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MEI explores ‘Missional
Church in Many Contexts’

2012 event is set for March 19 and 20

The renewal of the church requires a radical transformation in our understanding of its nature and mission. In the book Missional Church, editor Darrell L. Guder puts the challenge succinctly: “The answer to the crisis of the church in North America will not be found at the level of method and problem solving. . . . The problem is much more deeply rooted. It has to do with who we are and what we are for.”

This year’s Mission and Evangelism Institute thus seeks to present the church’s identity and calling as “missional.” With the theme “Missional Church in Many Contexts,” it offers pathways toward becoming a missional congregation in rural, suburban and urban settings. Our three institute speakers are proven missional leaders who have had breakthroughs in transforming congregations from inward-oriented to mission-focused.

Institute leaders

Rev. Dave Hood is the campus pastor at Fort McKinley Church, the urban branch of Ginghamsburg Church in Dayton. Fort McKinley is a church “restart” that was on the brink of closing in 2008. In just three years, it has grown from 40 attendees to 400, with three Sunday morning worship celebrations. Located squarely in a neighborhood plagued by poverty, neglect and decline, the church has begun to live into its identity as “the empowering and transforming center of the community.” This past June, Rev. Hood was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church and received the Harry Denman Award for Excellence in Evangelism.

Rev. Kevin Koske is the pastor of Church in the Mall in Heath. An outreach ministry of Centenary UMC in Granville, Church in the Mall aspires to become a fully chartered United Methodist Church. Rev. Koske has spent more than 13 years designing innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for children, youth and adults to explore and grow in their faith. In December of 2009, Rev. Koske, his wife and son joined with nine others to begin the process of planting a church in the Indian Mound Mall, with the intent of bringing the Good News of God’s Kingdom to the un-churched. Church in the Mall celebrated its public launch on Palm Sunday of 2010.

Rev. Bill Lyle was appointed the sole pastor of Greenville Evangelical United Methodist Church in western Ohio in 1997. His accomplishments there include: growing church attendance from 126 to 770; reinvigorating a defunct Sunday school; initiating three new styles of worship; utilizing innovative multimedia; integrating multi-site ministry; building a new facility; creating a comprehensive discipleship pathway for spiritual growth; and creating a culture of serving and witnessing with over 70 percent of the church family involved. After 14 years in Greenville, Rev. Lyle has recently become the senior pastor at Peace UMC in Pickerington.

Registration, tuition and CEU credit

Tuition for the Mission and Evangelism Institute is as follows:

  • Individual: $70
  • Two or more people from a single congregation: $60 each
  • Student: $15

One Continuing Education Unit is available for a processing fee of $10 per person. You will receive your CEU certificate after attending all sessions.

Monday’s dinner is included in your tuition.

To register, mail your completed registration form with a check payable to MTSO. Click the link below to open the form. You may either type into the form and then print, or print the blank form and complete it by hand. (Please note: The completed form cannot be saved to your computer.)

Click here to open the MEI registration form.

Schedule of activities


12:30 p.m. Registration – Alford Centrum
1:30 p.m. Opening Worship
“Oh Lord, Please Send Someone Else to Do It”
Rev. Kevin Koske
2:30 p.m. Focus Seminar I
Missional Church in an Urban Context
Rev. Dave Hood
4:15 p.m. Focus Seminar II
Missional Church in a Rural Context
Rev. Bill Lyle
5:45 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Evening Worship
“Rebuild, Restore, Renew:
Rediscovering Jesus’ Strategy for the Church”
Rev. Dave Hood
8:15 p.m. Fellowship


8:45 a.m. Morning Devotion
9 a.m. Focus Seminar III
Missional Church in a Suburban Context
Rev. Kevin Koske
10:45 a.m. Panel Dialogue on Missional Church
11:30 a.m. Closing Worship
“Cop a Kingdom Attitude”
Rev. Bill Lyle

About the Mission and Evangelism Institute

The Mission and Evangelism Institute is a shared ministry of MTSO and the East and West Ohio Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church. It is designed to assist both clergy and laypeople with an integral and effective practice of evangelism and involvement in mission. For more information, contact Dr. Joon-Sik Park, professor in the E. Stanley Jones Chair of World Evangelism, at or 740-362-3367.


Your tuition payment covers Monday’s dinner on campus. Click here to consult Yelp reviews of restaurants near the MTSO campus.

Lodging options

Many hotels are available within a 10-mile radius of the MTSO campus. Click here to consult TripAdvisor reviews of nearby hotels.


The Mission and Evangelism Institute is held on the campus of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. Click here for a Google map. From Columbus, it’s easily reached by traveling 10 miles north of I-270 on U.S. Route 23. Ample free parking is provided.