General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

360 Leadership Conference

March 25, 2017

Presented by - Church Health Ministry

Location: South Church
5250 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, Michigan 48917

8:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m. Welcome

Conferences begin 9:45 a.m.

The Church of God in Michigan’s mission is “equipping local congregations to extend the Kingdom of God.” To help you extend the Kingdom beyond the walls of the building means building relationships that have a lasting and positive impact on lives in the community. Our Leadership Conference theme this year is “Connecting 4 Christ.” That connection is the goal of all our relationships. In John 15:5, Jesus admonishes us that remaining “connected” to Him enables us to “bear much fruit.” Inspired and educated Christian leaders provide the all-important link between Jesus and others.

On Saturday, March 25, there will be 30 different modules offering insight, training, and resources for developing those relationships and ministries. From 9:00/a – 3:30/p, there will be 360 minutes of fellowship, fun, and fruitful information. We are offering 10 different tracks, including “connecting” to children, youth, adults, communities, discipleship, leadership, families, worship, prayer, and connecting strategies.

We are excited to have Ben Hardman bringing our keynote address, leading our discipleship track, and leading us in a concluding time of worship. A graduate from Anderson University, he is a sought-after speaker and mentor, and is presently planting New Hope Church in Springboro, Ohio.

Nate and Kimi Martin will be leading us in worship. They were with us last year and are back by popular demand. The Martins are deeply involved in worship and children’s ministry at First Church in St. Joseph.

Here’s the basic information:
360 Leadership Development Conference- 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.,
South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Drive (off I-496), Lansing, Michigan 48917
I-496 to Exit 1 (Creyts Road) to Mt. Hope Road to Cornerstone Drive.

The costs are being kept to a minimum. If three or less people are attending, registration is $45. If four or more people are attending, registration is $150 for the first four, additional persons above four attending is $15 for breakfast/lunch. The cost for walk-ins is $50.

Our pre-registration deadline is Friday, March 17. After this time, the registration fee goes up and both the continental breakfast and lunch may not be available to you.

On behalf of the Church Health Ministry, we encourage you and your church leaders to take advantage of this low-cost, high-impact opportunity.

With anticipation,

Rev. James L. Sparks, Church Health Minister

Speaker

For generation after generation the local church has been discerning how to follow Jesus' great commission. Ben Hardman will be leading us in Developing a Complete Discipleship Program and discerning how Jesus' call to GO and MAKE disciples is a call into relationship. Our temptation is often to create better services or to manage the activities of the church but Jesus calls us into a deeper relationship with each other which means as pastors we must redefine our roles, our daily activities, and our programming. If Jesus is to become the subject of our ministries then discipleship must be at the center of all that we do. Come hear how we can begin to make that happen today.




Worship

Returning to lead worship for this year’s event, Nate and Kimi Martin bring a wealth of experience and knowledge not only in music ministry, but in children’s worship as well. They first attended First Church in St. Joseph in 2008 and quickly became involved in the worship and marriage ministries there until 2014, when they were called to serve as worship directors bi-vocationally at Baroda Church of God until early last year. Currently, Nate and Kimi are back at First Church in St. Joseph, still serving on the worship team, but focusing their attention on their current role volunteering as worship leaders for First Church's Children’s Ministry.

Track Session ID Time Conference Description

Children's Ministry

Clyde Beaver, Farmington Hills; Sheryl Blake, Hope Community in Niles; Becky Rodriguez, Pennway; Bill Shepard, First in St. Joseph
A1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Connect Through Significant Relationships

Children's Ministry Task Force

Relationships are extremely important in a child’s life. How can the church reactivate parents and leaders to develop lasting relationships in the lives of children. Walk away with key principles and ideas for your church.

Children's Ministry

Children’s Ministry Open Discussion Forum Lunch
We’d love to get to know you, Have an informal question and answer time, and just talk children’s ministry with you! Grab your lunch and meet us back in our room.
A2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Connect Through Present Realities

Children's Ministry Task Force

We need to connect to the realities in the lives of children: physically, mentally, relationally, culturally, and emotionally. The more we know about children, the more children will respond to the gospel..

Children's Ministry

New For This Year

Let’s help each other! We’ll have a table just outside of our room with resources, such as curriculum and books that we’d like to offer you…for FREE!

You TOO can help us…if you have any used materials (in good shape) that you aren’t using anymore that are more current and not 30 years old and would like to donate them, please bring them along and place them at the table. This is a great way to share items you have on a shelf collecting dust that would help others out. We ask that you also be considerate of others and take only what you need or will use so we will have a chance to share with everyone. The table will be a first-come/first-serve area so come early.

As always, you can learn more about us at: www.choginmi.org/childrensministry or ask to join our Facebook page: CHoG Children’s Ministry Connection.

A3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Connect Through Distinctive Opportunities

Children's Ministry Task Force

We can build our children’s lives through enabling them to make wise choices, strong relationships and deeper faith. We will explore key opportunities to help families and children grow in their faith.

Youth Ministry

B1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

#nofilter

Alexandra Weeks, Middle School Director, First, St. Joseph

In #nofilter, we want to help leaders leverage online contact to be a force for good. We will explore the dangers and triumphs of social media, and how to use it effectively.

Youth Ministry

B2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ministry to LGBTQ Teens

Rev. Adam Rentas, Student Ministries Pastor, First, St. Joseph

How do we minister to teens who have not been traditionally welcomed into groups? We will explore how to create an atmosphere, train volunteers, and build effective strategies to lead all youth to Jesus.

Youth Ministry

B3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Building a Great Year of Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry Team, Church of God in Michigan

Learn how to plan out a year of ministry covering relevant topics, building major events, planning calendars, parents’ communication, and outreach events. These are the building blocks for successful youth ministry.

Adult Ministry

C1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Still the Greatest Generation

Rev. Dr. William H. Jones, State Pastor, Church of God in Michigan

In our lifetime we have known great change, in the church, world, and ourselves. We will discuss how to be of use to the Kingdom, and negotiate change in order to “finish the race” well.

Adult Ministry

C2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Millennial Ministry: Reaching a Generation that is Left on the Backburner

Krystal Kotesky and Sarah Sirks, Clarkston Community

We will explore how to connect and focus Millennials who are always trying new things. Learn what their culture is like and how the church can be the door they are seeking.

Adult Ministry

C3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Connecting through GriefShare

Roy Switzer and Terri Rowe, Pennway, Lansing

GriefShare is structured in weekly sessions using video teaching and discussion. Learn how a lay-led program can be a great ministry tool for your congregation.

Connecting to Your Community

D1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking: What's Your Community Made Of?

Chris Britton, Rev. David Colp, Jenny Fry – First, St. Joseph

There is some tremendous work going on through the Church to develop communities under the banner of Christian Community Development. What do we have to learn and apply to fulfill our mandate to serve our communities?

Connecting to Your Community

D2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Getting the Church Outside the Walls

Chris Britton, Rev. David Colp, Jenny Fry – First, St. Joseph

In this very practical session we will explore some proven ways to get the church outside its walls and in the community. We will talk about fun ways to "make Jesus famous" through meeting needs in our community.

Connecting to Your Community

D3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Discerning God's Direction in Mission

Chris Britton, Rev. David Colp, Jenny Fry – First, St. Joseph

With so many needs and so many options we often struggle to know where to get started. We will explore how to build a vision for mission both locally and internationally.

Addressing the Silent Killers in the Church

E1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Connecting One to One (Mentoring)

Rev. Ben Hardman, presently planting New Hope Church in Springboro, Ohio

Specifically designed for pastors, but open to all, we will discuss and discern how Jesus’ call to GO and MAKE disciples is a call to relationships. As pastors we must redefine our roles, activities and programming to facilitate relationships. These three sessions will explore how to make that happen.

Addressing the Silent Killers in the Church

E2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Connecting with New Believers (“YES” packets)

Rev. Ben Hardman

 

Addressing the Silent Killers in the Church

E3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Connecting Faith to Life (Life Groups)

Rev. Ben Hardman

 

Connecting To Leadership

F1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Crucial Conversations

Rev. Jim Sparks, Church Health Minister, Church of God in Michigan

Crucial conversations involve saying the right words at the right time. We will explore “high stakes” situations with the tools to get the best results.

Connecting To Leadership

F2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Overwhelmed by Satan, Circumstances, and Self: and what you can do about it

Rev. Mike Harris, Crossroads, Howell

Feeling overwhelmed is common especially among clergy. Rather than a “blaming session,” we hope to bring to light the realities of pressures, develop combat strategies, and diffuse the power of being overwhelmed.

Connecting To Leadership

F3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Connecting with Your Purpose

Dr. John Davey and Rev. James Bryde, Pennway, Lansing

We will explore the development of mission/vision statements, and strategies to reach those goals. We will look at WIG’s (Wildly Important Goals) and develop incremental steps to make them achievable. We will talk about how to sell the plan to your congregation and then carry it out.

Staying Connected in Family

G1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Pornography The Silent Destroyer

Pastor Chris Anton, The Springs Church, Cedar Springs

We will explore the pervasive presence of pornography and how it misshapes sexuality, rewires our brain and destroys our communities. We will explore practical, hope-filled strategies for equipping people to live Godly sexual lives in this culture.

Staying Connected in Family

G2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Health Matters

Eva Salisbury, RN, New Horizons Community, Jackson

We will explore how leaders can concentrate on meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the congregation, encouraging a healthy lifestyle as a preventative to illness. The discussion will include potluck dinners, snacks, and exercise.

Staying Connected in Family

G3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Developing a Special Needs Ministry

Vivian Denniston and Shelly Bryde, Pennway, Lansing

We will explore church organizational considerations for ministries to persons who have intellectual disabilities, seeking to avoid pitfalls, and create a successful program. Question/Answer time.

Connecting in Worship

H1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Sound Solutions

Kent Morris, Cornerstone Media; Craig Playford, Playford Music and Sound, Jackson

We will provide tweaks and tips that give better sound quality. We will simplify the complicated and make worship something everyone can hear and hear better.

Connecting in Worship

H2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Building Better Worship

Rev. Jerry Lyon, New Horizons Community, Jackson and panel

Panel will discuss theological, spiritual, and technical aspects of quality worship. Q/A sessions.

Connecting in Worship

H3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Oh! The Drama!

Dawn Brady-Wimmer, First, Alma and Robin Greiner, Eagle Ridge, Midland

Sundays are often filled with drama…the wrong kind. This participatory workshop will explore ways to enhance (the good kind of) drama in our worship experience.

Connecting in Prayer

I1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

The Present Reality of Spiritual Warfare

Rev. Marc Hoard, Pine Grove Ministries and Church, Traverse City

Many people are in bondage of habits, mindsets, and behaviors. Satan often uses spiritual bondage to diminish our faith and influence. We will explore oppressive spirits in the Bible and discuss implications for today.

Connecting in Prayer

I2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Preparing for Spiritual Warfare

Rev. Marc Hoard, Pine Grove Ministries and Church, Traverse City

We will discuss the lessons learned from the Bible on setting people free. Our discussion will be aimed at exploring all sides of these issues Our goal is an educated, knowledgeable church that God can use.

Connecting in Prayer

I3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Reclaiming Neighborhoods

Cheryl MacDonald and Heather Robb, Hillcrest Community, Cedar Springs

Prayer can transform lives. It can also transform homes, streets, neighborhood, communities, and cities. A “prayer walk” is praying with our eyes as well as our hearts and souls for the Holy Spirit to live and work where we live and work.

Strategies that Connect

J1 Session 1
9:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Bridging the Generations

Rev. Tom Whitesel and John Clark, Ithaca Church of God, Ithaca

With many congregations declining in numbers and in young people, it is important to be intentional in reaching new generations. We will explore how to honor older generations and build bridges to younger people.

Strategies that Connect

J2 Session 2
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Connecting Gifts to Service

Dr. John Davey, Pennway, Lansing

God has wired you as an individual. Understanding who God created you to be will go a long way in helping you to understand his direction as you seek to serve him.

Strategies that Connect

J3 Session 3
1:30– 2:45 p.m.

Effective Connections and Follow up

Rev. Bill Ferguson and Matt Duguid, Grace Harbor, Kalamazoo

Follow-up of parishioners involves “closing the back door” and assimilation contacts with pastors and staff. We will discuss assembling elements in a system that works: setting connections, follow-up goals, strategies to engage, tracking follow-up and information sharing.