General Assembly
of the Church of God
in Michigan

"equipping local congregations
to extend the Kingdom of God"

Each year we try to provide the finest leaders/teachers in their field to help your ministry continue to thrive. We have found a location that provides beautiful accommodations, great food, a wide range of activities, and many places to connect with colleagues. Whether sitting in a modern condo overlooking Gull Lake, sitting in a classroom hearing from incredible resource persons, or relaxing in a lounge near a fireplace, Pastors' Institute provides a time and place for the minister to slow down, listen, learn, and rest.

Al Ells

In the past few years we have focused on Discipleship, and Multiplication; practical steps to help us do ministry better. This year we are focusing on the Minister's health. How to be a better minister. Al Ells is an internationally renown counselor, coach, and consultant. He is an expert in marriage and family. He has decades of experience as a staff minister, and has counseled thousands of ministers who want to be more effective and more fulfilled as they pursue their God given calling.

Every minister begins their career with the intent to serve God faithfully and passionately to build His Kingdom. Life Happens! Stresses of family, finance, and church can pressure us to loose sight of the calling that was so passionate when we began. This retreat will focus on how to regain the passion; how to deal with the stresses of ministry; how to refocus on what is really important. We believe that this retreat will minister to the soul of each minister who attends. People travel from around the world to spend time with Al Ells, and now we will have the opportunity to spend two full days with this man who loves pastors and their families. If you have never attended Pastors' Institute this will be a great introduction. If you have this will be one you won’t want to miss.

Matt Stone

Our worship this year is being led by Matt Stone, worship and youth pastor at Greenville, First Church of God. Matt is known for his humor and sensitivity to the Spirit of God. Beyond his responsibilities at his Church, Matt also coaches football at Greenville, leads the planning for our State Youth Convention, and has in the last few years headed up a statewide men’s retreat, that has been incredible. We are honored to have these two men lead us in this years Pastors' Institute.

Al Ells

Reverend Alfred Ells, M.C.

Alfred Ells,

Alfred Ells, M.C. is an ordained minister and founder-director of Leaders that Last Ministries™. He is a gifted coach, counselor, speaker and leadership consultant. As a Master Coach, Al has helped many pastors, executives, and denominational leaders find and fulfill their destiny in Christ.

Al is also the author of several best-selling books and devotionals including One-Way Relationships: When you Love Them More Than They Love You. He is co-author of a recently published book for church and ministry leaders titled Leaders That Last: How Covenant Friendships Can Help Pastors Thrive.

Al has founded or helped establish a number of Christ-centered treatment programs for individuals, families, and youth including: Samaritan Counseling Services, LifeGate Residential Treatment Center for Youth and Remuda RanchCenters for Anorexia and Bulimia.

Al graduated from the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, and resides in Mesa, Arizona. with his wife Susan. He has four grown children and two precious grandchildren.

Lifelong Learning Matching Funds

Lifelong Learning Matching Funds may be used for this event. E-mail the Service Center your request to use these funds as registration or to know your current balance. Include a roommate preference in your e-mail.