Shared Ministry Commission

Together we are stronger than the sum of our parts. This commission organizes ways we can work together on ministry projects. 

Whether we live in Columbus, Ohio, the rural communities of Darke County, or northern Kentucky, we are brothers and sisters. If you have an idea or suggestion which the Southern Ohio family can work together on, please submit by clicking on the following link and completing the form. The Shared Ministries Commission will gladly review the idea and contact you for more details. Thank you.

Submit an idea 

Board Chair and Voting Member of General Board
Ann Stackhouse

Brethren Disaster Ministry--Southern Ohio

"Serve one another in love." Galatians 5:13

Natural disasters can destroy communities and devastate families in a matter of moments. Brethren Disaster Ministries works to help the most vulnerable survivors pick up the pieces and rebuild their homes. By demonstrating Christ's love and putting faith into action, our dedicated volunteers help restore communities and repair broken lives. New volunteers of all backgrounds, ages and experience levels are always encouraged to join the BDM Team. Trained project directors at each site provide leadership and instruction for volunteers. All travel, housing and meal costs are provided by Brethren Disaster Ministries. Funding for BDM comes through generous support from the Southern Ohio District Churches along with contributions from individuals and through fundraising events.

Click here for a flyer with Ice Cream Social Musical Groups Schedule
Click here for the Share-a-Meal Hosts
Click here for the 2021 Trip Schedule
Click here for the 2022 Trip Schedule
Click here for the 2021 Sewing Bee Dates
Click here for the 2022 Sewing Bee Dates
Click here to download a volunteer registration form. 

One of the ways Southern Ohio BDM funds their trips is a partnership with Kroger. If you have a Kroger card, you can help BDM raise money while purchasing your groceries. Click here for more details about how this works. 
Burt and Helen Wolf, Disaster Coordinators
Judy Miller, Kits Coordinator

Dale and Bonnie Bowser, Fundraising Coordinators

John Kinsel, Children's Disaster Services Coordinator

Brethren Helping Hands

Brethren Disaster Ministry--Southern OhioOne of the purposes of The Shared Ministry Commission of the District Board is to  seek out ways we can work together in ministry. One way we are already working together, is through Brethren Disaster Ministry. However, most of the time, our Southern Ohio Disaster Ministry projects are full with a waiting list. And there are many more who would like to go on trips, but can't get away from their job or other life responsibilities for an entire week. 
Therefore Brethren Helping Hands has been created.

Mission Statement

Download Release of Liability Form

How to suggest a project

Burt and Helen Wolf

SOKD Disaster Ministry Local Response

Adopt a Family

During this season of giving, many congregations look for ways they can reach out to our neighbors and friends who may be struggling. This year, especially, we have families in our backyard who are still reeling from devastating losses during the Memorial Day tornadoes.  What many may not  understand is if a family's house was made uninhabitable by the tornado their mortgage payments don't stop. Now they have heir monthly mortgage payment plus rent for their temporary home or motel bill. FEMA and insurance benefits are running out.

Just imagine if each of our 48 congregations would adopt just one or two families for Christmas what an impact we could make! Thanks to the efforts of Sam Dewey in Pleasant Hill congregation, we will be working with the Trotwood Madison School and the Trotwood School systems to coordinate this outreach effort. 

We ask that for each family you wish to adopt this Christmas you send a Christmas card which is signed by your congregation. It is suggested that you also give some sort of personal wish for the family. Whether it is simply to offer prayer support all the way to offers of financial, emotional, and spirital support. Inside the card you can include any other gifts you wish to give. Because of the need to protect the recipient's identity, we cannot give a specific list of items needed. However, here are just a few suggestions of what you may include:
  • Bus tokens
  • Grocery gift cards
  • Department store gift cards for coats, hats, gloves, boots or to be used for Christmas gifts
  • Gas gift cards 
  • Pay a mortgage payment 
  • Help with utility bills
On the outside of your card, please include attach alist of what is inside.

** PLEASE NOTE** The school has asked that we not give money directly to the recipient. If your congregation is willing to give financial contributions for things such as mortgage payments or utility bills, you will need to choose a contact person within your church who can communicate with the school system to determine how much is actually needed and to whom the check should be made out to and mailed to. Then, on the list of items donated, indicate how much money your congregation is williing to donate, and how you would like the money to be applied along with your congregational contact person's name and contact information. The school will be in touch with your contact person about how to move forward with these payments.  
If your congregation plans to adopt one or more families, please use the following information to deliver the gift.
Trotwood Madison Schools
3594 North Snyder Rd
Trotwood, OH 45426
Northridge Schools
Tony Hiser or Julie Riaff
2011 Timber Lane
Dayton, OH 45414

 If you have any questions about how to donate, please text Sam Dewey at 937-684-0510 and he will return your text with a phone call. 

Click here to download a flyer which contains this information.