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Human Sexuality Leader’s Forum



As we continue to focus on equipping Christian leaders to engage the LGBTQ conversation with theological faithfulness and courageous love, the GLC and the ECC are partnering to host the Human Sexuality Leader’s Forum presented by Dr. Preston Sprinkle of The Center for Faith, Gender and Sexuality on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The event will take place at Life Church Canton, in Canton, MI. Check in at 8:00 – first session begins at 8:30 and the event concludes at 3:30. Dr. Preston Sprinkle is the author of People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

This same forum was attended by about a dozen Covenant pastors in West Michigan earlier this year and each of them indicated that this forum is superb. I encourage you to register at least a couple of leaders from your church as soon as...

Shelley Kurth named Director of Congregational Vitality

On behalf of the Great Lakes Conference I am very pleased to announce that Shelley Kurth will be our new (part-time) Director of Congregational Vitality. She will begin November 1, 2018.

Shelley brings to the position 17 years of ministry experience in a variety of roles. Most recently she has served as a GLC Vitality Associate for churches seeking to become more healthy and missional, and as the ECC General Director of PULSE, a church assessment tool used to measure the healthy missional markers of a church.

For 12 years, Shelley has been an ECC Children and Family Ministry Coach specifically helping churches find and use regional and denominational Children and Family Ministry resources and connections.

In 2017, Shelley completed her Certificate in Congregational Vitality at North Park Theological Seminary. However, she attributes much of her...

Fall TLC Recap

On Saturday, September 29, over 60 people gathered at Faith Covenant Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan for the Great Lakes Conference fall TLC (The Leadership Connection).

Participants had the option of one of two all-day seminars. One seminar was led by National Covenant Properties and covered issues of finances and real estate for churches. Presenters included Stan Reiff (National Consulting Practice Leader for Capin Course), Rob Hall (Vice President Real Estate Services for NCP) and Peter Hedstrom (EVP/CFO for NCP).The Crescendo seminar was led by Evelyn Johnson (from the ECC Crescendo Team), Dennis Carlson (associate pastor of Faith Covenant Church) and Dan Wolter (GLC Real Estate Consultant/Coach). Crescendo, a new initiative of Make and Deepen Disciples, is focused on equipping pastors, staff, and church leaders to unleash the potential of boomers and beyond to engage in the work of God’s...

EMBRACE - A Ministry of Make and Deepen Disciples

Embrace is a suite of human sexuality discipleship resources and experiences which are in harmony with the adopted position of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), the center of which is "Faithfulness in heterosexual marriage, celibacy in singleness—these constitute the Christian standard."

A special emphasis of Embrace is equipping our church to flourish in love for LGBTQ+/SSA/sexual minority individuals and communities. Embrace resources will be progressively curated and created by Make and Deepen Disciples.

The next webinar on Tuesday, November 13th, titled “Tough Talks on Sexuality in Urban Contexts”, will be led by the GLC’s William Mack, Grace Community Covenant Church, Louisville, KY (pictured left).

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