General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"


Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI)

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 2 days of high energy worship, student training, and challenges in a 3 year track. Leaders choose youth who exhibit leadership in local churches and seek development.

If you are new to MSLI, this isn’t an event for the whole youth group. It’s for those students involved in leadership, or those you see the potential for leadership.

The Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI) is a three-year program geared toward very mature eighth grade through senior high students seeking practical guidance in applying leadership skills in ministry and life settings. For 2021, MSLI will meet for one Saturday of classroom and hands-on leadership training. This is an incredible way to build relationships with other student leaders from across the state!

Upon completion of the three-year program, a letter of recommendation for college, a Commissioning Service, and a gift are given. ​Graduates who also attend one of our Church of God Universities or Colleges should receive a $1,000 leadership scholarship renewable for all four years of schooling.

MSLI Safety Guidelines

All participants will self-screen within their own youth ministries groups to determine if they should participate.

In order to make this event available to as many persons as possible, masks will be "recommended" when indoors and will be available to all participants. What this means, specifically, is that all adult leaders and presenters will be wearing a mask unless eating or drinking. This is a wonderful opportunity for our adults to model servant leadership - i.e. if we recommend our students read their Bibles, we read our Bibles as a model to them. And if we recommend masks, we as adult leaders will all wear them. Students, however, will have the option and will be allowed participation with or without a mask. For a leadership event, this is our opportunity to be both intentional and grace-filled. Our host church and task force will also be very mindful with the sizes of our classrooms and spacing.

What to Bring:

  • Bible
  • Mask

Cost: For 2021-$50 per student which includes lunch, snack, materials, and training. All registrations received after April 9 are $70 per student.

If possible, please plan for this in your youth budget or local church board to as an investment in the future of your students and your church.

First time attending?
Partial scholarships of $30 per student may be available to ignite your church’s investment in youth leadership development. Contact Connie Graham, 989.835.9262 for more information.

Adult Youth Leaders-

Youth Pastors, Pastors & Youth Leaders of Year 1 Students:
As part of the Yr.1 sessions, the students take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory and then are guided through a further discussion/application of the gifts in interesting and age appropriate ways.
This year we are requesting that ALL Yr. 1 students complete the inventory prior to arrival of the MSLI on April 17. Please download this assessment, make copies as needed for multiple students attending, and have students bring the paperwork with them that day.

There are training sessions for adult leaders on Saturday for the low price of $6.00 to help with the cost of food. Your registration is needed for the lunch count.

Download Letter

Download Spiritual Gifts Inventory (Year 1)


8:30 a.m. Registration in Church Narthex
9:00 a.m. Welcome to MSLI!
9:30 a.m. Session 1 and Session 2
11:45 a.m. Interactive Lunch
12:50 p.m. Group Activities, Session 3, Break, and Session 4
4:30 p.m. Commissioning/Worship Service
5:30 p.m. Depart to Serve and Lead!

Times in this schedule are subject to changes

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.