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May 2022
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Rev. Mark Richardson
 

Acts 2:1-12 (NLT)
1On the day of Pentecost, seven weeks after Jesus’ resurrection, the believers were meeting together in one place. 2Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm in the skies above them, and it filled the house where they were meeting. 3Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. 5Godly Jews from many nations were living in Jerusalem at that time. 6When they heard this sound, they came running to see what it was all about, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. 7They were beside themselves with wonder. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8and yet we hear them speaking the languages of the lands where we were born! 9Here we are—Parthians, Medes, Elamites, people from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, the province of Asia, 10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the areas of Libya toward Cyrene, visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism), 11Cretans, and Arabians. And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!” 12They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.

Most people have seen the movie, “The Wizard of Oz” at some point in their lives. If you haven’t, keep your eyes on the television guide as it is shown multiple times a year for decades. It tells the story of a young girl named Dorothy, living in Kansas, who was caught up in a tornado. Through a head injury, she experienced a very vivid dream of ending up in a place called Munchinland, with a lot of strange people, color everywhere (the movie went from black and white to color), and there were all sorts of adventures that ensued as she and a group of challenged people went on a journey to the Emerald City of Oz to see the Wizard of Oz who could help her and her dog Toto make it back to Kansas. One defining line in the movie is when Dorothy, amazed at the spectacle before her made the famous statement, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we are not in Kansas any longer!”

In our lifetime, regardless of how old we are today, we see the results of incredible change. Literally, the world as it was when many of us grew up just doesn’t exist anymore. Things have really changed that much!!! We have to face the fact that we are living in a time where we have far more questions than answers, far more problems than solutions, and far more needs than help. As pastors and ministers, we are called to minister for such a time as this, yet, we feel the weight of responsibility to bring the Gospel to a culture that we are struggling to understand, and one that doesn’t understand the language that we have been trained to speak. I have come to realize that just about everything that we have learned, developed, utilized, and passed down, and/or propped up for years is not working, or working well, for the culture that we must reach for Christ today.

Folks, in just a few short weeks (June 5) we will be celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the remembrance of the coming of the Holy Spirit as Jesus Christ promised. He came to guide us into all truth, and reveal to us what Jesus wants us to know and how He wants us to live and love. With the passage of the scripture above, sharing the narrative of the Day of Pentecost, there are three big questions that we need to answer, if we have any hope of truly impacting the culture for Christ.

First Question, “What Do We Do With The Unrecognizable?” Like Dorothy in Kansas, like us in our post-modern culture today, the first century believers gathering in the upper room when the Holy Spirit fell on Pentecost experienced a world that world quickly became unrecognizable. What did they do? They first of all remembered Whose they were (Disciples of Jesus Christ) and what He told them to do (go to Jerusalem and wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit Who would empower them to be His witnesses to the world). They were obedient to this, and they went to Jerusalem in one accord (unity) and waited. They realized that apart they could do nothing, but together they could do everything that the Lord told them. They prayed with a sense of expectation that God was going to do what He said He would do, and if we want to be able to deal with the unrecognizable, we must do the same. We don’t recognize where we are anymore, but that doesn’t change the promises and the command of God for us, go forth and make disciples. We have to be willing to forsake everything we have learned until now if God leads and reveals Himself to us in an unrecognizable way as He did at the Pentecost. Yet, we must remember what God has said, obey Him completely, be united, and pray. God will honor that for such a time as this. But it is challenging because we are facing the unrecognizable.

Second Question, “What Do We Do With The Unimaginable?” When these faithful 120 people remembered, obeyed, unified, and prayed, God answered mightily and miraculously. Also, God answered in a way that He had never answered His people before. Why, because it was prophesied, and now was the time. Also, the culture they were in required the power of God in a way that has never been experienced before. They didn’t know what to do but God did, and what God did was unimaginable to them. Consider what happened. A mighty rushing wind that was so loud it caused a commotion and people came running from all over town, over 3,000 people. Tongues, as of fire, descending from heaven, and resting on the heads of each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. This was unimaginable, because from the time of Adam and Eve falling in sin, the Spirit of God didn’t fill people and abide there. Yet, they were now experiencing it.

They were given miraculous ability to speak languages that they had never learned before (A Purposeful Anointing). The huge crowd of people who came in with the commotion all heard them speaking in their native languages, and they heard them speaking about the glorious things that God had done. The same Holy Spirit that filled each of those believers also filled the over 3,000 that came to Christ that day. And they received supernatural abilities to function as God gave them direction to do. The same Holy Spirit can fill each person who comes to Christ, and place in us supernatural, miraculous abilities to function in ways that before coming to Christ were unimaginable to us. And guess what, to reach this culture, we will need the ability (anointing) of the Holy Spirit, or we will be ineffective. I know this is a challenge to many of us; to some it is downright unimaginable. Yet, that is how the Holy Spirit functions in the Body of Christ that He has gifted (1 Corinthians 12) for its edification.

I know there has been much that is questionable about how people have dealt with the Holy Spirit in the church. There certainly has been much done over the centuries that is more theatrical and antics rather than the legitimate moving of the Holy Spirit. This can give us pause, and can certainly cause us to be skeptical. Yet, I am convinced that the Holy Spirit is alive and active in our times, and he still gifts us, because the Church of God still needs to be built up (edified) and that is how He chooses to do so. But, stern caution is needed that there is Biblical truth and order to it. The Holy Spirit doesn’t need theatrics to do what He does, but He does need willing, submissive hearts to do God’s will with the gifts He gives

On the Day of Pentecost, 120 submissive and Spirit-filled believers spoke with languages (tongues) that they had not learned, but were given the ability to speak by the Holy Spirit. They spoke in the languages of 16 different geographical regions. Yet, the key message in this was that those who heard them, heard them in their own languages. Most importantly, they heard the message of the glory of God, and through the Apostle’s preaching 3000 of them gave their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ that very day. That was certainly unimaginable to them all, yet God’s power was at work through the Holy Spirit, and He still works today.

Third Question, “What Do We Do With The Unconventional?” When this large group of people heard their own languages, and heard, all at the same time, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, their only response was to receive Christ in their hearts, and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and commit themselves to serving Christ. From that time forward, every day was an adventure with Jesus Christ, under the direction of the Holy Spirit. God would lead them to different homes, different peoples, different cities, different countries, different age groups, different circumstances, and everywhere they went, they went on adventure with God. Miracles became common, people came to Christ by the thousands, and then the millions. Literally, God gave them everything they needed for every situation, because everywhere they went and everything they did required God’s anointing to do the unconventional. They got used to trusting God for everything.

Through the centuries, the church has gotten far more accustomed to trusting man’s experiences rather than God’s anointing. We must realize that we are living in a time where everything we face, like these Christians in the Book of Acts, will require God to do a new thing, even if He uses some old things in new ways, it will require the unconventional. We must not be afraid to allow God to lead us to turning this world upside down. Four generations of people who have largely walked away from the Church need us to be led of God to minister in the anointing of the unconventional. If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that we don’t speak the language that the culture needs so that people can hear of the glory of Jesus Christ.

We need the Holy Spirit to empower us to speak in the languages (tongues) of 2022 and beyond so that people can come to hear about Jesus Christ and experience Him in our midst, just like on the day of Pentecost and beyond. That does not mean that we need to compromise on the Word of God or ignore His will. It simply means that we need to trust the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us to do as Fanny Crosby inspired us over 100 years ago to do, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, snatch them in pity from sin and the grave. Weep o'er the erring one, lift up the fallen, tell them of Jesus, the mighty to save. Rescue the perishing, care for the dying; Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.”

Friends, God has prepared the way for a great future for His church. God has prepared a part for each person here in that future. God has a great vision for us to attain, and it will require that we allow Him to rekindle the passion we must have for this ministry. Today marks the beginning of the rest of our lives, and the future of His great church. Where you have been is only important as a reminder of the faithfulness, the goodness, the love, and the long-suffering of the Lord. As we look ahead, God wants us to redevelop the excitement of a little child running down the steps on Christmas morning, not knowing exactly what lies ahead, but assured that whatever it is will be a blessing, because God is in charge. As I look at our children and youth, and those in our culture, and the pressures they have to deal with daily, the needs they have, and the search they are engaged in to find meaning in it all, I often feel overwhelmed. I wonder what I can do to really make a difference for them, so that they will know the Christ I know, and experience the assurance of eternal life that I have experienced.

I have come to adapt a set of boundaries about the work of the Church and the moving of God in our times. It has helped me to make the adjustments I’ve needed to make to be better used of God in these crazy times around us. The boundaries I have set are five-fold: Anything that we do which is not: Unbiblical – Unethical – Immoral – Illegal – Unwise is okay, even if it is different. We must learn to distinguish what is within these boundaries but is just different but not wrong! We are breaking fellowship, dividing, and fighting with each other over some things that are different, but not outside of the boundaries. Before we allow the enemy the victory of dividing us further, let’s spend some time together praying, fasting, and talking together. We may find that God will use that in ways that will help us to come to grips with the unrecognizable, the unimaginable, and the unconventional. It may well allow Him to give us the ability to speak the Gospel in the languages of those who have walked away from Christ or who have never known Him.

As I look at this topsy-turvy world, I can truthfully say metaphorically, “Saints of God, we’re Not In Kansas any longer.” But, this is not unlike the world that this group of 120 believers in Christ, gathered in that upper room in Jerusalem was experiencing. If they had known about the Wizard of Oz movie, they too might have said, “Toto, We’re not in Kansas anymore.” Yet, with God’s help, they were able to go forth and turn the world upside down for Christ. And I believe that we can do the same. Aren’t the precious lives of our loved ones and the culture worth us living out the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and demonstrate the anointing power of the Holy Spirit.

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

 
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The Justice and Equity Task Force of the Church of God was formed by the Ministries Council at the direction of the General Assembly motion approved in June 2021 in Denver, Colorado. The resolution states:

"Be it moved and seconded that the General Assembly establish a Justice and Equity Task Force, to discover the composition, beliefs, and practice of Church of God agencies and congregations with regard to racial justice and the equality of men and women across the Movement in the United States and Canada and to ascertain the impact of such composition, beliefs, and practice on the global mission of the Church of God."

"The Task Force will consist of five to seven persons appointed by the Ministries Council, representing the diversity of the Church of God. The Ministries Council will consider appointing persons to the Task Force who possess expertise in survey and analysis (or consulting with those who do). The Task Force will report biannually to the Ministries Council, regarding its process, progress, and necessary funding, beginning in September 2021. The Task Force will make recommendations to the Ministries Council within two years (on or before 30 September 2023) for improving the understanding and practice of racial justice and the equality of men and women across the Church of God."

"Furthermore, we move that the General Assembly direct the Committee on Credentials to consider additional measures to ensure that candidates for ordination have rigorously explored the topic of diversity, including racial justice and the equality of men and women. The Committee on Credentials, in consultation with the Justice and Equity Task Force, shall specifically address these issues in the Credentials Manual of the Church of God and within the curriculum of Leadership Focus."


Who is on the Task Force?

 

The Ministries Council developed a list of names at their September 2021 meeting and contacted individuals to ask them to participate. On December 6, 2021, the members of the Task Force met together in a Zoom session as the first introduction to each other.

The Task Force is a broad cross-section of the Church of God with diversity in age, gender, race, ethnicity, occupation, region, etc. The task force members are:

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When did the Task Force begin? What is its role?

 

Our team had its first meeting in January 2022, where we reviewed the resolution to start planning for the work ahead of us. In an initial report at the March 2022 Ministries Council meeting, the team provided an update on the plans and progress.

Our Task Force will determine the data collection necessary to discover our composition, beliefs, and practices as specified in the resolution. To help us, we are working with Renew Partnerships on the mechanics of the data collection process. We want to survey broadly to hear the voices and perspectives across the Church of God in the United States and Canada. The survey design is underway with anticipation of it being distributed later in the summer. Data will be analyzed and additional information will be gathered with some focus groups in the fall. The data analysis and findings will be presented at the spring 2023 Ministries Council meeting with a presentation to the General Assembly planned for June 2023. The resolution also states that the final report to the Ministries Council is due September 2023.

There have been lots of questions and speculation about our team. From the resolution, our key focus is to discover the composition, beliefs, and practices of the Movement across the United States and Canada with regard to our inclusion of men, women, and people of all races and ethnicities in their involvement in church life and leadership. The work on this resolution is conducted in alignment with our established theology and the General Assembly resolutions that have sought to clarify our theological approach to social issues as we continue to pursue unity in diversity. Past resolutions on racial equality are considered in this process, as well as past resolutions on the equal treatment of men and women in church life and ministry leadership.

The justice and equity resolution’s focus on composition, beliefs, and practices gives us the opportunity to look at how we live out our resolutions, and not on redefining our theology. Where we see opportunities for us to practice what we say we believe, we will offer recommendations to the Ministries Council on opportunities to educate on theological beliefs and improve our practices. Although this process may prompt some difficult conversations for all of us, we need to make sure that those are fruitful conversations that are intentionally focused on learning and growing in our unity as the body of Christ.


We solicit your prayers for the Task Force and for all of us as a Movement. We also ask for your help in providing your input on the survey that is planned for distribution later this summer, and in your continued desire to see our Movement be better in ministering together to show the world Christ’s love.

These volunteer Task Force members are working diligently (while holding full-time ministry roles) to do the work the GA has assigned. Matt Rust will assist the Task Force by collecting questions on their behalf and submitting them to the Task Force on a monthly basis. Frequently asked questions will be addressed in periodic communication from the Task Force. If you would like to submit a question, please email Matt Rust at MRust@chog.org.

To learn more about the functionalities of the General Assembly, such as how motions come to the floor, visit www.jesusisthesubject.org/general-assembly, or click the link below.

 
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June 3-5, 2022
Barryton Church of God, Barryton, Michigan
 
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Exploring Leadership Pipeline and Leader Mobilization

For the first time in three years, the Lima Leadership Event will be in person! This event has been an important part of the ongoing multiplication conversation in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.

Annually, we have gathered as a region 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. We are excited about relaunching the in-person gathering at Crossroads Church in Lima, Ohio, in August.

We all know more than a few things have shifted for the Church in the past couple of years. In the rapidly emerging new landscape of church, how we steward our calling, leadership, energy, and resources is perhaps more important than ever before.

This year we will explore several key shifts in our perspective, our leadership, how we approach mobilization, and the invitation to join Christ in the redemption and restoration of all things.

This year's guest speaker is Keri Ladouceur. Keri is the campus pastor of the Naperville, Illinois, campus of Community Christian Church, and she also serves on the Exponential team. Keri is a perfect fit to help us explore leadership pipeline and leader mobilization.
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This FREE event is open to anyone so bring your whole team and spread the word.

 
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June 4, 2022 | 7:00 a.m. Registration
Farmington Hills Golf Club
 
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Rev. Dulin Scholarship Golf Outing
Saturday, June 4, 2022

7:00 AM Registration
8:00 AM Shotgun Start

Farmington Hills Golf Club
37777 11 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48335

Registration and sponsorship opportunities are open for the Rev. Robert O. Dulin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing! 100% of net proceeds will benefit the Midnight Golf Program in support of the Rev. Robert O. Dulin, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Cost for 18-Hole Scramble: $400/Foursome OR $100/golfer – Breakfast and Lunch included. Contests and prizes!

Donations:

Raffle prizes and/or goodie bag items are always welcome! They provide an excellent opportunity for companies/organizations to secure additional brand presence.

 
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June 7, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Salem Church of God | Dayton, Ohio
 
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Hosted by Tom Planck
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EXPLORING OUR IDENTITY IN THE I AM
From the beginning of time, humanity has been locked in a fight to be seen, to be heard, to be known, to be loved.

Yes, even in the Garden, the first human beings weighed the options presented them by the serpent only to reveal underlying uncertainties about who they were and whose they were. The Creator had formed Adam and Eve from the dust, yet their perceptions of reality had been utterly distorted by competing voices clamoring for their attention. Without a clear sense of who they were, the first man and woman drifted from God’s best. Could they be gods themselves? Were the opening arguments of the enemy of our souls that persuasive?

Still today, the imago Dei is overlooked and ignored, and the rights and privileges thereof traded for cheap imitation. For what hell says we are. For what popular culture says we ought to be.

Identity. How do we see ourselves? How do others see us? How does Jesus see us? And, who is he calling us to be? What are our foundation stones?

Answers to these and other questions are the very building blocks of who we are and why we exist. Our chief ambition during each of the three Church of God Regional Conferences, from coast to coast in the year 2022, is to wrestle with the questions all of us have asked at some point along life’s journey, those questions which frame our understanding of where we’re headed as a Movement of God’s own. These, too, are the questions with which the culture at large has already wrestled to the ground, contesting the central tenets the church has unwittingly thought fixed in time and space. And, these are the questions falling on the doorsteps of our local churches with increasing regularity.

What, then, are we as the people of the Church of God movement, to do? How are we to respond in such a manner that is both true and loving? Real and redemptive? Substantive, yet practical?

We aim to explore what have become known as our five non-negotiables:

Jesus is the subject, Lord of all, Son of God and Son of Man;
the Holy Spirit and his empowerment to holiness;
that we have been called to be a catalyst for Christian unity;
the Great Commandments; and
the supremacy of Scripture.

But wait, there’s more. Additionally, there are sixteen doctrinal statements outlined in the Credentials Manual of the Church of God, approved by the General Assembly in 2019, which capture an exegesis of the Word embedded in our history and identity. How do these GA-approved assertions espouse our identity as individuals, local churches, the Church of God movement, and broader body of Christ?

Join us in Fremont, Anderson, or Orlando. Dig in with us. Dialogue with us. Dare to dive into a family discussion as we come face to face, once again, with our IDENTITY.

June 21-23, 2022 - Madison Park Church of God, Anderson, IN;
October 13-16, 2022 - In conjunction with the Church of God Women's Convention, Orlando, Florida

 
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Grand Junction, Michigan
 
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Summer is Coming!

Summer is coming! Which means Summer Camp is coming to Warner Camp … and we can hardly wait! It won't be long before the Summer Staff arrive, bringing with them their excitement and passion for serving the Lord. On June 19, we will welcome high schoolers to our first official week of Summer Camp. That week will be followed by our Junior High camps, Youth Camp, and Kids Camp. Each week of camp is a wonderful experience that includes great food, tons of fun, and fellowship. The food is professionally and personally prepared in our recently renovated dining hall, and meals can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the deck overlooking God's creation. Each day we gather for fellowship, as we worship the Lord together and take part in Biblical teaching from our Spiritual Directors. The Summer Staff are planning to give campers the most fun-filled week of the Summer. They are committed Christians who are full of energy and ready to share the love of Christ with all those who come to camp. That is why we can hardly wait!

As a staff, we are aware of the impact the pandemic has had on families and individuals. That, coupled with rising inflation, can make it difficult for families to send their children to camp. But Warner Camp is, and has been, blessed! Because of the generous donations of churches and individuals, Warner Camp has a Scholarship Fund that is specifically set aside to help youth attend a week of camp. Each Summer, multiple families receive financial assistance for sending their children to Warner Camp.

We know camp is a rich, wonderful "Life Changing Experience" - where new relationships are created, and old ones are strengthened. Because we can make these funds available, we give thanks to the Lord, as well as to those who donate to the Scholarship Fund! If this is something that would help make it possible for your child/children to attend a week of camp at Warner Camp, please don't hesitate to contact the Camp Office: (269) 434-6844. You can also visit our website at "WarnerCamp.com."

In His Presence and His Peace,
Scot Bale, Camp Director

 
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Friends,

After not being able to have an IYC in 2020, I am so excited for the 2022 event in San Antonio, Texas. It is one of my favorite locations for the IYC! The dates are June 30-July 3. Registration is now open at jesusisthesubject.org.

The state ministry is not planning on providing any official modes of transportation, but I'm sure we will have several congregations attend. As you confirm your plans, it would be great if you'd let me know and I'll compile a list and perhaps small churches could join together!

If anyone would like to pursue the thought of chartering a bus with other groups, please chat with Mike Mazurek, youth leader at Crossroads Church of God in Howell. mike@mazurekfamily.net

Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry

 
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The main work project will be painting the entire inside lower level of the new Silver Sands Church of God church building.

Life together with the Bajan people
Worship/fellowship with the church people
Island tour
Lodging at Round Rock Apartments by the Sea
Final three nights at the Divi Southwinds Beach Resort for R&R
Life-changing experiences
Limited to 20 people

58 people from Michigan Church of God congregations have participated in our BMWCs through the years.

View our YouTube BMWC Video

Contact Jim Walters at Vision Ministries.

 
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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
chris@crosspointceo.com, (937) 621-2162

 
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Detroit, Metropolitan Church of God
Farmington Hills, Farmington Hills Church of God
Livonia, Riverside Park Church of God
Millington, Millington Church of God
Monroe, First Church of God
Sterling Heights, Hope Crossing

Interested?
Contact - Rev. Mark K. Richardson, State Pastor
517-393-7020


Farmington Hills Church of God | Farmington Hills, Michigan
Pastor - Job Description


We seek an energetic and enthusiastic Lead Pastor that feels a divine call to pastoral ministry upon his/her life. The Lead Pastor needs to have a heart for serving and a passion to share the good news of the Gospel to see lives transformed. We expect that the person accepting this position would feel God's call to OUR congregation.

Please see the full job description at FHCOG Lead Pastor Job Posting

For Questions or to apply: Please email SearchComm@fhchurchofgod.org


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.


Clarkston Community Church | Clarkston, Michigan
Worship and Communications Director/Pastor - Job Description


Purpose: The Worship and Communication Director/Pastor (WCD  The title is dependent on qualifications) will be tasked with the development, management, and execution of a successful, integrated worship, marketing, and communication strategy for Clarkston Community Church. The chosen candidate will work with employees and volunteers to develop content and coordinate all marketing and communication plans.

Accountability: Reports to the Executive Pastor and works closely with Senior Pastor. Responsible for coordinating with staff members about all church events. Responsible for communicating with church ministry leads for event promotion planning. Responsible for leading all digital church and worship ministry teams.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (Not comprehensive):

Worship Arts

Run weekly rehearsals.
Oversee and develop programs and personnel for all worship teams, choirs, and tech teams.
Sunday service and special service planning and execution.
Interview, audition, and approve qualifications for all new vocalists, instrumentalists, or participants utilized in worship services or events at CCC.
Selection of music and creative elements for each Sunday.
Team follow-ups for encouragement.
Weekly set-up of Proclaim.
CCLI Management.
Direct, run, and schedule worship teams.
Manage worship subscriptions and technology.

Communications

(Please note: The WCD doesn't have to do all of these things themselves but can recruit and oversee volunteers who do them)

Communication:

Communication Strategy/Plan - Develop and implement a communication strategy to inform congregation members and our community about key events at Clarkston Community Church
Story Telling - Coordinate and develop content to inspire the congregation and community to follow Jesus
Communication Gatekeeper:
Be the gatekeeper for all communications inside and outside the church including such things as:
- Weekly eNewsletter (Communicator)
- Social Media Accounts
- Weekly Bulletin
- Website
- On-stage ministry highlights
Work with external organizations to communicate our message to the community (Clarkston News etc)
Lead the Communication Team that includes CCC employees and volunteers

Marketing:

Branding - Lead the development and implementation of the brand strategy for CCC
Social - Manage and maintain the social accounts for the church (Facebook, Instagram etc) including creating and posting content
Website - Manage the Clarkston Community Church website:
- Develop long term strategy, content, roadmaps and metrics for clarkstoncommunity.com
- Ensure content is accurate and current
- Ensure the site is working properly
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

Design:

Video-produce/create inspirational and informative videos to be used during service and on our website/social platforms.
Graphics-Develop graphics to be used on our communication tools (eNewsletter, series and event slides, social media, etc). Experience in Photoshop and Publisher, or their equivalent required.
In-house Printing-Design and print the weekly bulletin and any other announcements or communications that are needed

Required Qualifications and Minimum Skills:

- Bachelor's degree in worship from a Bible college or seminary with a minor in communication (Experience can be substituted for the minor).
- Musical Competency
- Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively with others
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong computer skills required.
- Adobe Suite (i.e. Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign, Illustrator)
- Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Publisher)
- Social Media Management/Marketing (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
- Ability to lead & manage teams
- Ability to write great content
- Must adhere to the churchs doctrine and policies
- Must love Jesus and get fired up about the mission to help people find God and grow in their relationship with Jesus

Preferred Skills:
- Organization and Scheduling Previous Marketing, communication, social media and website experience preferred
- Graphic Design
- Video Production
- Web Design
- Proclaim Presentation Software

This is a full-time, salaried position.
If you are interested in applying for this position please send your resume and cover letter to search@clarkstoncommunity.com. In the meantime, feel free to get to know us a little bit at Clarkstoncommunity.com


Hope Crossing | Sterling Heights, Michigan

Hope Crossing is a small to medium size multi-generational church looking for an energetic, passionate, and forward-looking pastor to lead us into the next chapter. The Pastor will formulate and preach Biblically based, gospel driven messages that are relevant in today’s culture.

They must have:

A personal relationship with Jesus Christ, having accepted Him as Lord and Savior.
A desire for personal growth and development in their calling as a Pastor.
A strong moral character and be an example to the flock by carrying a genuine concern for the spiritual well-being of the congregation.

They must be willing to officiate at special occasions in the lives of the congregation such as weddings, baptism, confirmations, and funerals as needed.

Hope Crossing exists as a body of believers to glorify God by:

Leading persons to a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ, by responding to spiritual, physical and emotional needs.
Leading Christians to spiritual maturity through teaching, worship and fellowship
Equipping and challenging persons for ministry

Interested? Contact Rev. Mark K. Richardson, State Pastor. 800-369-5890