General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

SCORRE scores a Touchdown!

If you ask the average person on the street what a Pastor does, you would surely get the answer, "He/she is a preacher." There are a myriad of roles the Pastor encompasses, but one of the main tasks is preaching. We preach on Sundays, we preach funerals, some still preach on Sunday evening…we preach. SCORRE came out of what was once called Dynamic Communicators Workshop. It is a three day intensive not on how to study, or how to interpret the scripture, but on how to organize one's message so that the listeners leave knowing what the preacher wanted to communicate.

In studies done both in churches and in businesses where spoken presentations are central, the majority of listeners, when asked the main point of the message, could not articulate the theme of what they just heard. The purpose of SCORRE is to learn how to lay out any message whether it be a sermon, a teaching, or a conference session so that the main objective is communicated. All preachers spend way too much time on messages to only hope people get “something” from them. SCORRE prepares us to communicate effectively.

This year, five of our ministers went through this intensive training led by Herb Shaffer and Jimmy McGuire. We rejoice for those who gave time effort and money to become even better in speaking!


Back row: Kevin Spencer, Kevin Tippin, Matt Stone, William Jones, Herb Shaffer
Frong row: Jimmy McGuire, Cathy Ganus, and Mike Potter

Lima Leadership Event

Lima Leadership Event
Crossroads Church, Lima, Ohio
August 27th 10 AM to 3 PM
Speaker: Brad Brisco


About five years ago, the state ministries of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana challenged Church of God congregations in the Midwest to flip the question from “Should we multiply” to “How will we multiply?” It’s been exciting to see the conversation shift. Churches across the region hard at work installing intentional pathways for disciple making and wrestling deeply with the idea of what it might look like for their church to reproduce.

Annually in August, we gather together in Lima, Ohio, to inspire and resource church leaders as they seek to multiply. If you have yet to join the conversation, now is the perfect time to connect with this kingdom-impacting initiative. This year, Brad Brisco will lead a conversation on the missional quest.

The Missional Quest: Shifting an Existing Congregation in a Missional Direction 

Before talking about the "how" of missional living, it is important to discuss the "why." In this training, Brad will survey the theological foundations that set the stage for the Church to move in a missional direction. Without a clear understanding of certain foundations, any change a church attempts to make will simply not be sustainable. Topics will include the missionary nature of the church, incarnational mission, participation in the missio Dei, and rethinking vocation.

Brad is currently the Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology. His doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. He is the co-author of Missional Essentials, a twelve-week small group study guide, The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, Next Door As It Is In Heaven, ReThink, and Covocational Church Planting. He and his wife have three children and have been foster parents to more than fifty other kids. He blogs regularly at

This FREE event is open to anyone, so please, bring your whole team and spread the word. 



Crossroads Church, 775 S. Thayer Road, Lima OH 45806

10 AM - 3 PM

Charlevoix Family Camps

July 13-19, 2019

Mike and April Simmons

Rev. and Mrs. Mike Simmons


July Camp:

Evangelist: Mike Simmons
Worship Leader & Saturday Concert: Arlyn Willett
Youth Leader: Alyssa Oliverez
Children’s Leader: Mark & Diana Thompson
Program Director: Desiree Willett

Camp Flyer

103rd Annual Camp Meeting

On Sunday evening, August 4, Rev. Carron Odokara, Associate Pastor at Farmington Hills Church of God, Farmington Hills, Michigan, is the guest speaker.

Ministry Wives Retreat

Older Adult Event

Older Adult Day

Monday, September 16, 2019

at Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana

$32.00 per person which includes everything... meal (2 meats) tip, taxes, Concert with "Common Bond", sharing about Children of Promise and lots of FUN! Registration deadline is Monday, September 9.

Concert after lunch with Common Bond Quartet

Common Bond

Hosted by Rev. Kirk Bookout from Children of Promise and
Rev. Robert Confer of First Church of God in Saint Joseph

Multiply Intensive Training

September 16-18, 2019

Join us (Southern Michigan Conference of the Free Methodist Church) for a three-day regional gathering of church multipliers! During this event participants will receive practical training on church planting models, strategic planning, fundraising, creating a dynamic new church culture and more! These three days are designed to provide the basic tools for leaders of new churches. Participants will also have the opportunity to network and pray with other like-minded regional church planters and experience the great city of Detroit through an immersion experience. You don’t want to miss this inaugural gathering as we envision together a multiplication movement in our region!

Monday, September 16:

Multiply Intensive Training | 1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Making the Case for New Churches
Five Necessary Strategies for Starting A Missional Church
Identifying the Right Church Model for You
6:00 p.m. GWA Dinner at the Ford Garage (optional – not provided)

Tuesday, September 17:

Lunch and Dinner are provided
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (followed by dinner and Detroit experience)
Developing Organizational Mission and Values
Building the Necessary Church Systems
Developing a Fundraising Plan
Gravity: Becoming the Leader God Desires

Wednesday, September 18:

Multiply Intensive Training | 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Healthy Marriages and Families
Building on a Foundation of Prayer

Training will be held at:

Dearborn Free Methodist Church
2801 S. Telegraph Road
Dearborn, MI 48128

Safety Awareness Seminar

Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 6:30 pm.

Calvert Park Community Church, 2341 N. Genesee Road, Burton

Office Todd Claerhaut from the Burton Police Department will provide safety information. Specific focus will be on Active Shooter and Terrorism. We need to be informed to keep our communities safe.

Please join us for this informational meeting. Please RSVP to: Myra Piper, phone or text (810) 240-8526.

IFOC Certified Chaplain Training Program

Heritage Church is pleased to announce that they will be hosting the International Fellowship of Chaplains, Chaplaincy Training Course from November 4-8, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This training will allow those who are in need of credentialing as a Chaplain, or those who have a desire to become a Chaplain to apply to the IFOC for licensing and credentailing following the training. The cost of this training is only $300 if pre-registered by September 27, 2019.

The IFOC Chaplaincy Training Course is offered for Emergency Service Personnel, Law Enforcement, Industrial Chaplains, and those who wish to become Chaplains and includes training in:

  • Chaplaincy and the Law
  • Stress Management
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Post Traumatic Stress Injury
  • Trauma
  • Grief and Loss
  • Death Notification
  • Depression/Suicidology
  • Domestic Violence
  • Human Trafficking
  • Disaster Preparedness

For further information about this training you can contact Dave Mansfield at, or call the church at (586) 997-9490.

To register for this training you can to the IFOC webpage.

Vision Ministries


January 11-21, 2020 | Silver Sands Church of God

Silver Sands

Cost: $1,050 plus airfare

This BMWC will include:

  • Life together with the Bajan people
  • Work on the new Silver Sands Church
  • Worship and fellowship with the church people
  • Lodging at the Round Rock Apartments by the Sea
  • Final three nights at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort
  • Three days of free time on the island
  • Basking in the warm, breezy, tropical Barbados climate
  • Life-changing experiences

---Limited to 20 people---

**Register early and reserve your spot**

Registrations are coming in, but we still have spaces available for our January 11-21, 2020 BMWC. If interested, get your initial registration in by July 31 before our fee goes up $50.

Exponential 2020

HGC Pre-Conference + Exponential 2020

Registration is Open!

March 2nd-5th, 2020, join us in Orlando, Florida for Exponential Conference. Exponential tickets are already on sale for this life-changing event, and we want to remind you that we have pre-purchased a block of tickets for YOU. These tickets will cover our Pre-Conference and the Main Conference with all of the workshops together. Start planning your trip to Orlando, Florida today!

Exponential East Registration ($99) + HGC Pre-Conference ($59) $158.00
Spouse Exponential East Registration ($59) + HGC Pre-Conference ($59) $118.00

Our Michigan Churches seeking Pastors:

  • Beaverton, Beaverton Church of God –
  • Cassopolis, First Church of God – Tim Foreman, Interim
  • Greenville, First Church of God –
  • Sears, Sears Church of God - John Mellish, Interim

Interested? Contact Dr. Jones, State Pastor. (800) 369-5890