General Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan

Michigan Student Leadership Institute

The purpose of Michigan Student Leadership Institute is to provide and plant Christian Servant Leadership principles, reflective of the heart of Christ, into hearts, and minds of students.

The Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI) is a three Year leadership training course. Through instruction with some of our state's best leaders, students will learn what it takes to become a leader now, not just in the future! MSLI is two days of high energy worship, student training, and challenges in a three year track. Leaders choose youth who exhibit leadership in local churches and seek development.

March 1-2, 2024

New Creation Church of God
G-3472 Lennon Road
Flint, Michigan

Dear Senior Pastor,

The Youth Ministry of the Church of God in Michigan is inviting you to share an incredible opportunity to train leaders within your youth ministry. Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI) is a three-year program aimed toward very mature eighth grade and senior high students who have inherent leadership abilities, yet need practical guidance in applying those skills in a ministry setting. MSLI meets once per year for a Friday evening of great worship, challenges, and fun. Saturday is filled with both classroom and hands-on training in various areas of leadership. Incredible relationships are formed with other students from across the state, who, like them, are considered leaders or potential leaders in their home church or youth ministry.

Upon completion of the three-years, there is a gift, a letter of recommendation for college, and a Commissioning Service. Students are specifically sent out to minister as servant leaders right where they live, work, and attend school.

This is all available for just $65 per student per year (including a $30 non-refundable deposit) includes all meals, lodging at the church, materials, and training). Online Registration is available early 2024 through Wednesday, February 21st.

If feasible, I would encourage you to plan for this in your youth budget or ask your local church board to budget for your students every year as an investment in their future and the future of your church.
For churches that have never participated in the MSLI, partial scholarships of $30 per student may be available to ignite your church’s investment in youth leadership development. Contact Connie Graham for more information. (Connie Graham or 989-600-0339) Graduates of the three years of MSLI, who then attend one of the Church of God Universities should receive a $1,000 leadership scholarship, renewable for all four years of schooling.

We hope to see many students return as well as many new Year 1 students at New Creation Church of God in Flint on March 1-2, 2024. This is a weekend which will pay dividends for you personally, your church, and your students for years to come!

Pastor Ben Kreider
Chair, MSLI Task Force


Rev. Rachel Green

Rev. Rachel Green,
Friday night speaker


5:45-6:00 p.m.
Arrival and registration

6:30 p.m. Opening and Worship, Speaker: Rev. Rachel Green

8:00 p.m. Fun, Fellowship, Food*- Youth Room/Gym

9:15 p.m. Retire to Hotels and beds @ church

*Year 1 Students will take Spiritual Gifts Inventory in preparation for tomorrow


7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:50 a.m. Welcome Sanctuary for all (Youth Room 302/303)

Year 1 Students
Meeting in 307:

9:30-10:30 Personal Inventory-Rev. Jim Sirks
10:35-11:45 Spiritual Gifts-Kaylee Caszatt
11:45-12:45 Lunch-New Life Center
12:50-2:25 Problem Solving Experience-Rev. Jim sirks
2:30-3:00 Break - Gym
3:00-4:20 SHAPE & Communion-Kevin Kindy

Year 2 Students
Meeting in 306:

9:30-10:30 Grace and Bible Study-Ben Bontrager
10:35-11:45 Accountability and Unity-Rev. Jesse Hargett and Rev. Kevin Tippin
11:45-12:45 Lunch-New Life Center
12:50-2:25 Team Training-Doc Stevens
2:30-3:00 Break - Gym
3:00-4:20 Worship and Prayer-Rev. Ben Kreider

Year 3 Students
Meeting in 309:

9:30-10:55 Sharing Your Faith-Rev. Matt Chesney
11:00-11:45 Lifestyle Evangelism-Rev. Jerry Graham
11:45-12:45 Lunch-New Life Center
12:50-1:10 Lifestyle Evangelism cont.
1:15-2:25 Making Wise Decisions-Rev. JJ Perry
2:30-3:00 Break - Gym
3:00-4:20 Servant Leadership/Footwashing-Rev. Kevin Tippin

4:30-5:30 Commissioning Service-Sanctuary-Rev. Mark Richardson

5:30 Depart to Serve and Lead

Download Schedule (PDF)

What to expect?

By attending MSLI your students will:
GAIN WISDOM and TRAINING that is applicable to their everyday life (self-discovery and spiritual gifts, practicing spiritual habits, sharing their stories)
LEARN from pastors and presenters from across the state, and
CONNECT with students who also have a passion for serving

Hey Youth Leaders!

On Saturday, we offer an intentional time to connect with other youth workers around the state, while receiving additional team-building and training. We'd love for you to join us!

Where will we stay (Nearby Lodging)?

New Creation Church is graciously hosting and providing wonderful spaces for worship, classes, recreation, and sleeping on Friday night. We do ask that each church provide at least 1 adult to stay with each sex at the church. In case there are groups that do prefer staying at a nearby hotel, there is information on the website to get special rates for your group.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: Grand Blanc
Rate Information: Rates quoted have been based upon arrival and departure pattern between Thursday, Feb. 29th through Sunday, March 3rd, 2024. Any changes will require review of rate and room availability and renegotiation may be necessary. Rates do not include the current taxes.

Method of Reservation Cutoff Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Reservations will be made by Individual Call-In.

INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS: Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling:

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES GRAND BLANC (810)-695- 3000 ; before the designated cut-off date. They must identify themselves as members of the MSLI group.

Reservations may be made online using the block code: MSLI 2024

All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card.
BILLING INFORMATION Billing Method: Individual Pay

Breakfast: Included

What should I bring?

Bedding for sleeping at the church (sleeping bag/pillow), unless staying at hotel
Toiletries and towel (several showers available, if desired, on Saturday morning)
Notebook (optional)
Plan for a meal on your way home


Suggested Criteria

The following list is to help youth pastors and leaders determine which of your students might be ready for MSLI.

Student should have made a commitment by faith to God.
Student should display leadership characteristics in their daily life at church, school, home, and within your student ministry.
Student should be interested in learning more about him/herself and how God may want to use him/her for Kingdom work.
Student should be willing to make a one weekend per year commitment for three years to insure completion of the program.
As a general rule, the student should be High School age. In some cases, there may be an especially mature 8th grader that would benefit by attending. We encourage college students to return to complete MSLI also.
Student should be a "regular attendee" of church and youth ministry functions. Most "occasional" attending students will have difficulty using what is learned in a practical setting if they do not have a consistent church life.
Student should have a good general idea of what MSLI is about PRIOR to arriving the first day of the Institute.
Student should be willing, upon completion of each track, to be available for follow-up and for serving within their home church and community.
These are only suggestions for use. To invoke interest or create curiosity, you may need to be less stringent to get that first set of students involved.

Year 1

The objective for this level is to help students discover the type of leader God has created and called them to be(come). This is accomplished through self-assessments and opportunities for students to discuss these results with their peers and adult coaches. The following topics will be examined in this level:

Year 2

(Must have completed Year 1)

The objective for this level is to educate students on the essential spiritual habits of a growing Christ-follower and leader. Students will have the opportunity to practice these habits both individually and in community. The following topics will be examined in this level:

Year 3

(Must have completed Years 1 and 2)

The objective for this level is to challenge students to be(come) fully devoted, lifelong disciples of Jesus. Students will have the opportunity to be trained in sharing God’s story and their own testimony, while committing to a life of servant leadership and fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28: 18-20). The following topics will be examined in this level:

For additional information contact:

Rev. Ben Kreider

Pastor Ben Kreider
Chair, MSLI Task Force

(989) 463-3730

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