General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

New State Pastor Approved

Mark and Sharon Richardson

Rev. Mark and Mrs. Sharon Richardson

Over the past year and a half our Future Directions Committee has put together a profile of the new State Pastor. They hosted focus groups around the state and interviewed many knowledgable persons to help determine who should lead our cooperative ministry in the future. In May their selection was made and presented to the Board of Directors of the General Assembly. Their choice was unanimously approved by your Board of Directors. During June and July a ratification vote for their selection was done by email and snail mail. Once again their selection was overwhelming approved by our General Assembly. It is now with great pleasure that I introduce to you Rev. Mark Richardson as State Pastor elect for the Church of God in Michigan. He and his wife, Sharon will be moving to the Lansing area this September, with Mark working in the Service Center starting September 9, 2019.

I will continue as State Pastor through the end of December 2019 and during our time of overlap I will help Rev. Richardson learn Michigan’s systems, and introduce him to as many pastors, associates, and leaders in Michigan as possible. He will also be busy filling out the staff for the Assembly. I am very excited about Mark’s qualifications and passion to be your next leader. I will do all within my power to make sure there will be a smooth and orderly transfer of responsibility. In this year’s General Assembly we will celebrate Jalene and my ministry with you and then commission our new leader for the exciting days ahead. We will also be celebrating Goldie Kurtzhals' retirement in this year’s GA. Our two days together will be filled with celebrations of ministry, visioning fo the future, and optimistically looking ahead. We truly hope you will be there November 1 and 2 at the Crown Plaza in Lansing.

Click the play button to see Mark's introductory video.

Download Mark's Biography

Download Mark's Resume

Active Shooter Survival: Protecting Your House of Worship

Postma Center at Pine Rest | Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 6th 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Trainer: Kenneth Wolf, PhD

Active Shooter SurvivalFree Training Program

This free training program will focus on helping organizations... including shopping malls, manufacturing facilities, health care, houses of worship, schools and more... understand “best practices” for managing threats and to develop strategies to prevent, prepare for, survive and recover from active shooter incidents and workplace violence.

The program will review vulnerabilities to violent threats, litigation exposures and strategies to review and enhance existing health and safety programs’ capabilities and preparedness to stop active intruders / shooters. Defensive and personal survival options and strategies will be suggested.

Location: Postma Center at Pine Rest 300 68th Street SEGrand Rapids, MI 49548


Church Health Ministry


What’s all the buzz about being, “missional?” Maybe it’s just a new way of being the Church, another fad or silver bullet to grow the church? If we just had this or did that, we’d get the “code” figured out … and then, my church, your church, THE Church would grow! Maybe this “missional” thing is the, IT, we’ve been missing?

There are many congregations that are growing. Nothing to figure out. They’ve simply been focusing on what Jesus told His disciples to do, and the Holy Spirit adds to their number. For many, it’s been a return to the design of our Lord and Savior—you know, His mission becoming our commission. Being on mission, making disciples, is not a novelty, it’s a necessity! And, it is the heart of growing the Kingdom of God.

We have two great opportunities to stretch, inspire, and motivate you in a missional direction. The Church of God in Michigan, along with the state ministries of Indiana Ministries and Ohio Ministries, will be coming together in Lima, Ohio, at Crossroads Church. The “Lima Leadership Event,” will be on Tuesday, August 27th, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Lead Pastors, Associates, and other church leaders are invited to come and learn in community from, Dr. Brad Brisco. You’ll receive new insights that will challenge your thinking. It’s important that we begin to cultivate new mindsets for the mission that is at hand in this evolving landscape, and Brisco will help us with doing just that.

Registration costs are being covered by Church Health for all those who get registered. Lunch will be provided. Your travel, additional meals, and any lodging you might need will be up to you to secure. Registration is FREE.

Get your staff together, share a ride with others from Michigan, and make sure you get to the Lima Leadership Event!!!

The second opportunity is scheduled for this fall. Exponential holds smaller Regional Events around the country that are very affordable! One of those events is being held in Chicago. The theme is, Made for More: Mobilizing God’s People, God’s Way. To make this even more affordable for our MICOG pastors to take in this quality opportunity, we have procured 10 advanced tickets. These tickets will be awarded as they are requested. If you’d like to receive a paid entrance to this Regional Exponential event, in Chicago, November 5-6, then contact me, Jerry Lyon @ 517-499-9262, or contact Dr. Jones at the Service Center, (800) 369-5890. We encourage you to attend with another Pastor to process the experience!

Looking forward to seeing you in Lima!

Rev. Jerry Lyon, Church Health Minister

Lima Leadership Event

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

REGISTRATION – It’s free but you must register HERE


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

10 AM - 3 PM

103rd Annual Camp Meeting

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

Ministry Wives Retreat

Older Adult Event

Older Adult Day

Monday, September 16, 2019

at Essenhaus in Middlebury, Indiana

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

Concert after lunch with Common Bond Quartet

Common Bond

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

Multiply Intensive Training

September 16-18, 2019

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

Monday, September 16:

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

Tuesday, September 17:

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

Wednesday, September 18:

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

Training will be held at:

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

Safety Awareness Seminar

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

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

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

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

Orange Tour

Detroit, Michigan | October 8, 2019

There’s a reason

some volunteers have a deeper commitment
some parents engage at a more practical level
some ministries make a greater impact
some churches have wider influence
some leaders leave a lasting mark

It happens when everyone who shows up cares about the faith of every kid.

It happens when they make it personal.

When it’s personal in the right way, it will not only change how your church sees your community, it will change how your community sees your church.

That’s why we’re coming to your area to provide you with unique insights into aligning your team and community to influence the next generation.

At Orange Tour 2019 you’ll learn how to:

// Build a strategy that is comprehensive from preschool to adulthood
// Synchronize small group leaders and parents to engage every week in the life of kids and students
// Design events that work together to compliment your overall strategy
// Develop a team that is aligned and plays together for maximum impact
// Rally volunteers around a common language that helps them win
// Partner with other churches to provide the kind of practical solutions that can transform the faith of a community
// Cue every parent and grandparent to leave a lasting legacy of faith and character in their own kids

IFOC Certified Chaplain Training Program

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

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

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

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

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

National Disciple Making Forum

Join the conversation with disciple-making leaders, networks, and practitioners
Grow as a disciple and get practical tools for making disciples
Nashville, Tennessee, November 7-8

2019 theme: King Jesus

If you want to make disciples, nothing is more important than who you believe Jesus is and what you teach about him. What we believe about Jesus determines what it means to be his disciple. Bill Hull often explains it to people this way: “The Jesus we preach and the gospel we uphold determine the disciple we get.” Stop and read that last statement again. What do you believe and teach about Jesus? That will decide the kind of disciple you are becoming and forming.

Jesus’ identity is a big deal. If we are helping people trust and follow Jesus, which Jesus are we introducing them to? Have we created Jesus in our own image, to suit our sensibilities, or do we know the real Jesus as he is revealed in the Bible? If we use Matthew 4:19 as a definition of a disciples, then we want people to follow Jesus, be changed by Jesus, and be committed to his mission. To do that we need clarity on Jesus’ identity.

At our 2019 National Disciple Making Forum, we will dive into these topics and why they are so important for disciple makers.

2019 National Disciple Making Forum Schedule

Thursday, November 7, 2019

8:30am – Doors Open/Registration Begins
10:00am – 11:30 - Main Session/Forum #1
11:30am – 12:45pm - Lunch break
12:45pm – 1:45pm – Track Session #1
1:45pm – 2:00pm – Break
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Track Session #2
3:00pm – 3:15pm – Break
3:15pm – 4:15pm – Track Session #3
4:15pm – 4:30pm – Break
4:30pm – 6:00pm – Main Session/Forum #2

Friday, November 8, 2019

7:00am - Prayer meeting w/ Shodankeh Johnson
8:00am – Doors Open
9:00am – 10:00am - Track Session #4
10:00am – 10:15am – Break
10:15am – 11:15am – Track Session #5
11:15am – 12:30pm – Lunch break
12:30pm – 2:00pm – Main Session/Forum #3


Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027



Vision Ministries


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

Silver Sands

Cost: $1,050 plus airfare

This BMWC will include:

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

---Limited to 20 people---

**Register early and reserve your spot**

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

Exponential 2020

HGC Pre-Conference + Exponential 2020

Registration is Open!

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

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

Our Michigan Churches seeking Pastors:

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

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