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I am excited about the 2015 Michigan Christian Convention. This year’s theme, “Jesus Matters: Share Him,” encourages Christians to influence their world with the message of Jesus – no matter where they are, what they are doing, or who they are with. Jesus said “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before men…” (Matthew 5:13-16), and that is the message the MCC planning committee desires to challenge people throughout the weekend to be and to do.

On Friday, April 17, two all-day seminars will be offered:

(1) Healthy Elders will examine vital areas for being a healthy leader, and will be led by Gary Johnson, Jim Estep, and David Roadcup.

(2) The Path to Productive Christian Living will examine the Sermon on the Mount teachings of Jesus from Matthew 5-7 and how to apply those principles, and will be led by Jerry Paul.

Both seminars will be from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (and include lunch). We are grateful to Great Lakes Christian College and Church Development Fund for their partnership in making these seminars possible, and to the college for hosting the conference.

Following Friday’s seminars, the first of three main sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m. Keynote speakers for the weekend are Jeff Faull, who will preach in two sessions on how we can share Jesus in times of crisis, and how we can share Jesus in our community; and Jerry Tallman, who will preach on how we can share Jesus in our culture.

Eight workshops, along four topic tracks, will be offered Saturday, April 18. Your church members and leaders will have the opportunity to become equipped for ministry as they choose topics pertinent to their life and service. The four workshop topic tracks (each containing two workshops) are: (1) Sharing Christ with the Skeptical (This is along the lines of apologetics), (2) Sharing Christ as a Minister and Church Leader (Insights for doing effective ministry), (3) Sharing Christ through Your Lifestyle (Christian living that attracts people to Christ), and (4) Sharing Christ as a Restoration Quest (Insights about the Restoration Movement and why it still makes a difference in leading people to Jesus).

Child care and learning activities will be available during the Friday evening session and all day Saturday for children ages nursery through fifth grade. Vendors and ministry displays will be set up Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.

We are again offering the opportunity for church members to attend the two-day convention for FREE when your church contributes $400 to the Michigan Christian Convention. With the $400 donation, anyone regularly associated with your church can attend the seminars and convention free – there is no limit to the number who can attend.

Something new in 2015: The MCC has taken on a mission project to collect Bibles and commentaries for ministers and churches in South Africa. Encourage your people to attend the convention and bring new and used Bibles and commentaries to donate to the South African Christian Mission.

We look forward to seeing you and your congregation at the 2015 Michigan Christian Convention, April 17 & 18.

Tyler Barlage
President, 2015 Michigan Christian Convention Planning Committee
Minister, Community Christian Church, St. Johns, Michigan

Introducing Our 2015 Keynote Speakers


Jeff Faull

Friday evening, 7:00pm
Sharing Jesus in Times of Crisis

Saturday afternoon, 2:15pm
Sharing Jesus in Your Community


Jeff was born in Iowa. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cincinnati Christian University, and his graduate studies were at Summit Theological Seminary.  He started at Mt. Gilead as the Senior Minister in the fall of 1988. His primary responsibilities are overseeing the pulpit ministry and leadership. Before joining the staff at Mt. Gilead, he was preaching at his first full-time ministry in Union City, Indiana.

Jeff is a contributing editor for Christian Standard Magazine, and he is co-founder of the National Preaching Summit.  His life verse is 1 Timothy 4:16, “Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.”

Jeff is married to Valerie, and they have three children: Austin, married to Lisha; Lindsay, married to Tyler, and Trey; along with two grandsons, Silas and Micah.

Visit the Mt. Gilead Church web site at


Jerry Tallman

Saturday morning, 9:00am
Sharing Jesus in Our Culture


Born in Rochester, Michigan, Jerry spent 11 years as a draftsman in the engineering field. In 1974 he, his wife Connie, and his family moved to Lubbock, Texas where he studied and graduated from the Sunset International Bible Institute. Jerry has spent the last 35 years preaching Christ and sharing the Gospel message in thousands of personal Bible studies. He has developed the practical and effective method for sharing Christ as found in his book, "His Eternal Plan," for those who are searching for the truth about Christianity.

Jerry retired from full-time congregational preaching with the Rochester Church of Christ after serving as its preaching minister for 20 years, after which he and his wife sold their home and hit the road in a 40 foot motorhome, bringing “His Eternal Plan” to everyone across North America by conducting evangelism workshops. The Sunset International Bible Institute has produced a video series featuring Jerry and demonstrating his teaching approach.

Jerry is an accomplished artist and has produced hundreds of art pieces. Jerry visits and speaks at many Bible lectureships across the country. Visit his web site at


MCC Friday Daytime Seminars

Option #1  e2 Effective Elders

The seminar runs from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Includes lunch. 

e2 Effective Elders 
led by Dr. Jim Estep, Gary Johnson, and Dr. David Roadcup

This seminar is based on their book, "The Healthy Elder."  Main presentations will address the topics of the healthy elder, the healthy elder team, and the healthy church.  Within this seminar will be three workshop tracts:  Facilitating Vision-Mission-Values (Gary); Elder and Staff Training (David); and Teacher and Small Group Leadership Training (Jim).

Option #2  The Path to Productive Christian Living
The seminar runs from 9:00am - 4:30pm. Includes lunch. 

The Path to Productive Christian Living

led by Jerry Paul


This seminar will study Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a handbook for Christians who want to travel the path to productive Christian living. The Sermon on the Mount is a unified structure of the Master’s instruction for those seeking to follow Him with their personal character, attitudes, spiritual practices, and motivation. Furthermore, Jesus has a lot to say about the issues that impact our lives, the influences that control us, and the support we have from the Holy Spirit as we live God’s way. Participants in this seminar will leave with a better understanding of Jesus’ teachings and expectations so that they can live a productive life as a follower of Christ.


to the 2015
Michigan Christian Convention
Friday and Saturday
April 17-18 
On the campus of
Great Lakes Christian College,
6211 W. Willow Hwy,
Lansing, Michigan 48917.

The Michigan Christian Convention (MCC) has served churches throughout Michigan for over 50 years by providing education and edification to support local work. We invite speakers and workshop leaders to help inform and inspire churches to greater service for our Lord. Our hope is that each person in attendance will find useful knowledge and tools for their work in the kingdom of God. Let me introduce our 2015 Keynote Speakers for the Main Sessions at the Conference.

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  • Churches Have a Special Opportunity to Help People

    When a congregation donates $400 to the ongoing ministry of the Michigan Christian Convention, every person who is a member of their church (or who is regularly active with it) gets to attend the convention without the additional cost of paying the registration.  The Saturday lunch cost of $5 still needs to be paid, however, not having to pay the registration cost could be a substantial investment in the discipleship growth and training for service of God's people.  Church treasurers c...

  • Donate Used Bibles and Commentaries For a Good Cause

    Something new to the MCC conference this year is the opportunity for participants in the convention to donate Bibles and commentaries, either from their personal libraries or from church libraries, that you no longer use.  There are churches and ministers in South Africa who can benefit from your generosity.  Steve Zimmerman, Director of South African Christian Mission, said, "An opportunity to give the Word of God to people who can't afford it can make a huge difference to Christians ...

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  • Two Great Seminars to Choose From

    The Michigan Christian Convention is super pleased to be able to offer two choices for this year's Friday seminars which run from 9:00-4:30 (and includes lunch!).  The Healthy Elders seminar is led by Jim Estep, Gary Johnson, and David Roadcup.  These guys are great communicators of leadership principles that any church leader can benefit from.

  • Workshops Will Help You to Share Jesus

    We have some excellent workshops planned for the 2015 MCC, workshops that will help you to share Jesus and his message of love with people who have yet to know him as their Savior and Lord.  This year's conference has a choice of 4 workshop tracks from which you can choose (each track contains two workshops).  One track is an apologetics track, providing insights for sharing Christ with the skeptical.

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Past Keynote Speakers

Past keynote speakers at MCC include...

  • Bob Russell
  • Jeff Walling
  • Dr. David Faust
  • Larry Carter
  • Dan Smith
  • Dr. Rubel Shelly
  • Dr. Gary Johnson
  • Dr. Jack Cottrell
  • Don McLaughlin
  • Matt Proctor
  • Randy Harris
  • Steve Larson
  • James Sanderson
  • Dr. James Girdwood

                            …just to name a few!