North Star Congregations 

[ “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12 ] 


The North Star is the anchor of the northern sky. It can be a helpful guiding light to those who are looking for a purposeful direction. Historically, the North Star has always provided a beacon of hope in times of uncertainty. North Star Congregations are local churches in the West Ohio Conference that are prepared to welcome and care for anyone whose church has closed or disaffiliated. North Star Congregations are United Methodist faith communities

that provide a haven of peace and grace.

There is a place for all in the United Methodist Church.


As a North Star Congregation in West Ohio, we are committed to:

1)      the mission of the United Methodist Church with no intentions of disaffiliating.

2)      being a welcoming place for everyone to belong to during a season of grief, transition, and uncertainty. This season could be as long or as short as needed. We will offer care, relationship, and love.  We will also provide access to our spaces and resources.

3)      providing opportunities to engage in the ministries, without pressure.

·         Worship: online and/or in person

·         Discipleship: spaces to learn and grow through small group gatherings, Bible studies, and prayer opportunities for all ages

·         Mission: opportunities to serve through hands-on missions and ministries to share God’s love with others

4)      connecting people with other North Star Congregations in the region. If a certain church is not a good fit for a family in this season of life, we will help connect families or individuals with another North Star Congregation. It’s part of being Connectional.