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. The Michigan Student Leadership Institute (MSLI) is a three-year program geared 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.
The 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 in their home church or youth ministry. We also provide a one-day experience in the spring, called Tune UP.
Upon completion of the three-years there is 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. All of this is available for just $60 per student per year (which includes all meals, lodging, materials, and training). The cost for registration after October 31 is $80 per student. 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 Jerry or Connie Graham for more information.
Graduates of the three years of MSLI, who then attend one of the Church of God universities or colleges, should receive a $1,000 leadership scholarship that is renewable for all four years of schooling.
Adult Leaders: There is training on Saturday for just the price of Saturday’s lunch. You do need to register so we can plan for you!
The enclosed brochure shares the progressive topics, schedule, location and directions to MSLI, application, and a liability release form. Suggested criteria which is helpful in determining who from your ministry should attend, can be found on the state website- www.choginmi.org in the youth ministry MSLI section. I ask that you carefully review this information and begin planning now to bring student leaders (or those you see the potential in) to this incredible weekend. The application and parental release are absolutely essential for every student who will be attending.
Students who have attended one or more years and have missed last year, may attend this year’s MSLI and continue in the next progressive year of their three-year track. This would include High School graduates as well.
We hope to see the returning students and many new ones for Year 1 at North Avenue Church of God in Battle Creek on November 11-12. This is a weekend training which will pay dividends for you personally and your students for years to come!
Friday, November 11
6:00 P.M. Arrival/Registration
6:30 P.M. Opening Worship
8:00 P.M. Fun, Fellowship, and Food
9:30 P.M. Retire to area homes
Saturday, November 12
8:30 A.M. Return to Church
9:00 A.M. Morning Worship,
Session 1, and
11:30 A.M. Interactive Lunch
12:30 P.M. Group Activity,
Session 3, and
4:30 P.M. Closing Service
6:00 P.M. Departure
Times in this schedule are subject to minor changes!
Who Should Attend?
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. Some students may display their characteristics differently. Look not just for the popular kid, but those whose leadership may be displayed simply through daily example.
Student should be interested in learning more about himself and how God may want to use him/her for Kingdom work. There will be a Spiritual Gifts inventory, personality profile and opportunities to learn how God uses each of us uniquely.
Student should be willing to make a one weekend per year commitment for 3 years to insure completion of the program. The weekend is the course work for the first 2 years- the real tests come in how he/she uses what has been learned.
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 positive outlook about life in general. Every student has issues, but how has he/she adapted and overcome theirs?
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 use in ministry in their home church.
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.
For additional information contact:
Pastor Jerry Graham
Chair, MSLI Task Force
firstname.lastname@example.org (989) 835-9262 | (989) 600-0339 cell