Celebrating A Difference Maker
Pastor Mike Slaughter has been lead pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City for thirty-eight years, an extraordinary tenure within the United Methodist denomination. His final weekend in that role will be June 24/25.
When Mike and Carolyn arrived at Ginghamsburg’s original campus on State Route 25A in 1979, Ginghamsburg was a congregation of ninety with a $27,000 annual budget. Ginghamsburg is now a multi-campus movement of 4300 attendees with additional campuses in Dayton and Trotwood. The church is identified within United Methodism as being one of the most mission-focused churches in the U.S., investing significantly in local, national and global mission outreach and humanitarian projects.
Under Mike's leadership, Ginghamsburg and its attendees have launched four 501c3 non-profits over the past two decades that serve annually about 50,000 of its neighbors in Miami and Montgomery Counties. New Path Ministries, Inc. provides material assistance as well as life development opportunities. New Creation Counseling Center offers licensed Christian counseling and psychiatric services, with a sliding fee basis so that none are denied. Dreambuilders-Clubhouse trains up teens to be leaders who then direct after-school tutoring and mentoring for children from at risk communities. Joshua Recovery Ministry provides housing and recovery programs at five houses in Dayton for men in addiction.
Mike's leadership and preaching have reflected the United Methodist Church’s dual theological emphasis on personal plus social holiness. This focus has inspired more than 90 mission teams to serve in Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This year, mission teams continue to serve rebuilding efforts for families impacted by flooding that devastated the Baton Rouge area in August 2016. Louisiana is just one of the places nationally and globally that the church family has been called to serve, encourage and bring hope.
In Advent season 2004, Mike spurred our Ginghamsburg congregation to remember that “Christmas is NOT your birthday.” He challenged us as church members to simplify our own Christmas, spending half as much on family gifts as we normally would and bringing the rest to serve God’s heart for the people of Darfur. At the time, Darfur was in the throes of the first genocide of the 21st century. As that Christmas offering has continued, more than $8 million has been given to implement schools, sustainable agriculture and safe water projects in Sudan and South Sudan, as well as to support 501c3 initiatives in the Miami Valley. Of the total, $875,000 has supported efforts to end death from malaria.
Ginghamsburg was named one of the Top 50 Churches in America in 2005 and 2006 in surveys by The Church Report magazine. Pastor Mike was identified as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Christians in America in 2007 through an additional survey by The Church Report. Mike is the author of multiple books, including Change the World: recovering the message and mission of Jesus and Christmas is Not Your Birthday, and an in-demand speaker and church consultant. He will continue to write, train and consult with church leaders after relinquishing the lead pastor role.
You are invited to be part of events honoring Pastor Mike and Carolyn. Friday, June 23, 6:30 to 9pm we are hosting a reception on the front lawn of the Tipp City Campus with live music and complimentary pie and Suzie’s Big Dipper ice cream. Mike will preach his final weekend as lead pastor in the Avenue, on Saturday, June 24 at 5pm and for 6:30pm recovery community worship, as well as on Sunday, June 25 at 8:30, 10 and 11:30am. All are welcome.