When: Feb. 5 – 7, 2018
Where: Bavarian Inn Lodge, Frankenmuth, MI
Who: Pastors of the Southern Michigan Conference
Special Guests: Doug & Margie Newton
“Early Bird” Discounts again this year if registered before Dec. 31.
C’mon out of the cold and join with the SMC team in Frankenmuth for the 2018 Pastor/Spouse Retreat Feb. 5-7 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge. Doug & Margie Newton will help warm up your relationship with your spouse and with the Lord as they share how “Love Can Deepen During Life’s Demands.” Many couples find the challenges, expectations, workloads & changing seasons of life pulling them apart and into separate worlds. The Newtons will share form their own experiences how, by God’s grace and their very specific commitments and patterns, their love relationship has become more and more fulfilling. They will share key factors that apply to any couple or person in ministry.
P.S. If you are married with kids plan ahead for babysitting so you can enjoy this time as a couple. (Nursing babies only please.)
Plan on joining your friends from Southern Michigan as we get together for our annual Snowbird Reunion, February 8th at 12:00pm. The event will be held in Maxwell Commons at the Light and Life Park, 5602 Deeson Road, Lakeland, Florida. The cost will be $10.00 per person. Please RSVP by February 1. You may reserve your spot through the SBC office:
You may make checks payable to Somerset Beach Campground or use your Visa, MC or Discover Card when registering by phone.
Theme: Prayer and Community Transformation
Keynote Speaker: George Otis, Jr.
George Otis Jr. is the founder and president of the Sentinel Group, a Christian research, media, and training agency focused on transforming revival. Best known as the producer of the award-winning Transformations documentaries, a series viewed by an estimated 200 million people in 175 nations, George has also authored six books. He frequently speaks at international conferences, and is chief architect of The Journey to Transformation, a thorough revival preparation and maintenance process for communities desiring societal transformation.
Begin making plans now to come and bring a team from your church. Based on the overwhelming positive response to the first two summits, we are anticipating about 500 registrants!
NEW THIS YEAR: During the day on Friday, there will be three separate tracks of teaching that attendees can choose to attend:
TRACK #1: Choosing Mary's Place with Doug & Margie Newton. Increase your confidence in intercession as you study key passages of scripture.
Read more about Doug & Margie here: http://www.marysplace.org/
TRACK #2: Community Transformation with Steve Beaumont. Learn and Apply being on location with intention as an intercessor, changing your community.
Read more about Steve here: http://heaveninbusiness.com/about-us/
Track #3: Intercession Foundations with John Piippo. As we are transformed, our intercession deepens. Take an inward journey and prepare
for the outer change.
Read more about John here: http://www.johnpiippo.com/
For more information on the FMC National Prayer Ministry, click here.
Come learn about multiplication from speakers such as Bishop Matt Thomas, Dr. Don Ross, Michael Forney, Ron Kuest, Annie Roberts, Josh Herbert and more! There will be three tracks available to follow: multiplying disciples, multiplying leaders, and multiplying churches. More info coming soon!
Register now by clicking here!
Churches across America are getting older and smaller because they are struggling to make changes necessary to engage young people in their communities. Annie Roberts will discuss necessary cultural shifts and practical strategies that any pastor and leader can make to engage young people with the gospel and their church community. Come learn from Annie at our next All Day Ignite Intensive on November 11th from 9am-3pm at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church. Cost is only $10 a person (which covers lunch) and the registration deadline is Friday, October 30th. We highly suggest that you read the book Growing Young by Kara Powell to prepare for this event.
Annie Roberts is the Executive Director of Gravitational Leadership, a company devoted to the development of pastors and leaders nationwide using innovative tools and transformational coaching. She brings a wealth of experience in identifying and activating leaders, and consults with churches on strategies to engage and reach younger generations. She is ordained with the Assemblies of God and is a certified leadership coach with the International Coach Federation. Annie teaches and pastors at a rapidly growing multisite church plant near Tacoma, WA.
A day of fun for pastors, spouses and their families, all for free! There will be a catered meal, served at 5:30pm, hay rides, boats/canoes/kayaks, bounce house, beautiful camp, line dancing, and fireworks. RSVP to Jerilynn Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-585-4971 by Oct. 13, 2017
For those who are dealing with pastors or churches that are trying to get on top of the sexuality matters, The River Conference recently held a stellar conference inviting Dr. Preston Sprinkle. Bishop Thomas reports that Dr. Sprinkle’s theology, practice of compassionate ministry and coaching to churches on how to approach the matter of LGBTQ matters is very much in line with the essential posture of the FMCUSA. Following is an event at which Preston will be presenting. Engaging Questions of Faith, Sexuality and Gender in the Church, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm (lunch will be served), Registration begins at 8:00am, Pinnacle Conference Center; 3330 Highland Drive; Hudsonville, MI 49426. You can learn more about a complete description of the topics you can expect to be covered when you attend. (https://www.centerforfaith.com/programs/leaders-forums). Or you can buy one of Preston’s books on the matter. They are worth your review, familiarity and reference.
The topic of September's Ignite Intensive is Leading Change. This event is open to anyone in the conference who would like to come and it is highly recommended that pastors bring their leadership team. Both intensives will be held simultaneously from 6:30-8:30pm on September 25th. Dearborn will be hosting one and the other location is TBA. You are welcome to attend whichever location is closer to you.
September 15th and 19th's LDC cohorts are being merged into a single cohort for all of our lead pastors. This is a very important meeting where we will be establishing a two year plan for leadership development. It will take place in Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church's CFC-4 room from 9am-1pm on September 15th. Please join us then.
Many of you know Lance Witt. Lance has a friend who has been involved in developing a film that addresses the addiction to pornography and its blight upon our communities. And, we know that it is prevalent in our churches. If you would like to screen the film in its entirety before tonight, email email@example.com for the link. We would caution you not to just promote it unless you have viewed it. One person evaluating it said that it might not be for the spouse of a person struggling and is weighted upon pornography and its association with abuse, which we know is only a portion of the story. Get tickets and see if it's playing at a theater near you, here.