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"We will make disciples of Jesus Christ by reaching up to God, reaching in to the church, and reaching out to the community and world.”

Please explore the 'Get to Know Us' pages to learn more about who we are and what we are doing in downtown Newark, Ohio.  There is a place for you at First Church!

West Ohio Conference's Consultation Process Report for First Church!

West Ohio Conference UMC

The United Methodist Church’s West Ohio Conference established a Congregational Ministries Team for Church Revitalization, which developed a consultation process for the continued renewal and revitalization of the churches of West Ohio Conference for God’s purposes. First Church is one of only 12 conference churches selected by Bishop Bruce Ough in early 2010 to participate in the initial pilot trial of the consultation process.

On Sunday, March 18, the Consultation Team presented its report, including its “Prescriptions” for First Church: five items the Consultation Team believes First Church needs to address to improve effectiveness for the future.

At a special Church Conference on April 15, over 90% of the membership in attendance voted to accept the Consultation Report's prescriptions. Pastor Mike Denman has called First Church to a time of prayer as we take steps toward the implementation of the Prescriptions.