series, World UNBroken; designed to help students live out the mission of God in their community and lives.

Crisis Care Kits used internationally by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries or nationally by Nazarene Disaster Response are a great Sunday school or small group activity to involve your youth in.  Find out more by clicking here.  Better yet, connect with your NMI president and get his/her input especially on shipping perks such as the SouthCentral Ohio collection which happens every October.

Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center in Cleveland, Cincinnati Urban Promise, Inc.,  Lower Lights Ministries of Columbus, Target Dayton MinistriesFront Step, Inc. of Philadelphia and Sheperd Community Center of Indianapolis are all Nazarene Compassionate Ministry Centers (CMCs) that also often have summer opportunities available for youth groups. Check listings with NazServe or contact them directly.

Sun Valley Indian School's mission is to reach Native American children and youth for Christ and to develop their Christian character through teaching and discipleship. Variety of ways to serve and help Native American Children through simply collecting labels, Child Sponsorship to organizing a work trip out to Arizona.

Walk in their Shoes by @OpenDoorsUSA,  youth are faced with the passion and courage of persecuted Christians, the compelling testimony of their faith through tribulation, and their incredible need for prayer and your support. Great to use around the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov 3.

Locked Up by @OpenDoorsUSA  is a 12-hour simulation of a prison-like setting-where your students will be Locked Up and challenged to live their role in God's great story of the Church around the world. Great to use around the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Nov 3.

The Big Day of Serving  by GroupMission are one-day events across the nation where neighborhoods are transformed by Christian youth groups eager to help people in need. Join a team or request to host .

Week of Hope by GroupMission are affordable summer mission trip packed with practical acts of love and service. 

@Remind101 is a FREE service develop to allow teachers a safe way to text message students and stay in touch with parents.  It would be great for youth pastors as well.  Access is available via the web, Android or Iphone app as well.  Want access to two way communication?  Try Google Voice.


For your service to the youth on our district and helping to make Christlike disciples in the nations right here in North Central Ohio.



Kathy Pelley
North Central Ohio NMI president

Sharron Sankovich
North Central Ohio District NMI secretary

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