"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"
New State Pastor Approved
Over the past year and a half our Future Directions Committee has put together a profile of the new State Pastor. They hosted focus groups around the state and interviewed many knowledgable persons to help determine who should lead our cooperative ministry in the future. In May their selection was made and presented to the Board of Directors of the General Assembly. Their choice was unanimously approved by your Board of Directors. During June and July a ratification vote for their selection was done by email and snail mail. Once again their selection was overwhelming approved by our General Assembly. It is now with great pleasure that I introduce to you Rev. Mark Richardson as State Pastor elect for the Church of God in Michigan. He and his wife, Sharon will be moving to the Lansing area this September, with Mark working in the Service Center starting September 9, 2019.
I will continue as State Pastor through the end of December 2019 and during our time of overlap I will help Rev. Richardson learn Michigan’s systems, and introduce him to as many pastors, associates, and leaders in Michigan as possible. He will also be busy filling out the staff for the Assembly. I am very excited about Mark’s qualifications and passion to be your next leader. I will do all within my power to make sure there will be a smooth and orderly transfer of responsibility. In this year’s General Assembly we will celebrate Jalene and my ministry with you and then commission our new leader for the exciting days ahead. We will also be celebrating Goldie Kurtzhals' retirement in this year’s GA. Our two days together will be filled with celebrations of ministry, visioning fo the future, and optimistically looking ahead. We truly hope you will be there November 1 and 2 at the Crown Plaza in Lansing.
Click the play button to see Mark's introductory video.
Postma Center at Pine Rest | Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 6th 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Trainer: Kenneth Wolf, PhD
Active Shooter SurvivalFree Training Program
This free training program will focus on helping organizations... including shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, health care, houses of worship, schools and more... understand “best practices” for managing threats and to develop strategies to prevent, prepare for, survive and recover from active shooter incidents and workplace violence.
The program will review vulnerabilities to violent threats, litigation exposures and strategies to review and enhance existing health and safety programs’ capabilities and preparedness to stop active intruders / shooters. Defensive and personal survival options and strategies will be suggested.
Location: Postma Center at Pine Rest 300 68th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI 49548
What’s all the buzz about being, “missional?” Maybe it’s just a new way of being the Church, another fad or silver bullet to grow the church? If we just had this or did that, we’d get the “code” figured out … and then, my church, your church, THE Church would grow! Maybe this “missional” thing is the, IT, we’ve been missing?
There are many congregations that are growing. Nothing to figure out. They’ve simply been focusing on what Jesus told His disciples to do, and the Holy Spirit adds to their number. For many, it’s been a return to the design of our Lord and Savior—you know, His mission becoming our commission. Being on mission, making disciples, is not a novelty, it’s a necessity! And, it is the heart of growing the Kingdom of God.
We have two great opportunities to stretch, inspire, and motivate you in a missional direction. The Church of God in Michigan, along with the state ministries of Indiana Ministries and Ohio Ministries, will be coming together in Lima, Ohio, at Crossroads Church. The “Lima Leadership Event,” will be on Tuesday, August 27th, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Lead Pastors, Associates, and other church leaders are invited to come and learn in community from, Dr. Brad Brisco. You’ll receive new insights that will challenge your thinking. It’s important that we begin to cultivate new mindsets for the mission that is at hand in this evolving landscape, and Brisco will help us with doing just that.
Registration costs are being covered by Church Health for all those who get registered. Lunch will be provided. Your travel, additional meals, and any lodging you might need will be up to you to secure. Registration is FREE.
The second opportunity is scheduled for this fall. Exponential holds smaller Regional Events around the country that are very affordable! One of those events is being held in Chicago. The theme is, Made for More: Mobilizing God’s People, God’s Way. To make this even more affordable for our MICOG pastors to take in this quality opportunity, we have procured 10 advanced tickets. These tickets will be awarded as they are requested. If you’d like to receive a paid entrance to this Regional Exponential event, in Chicago, November 5-6, then contact me, Jerry Lyon @ 517-499-9262, or contact Dr. Jones at the Service Center, (800) 369-5890. We encourage you to attend with another Pastor to process the experience!
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 missionalchurchnetwork.com
This FREE event is open to anyone, so please, bring your whole team and spread the word.
REGISTRATION – It’s free but you must register HERE
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.
some volunteers have a deeper commitment
some parents engage at a more practical level
some ministries make a greater impact
some churches have wider influence
some leaders leave a lasting mark
It happens when everyone who shows up cares about the faith of every kid.
It happens when they make it personal.
When it’s personal in the right way, it will not only change how your church sees your community, it
will change how your community sees your church.
That’s why we’re coming to your area to provide you with unique insights into aligning your team
and community to influence the next generation.
At Orange Tour 2019 you’ll learn how to:
// Build a strategy that is comprehensive from preschool to adulthood
// Synchronize small group leaders and parents to engage every week in the life of kids and students
// Design events that work together to compliment your overall strategy
// Develop a team that is aligned and plays together for maximum impact
// Rally volunteers around a common language that helps them win
// Partner with other churches to provide the kind of practical solutions that can transform the faith of a community
// Cue every parent and grandparent to leave a lasting legacy of faith and character in their own kids
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:
If you want to make disciples, nothing is more important than who you believe Jesus is and what you teach about him. What we believe about Jesus determines what it means to be his disciple. Bill Hull often explains it to people this way: “The Jesus we preach and the gospel we uphold determine the disciple we get.” Stop and read that last statement again. What do you believe and teach about Jesus? That will decide the kind of disciple you are becoming and forming.
Jesus’ identity is a big deal. If we are helping people trust and follow Jesus, which Jesus are we introducing them to? Have we created Jesus in our own image, to suit our sensibilities, or do we know the real Jesus as he is revealed in the Bible? If we use Matthew 4:19 as a definition of a disciples, then we want people to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and be committed to his mission. To do that we need clarity on Jesus’ identity.
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