The 97th General Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan is Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, 2017. Please note the date change. We will again be at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Our theme is “One Accord” emphasizing the importance on the local, state, and national level that we work together, because “we do better together.” The Crowne Plaza is a beautiful venue with state of the art exercise room, pool, game room, and indoor basketball court. We believe your time at the General Assembly will be reviving and refreshing. Once again this year we are handling both the hotel accommodations and General Assembly registration, underwriting the additional costs and eliminating your sales tax. Be sure to register for your hotel room(s) through our office. If you register with the hotel you will not get the room discounts. We have negotiated a great price for the hotel, so take advantage of these four-star accommodations. Even though we have a large number of rooms reserved, we expect them to be taken quickly. Please register and get your room(s) reserved before October 14. Your registration fee includes your room accommodations, a continental breakfast upon arrival, lunch on Friday, and continental breakfast on Saturday. There are significant discounts if you register early. You may register Online (skip this Online form if use are using PayPal) or download the registration form. Registration via credit card is available only Online using PayPal.
This year’s speakers are Rev. Dr. Edward L. Branch and Rev David Colp. Dr. Branch is Senior Pastor of Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where he has been pastor for 40 years! We bring Rev. Dr. Branch to give us a perspective from outside our movement, which we try to do every several years. Rev. Dr. Branch, beside being one of the most respected preachers in our country, also has served Detroit as a Sheriff’s Department Chaplain, a member of the Detroit Compact, Detroit Black Family Development, Detroit Youth Foundation, United Way of Southeast Michigan, and the Arts League of Michigan. Rev. Dr. Branch founded the Heritage Center for Religious Studies. His ministry has touched more than 20 Countries on five continents. He has finished 14 half-marathons in the past six years and holds a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate. He stated his personal mission “is one of justice and liberation for all people.” Pastor Branch is committed to making the wounded whole. He has been married to his wife Lanell for more than 42 years.
Rev. David Colp is no stranger to us in Michigan. He is nationally known for pastoring First Church in St. Joseph, Michigan, one of our largest congregations in the country and a leader in multisite development. Dave recently was elected to the Ministries Council for Church of God Ministries. His wife, Crystal also serves on staff at First Church and is the keynote speaker for the Michigan Ministry Wives retreat this year. Dave is a visionary who is committed to making his church, community, and the world a better place by keeping Christ in the forefront of everything he does.
Our worship this year is being led by Alanna Story from Anderson, Indiana. They are experts at making hymnody new. This year they have led worship at our State Youth Convention and done a concert to open the 125th anniversary of Warner Camp. Not strangers to Michigan, their music inspires and uplifts the heart.
We have designed conferences this year to directly apply to the ministries represented at our GA. We will have a conference for the lay leader, conferences for Pastors and Associate Pastors. There will be something for everyone! This year our Pastoral Health Ministry has chosen Rev. Dr. Gerald Nevitt and Rev. Bettie Holcomb to receive our Life-time Achievement Awards, and this year we are honoring First Church in St. Joseph and its two satellite congregations First Church Benton Heights and First Church Stevensville for outstanding Ministry.
If you have new resolutions or business for the Assembly please contact our Business Committee Chair, Harold Lockley, (313) 835-5814, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a delegated Assembly, below are prescriptions for who may represent your congregation. It is vital for all of our churches to be fully represented.
One layperson chosen as an official representative by each Michigan Church of God congregation with an average weekly attendance to 100; two laypersons from each congregation with an average weekly attendance of 101–500; three laypersons from each congregation with an average weekly attendance of 501–1000; and four laypersons from each congregation with an average weekly attendance of 1,001 and above.
I look forward to a great celebration of ministry as we meet together.
Dr. William H. Jones, State Pastor
General Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan