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Church of God in Michigan

Pursuing Christ and Demonstrating Unity

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12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14 NLT

101st General Assembly

was held November 5-6, 2021

Crowne Plaza Lansing West

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.

Rev. Mark K. Richardson

Friday Morning Message

Afternoon Conference

Rev. Jim Lyon and Bishop Timothy Clarke 

Bishop Timothy Clarke

Friday Evening Message

Rev. Jim Lyon

Saturday Morning Message

General Assembly Report

101st General Assembly Report

Ordainee Candidate Videos

David Johnson

Teaching Pastor, New Creation Church of God, Flint

David Mulherin

Pastor, Hilltop Church of God, Flint.

Keli Oldham

Commerce Township, Missionary

Emily Potter

Youth Pastor, TriPoint Church of God, Alpena.

Suhailah Talibah

Pastor, Lake Street Church of God, Pontiac.

The 101st General Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan is Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6, 2021. We will be meeting, Lord willing, at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West. Our theme is “Pursuing Christ, Demonstrating Unity." We will be focusing on the crucial aspects of unity in the Church, especially in light of the incredible division and discord in the culture.

The Crowne Plaza Lansing West, as you have seen in previous General Assembly gatherings, is a beautiful venue for our gathering. It has a state-of-the-art exercise room, pool, game room, and indoor basketball court. We believe your time at the General Assembly will be exciting and inspiring. It will also offer you an opportunity to refresh and recharge while spending quality time with your brothers and sisters from across the Church of God in Michigan. As we have in the past, we are handling both the General Assembly Meeting registration and the hotel accommodations. We will be underwriting the additional costs and eliminating your sales tax. Be sure to register for your hotel room(s) through the online registration process. If you register directly with the hotel you will not get the room discounts. We have negotiated a great price for the hotel accommodations. Even though we have a large number of rooms reserved, we expect them to be taken quickly. Please register with us and get your room(s) reserved before October 15, 2021. Your registration fee includes accommodations, a continental breakfast upon arrival, lunch Friday, and a continental breakfast on Saturday. There are significant discounts if you register early. Register online with the link listed below.

Our assembly time this year will be one of celebration, education, and inspiration. We are excited that two of the key leaders of the Church of God Reformation Movement, Rev. Jim Lyon, our General Director, and Bishop Timothy Clarke, Senior Pastor of the First Church of God in Columbus, OH and most recently the Ministry Council Chair for the Church of God Reformation Movement. State Pastor Rev. Mark K. Richardson will speak on Friday morning, Bishop Clarke will speak on Friday night, and Rev. Jim Lyon will speak on Saturday morning. On Friday afternoon, Rev. Lyon and Bishop Clarke will hold a seminar on the theme Pursuing Christ and Demonstrating Unity with discussion among the group gathered as a part of their presentation.

During the General Assembly Sessions, we will conduct our normal General Assembly activities of honoring those who have served well among us, sharing our ratification ballot for new leaders, presenting ordination candidates, presenting our financial report and budget request, and briefly celebrating again our 100th Anniversary which was cut short last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We will also have a time of consecration for those candidates who are approved for ordination.

To help emphasize our theme of unity, we will have some combined music ministries providing the worship during our three services. On Friday morning, prior to Rev. Richardson speaking, musicians and singers from the Alma Church of God and the Millington Church of God will lead us in worship. On Friday night, prior to Bishop Clarke speaking, musicians and singers from the Community Church of God in Ypsilanti and Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit will lead in worship. To culminate our exciting time together, on Saturday morning, just prior to Rev. Jim Lyon speaking, musicians and singers from Lighthouse Community Church of God in Redford and Southwestern Church of God in Detroit will lead us in worship. These services, the seminars, and the General Assembly sessions will be a great time to worship, learn, fellowship, and grow together. We believe the Lord will meet us there for a powerful two days of gathering.

If you have new resolutions or business for the Assembly, please direct them to our Business Committee Chair, Harold Lockley, through the State Office at 517-393-7020 or micog@micog.org for email. We are a delegated Assembly, and below are the 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 of each Michigan Church of God congregation with an average weekly attendance to 100; two laypersons from each congregation with and 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 1001 and above. All licensed and ordained ministers are also voting members of the Assembly.

We look forward to a great celebration of ministry and growing closer together in the Lord Jesus Christ. Again, please register early, as we expect a great turnout for our 101st General Assembly!

Speakers

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Rev. Mark K. Richardson

Rev. Mark Kevin Richardson was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He is the son of Harrison and Josephine Richardson. He is a first generation Church of God member, and minister, having grown up in the Catholic Church. He was educated in Akron through graduation from Archbishop Hoban High School. He attended Mount Union College, in Alliance, Ohio, graduating in 1979, with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, with a minor in Communications. Upon graduation, he worked for the IBM Corporation, from 1979 through 1983. While working in the computer industry from 1985 through 1996, Rev. Richardson developed as a lay minister under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Fowler in Akron. When his job required relocation to Maryland, from 1989 through 1991, he continued to develop as a lay minister under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Marc Farmer, of the Oakland Mills Church of God in Columbia, MD. Upon his relocation back to Akron in 1992, he resumed his development under Rev. Fowler. Rev, Richardson was ordained in 1994, at the Arlington Church of God.


He came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ under the ministry of Rev. Dr. Ronald J. Fowler, of the Arlington Church of God, in Akron, Ohio, in 1981. He experienced the call on his life for Pastoral Ministry in late 1983, and began the process of preparation for ministry immediately. After a brief time of study at the Anderson University School of Theology, Rev. Mark returned to Akron to develop in ministry while returning to work in the computer industry for Digital Equipment Corporation. In September of 1984 he married the love of his life, Sharon, to whom he has been married for more than 36 years. They have two children whom they consider great blessings from God, Anna and Joshua, and another great blessing in grandson, Akhil.

In 1996 he answered the call to his first pastorate, the Lincoln Avenue Church of God in Pittsburgh, PA, where he was the Senior Pastor until July 2002. Since 2002, Rev. Richardson has served as the founding Senior Pastor of the New Life Church of God, in Pittsburgh, PA, a thriving congregation reaching into Pittsburgh and its eastern suburbs. During his time in Western Pennsylvania, he served in the state ministry, as a member, and chair, of the Credentialing Services Team, and as Team Leader of the Church Health Team. Rev. Richardson also served as a member of the Ministries Council of Western Pennsylvania Ministries. For nearly two years from June 2012 through January 2014, Rev. Richardson served as a Co-Director of Leadership Development and Church Multiplication with Church of God Ministries in Anderson, IN, working for the General Director of Church of God Ministries. Currently Rev. Richardson is the President of the General Assembly of WPA Ministries of the Church of God and Chair of the Ministries Council. He is currently a member of the Board of Servant Solutions of the Church of God. Rev. Richardson is also a Coach with the Leadership Focus Ministry of the Church of God.

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Bishop Timothy J. Clarke

Bishop Timothy Joseph Clarke is a faithful pastor, anointed teacher, strategic thinker, and an articulate and prolific preacher. His love of God and people are expansive enough to reach the nations and microscopic enough to touch individuals on a personal level. He is the visionary leader and Senior Pastor of First Church of God in Columbus, OH, where under his dynamic and prophetic leadership, First Church has become a spiritual beacon at the local and national level.

Called to the ministry in January 1974, Bishop Clarke served as the Associate Minister at First Church of God, in his hometown of Far Rockaway, New York, under his mentor, the late Dr. James E. Cray. Bishop Clarke began his pastorate at York Avenue Church of God (Warren, OH) in November 1977 and faithfully served the congregation for four years. Bishop Clarke became the Senior Pastor of First Church of God in February 1982 after receiving the call in November 1981. His consecration to the office of Bishop transpired in September of 2001.

Bishop Clarke is the founder and Chief Prelate of the Berean Fellowship, an international assembly, partnering with pastors of small to mid-size churches and young pastors, and those new to pastoral ministry. Through the Berean Fellowship, Bishop Clarke equips pastors and leaders with the tools necessary to do effective ministry while offering a place of love, acceptance, and affirmation.

During the 37 years, Bishop Clarke has led First Church of God, he has served in Christian leadership positions at the local and national levels and has been privileged to sit on the board of organizations and associations that have benefitted both people and community. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including induction into the Morehouse College Board of Preachers.

Bishop Clarke’s standard of excellence is apparent in his commitment to not only ministry but also education. He holds a Certificate of Theology and Ministry (Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ); Bachelor of Theology(Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN); Master of Ministry (Southern California School of Ministry, Los Angeles, CA); Doctorate of Divinity (Mid-America University, Oklahoma City, OK); Doctorate of Humanities(Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH); Doctorate of Divinity(Anderson University, Anderson IN).

Bishop Clarke ministers to our heart and encourages our soul through the numerous books he has published inclusive of his latest Celebrating the Family: Lessons from the Book of Ruth.

Bishop Clarke has maintained a fellowship with the National Association of the Church of God and has served in several leadership capacities including President of the National Inspirational Youth Convention, Chairman, and Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly; and President, Vice-President and Presiding Elder.

Bishop Clarke is currently the Chairman of the General Assembly and President of the Ministers Counsel which represents both the governing and functional boards of the Church of God International Assembly.

Bishop Clarke is the husband of Lady Clytemnestra Lawson Clarke, and a loving father and grandfather.

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Rev. Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon grew up in Seattle, where he served as an Associate and then Senior Pastor of the Fairview Church (1977-1991). In 1991, he moved to Anderson, Indiana (near Indianapolis) to become Senior Pastor of the Madison Park Church of God. After 22 years at Madison Park, he accepted the invitation to become General Director of Church of God Ministries, providing leadership for the Church of God in the United States and Canada (and networking with the church in 84 other countries).

Lyon studied at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington Law School, before taking a post in Seattle with Northwest Airlines. Always fascinated by politics and the public interest, he has worked in many civic and church-related fields, including representing northwest Seattle as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives.

But, it is the Christian ministry that ultimately owned his heart. It is the conviction that Jesus is at work in the world, redeeming and transforming us, that has molded his life and vocation more than any other. Articulate pastor, teacher, and motivational speaker, he became the host of CBH ViewPoint, the English language broadcast of Christians Broadcasting Hope, in 1996; the program is heard worldwide on air and online each week.

In 2011, Lyon released his first book, Go Ahead. Ask Anything, published by Stylos and distributed by Word. Based on a sermon series delivered at the Madison Park Church, the book addresses the top ten questions posed in a community survey asking, “If you could ask anything at church, what would it be?” A second book, Jesus B was released by Warner Press in 2015.

Lyon and his wife, Maureen, married in 1978 and have four sons and six grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, jogging, traveling, and Haagen Dazs. He loves politics, current events, and biographies. When asked about his Achilles’ heel, he is certain to reply, “chocolate ice cream.”

Schedule

Friday - November 5, 2021

9:00 a.m. Worship/Message

Worship: Alma Church of God and Millington Church of God

Message: Rev. Mark Richardson

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

10:45 a.m. Call to Order First Business Session

First Business Session

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

11:30 a.m. 100+ Year Anniversary Celebration

Rev. Dr. Bill Jones and Rev. Mark Richardson

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

12:15 p.m. Lunch

Sponsored by Servant Solutions - Rev. Jim O'Bold and Jeff Jenness

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

1:15 p.m. Conference

"Unity in the Church of God" - Rev. Jim Lyon and Bishop Timothy Clarke

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

3:15 p.m. Free Time - Dinner on your own

7:00 p.m. Worship/Message

Worship: Community Church of God, Ypsilanti and Metropolitan Church of God, Detroit

Message: Bishop Timothy Clarke

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

Saturday - November 6, 2021

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

8:30 a.m. Second Business Session

Church Health Minister Report, Rev. Jerry Lyon

Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Service Award; 15 years at the same church and 25 years serving in Michigan

In Tribute Recognition

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

10:00 a.m. Worship/Message

Worship: Lighthouse Community Church of God and Southwestern Church of God

Message: Rev. Jim Lyon

Ballrooms B, C, D, E, and F

11.45 a.m. Dismissal

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which bonds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Colossians 3:12-14 NLT Immerse: Messiah

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"


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