On February 15, 2018 the Regional Church Council of the Christian Church in Ohio approved a recommendation to end the Thrive program in Ohio. This difficult decision was made after recognizing that we did not fully understand the severity of our growing financial crisis and did not establish an adequate foundation from which to launch the program prior to calling the Rev. Dr. Janet Mers as director.
We are deeply grateful to Dr. Mers and the oversight team she called into being, for their work in designing the Thrive program for the Christian Church in Ohio.
We deeply regret the opportunity that could have been offered to pastors and congregations with the hope of enhancing their ministries.
We pray that we might look for other ways to work toward the same goals, as we journey together into the future toward which God is calling us.
God’s peace and blessing
Rev. John M. Richardson
Interim Regional Pastor