Mark Richardson

Rev. Mark Richardson

State Pastor

The White Glove Test of Our Faith

Romans 12:9-20 (NRSV)
"9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10 love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.[e] 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;[f] do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;[g] for it is written, "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20 No, "if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Imagine you are standing before a serious inspector charged with inspecting the efforts you made to clean the areas in which you live. Imagine further that your very life depended upon the inspector’s approval of your efforts. Imagine then that this inspector puts on some white gloves and slides a hand across all the surfaces that were to be cleaned, even the ledges, corners, cracks, and crevices. The very sight of missed or ignored dust or dirt could spell your doom! Well, thanks be to God that we don’t live in that sort of culture, and we are not inspected like that. Yet, scripture reminds us that we will stand before the Lord in the judgment and our deeds will be inspected by Him. He won’t have white gloves on, but He will expect us to give an account of how we lived with what He gave us. Our eternity will depend upon that inspection.

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans gives wonderful guidance on how we can live out loving faith. Chapter 12 is loaded with great examples of how to do so. He begins this chapter by telling the people of God to present our bodies as living, holy sacrifices to the Lord. He ends it with the exhortation listed above. These challenging verses are indeed easier to say than to do, but that is the case with much of what is expected of the followers of Jesus Christ. I'm not sure that any of us could argue with the fact that they must be the standards to which we press in our daily living. Who doesn’t want the following?

Wow, what a list. I know some might be thinking, "Well, I do those things, or at least I try to." Certainly, we all try to do these things, I hope, as followers of Jesus Christ. They are the very evidence of our self-sacrifice to the Lord. Yet, we need only to look around us: our families; our congregations; our communities; our governmental leaders, and we can self-assess how well we live this out. Do you find yourself upset with the goings on around us? Most do, but how do you respond to that. Are you in conflict with someone around you? Do you line up on political sides of the aisle, even in church, and as such end up at odds with your brothers and sisters in Christ? Are you upset about vaccines, masks, and mandates? Do the contentious and divisive social issues overwhelm your press towards the things the Apostle Paul lists for us? Are you upset with your church leaders, fellow members, pastors, your state leadership for any reasons? There are so many more questions like this that we can use to assess where we are, and certainly the daily news, social media feeds, and community interactions provide so much more to divide us. Yet, we have a clear set of standards that we can use to not only assess ourselves, but do what we can to live out what we should. We have the power through the blood of Jesus Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit to do so. It is up to us to follow Christ and pursue unity.

In reality, when you read this, it will be around the Thanksgiving Holiday. It will be close to the beginning of Advent (sorry Hallmark, it doesn’t start before Halloween!). Christmas is coming quickly. A new year, 2022, will be upon us in less than a month and a half. How will you enter into Thanksgiving? How will you celebrate Christmas? How will you welcome 2022? Will it be the way you are now, or will you face Thanksgiving with a desire to live in such a way that you can appreciate and share the Thanksgiving you have because of what the Lord has done for you? Will you go through the Advent Season and celebrate Christmas (and all the trimmings and blessings) with the joy and peace of our Redeemer Who came to rescue and restore us, or will it be blunted by the weight of missing the standards that God has given us? Will you welcome 2022 with celebration for making it through a tough year, and expectation of a great 2022 of loving faithfulness, or will you drag the same stuff into it and bring the cloud of pain forward with you? It really is up to you. It is up to us all.

Let me suggest a start. IF IT IS POSSIBLE, AS MUCH AS IT DEPENDS ON YOU, LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL!!! With Christ, all things are possible. It does depend on you. You can live peaceably with all, if you are willing to put in the intentional work to do so. This might mean that some confession, repentance, forgiveness, loving confrontation, humble submission, and intense mirror-gazing to expose your issues for the Lord to reconcile in you. If you have issues with anyone, take the initiative to kindly, lovingly, humbly, and expectantly seek to make it right. Seek help if you have difficulty doing it alone. Our churches need to model this, because a lost and dying culture around us needs Christ desperately. We are His ambassadors, and we must get it right so that the world can see that it is possible. Anger, bitterness, strife, racism, division, and things of that nature will not pass the white glove inspection of Jesus Christ at the judgment. Again, you can do it. IF IT IS POSSIBLE, AS MUCH AS IT DEPENDS ON YOU, LIVE PEACEABLY WITH ALL!!!

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving,

Rev. Mark K. Richardson, State Pastor

Focus on the Family - Hope Restored

Saturday, December 11, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Open facility tour

Tour our facility in Greenville, meet our counseling staff, and learn about our Hope Restored marriage intensive program and marriage enrichment weekend retreats. We join with local pastors and church leaders to strengthen and save marriages.

Focus on the Family Flyer

Managing High Stakes Conversations

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.

Contact: Rev. Dr. Christopher Cottrell
chris@crosspointceo.com, (937) 621-2162

GA Meeting

Pursuing Christ and Demonstrating Unity

101st General Assembly

Thank you to all who served, prepared for, attended and participated in the 2021 General Assembly Meeting at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West in Lansing on November 5 and 6. Congratulations to all those who were approved to serve on our State Leadership Teams. Congratulations to our Ordination and Licensing Candidates who were approved. Thank you for approving our Operating Budget for 2022. You are making an investment in going forward for success with the Lord. We want to say thank you also to Rev. Jim Lyon and Bishop Timothy Clarke, two of the key leaders of the Church of God Reformation Movement, for sharing so richly with us on Pursuing Christ and Demonstrating Unity. They helped us to see that the pursuit of Christ must be done on the road of unity. God works through unity and not division. Their messages and teaching were very timely. The links to the services, as well as the GA information is listed below for your convenience. The complete GA summary is on our website.

101st General Assembly

Connect Church Flyer

Connect Church

Hello Church of God Michigan,

Heather and I are writing to share our excitement with all of you. Before we do that, we would like to introduce ourselves to you. I, Mark was ordained in the 2019, since then God has been opening and closing doors. Heather and I are very excited for this ministry opportunity in Big Rapids, Michigan. We are planting Connect Church. This vision started with three pastors, myself and Church of God Michigan. So, my wife and I sold our home and now live in the Big Rapids community. After studying the demographics of this community, I knew in my heart this is where God wanted us.

Our mission is to connect people to Jesus and empower them to love and serve. Our Savior came to love, serve, and sacrifice. Connect Church, Heather and I want to mirror this image for the Big Rapids community. I serve with two organizations in Big Rapids one serves 1,100 families in two counties and the other houses the homeless from four different counties. These organizations are God driven, Kingdom focused and they have a heart for all people. There are so many areas that need loving, serving and sacrificial ministry and we at Connect would love to help fill another piece of the puzzle for the Kingdom.

Heather and I are asking if you would consider partnering with us on this mission. First and foremost, will you consider being a prayer partner with Connect Church. We are also in need of financial support. Would you consider a three-year financial commitment as we lay the foundation for this new church? The funds will help cover ministry, salary, curriculum, equipment, operating cost, and meeting/office space.

As we come to the end of 2021, would you prayerfully consider a year end gift? Also, would you consider adding Connect Church to your monthly mission budget for 2022, 2023, and 2024.

All financial support can be sent to Church of God Michigan, 4212 Alpha St., Lansing, MI 48910. Please reference multiplication or church planting in the memo.

We would be willing to share our vision and mission in more detail and would love to schedule a time to meet with your congregations and/or boards.

Thank you for joining Heather and I in the mission that God has set before us.

Pastor Mark and Heather Robb
Ph: 616-632-3893, Email: robbmc.0620@gmail.com

SYC Logo 2021

State Youth Convention

It was awesome to come together again for SYC after a year of absence! First Church of God in St. Joseph graciously let 16 churches of students and leaders worship, study, eat, and have lots of fun in their wonderful facility November 12-14. Reps from Warner Camp, Anderson University, and MACU were also there for the weekend. Alanna Story led us in worship, and Pastor Erin Taylor, from Alma, challenged us from the theme "Nothing Wasted." Objects she used for reinforcement will remain with us all- her Miss Michigan crown, building a compost pile on stage, and sharing pearls.

The convention was ushered in by a huge pre-party Friday night before the first service. Students and adults stayed in area hotels and Saturday night the entire SYC went Cosmic Bowling! What lights, noise, laughter, contests, and prizes! Attendance was lower than anticipated because of sickness at the last minute, but for those attending, SYC was a great connection point with God and others around the state!

Youth Convention Task Force
Tori Eckman, Jenny Salas, Jim Sirks, Brian Spitters, Jessica Staton, Dan & Heidi Steenbergh (1 yr.), Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry, Mark Richardson, State Pastor

Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry


Youth Winter Retreat

January 7-9, 2022

Timber Wolf Lake, Lake City, Michigan

The State Church of God Youth Winter Retreat is a great option for your youth group to attend & is now only 3 months away! All the details are on the state website and registration is now ready for you! Check out Youth Winter Retreat.

You will find lots of information to read carefully:

Ben Kreider, our speaker, has been sharing with me about the theme- Walls. Attached are some of these thoughts to get you excited about the weekend!

Cost- Early Bird price of $125.00 through December 10 with $60.00 registration due per person and remainder of $65.00 at retreat. Regular price of $135.00 December 11 through December 29 with $70.00 per person registration and remainder of $65.00 at retreat.

Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry


YP60 Retreat

Friends,

The following opportunity for the YP60 Retreat is great! This is a National gathering sponsored by Church of God Ministries. It is for Youth Pastors and Main Youth Leaders. There were several from MI who attended last year. They came back with glowing reports!

Not only is it low in cost- mainly the transportation to get there, but our State Pastor believes strongly in the training, encouragement, & connections made in such an event. Depending on the number of people attending from MI, a good portion of the transportation costs can be refunded to you.

Check out the registration information below from Adam Rentas and sign up now! There are only 60 spots!

Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry


After the success of our YP60 Retreat in 2021, we will again be hosting this intentional time of connection and training at Lake Aurora Camp in Lake Wales, Florida on February 10-12, 2022. The cost for this retreat is $25 plus transportation to/from Orlando. All other expenses (meals, lodging, transportation from Orlando airport, and the conference training) are covered by CGM. Registration is initially limited to the first 60 people to register. We have planned a very special gathering designed just for you. Our agenda will include training and networking in a tropical location  perfect for a February getaway! We have two primary goals for this gathering:

Here is the link for the YP60 Retreat registration: https://chogministries.regfox.com/yp60-2022

If you have any questions regarding this event for your Youth Pastors, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks for what you do for The Kingdom and for The Movement!

Adam Rentas, IYC Director
269-235-1768, arentas@chog.org


International Youth Convention

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 Im sure we will have several congregations attend. As you confirm your plans, it would be great if youd let me know & Ill compile a list & 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

Warner Camp

Warner Camp
Warner Camp
Warner Camp

2022 Barbados Mission Work Camp

Silver Sands Church of God - Barbados Mission Work

Silver Sands

January 15-25, 2022

CANCELLED

Due to the rise in Covid cases and deaths in Barbados, our US State Dept. does not recommend travel to Barbados at this time. Our next possible trip would be January 2023.

Contact Jim Walters at Vision Ministries.

Women Clergy

Women Clergy Conference

Mark your calendars! E2022 is March 10-12, 2022
Registration is now open!

Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy has a long history of creating events for women exploring and living out their call to ministry and the ministry leaders who support them.

The WHWC team is excited to announce our next event, E2022:[HER]STORY, will be held March 10-12, 2022 in Grapevine Texas and registration is now open!

REGISTER NOW

E2022:[HER]STORY is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded women clergy spanning many denominations. This is a place where you will be re-energized, reaffirmed, and re-ignited as you explore and live out our diverse callings.

In Grapevine, you will experience:

Powerful keynotes from gifted preachers and leaders, including Jo Saxton and Kadi Cole.

Practical workshops from experts in their field.

Spirit-filled worship that represents God’s global heart.

Spanish translation of keynotes and workshops.

Formative experiences like prayer spaces and breakfast leadership panels.

Networking opportunities for connecting with peers and creating life-long friendships.

E2022:[HER]STORY promises to be a life changing event for all who attend and we want you to be there!

We know attending a conference can feel like a risky investment of time, money, energy and expectations. With each new opportunity you probably ask yourself, “Will it be worth all the effort and financial investment?” Please know that our conference team is working hard behind the scenes to make sure every attendee finds what they need most at this event.

Register now to take advantage of Super Early Bird pricing and save $110 off the regular registration cost. Discounts are also available for students and first time WHWC conference attendees.

Interested in bringing a group? Register a group of 10 or more and receive a $50 gift card upon arrival at the conference!

REGISTER NOWClick here to register for this value packed event designed by women in ministry for women in ministry.

We look forward to seeing you in Grapevine,

The E2022 Conference Planning Team

360 Ministry Leadership Conference - David Nelms

WOW! what an amazing 360 Ministry Leadership Conference! If you were able to join us you know what we are talking about it. If you missed it, you still have a chance to get in on the excitement. God is doing great things here in the Church of God in Michigan.

At Church Health, we believe the key to revitalizing our churches and our mission is the pursuit of discipleship and making disciple makers. That is why the 360 Ministry Leadership Conference was all about discipleship.

Our keynote speaker was Dr. David Nelms, the founder & director of The Timothy Initiative (TTI). It's a movement that has planted over 90,000 disciple making churches, mostly all overseas.

Now, Dr. Nelms and TTI bring that training to us. Check out his 360 Ministry Leadership Conference keynote and three sessions on how to build Micro Churches here in the USA.

- Rev. Tom Bader, Chair, Church Health Ministry

Our Michigan Churches seeking Pastors:

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

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:

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

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. To proclaim the Word of God through the preaching ministry in a clear and understandable way
  2. To provide leadership and vision for the church, and to develop plans and programs for the spiritual and numerical growth of the church
  3. To motivate, equip and nurture the congregation through personal example, preaching, teaching and personal counseling as qualified
  4. To spend significant time in prayer and personal study of the Word of God
  5. To facilitate regular contact/visitation of church families, including crisis, marital and spiritual counseling as qualified
  6. To officiate at Weddings, Funerals and other significant events
  7. 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
  8. To plan and participate in evangelism efforts through preaching, invitations during Worship services, revivals and other services and outreach efforts
  9. To manage his/her finances with integrity so as not to bring reproach upon the church
  10. To chair all business meetings (regular and special called) of the church
  11. To work with all Boards and standing and special committees in the accomplishing of their respective duties
  12. To lead in the observance of all ordinances of the church
  13. 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.

New Creation Church of God | Flint, Michigan

Lead Pastor - Job Description

Dear Potential Candidate:

New Creation Church of God (NCC) is prayerfully searching for a Lead Pastor. We are a Bible believing, Bible preaching, and Bible practicing church. We are a place where all races worship, for we believe the church should be as diverse as heaven. We are a community of Christians located in Flint Township, Michigan approximately 60 miles north of Detroit. We are committed to intentionally model the life of Christ in every face we see.

New Creation Church of God was established in 2006 under the Church of God - Anderson, Indiana. On-going ministries include a worship team, mid-week Bible study, weekly prayer meetings, men, women, and children’s ministries, as well as a varied host of small groups.

If you feel God is calling you to consider this position, please send your resume to the NCC Pastoral Search Committee at PO Box 1026, Grand Blanc, MI 48480, or by email to nccpastoralsearch21@gmail.com. Please include a recent photo and recording of your teaching.  The position will remain open until filled.

This man or woman must have a passion, “To see every person transformed and mobilized by Jesus.” The ideal candidate will fully embrace and build upon the church’s mission, vision, and values while celebrating the unique DNA that has developed over 15 years. The potential Pastor will have:


The Lead Pastor (Presiding Elder) is a servant of God called to pastor the church full time, with their primary responsibilities in teaching and exhortation of the saints and giving their attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

S/he is expected to lead persons to Christ and to develop Disciples.

Job responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

Qualifications

The Senior Pastor shall possess the qualifications set forth in I Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9 and I Peter 5:1-3; a definite and clear call to the pastoral vocation; and the appropriate training and pastoral experience. They shall subscribe to the By-laws of this church.

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application materials.

Sincerely,

New Creation Church of God Pastoral Search Team

Resumes may be sent to our State Pastor, Rev. Mark Richardson.

Childrens Director Position at Clarkston Community Church | Clarkston Community Church, in Clarkston, Michigan

Clarkston Community is looking for someone who is passionate about leading Childrens Ministry. For a full job posting and application, go to https://www.churchstaffing.com/job/251377/childrens-ministry-director/clarkston-community-church/.


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

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:

Marketing:

Design:

Required Qualifications and Minimum Skills:

Bachelors 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

Crossroads Church of God | Howell, Michigan

JOB TITLE: Pastor

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the spiritual leadership and welfare of the church and its members in coordination with Leadership Team. Casts the vision for the church and sets the overall direction of church programs. Provides leadership for and actively participates in worship, education, community outreach, discipleship and evangelism for the spiritual life and growth of members. Involved in the services of public worship, administers and leads the pastoral ministry of the church, has overall responsibility for the church staff, and represents the congregation in denominational and community affairs.

QUALIFICATIONS:
EDUCATION: Preferred Minimum - Theology-related bachelors degree. Ordination or willing to be ordained with the Church of God (Anderson, IN) is required. EXPERIENCE: Minimum of three years of relevant experience in a congregation is preferred.

MINISTRY PRIORITIES:

  1. To have a growing personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. Demonstrate the ability and knowledge to preach with a strong biblical base in a manner relevant to todays culture.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to encourage, motivate and support the congregation towards a deeper relationship with Christ.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to work with church leadership in the development of ministry goals, adhering to church bylaws, policies and procedures.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to facilitate, motivate, and develop leaders for ministry roles within the church.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

ACCOUNTABILITY: Pastor has direct oversight from the Leadership Team. The pastor is also responsible to remain in good standing with state and national ministries of the Church of God (Anderson, IN).

JOB TYPE: Full-time

PAY: Salary package is based on experience and education ($42,000 - $55,000). Package includes the following: Net Pay, Taxes, Pension, Cell Phone, mileage, Equity Allowance, and Home Utilities Allotment (gas and electric). Parsonage value is in addition to the salary package and is not reflected in the salary package range.

BENEFITS:

Resumes may be sent to our State Pastor, Rev. Mark Richardson and Pastoral Committee Chairperson, Claudia Aills.

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