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Rev. Mark Richardson

2 Timothy 4:1-8 (The Message)
I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant. You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting-God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.

Cliff Christl, in an article from the history section of the Green Bay Packers webpage about Coach Vince Lombardi, Jr. wrote the following:

“No coach in National Football League history achieved more success in less time than Lombardi did during his nine seasons in Green Bay. He won five NFL championships, including Super Bowls I and II, and compiled a remarkable 89-29-4 regular-season record. When Lombardi arrived in Green Bay in 1959, the Packers were coming off their worst season ever, a 1-10-1 finish, and hadn't had a winning record in 11 years. His first year, the Packers finished 7-5, and he was named NFL Coach of the Year. The Packers narrowly lost the 1960 NFL Championship Game and then captured their five titles in just seven years. The crowning achievement was winning three straight from 1965 to 1967, something no other NFL team has done since postseason play began in 1933.”

Amazingly, the team he inherited that finished 1-10-1 was filled with future Pro Bowl players, several who would end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Certainly there were new additions of great players, but the core of those championship teams was in place when he became coach. What was the difference with Coach Lombardi? It can be summed up in a powerful statement that he made on the first day he met the team. “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.”

A significant parallel for us in the Church is that we also are called to be on a relentless pursuit of perfection. We know we can’t achieve it in this lifetime, since perfection means complete, we can indeed give excellent effort as the Lord God works perfecting power in us. It is a relentless pursuit of holiness that gives evidence to the fact that we are saved by Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit. We are enabled to be excellent by the Word and the Spirit, and the effort to do so is up to us. It really doesn’t matter what goes on around us. The pursuit of excellence is our daily mission as children of God, followers of Jesus Christ. There are problems, obstacles, struggles, temptations, burdens, pains, betrayals, and so much more that make the journey challenging. Yet, our pursuit of perfection calls nonetheless for excellent effort. The scripture is clear in this regard in the passages below and so many others.

Philippians 1:9-11 (NASB) 9 And this I pray, that your love may overflow still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may [a]discover the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and blameless for the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 4:8 (NASB) 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
2 Corinthians 8:7 (NASB) 7 But just as you excel in everything, in faith, speaking, knowledge, and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you also excel in this gracious work. 
1 Thessalonians 4:1 (NASB) 1 Finally then, brothers and sisters, we request and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received instruction from us as to how you ought to [a]walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel even more. 

The divides that are growing in our country and beyond are indicators that we are clearly in stormy times. The howling storms of sin and degradation are rampaging across the landscape. We are indeed in perilous times. We are living in the times the Apostle Paul talked about as the end times. Just prior to the scripture listed above from 2 Timothy 4, the Apostle gives Timothy an indication of the things that would indicate the stormy end times we are in. See what he states in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (The Message). 1Don’t be naive. There are difficult times ahead. 2As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, 3dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, 4treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. 5They’ll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they’re animals. Stay clear of these people.

Let’s face it, we are living in some stormy times, and they will only get worse, according to the Bible. But know this that God is not surprised or overwhelmed by what is going on around us. And, His mandate for us is to pursue perfection through excellent effort regardless of the challenges. With that reality in mind, Paul’s words to Timothy at the end of chapter three and the beginning of chapter 4 provide sound guidance to us, and hope as we seek to sail safely in these stormy times.

The good news in all of this is that our Lord has given us what we need to sail, and to sail with safety and excellence in these stormy times. God is perfect, and His desire is to work His perfection in us for the day of glory. In order for that to happen, effort, excellent effort is needed on our part. Let me recommend three things we have that will allow us to sail safely in these stormy times.

First of all, we have a sound vessel in which to travel this challenging life. It is found in 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (The Message) 15There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. 17Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us… I can’t impress this on you too strongly. God is looking over your shoulder. Christ himself is the Judge, with the final say on everyone, living and dead. He is about to break into the open with his rule, so proclaim the Message with intensity; keep on your watch. Challenge, warn, and urge your people. Don’t ever quit. Just keep it simple. 

The Word of God is the only truly sound vessel for traveling in this stormy world. It has many powers and benefits, including that it is God-breathed. It provides sound direction for a holy life. It clearly points out our shortcomings and provides just the right correction for them. It is perfect for training in righteousness. It puts us together and shapes us for God’s purposes. The Word of God can be always trusted to carry us where we need to go, regardless of how stormy it is. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Its very foundation and nature is Jesus Christ. He is the Word. The Word enables us to sail safely in any kind of weather.

Secondly, we have a trustworthy wind. The Apostle writes v-3-5: “You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you—keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive;” The Holy Spirit is the wind that keeps our sails full and moves us toward God’s desired goals for our lives. It is the Holy Spirit Who brings the Word to life in us, and breathes the wind of God’s power into our lives so that we can sail in the storms around us. We need to be able to leverage the Wind of the Spirit in stormy times, because He brings true Godly direction.

One of the problems of wind in a storm is that it can swirl on you and cause problems. But the Holy Spirit is the steady, sure wind of God that will propel us at all times towards the safety of the Lord through the integrity of the Word. The Word and the Spirit go together as God’s perfecting power meets our excellent effort in living out the Word. The Spirit also brings a call and direction into our lives, and when we are facing the storms of our times we had better know who we are and what to what we have been called. Timothy lost track of this in his storms, and Paul wrote to help him get back on course with the wind of the Spirit. Regardless of what’s going on even others chasing after spiritual junk food, he had to remain true. We have the same call to keep our eye on the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Accept what comes along, good and bad with the resolve to trust God through it all. Above everything else, keep the Message of the Gospel alive.

Finally, we are enabled to give excellent effort in all we do. The Apostle’s signing off message of encouragement to Timothy in v-5b-8 is powerful. “…do a thorough job as God’s servant.  You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it, he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.” One of the great testimonies of Paul’s ministry is that he overcame so much trouble and persecution to do great things for the Lord, including writing much of the New Testament. Paul was able to do this because of God’s empowering grace to give excellent effort in the pursuit of perfection. Paul encouraged Timothy to do his best, a thorough job as God’s servant. Literally he told him to fulfill his calling. Then Paul passed down the torch to him, telling him that he needed to take over and run his leg of the race. What a great benediction! To paraphrase him, he indicated, “I’m about to pass away; I’ve run the good and only race to the best of my empowered ability. I’ve finished the course God set for me; I’ve kept the faith. Now the reward awaiting me is God’s crown of life, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge will award to me when He comes.”

The Apostle Paul then told Timothy that the same reward is his if he will give his all to the effort. He also wrote that everyone who gives their all to the Lord’s work in anticipation will inherit that crown of life as well. The great news is that the Lord has empowered those who are His to sail safely and powerfully in the storm. As Christians we have been empowered. We just need to commit ourselves to excellence in the effort needed to sail safely. It’s all about effort, our excellent effort that makes the difference. God is working out perfection in us, but again, it is our excellence in our efforts to live for Him that makes the difference in the journey.

What is excellent effort? It is giving ourselves completely to the Lord, and entrusting Him with our lives, your families, our ministries, everything! It’s in how we love, how we worship, how we pray, how we give, how we study, how we serve, how we treat others, even those with whom we disagree. It is about everything in our lives.

It is summed up in the challenge of this question: If the Lord were to grade you on the excellence or your life’s efforts in living for Him, what grade would He give you? You have a chance to improve your grade; it is through making a commitment today and going forward that you will give the Lord excellence in your life. He will give you everything else you need to sail safely through these crazy, stormy times in which we are living.

With love,
Rev. Mark K. Richardson, State Pastor

May 20, 2023 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Academy of Servant Leaders

Dear Friends:

On Saturday, May 20, at New Creation Church of God, we launch our Academy of Servant Leaders (ASL). It is an exciting opportunity for us to grow together in the Lord. The draft of the Academy is included in the link below. I hope you will take the time to read the exciting plans we have. If you have a desire to help in the planning and delivery of this academy, please contact me via email at or by phone at 517-325-0925.

Thanks, and blessings to you, Mark
     Academy of Servant Leaders Vision Draft (PDF)


Wow! MSLI was incredible this year! The Floyd Church of God in Midland once again was the great host of this state youth event, held April 21-22.

The Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI) is a three- year leadership training course. Through instruction with some of our state’s best leaders, students learn what it takes to become a leader now, not just in the future! MSLI is two days of high energy worship, student training, and challenges within this three -year track. Youth Pastors and Leaders choose youth who exhibit leadership or have the potential and need development. There are also training sessions and fellowship times for the adult leaders as well.

Our Church of God universities also offer renewing scholarships for the graduates who choose to attend.

We celebrated with these students who completed Yr. 3 this year:

Elizabeth Shaw - First Church of God, Alma
Kriztopher Bilby - New Horizons Community Church, Jackson
Hailey Gaston - First Church of God, St. Joseph
Ella Wood - Floyd Church of God, Midland
Henry Ranck - Floyd Church of God, Midland
Megan Liechty - Floyd Church of God, Midland

by Mrs. Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry

MSLI sponsors an annual event which brings together disciple making practitioners from around the United States and the world. These men and women bring their passion and practices of discipleship and disciple making to the forum to inspire and challenge attendees in their own efforts to make disciples who make disciples.

The most recent event, April 26 & 27, in the Indianapolis area, was a change of venue from previous years, having been hosted in Nashville, Tennessee. There leadership team has determined that the upper midwest will again be their home for the Forum in 2024. This year there were some 1500+ who attended and that number should grow next year with the word getting out how accessible this conference is for everyone.

The theme revolved around the use of God's word in the disciple making process. It's a key element that cannot be disregarded as the Word is living and active and is the instrument that guides change in each disciple's life. From each individual to a country, from one-on-one to whole families, the Word of God has a powerful role to play in the process of making disciples.

Some comments regarding their personal experience at the NDMF:


"Worthwhile and inspiring, opened my mind to the urgent need for discipleship!" "Many simple smart phone apps for discipling were highlighted."
- Debb Lyon, Kidz Min, NHCC

"Lots of selection for classes and a wide variety of of experiences that the presenters themselves have worked through. Good information about all aspects of making disciples."
- Phil Moffitt, Elder, Disciple Maker, NHCC

"User friendly, applicable to and actionable for the local church, a united effort!"
- Mike Wilson, Elder, Media Director, Disciple Maker, NHCC

"The Women's Ministry sessions were awesome! One big takeaway was simply a great reminder, 'Love God, Love People.'"
- Dee Wertz, Women's Ministry, NHCC

"Very informative and insightful."
- Lorie Tripp, Elder, Corp. Treasurer, NHCC

"The atmosphere was purely about making disciples. Each breakout session contained more information than time allowed and pleasantly overwhelming! It reaffirmed and challenged. Every person seemed to be of the same mind. Many techniques and methods presented to making disciples who make disciples."
- Rick Tripp, Adult Bible Study Teacher, Disciple Maker, NHCC

"Classes were informative and very practical. Other conferences tell us how they can help us if we buy there programs, but these practitioners weren't there to sell us anything! They offered a lot of tools and wanted to help us succeed."
- Rev. Doug Bilby, Associate Pastor, New Horizons Church

"Love the forum! It's actual practitioners, not high powered public figures. It's presenters are people from all traditions who want to be a part of grass roots disciple making movements."
- Rev. Bill Greiner, Eagle Ridge Church of God


If you've been to our 360 MLC each March, then you will recognize the power of the focused tracks and break outs. In addition to the classes, there are four main sessions (TED like talks) that include an interactive conversation with the event host to unpack more of the content. These main sessions act as springboards for attendees going in to their next class.

I must encourage pastors to plan to attend next year with their church leaders! My team was so excited and appreciative of seeing what I so often get to see and hear. They all saw and heard in person for themselves and were glad they attended. We are more together and on the same page, now, and ready to keep moving forward making disciples who make disciples.

Next year's forum with again be happening in April and will be hosted at the same location in Indiana. Look them up online at and click on the "National Disciple Making Forum," to see more about this organization's driving goal and purpose. Don't miss the free ebooks and resources areas!

Jerry Lyon

by Rev. Jerry Lyon
Church Health Minister, MICOG
Lead Pastor, New Horizons Community Church, Jackson, Michigan

A Pre-Game Program with the Detroit Tigers

DATE: Saturday, June 10th
LOCATION: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
PARTICIPANTS: Current and former Detroit Tigers will share about their careers in professional sports and their faith in Jesus Christ. Visiting players and other athletes may also participate. View our Promo Flyer for list of expected speakers.
GAME TIME: 1:10pm
TIGERS OPPONENT: Arizona Diamondbacks

Warner Camp Hiring

Warner Camp

Registrations for Youth Camp are coming in ... and it is wonderful to witness. If you would like to help us promote our Summer Camp Programs, please let us know and we can send you some Summer Camp postcards!

High School Camp (9th - 12th grade grads)
June 18 - 23

Kids Camp (3rd - 5th grade grads)
June 25 - 29

Jr High I (6th - 8th grade grads)
July 2 - 7

Jr High II (6th - 8th grade grads)
July 9 - 14

Youth Camp (5th & 6th grade grads)
July 23 - 28

JULY 14-21, 2023

ChoG Convention

July 21st and August 19th, 2023

Dear Youth Leaders and Baseball Fans!

For those of you that live close enough to Lansing and would like to come and cheer on the Lugnuts this summer- especially at one of the Family Faith Nights, use this schedule link for the information of pricing, times, and contacts to make that happen. It not only is a great youth outing, but would make a great Intergenerational night for your church, or youth & their family night! There are fireworks after the game as well.

I have attended this event at the Lugnuts many times and even Faith Night at the Loons in Midland. You won't be disappointed!

Connie Graham: Director of Youth Ministry, 989-600-0339.

I wanted to reach out personally and gauge your interest in bringing a group out to enjoy our Family Faith Night, which we have decided to bring back and hold on July 21st and August 19th. We would love to have the Michigan Church of God out to Jackson Field! This is one of our favorite promotions of the year because we get to acknowledge and celebrate local churches. We will offer a pastor lunch, pastor first pitch, games, and fireworks at the end of the evening. If this is something that interests you, feel free to contact me and I can help with the next steps. Feel free to contact me ether via email or my direct line at 517-827-2485.

God Bless,
Nicolas Dewey, Lugnuts Ticket Account Executive
Office: 517-827-2485, Cell: 616-322-9993

Launch 32

Launch 32 Conference | August 21-22, 2023
A Two-Day Multiplication Conversation

What: For almost a decade now, pastors from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana have gathered in late August in Lima, Ohio. The goal of this one-day event was to spark conversations about multiplication among our Movement in the Midwest, and it has certainly accelerated the multiplication thinking throughout the region.

With the addition of Illinois Ministries to the Midwest Multiplication Initiative, now a four-state partnership along with Healthy Growing Churches, we have asked some important questions about this annual event.

Do we still want to host an annual event for the region? Yes!

Is it time to make some changes to this event? Yes!

Is it time for a name change? Yes!

Therefore, we are changing the event's location and adjusting the format, and we are excited to introduce a new name for the event!

The Launch 32 Conference will be the new annual gathering for pastors and church leaders from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois! The purpose of this event each year will be to inspire, challenge, and provide resources for church leaders throughout the region to launch new multiplication ventures.

We are also thrilled to announce that Rob Wegner and Patrick O'Connell will be our presenters this year. Rob and Patrick are key thought leaders in the multiplication conversation in the U.S. and beyond. They are both leading on the cutting edge of several kingdom multiplication efforts. We have no doubt their voices will inspire, challenge, and provide resources for us in August. Click here to read Rob & Patrick's bios. Mark your calendars and plan to attend the inaugural Launch 32 Conference!

When: Monday, August 21st, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, August 22nd, from 9 a.m. to Noon. We have purposefully left the evening of August 21st open in the schedule, and we hope attendees will use this time for networking and building relationships.

Where: County Line Church in Auburn, Indiana will be hosting this event. County Line Church is located just north of Fort Wayne, Indiana. This puts us more toward the center of our new regional partnership boundaries. County Line's address is: 7716 N. County Line Road E., Auburn, IN 46706.

Register: Registration is FREE so plan to bring your whole team! You can register today at the link below.

Accommodations: Click here to view info on recommended accommodations.

Tom Planck

by Tom Planck
HGC Chief Catalyst
Engaging leaders to multiply churches
Schedule a time to connect here

Dates: September 15-17, 2023

Theme: "Watchful Stewards of His Grace." My Scripture background is taken from 1 Peter 4:7-10 NKJV: "But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

Veronica Roesly

Speaker: Rev. Veronica Roesly

Place: St. Francis Retreat Center, 703 E. Main Street, Dewitt, Michigan 48820

The Children of Promise team has developed a 5-part video-based kids curriculum

Children of Promise

If you can’t tell, we are passionate about making wholeness possible for kids around the world, and that includes the kids in your church. We believe that as we join God in what God’s doing around the world, we become more whole ourselves.
We have developed a 5 part video-based kids curriculum in which Emery takes your kids on an adventure around the world to meet Children of Promise kids.

Children of Promise

Dear Friends,

This Robert’s Rules of Order Cheat Sheet was developed by one of our ministers, Rev. Rick Kress. He wanted to make it available to you and your leaders for meetings that you have in your churches. Rick is the Principal of Rick Kress Consulting. He consults with Non-Profit Boards, and can be of help to you and your leadership in so many ways. You can find out more about his services at his website: His contact information is – 586-612-0772

Blessings to you,
Pastor Mark

Church of God Ministries, The Church of God in Michigan, and several other states have entered into a partnership with a group called the Full Strength Network. As most of our pastors and ministers know, we have offered the Ministry to Ministers Program through our Pastoral Health Team for years. Many of our ministers have utilized its counseling support resources over the years. In particular, the challenges of the past several years have greatly impacted the mental health and vitality of our ministers, and the counseling has been helpful. The Full Strength Network offers a significantly less expensive and much richer opportunity for not only counseling, but coaching and support resources for our pastors and ministers. The Church of God in Michigan, through the Pastoral Health Ministry Team, has purchased 10 licenses for our credentialed pastors and ministers, and spouse or teen living within the home. It included online access to fully accredited counselors and coaches in a fully confidential manner. There is no cost to you for these excellent resources. You simply need to fill out the registration form and they will follow up with you to begin providing you with excellent ministry service. The website for the Full Strength Network and The Church of God in Michigan Registration links are listed below. Please take the time to see what great offerings they have for you at no cost to you, and register. You will be glad you did.

Perhaps your congregation is in need of professional, Christian mediation concerning conflict. Perhaps your church could benefit from training in Crucial Conversations and how to share even difficult information with others without doing damage. We can help with that through Rev. Chris Cottrell, who is very well trained and experienced in helping churches through these difficult challenges. His information and contacts are included below. Another good thing to keep in mind is that Chris is a native Michigander, and he always loves to come back home.

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Rev. Dr. Christopher Cottrell

Contact: Rev. Dr. Christopher Cottrell, (937) 621-2162

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Helping Churches in Severe Decline Find New Life!

Dying To Restart

Led by a Church of God pastor, Dying to Restart is a coaching and consulting ministry that helps churches determine the viability of a restart and to walk through the process of a strategic death and resurrection.

In the last quarter of 2022, 15 Church of God churches in the US and Canada have started or completed the coaching journey, some of whom have already seen strong growth.


We are committed to helping churches find hope in the midst of desperate situations. After 40 years, most churches begin a long steady decline in health. If the church has missed the windows to revitalize, we offer an option called "restarting" or "replanting." It's a radical step, but we've walked with dozens of churches through the process and we can help guide you into a hopeful future filled with Kingdom fruit.


Would your church rather make hundreds of painful incremental changes that will take years to complete or one big painful change?

Restarting is similar to "Extreme Home Makeovers." A church goes into a season of intense change and emerges as a fresh, new church ready to share Christ with their community. A restart uses the existing people and resources as the foundation for the new church.


Join us for a three month coaching cohort to learn more about the restart process and to discover if its a good fit for your church. At the conclusion of the cohort, a consultant will work with your board to help with the final decision.


Restarting is so much better together! Join four-five other pastors in an 8 month cohort where we will walk with you through the entire process including temporary closure, retraining and relaunch. After the cohort you are invited to yearly alumni gatherings.

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This would include the maintenance of the grounds, mowing, trimming, painting, some electrical and plumbing. Some experience in these areas is helpful. The manager position includes, some book keeping and administration, registration of campers and maintaining communication with the campers about all camp policies. Also, to maintain communication with the board of directors.

Position includes:
Salary and incentive package, housing allowance, utilities.

This is an ideal position for retired couples looking to supplement their income or a Young couple looking to serve the church.

If you are interested contact:
Tim St. Cin: Board chairperson, 810-610-8356 or
Kelly Munger: Vice chairperson, 616-824-6699.

Clarkston, Clarkston Community Church (executive pastor)
Detroit, Church of God of Detroit (youth pastor)
Detroit, Metropolitan Church of God
Ithaca Church of God
Livonia, Riverside Park Church of God
Mio, TriPoint Church of God (Youth Pastor)
Monroe, First Church of God
Saint Johns, First Church of God
Saint Joseph, First Church of God (children's pastor)
Sears, Sears Church of God
Vandalia, Vandalia Church of God

Interested? Contact - Rev. Mark K. Richardson, State Pastor


First Church of God | Saint Johns, Michigan
Currently seeking a full-time pastor

St. Johns is a small town in Michigan once known as the "hub" of Michigan for its location in the center of the lower peninsula. The city is also known as "Mint City USA" for the annual Mint Festival and parade held in August to celebrate its mint-farming legacy. Traditional mores and family solidarity are dominant in the community.


St. Johns Church of God

This congregation has been growing for over 100 years and is dedicated to consistent growth and open to change.
We have worshipped and served God at our current location since 1974.
Our present facilities were constructed mostly through the combined service and work of congregants.
The congregation is financially healthy.
The congregation is at its best when it is working together in God-focused unity.
The congregation enjoys gathering in various ways, including Sunday morning pre-service coffee hour, an annual July 4th fireworks viewing party for the community, and annual summer picnics and Christmas banquets.
The church organization is led by a Board of Directors with the pastor as executive.
The Board works in partnership with the pastoral staff to embody the character of Christ.
In February 2023 NXTStep Church Services completed a full church assessment. The Church Assessment Report is available on the church website at

Pastoral Call

We recognize a pastor as someone who feels and is actively pursuing a calling.
We believe God is preparing the person who will be our next pastor.Suspendisse pulvinar mi at hendrerit gravida
We are seeking God's leadership in guiding us to that person.
We are seeking a full-time pastor who:

- Willingly submits to spiritual guidance.
- Is credentialed, or is willing to enter the process of being credentialed, by the Church of God Credentials Committee.
- Has or is seeking appropriate education in the biblical, theological, and practical aspects of ministry.
- Understands the importance of technology to contemporary church worship and outreach.


Pastoral Character

We believe that the character of a pastor is vital and must reflect scriptural guidelines.
We are seeking a pastor who:

- Biblically teaches with the capacity to engage the hearts and minds of those seeking God, and to educate and challenge toward spiritual growt
- Is a Holy Spirit disciple of Jesus who emphasizes prayer and biblical soundness.
- Is a community-minded leader who actively engages in ministry inside and outside the church walls.
- Is a listener who is able to provide congregational care.
Is able to see and respond to people with compassion, care, and sound instruction.
- Is a good communicator.
- Has emotional intelligence and a commitment to on-going personal growth and maturity.
- Is genuine, nonjudgmental, and humble.
- Provides visionary leadership and is willing to take risks and go where God leads.


Contact Us


Pastor John Davey (Interim Pastor), (989) 763-0399 or
Sarah Young

First Church of God - Saint Joseph

First Church of God | Saint Joseph, Michigan
Children's Pastor - Opportunity Profile

First Church of God ( is providing an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced Children's Pastor interested in joining the team of a growing, healthy and dynamic multi-site church. This incoming leader will be called to further elevate the ministry vision of the church across all our campuses, specifically by developing leaders and volunteers to teach and train children and their families about Jesus and discipling them toward full devotion as followers of Jesus.

The ideal candidate for First Church is a children's pastor with experience leading in a larger children's ministry context, able to guide and empower a team with a strong volunteer base, and relationally connect and invest in the lives of children and families, as well as their team. We're not viewing this role as a "stepping-stone" to further one's ministry career but as a fantastic opportunity for a pastor who is clearly called to children's ministry.

For 110 years, First Church has been a consistent presence in greater St. Joseph and Berrien County, Michigan, faithfully sharing the Gospel. We are a growing multisite congregation of 1,250 spread across three campuses: St. Joe (850), Stevensville (250) and Benton Heights (150). Sitting on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan and just 90 miles from Chicago, St. Joseph is an attractive beach community where many families vacation and many more live, work and serve.

For nearly 15 years, David Colp has served as lead pastor of First Church. David has helped strategically streamline ministry initiatives into three focuses we refer to as, "worship," "grow," and "serve." Over time, these strategic shifts, along with expanding to multiple locations, have created an opportunity ripe for a Children's Pastor who is called to join a church energized about its future and a team that desires to maximize its ministry to children and their families. Over the past couple of years, the First Church team has begun to employ the the operating system of Intentional Churches to help it evaluate it's effectiveness in each of the worship, grow, and serve contexts through the unique lens of the family does not follow Jesus in an attempt to better engage them. The Children's Ministry is pivotal to this.

With the addition of two multi-site campuses and a new one emerging, First Church has extended its reach in the Greater St. Joe area and has become more diverse in the process. While the Stevensville campus is socially and economically similar to the one in St Joe, the Benton Heights campus is in a community much more ethnically and socioeconomically diverse, presenting unique ministry challenges and opportunities. But First Church has worked diligently to demonstrate its love for the Benton Heights community by investing and rooting itself in the neighborhood there-not just "dipping in" and then retreating to the comfort of more affluent areas. By God's goodness and grace, great things are being attempted and accomplished through each of our campuses as together we live out our vision: "To ignite Christ's passion in everyday people to restore God's ideal."

Longevity in leadership is one attribute of the staff culture of First Church. The children's ministry is one of those that has benefitted from long-tenured leadership. Bill Shepard has served as Children's Pastor for over ten years but now will be transitioning to the Executive Pastor of Operations role in April, creating this opportunity.

The Children's Ministry is seeing about 165 children (birth - 5th grade) in attendance each weekend. Currently, we have one additional full-time and two-part time staff members serving as part of the paid team in Children's Ministry across our three campuses. Each of these individuals reports to the Children's Pastor. A Wednesday night program called Kidzone is also led by our Children's Ministry Team.

First Church has utilized a holistic approach in its Age Level Ministries Department, of which the Children's Pastor has been a part. Our intent has been to collaboratively and effectively bridge the gaps between children, youth and families. The incoming Children's Pastor will have an important voice in shaping what this dynamic ministry will look like in the future. This pastor will report to the Executive Pastor of Ministries.

The Opportunity
While our former children's pastor will remain on our team in a different role and can serve as a historical reference point and sounding board for the incoming Children's Pastor, as needed, we're looking for this new leader to cast a fresh, compelling vision for this ministry. We're looking for an individual who can communicate a vision well-both interpersonally and from the front of a room-and then execute it through others by effectively engaging children, their parents and volunteers, drawing on the necessary competencies of influencer and team builder to do so.

While the ministry has an existing pool of committed volunteers, there is a tremendous opportunity to elevate the ministry through both the growth of the volunteer base and consistent training of those who currently serve.

Our multiple campuses will provide the next Children's Pastor an opportunity to develop a cohesive plan for children's ministry to be effectively executed at each one, but in some unique and fulfilling contexts.

The Candidate
First Church of God is eager to welcome an experienced and relationally effective Childrens Pastor who possesses a strong faith and a humble confidence in Gods call and gifting on their lives.

Ideally, the incoming Children's Pastor will prayerfully and thoughtfully shape a compelling vision that builds on the existing assets of the ministry while creating a plan to move it forward with excellence. The ideal candidate for this position will be a leader who finds it energizing and life-giving to implement fresh and innovative approaches to strengthen First Church's Children's Ministry. They will leverage previous experience to assess and measure the current state of this ministry and create a workable plan to move it forward.

"Team" should be an important value for this leader as well. They will collaborate in the shaping and execution of plans and initiatives. The ideal candidate will have experience and competencies in developing and equipping both paid staff and volunteers and delivering successful results through others. An independent thinker and self-starter able to "move the ball down the field" without a high level of oversight, the next Children's Pastor at First Church will be proficient in evaluating and responding to problems and challenges in real-time and enjoy the opportunity to participate in decision-making at the leadership table.

The ideal Children's Pastor will be an effective communicator who also possesses strong emotional and social intelligence in their interactions with others. This individual will welcome input and feedback, clearly communicate rationale for decisions, and ensure consistent and effective communication throughout the Children's Ministry.

The right "fit" for our team will be warm and approachable and embody a genuine care for others. This leader of leaders will model their faith openly and consistently, through their Christ-centered marriage (assuming they are married), family, and lifestyle.

We at First Church are anticipating exciting days ahead with the addition of the right next Children's Pastor to our team. Opportunities to strengthen, grow and mature this multi-faceted and diverse ministry will both challenge and energize the ideal next leader. With the excellent legacy, team and resources of First Church available, a great opportunity to impact lives of children and their families and advance the Kingdom awaits!

Inquiry Process
If this description sparks some interest and you believe you meet most of the qualifications for the role, you are invited to submit the following items for consideration:

     - A current resume or CV
     - A current photo and brief family bio
     - Written answers to the following questions

Over the years, we have found that one can learn only so much from a resume. In order to help us get a more complete picture of you and your interest in First Church of God, please provide us with brief responses to the following questions:

     1. What are one or two things you believe make(s) a Children's Ministry effective?
     2. Describe three or four of your core strengths. How do you see these strengths contributing to the Children's Pastor opportunity at First Church?
     3. What is it about the opportunity at First Church that attracts you to this position?

Please submit the above items to: Melissa Molloy at

Children's Pastor - Job Description

A vibrant leader, focused on helping to fulfil the ministry vision of the church across all campuses. This is specifically carried out by developing leaders and volunteers to teach and train children and their families about Jesus and discipling them toward full devotion as followers of Jesus
A Christ-follower, grounded in the Word of God, modeling spiritually maturing discipleship, a deepening walk with Jesus, and living with integrity as a collaborative member of the First Church pastoral/ministerial staff

Primary Job Products (Deliverables a successful person in role will produce)

Theologically-sound, biblically-based Children's Ministry curricula
A trusted professional voice for children's ministry
A comprehensive understanding of how children learn and current children's ministry best practices
Measurable, comprehensive, effectively communicated strategies and tactics for engaging birth through elementary aged children (and their parents), with the love of Jesus, inspiring them to follow and serve Him for life
Effective functioning Preschool and Elementary Children's Ministries, including, but not limited to:
 - Engaging large and small group worship and teaching formats on weekends for both preschool and elementary ages
- Engaging events for First Church families with children that mobilize and give them opportunities to invite their friends
- Effective offerings in concert with church's Midweek adult programming (currently Wednesday morning/evening)
Volunteers (including elementary aged children where appropriate) recruited, equipped/trained, and released to lead and/or serve other volunteers and children, their families in concert with Campus Ministry Coordinators
An effective team of recruited, trained and encouraged volunteer leaders
An effective culture of planning and evaluation within the ministry and team
Environments that are physically, emotionally, and spiritually safe and secure for children, reinforced with current child protection and safety policies (in concert with the Operations Pastor and/or their designees)
Environments that are clean, bright, and engaging to the senses that children want to come back to again and again
Efficient, guest-friendly check-in tools, processes, and personnel
Mission-aligned budgets and sound stewardship for Children's Ministries
Harmonious and growing relationships with other staff members
Kingdom and team collaboration (both intra and inter)
An ongoing, healthy rapport with the congregation
Spiritual and professional growth plans for self and any direct reports


Serve as primary, solid-line lead overseer and central ministry influencer (e.g. the "face") for the Children's Ministry Department and its personnel, full- or part-time, across all campuses
Participate as a full member of the pastoral staff and attend their meetings and required special events, as well as "All-in" events
Participate in Leadership Team meetings at the discretion of the Executive Pastor of Ministries and/or Lead Pastor
Coordinate, lead, and/or attend meetings of Children's Ministry Team(s), as needed
Oversee associate Children's Ministry staff members (pastors, ministers, coordinators, assistants - some roles yet TBD) who serve in full- and/or part-time capacities overseeing broad age divisions at the St. Joseph Campus (e.g. Preschool and Elementary), including conducting performance reviews and any necessary hiring and/or transitioning
Hire Nursery Care workers to provide leadership in each nursery setting at all campuses.
Assist and equip ministry leaders and key coordinators of/within age-graded areas of focus, in achieving both ministry and leadership effectiveness
Fulfills normally expected roles of a pastor (e.g. teaching, visitation rotation, one-one counseling, preaching (at the invitation of the lead pastor), weddings, funerals
Work toward fulfillment of aforementioned job products in concert with an empowered ministry team (valuing "developing" over "doing")
The Children's Pastor will work under the oversight of the Executive Pastor of Ministries, or their designee

Performance Measurement - Specific measures of satisfactory performance will be assessed informally on a periodic basis and formally on at least an annual basis by and in advance consultation with the Executive Pastor of Ministries, or their designee, based upon the role, job products and relationships outline above.


Riverside Park Church of God | Livonia, Michigan
Pastor - Job Description

Riverside is seeking a lead pastor. Our congregation has been at this location continuously since 1948 - 75 years. We are located in Livonia, Michigan, at the 20-mile mid-point between Ann Arbor and Detroit. We are a small multi-generational church, searching for an enthusiastic Pastor, passionate for the Word of God, to lead us forward.

Requirements - He / She shall

Have a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, having accepted Him as Lord and Savior.
Possess a high degree of integrity and display a strong moral character in all aspects of their life.
Have strong interpersonal relationship skills.
Be licensed and ordained (or willing to pursue licensing/ordination) as a Church of God (Anderson Indiana) minister.
Have the self-confidence to reach into the community, spreading the Word and drawing people to His light.

Duties and Responsibilities

Praise, glorify and honor the Word through preaching and teaching
Serve as the shepherd of the congregation, providing biblical vision and leadership for the congregation
Work with the Governance Board, staff, leaders, and congregation to oversee the congregations various ministries, establishing goals and direction


Competitive compensation
Parsonage located on our campus
Loving congregation

Please contact:
Stephen Plasko, Board Chair; (248) 686-4548,
George C. Schwemle, Office Manager
Riverside Park Church of God, 11771 Newburgh Rd., Livonia, MI 48150; (734) 464 0990


Clarkston Community Church | Clarkston, Michigan
Associate Pastor

Clarkston Community Church Associate Pastor - Clarkston Community Church (CCC) is a church with an average weekly attendance of 400-500 located in Northern Oakland County, a suburb of Metro Detroit. We are passionate about helping people find God and grow in their relationship with Jesus. We are active in our community and are passionate about elevating our effectiveness in evangelism, service, discipleship, and missions. CCC is looking for an experienced leader with the heart of a Pastor who will lead and develop our staff while supporting and leading our Ministries alongside our Senior Pastor. This position is also responsible to oversee the budget, policies and programs to ensure sound financial health of the Church. Pay range, depending on experience: $60-80k, plus insurance.

1. Accountability -

a. The Associate Pastor (AP) reports to the Senior Pastor (SP).
b. All other staff report to the AP.
c. The SP and AP serve on the Advisory Council.

2. Ministry -

a. Maintain godly and strong working relationships with all pastors, staff, Advisory Council (lay governing board), volunteers and the local community.
b. Collaborate with the SP and Advisory Council on developing and executing the mission, vision and strategies for the church.
c. Assist the SP in preaching, Bible studies, weddings, funerals, and visitation.
d. Oversee the Community Impact Team, Guest Services, and Missions.

3. Leadership -

a. Manage and mentor church staff and key volunteers into gifted leaders. Oversee staff size of 8-10, including full and part time positions.
b. Conduct weekly staff meetings.
c. Maintain a culture of organizational accountability among staff with clear functions, roles, and reporting structure.
d. Oversee hiring and firing, reviewing, and mentoring paid staff.
e. Initiate and maintain healthy volunteer recruitment and training.
f. Participate and work with the Church of God of Michigan, including attendance at the Annual General Assembly in Lansing.

4. Finance -

Lead the Finance Committee, hired bookkeepers, and volunteers to provide oversight of:

a. Financial reporting: Monthly and annual financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow) and key metrics
b. On-line giving systems, internal controls and financial policies
c. Banking relationships, payroll, weekly processing of expenses and giving
d. The Annual Budget, capital expenses, fundraising, and donor development

5. Administration -

a. Monitor, review and update Church policies.
b. Manage human resource function including employee benefit plans.
c. Manage the facilities, including capital improvements.
d. Oversee information systems; legal and risk management activities, including the Security Team.

Fulfill the character qualification for church leaders outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-13.
Agree with and adhere to Clarkston Community Church Statement of Faith and By-laws.
Must be ordained, or working towards ordination, with the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana.
Have a strong gift of leadership and pastoral heart.
Understand the Clarkston Community Church vision, purpose, and direction.
Demonstrate wisdom in decisions, actions, and recommendations.
Have experience in hiring, developing, and managing staff.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Bible and Theology, Master's Degree preferred. Finance or Business background helpful.
Prior work experience:
     - Experience in church leadership
     - Experience in managing budgets and basic understanding of financial principles

Submit resume and contact information to Clarkston Community Church by email at
Clarkston Community Church, 6300 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, Michigan 48346


First Church of God | Monroe, Michigan
Pastor - Job Description

The Pastor shall serve as the chief under-shepherd and overseer of this local Church, feeding, leading and nurturing the flock. The Pastor's main responsibilities will be to communicate God's Word, minister to spiritual needs and provide spiritual leadership to the Church.

Minimum Training and Experience:

A Bachelor's Degree and/or previous training experience in ministry which would qualify a person to lead and administer a Church of God, Anderson, Indiana congregation.

Special Requirements:

Personal conversion and call to pastoral ministry
Licensed and ordained as a minister of the Gospel in the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana. (or able to pursue licensing and ordination)
Spiritual integrity and maturity
An ability and willingness to share Christ, and disciple others
Good human relations skills
An ability to inspire and motivate others
The ability to communicate through the preaching ministry
A proven love for the fellowship of the local church
The desire and ability to enter into the struggles and deep concerns of the local congregation

Duties and Responsibilities:

To proclaim the Word of God through the preaching ministry in a clear and understandable way
To provide leadership and vision for the church, and to develop plans and programs for the spiritual and numerical growth of the church
To motivate, equip and nurture the congregation through personal example, preaching, teaching and personal counseling as qualified
To spend significant time in prayer and personal study of the Word of God
To facilitate regular contact/visitation of church families, including crisis, marital and spiritual counseling as qualified
To officiate at Weddings, Funerals and other significant events
To oversee church discipline and manage conflict in the church; to seek to reconcile damaged relationships and to promote unity in the Body of Christ
To plan and participate in evangelism efforts through preaching, invitations during Worship services, revivals and other services and outreach efforts
To manage his/her finances with integrity so as not to bring reproach upon the church
To chair all business meetings (regular and special called) of the church
To work with all Boards and standing and special committees in the accomplishing of their respective duties
To lead in the observance of all ordinances of the church
To cooperate with local, state and national church leaders in matters of mutual interests and concerns; to represent the local congregation in spiritual, social and civic matters

The Pastor will be permitted (2)two weeks of paid vacation
Resumes may be sent to our State Pastor, Rev. Mark Richardson.


Sears Church of God | Sears, Michigan
Pastor - Job Description

The Sears Church of God is seeking a full time Senior Pastor. The church is in beautiful Osceola County in central Michigan on approximately 8 acres. Evart/Sears is known for the Dulcimer Funfest held every year in July and for a rich logging history in years gone by.  The beautiful Muskegon River flows through the area and is enjoyed by many during the summer months.

We believe that the Pastor of our Church is called by God to lead the church and will need a combination of experience and ability to change “hats” often to meet varying needs.  Community outreach, ministry to the sick, shut-ins and elderly, ministry to children and youth are also a priority.

Our congregation is made up of middle to older adults with a few younger people. Our vision is to see the church grow.

We place a high priority on sound biblical teaching and preaching that provides a meaningful experience with God that promotes spiritual growth.

Education Required: College graduate, credentialed by Church of God, (Anderson IN)

Experience: Preferred Qualifications: Effective preacher/speaker, continues to develop theological and biblical skills, encourages members to develop their spiritual life, effective in planning and leading worship, ability to provide counseling, mature and emotionally secure, cultivates a close relationship with God through teaching.

Primary Responsibilities: Preparing and preaching clear biblical messages to encourage spiritual growth.  Practices personally and teaches others how to effectively communicate the gospel to others. Loving and caring for the congregation and community.

Salary: $50,000-$60,000

For Questions or to apply: Please email Angie Moore,


Church of God of Detroit | Detroit, Michigan
New Position - Emerging Generation Pastor

Position Overview the Emerging Generation Pastor will be a champion for children, youth, young adults, and their families as a part of the larger community and ministry of the Church of God of Detroit. It is this pastor's responsibility to direct, encourage, and oversee the various ministries connected to her/his position.

Align Ministries Develop Leaders Give oversight to the formation of leaders in the emerging generation ministries

Working Relationships
The Emerging Generation Pastor is directly accountable to the Senior Pastor. The Emerging Generation Pastor is a member of the ministry staff/team.

Personal Attributes
Follower of Jesus - Evidence of a personal relationship and commitment to Christ. Teacher - Able to communicate effectively one on one, as well as in small and large group settings.

Accreditation by, Ordination or willingness to enter the process of being ordained accredited by, the Church of God Anderson Board of Ministerial Standards and Education.  Ability to think strategically and creatively.  Administrative and organizational skills. Be a part of the Emerging Generation.

$15.000 to $18.000. This is a part-time position. Salary and benefits will be determined based on the experience and education of the successful candidate and in line with current recommendations contained in the by-laws.

For more detailed information, please contact


TriPoint Church of God | Mio, Michigan
Associate Pastor - Job Description

Position Summary:
In coordination with the Pastor and Board of Directors, the Associate Pastor is responsible to organize and resource Tri Point Church of God's Children and Youth Ministry and education programs with an emphasis on Spiritual Growth.

Spiritual Gifts:
- Leadership
- Teaching
- Evangelism
- Faith
- Knowledge
- Shepherding
- Discernment

Position Qualifications:
- Sufficient training and experience to assist in the nurture of the life of children and youth in the church
- Passion for Children and Youth Ministries and a desire to help families grow in faith
- Possess integrity and display strong moral character, living above reproach at home, in the church and in the community
- Possess the ability to work harmoniously, effectively and confidentially with children of all ages, church members, pastor and staff
- Ability to embrace the vision, values, and statement of faith of Tri Point Church of God
- Possess the ability to use appropriate judgment, discretion, sensitivity and confidentiality
- Proven leadership skills utilizing a cooperative, collaborative team leadership style
- Strong interpersonal skills that maintain healthy and motivating relationships.

- Coordinating children and youth ministry, education and special programming with the Christian Education Team: Acquiring and adapting curriculum materials to conform with our traditions as they align with Church of God, Anderson, IN and the Church of God in Michigan; Recruiting, training, and supporting teachers; Acquiring and organizing necessary study supplies
- Coordinate/recruit assistants to help develop children and youth activities/programs
- Recruit and resource the Vacation Bible School (VBS) Director
- Provide the VBS Director support the week of Vacation Bible School
- Work with the Pastor coordinating and teaching youth confirmation classes
- Sharing in the leadership of worship as directed by the Pastor
- Performing other duties from time to time as may be directed by the pastor

Direct Supervisor:
- Directly supervised by the Pastor
- Responsible to Church Board
- Work closely with all committees and areas of ministries


Wage and Benefit Package:
Commensurate with experience ($36,000 to $48,000)
To be reviewed annually by the Church Board

Interested? Contact Rev. Jody Coon, Pastor.