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Nov. 7-9, 2013
Eastern European & Balkan
50/50 Partnership Roundtable
Cincinnati, Ohio



There should be no separation in the body, but all its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.  – 1st Corinthians 12:25-27  


 Empowering Your Long Term Partnership For Long Term Impact!   

 AN INVITATION - We invite you to the In Mission Together (IMT) Partnership Roundtable sponsored by Global Ministries in collaboration with  Cheviot UMC in Cincinnati, OH and the UMC in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.  Many of you have participated in previous events in the past and we know you'll be excited about the agenda that we have in store for you at this upcoming event! 

TO DIALOGUE - This roundtable will have a different format in that some of our time will be shared with our partners from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia  via hubs across Eastern Europe and the Balkans through an interactive simulcast which will involve worship and dialoge together in real time. 

TOGETHER - We will be discussing an emerging paradigm shift in mission work through the 50/50 Covenant created by GBGM and learning about groundbreaking concepts to take your partnership to the next level through a book called "When Helping Hurts" where the focus is on long-term, asset-based development rather than short-term, needs-based relief.  We are excited to have Dr. Randy Russ, former COO of the Chalmers Center, to lead this discussion.  We will also be discusing the IMT 5 Core values of; Church Planting, Spiritual Formation, Community Development, Communication through Social Networking, and Prevent Dependency, Promote Self-Sufficiency.

When Helping Hurts book


When Helping Hurts  has caused many churches and ministry leaders to ask: What do we do next in our efforts to help people at home and abroad?  How can we shift our ministry focus from dependency creating relief to life-giving restoration?  How can we equip our ministry leaders and servant volunteers to walk with and disciple the poor?  Dr. Russ will be sharing an overview of the core principles from When Helping Hurts and applications relevant to the local church.   A time for questions and comments will follow the presentation.  Reading When Helping Hurts is a prerequisite for attending this event.  You can  click here to order your own copy. 

Worship Together via
Live ooVoo


 Don't miss this exciting component of the Roundtable as God works in us and through us as we share in joint worship experiences connecting the attendees in the United States with the attendees in Eastern Europe & Balkans live via the internet.  We'll sing, hear inspiring messages, share communion, and hear the faith stories of our brothers and sisters.   



Dr. Randy RussDr. Randy Russ, new IMT team member, former COO of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and prior to that he served for 20+ years in business & industry, most recently as President of Community Coffee Company. He has also served on the business faculty at several Universities. Dr. Russ has worked with businesses, churches, ministries, and universities in the US, Latin America and Africa to create sustainable Christ-centered businesses and ministries.


Bishop Streiff

Rev. Dr. Patrick Streiff, Bishop of the Central Conference of Southern and Central Europe since 2005.  A native of Switzerland, he was Ordained in 1984, and has pastored three local congregations. He is Director of the Methodist Center for Theological Education, a member of the Connectional Table, & the Exec.Comm.of the Council of Bishops of the UMC.  He is Co-Chair of the European Methodist Council, Chairman of the Methodist e-Academy and Chair of the Standing Committee on Central Conference matters.



Rev. Kerry Wood

Rev. Kerry Wood, Lead pastor of the Cheviot UMC in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Ordained as an Elder in the West Ohio Conference in 2009, Kerry entered pastoral ministry after a nearly two-decade career in computer/technology marketing.  He enjoys thinking creatively and casting vision, passionately teaching and preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ, and mentoring those working through God’s call in their lives. 




Urs Schweizer

 Urs Schweizer, Assistant to the Bishop of the UMC in Central and Southern Europe in Zurich, Switzerland for 21 years. A member of the IMT Steering Committee, he helps coordinate the  Mission Coordinators, and brings great insight from the European viewpoint. 




Pastor Rares Calugar

Rev. Rares Calugar - Cluj-Napoca, Romania is the first UMC Pastor in Romania.  United Methodism began in Romania in 2012 when they decided, as a nondenominational church to become UMC. Calugar planted “The Way of Faith” church in the city of Cluj in 2009, and since has planted 2 more. He is in his last year of studies at the Baltic Methodist Seminary in Estonia & the Methodist e-academy. 



Emily Reese, GBOD

Emily Reece, New Church Strategist for the N. Central Jurisdiction, serves as a resource for congregational developers and church planters. Prior to this she served as Dir. of Program and Training for the UMCs "Open Hearts" advertising and welcoming ministry. A veteran of 3 new church plant teams, Emily brings the perspective of a lay staff person to her role in developing the Lay Missionary Planting Network curriculum for Path 1. 




Rev. Patrick Friday

Rev. Patrick Friday, Director of IMT Partnership Program of Global Ministries, resourcing conferences, districts, churchesand individuals for mission and ministry through a network of partnership coordinators, roundtable events and partnership covenanants. Patrick has 20+ years of experience in missionary service, church planting, partnership development and holistic mission with the UMC. 





Breakout Session Speakers

Patti Clifford ooVoo sessionUsing Social Media to Enhance your Partnership
Patti (Bacher) Clifford, IMT Eurasia Partnership Coordinator, will lead this session. Want to utilize technology to strengthen your connection across the miles but have no idea what it is much less how to get started?  If so, this session is for you!  We'll show you how to get started as well as share examples of how to use the various forms of social media such as Facebook, ooVoo, Skype, YouTube and Vimeo with your partners. 


Debbie Vest, UMVIM Using VIM to Enhance Your Partnership
Debbie Vest, Director of UMVIM for the So.Central Jurisdiction since 2008, she is the resource person for each of the thirteen Annual Conference UMVIM and Disaster Response Coordinators within the jurisdiction. Debbie has been called to serve on numerous missions—to Poland, Macedonia, Hungary, Mexico, and Nicaragua. 



More to be announced soon!

Earn CEU Credits for attending the Roundtable!

Other Participants           


 Mihail Stefanov - BulgariaLiljana Sjanta - SerbiaJana Krizova - Czech RepublicCarol Partridge - Macedonia




 Mihail Stefanov- Bulgaria, Liljana Sjanta- Serbia, Jana Krizova- Czech Republic and Carol Partridge- Macedonia


 Lenka Prochazkova - SlovakiaKristof Sztupkai - HungaryWojciech Ostrowski - Poland





Lenka Prochazkova- Slovakia,  Kristof Sztupkai- Hungary & Wojciech Ostrowski- Poland


  EEB Map 


Eastern European & Balkans countries are;

Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia





7:00pm  Reception & early registration 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8               
7:30am  Registration                       
8:15am  Welcome & introductions        
Live interactive session via the internet with Eastern Europe hubs & Cincinnati)  

  • Worship service 
  • Program- IMT Partnership Program & IMT Five Core Values
  • Program- Prevent dependency, promote self-sufficiency

12 noon Lunch (included)                       
1:30pm- Program- Roadmap of the future EEB
2:30pm  Program - Developing Healthy Partnerships/Self-sufficiency 
4:15pm  Workshops
6:00pm  Dinner - (included)                         
7:00pm  Musical celebration 
8:00pm  Benediction       
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9                
8:15am  (Live interactive session via the internet with Eastern Europe hubs & Cincinnati) 
• Worship service
• Interview with Bishop Patrick Streiff
• Program - Church planting                    
• Collaborative discussion and feedback
• Communion Service
12:00 noon Lunch - (included)                       
12:45pm  Workshops
2:00pm    Ending discussion          
2:30pm    Closing Devotion & Benediction  




 Event Location

Cheviot UMC
3820 Westwood Northern Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45211

Driving Directions 

Hotel Accomodations
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - 50 rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn Express Cincinnati West.  Call the hotel at 513-574-6000. For the group rate of $104.50 per night notify reservations that you are in the Eastern Europe & Balkans Conference.  NOTE:  The deadline to obtain the discount is  October 7, 2013. 


Registration Fees      Early Registration $99

Early Bird Registration- September 27, 2013 - Just $99

Regular Registration September 28 - October 18, 2013 - $119 

Just in Time Registration October 19, 2013 and beyond - $139   

Host Church Discount Rate  (For attendees of Cheviot UMC-a special rate to thank you for your hospitality!) through October 18, 2013- $60
October 19, 2013 and beyond-$80

Friday only- October 18, 2013- $80
October 19, 2013 and beyond-$100

Saturday only- October 18, 2013- $60
October 19, 2013 and beyond- $80

Multiple Attendee Discount - 5 or more from same UMC- only $79/each. The multiple attendee discount is only available through October 18, 2013! To receive this discount all multiple registrants must be registered at the same time. (Names can be added later if you are unsure who is able to attend but you want to lock in the discounted rate.) 


Register Now!


For questions:

Dick Arnold
IMT Coordinator - Eastern Europe & Balkans