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Why CEC '17

FENTON, MI – Michigan Baptists will gather from churches all across the state at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Roseville on September 16th for the Church Equipping Conference. This one day gathering is designed to equip ministry and lay workers in multiple ministry areas in order to make a greater impact for Christ through their local church

So, why should you attend CEC ‘17?

Because it will impact your spiritual life. The conference is designed to encourage, equip, and enrich you as a follower of Christ. God will speak powerfully to you through the anointed preaching of incredibly gifted expositors of the Word (see the flyer). God will draw you into His presence as you join fellow believers from across Michigan and we collectively lift our voices in praise and adoration of His Holy Name.

Because you can expect to develop greater skills and increase knowledge in your area of ministry. This conference is designed to equip you and your team for ministry. Every one of the presenters is a follower of Christ who is actively engaged in ministry. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and offer it in abundance. You will gain new insights and ideas to implement as you serve Christ in your church.

Because God will affirm much about your current ministry. Let's face it, we can all benefit from encouragement. There can be "dry" times in ministry - times when we feel like nothing is happening. Sometimes we struggle, wonder if we're doing it right, and get discouraged. This year’s CEC is sure to be the encouragement needed for the days ahead. You will discover that you are on the right track and God will renew your spirit.

Because you will connect on a deeper level with brothers and sisters in Christ at the conference and within your church family. You will get to know others in new ways, be encouraged as you realize you are on a team of people who love Christ, who want Him glorified, who want to see people come to Christ, and who want your church to grow deeper and larger. Something powerful happens when church leaders come together with the desire to serve Christ and grow in ministry. Something wonderful happens when God’s people come together as one.

Because your church will experience new energy as your team gets equipped together. Most equipping events do not provide the breadth of workshops that you find at the CEC. Imagine all the leaders in your church taking next steps in their areas of ministry at the same time. This event has the potential to equip, to motivate, and to inspire your church family. Rarely will you find a conference as broad and deep as the Church Equipping Conference ‘17.

Special guests include:

H.B. Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, FL where he has served since 2008. Prior to his work at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Charles led at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of LA for 18 years. This is where his career began at the age of 17.

Charles continues to keep himself busy by regularly speaking at churches, conferences and conventions around the country. You can also hear him on his radio show “Cutting it Straight” and his podcast “The On Preaching Podcast” which is dedicated to helping pastors preach faithfully, clearly and better. Lastly, you can find his voice on the Shiloh Choir CD “Joe Pace Presents: H.B. Charles Jr. and the Shiloh Church Choir” where he wrote and led several of the songs.

Charles’ resume does not stop there. He is also the author or contributing author of eight books which include, It Happens After Prayer, On Preaching, On Pastoring, The Difference Jesus Makes, Power in the Pulpit, Secret Sex Wars, and Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook 2016. His greatest accomplishment is being married to his wife, Crystal which together they have three children, H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey.

Dr. Richard Land is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. In addition to his presidency, Dr. Land also teaches courses at the seminary. Prior to becoming president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, Dr. Land served for 25 years as the President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention's official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith.

Dr. Land graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Princeton University and with the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England. He also received a Master of Theology (Honors Program) degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he served as student body president and received the Broadman Seminarian Award as the outstanding graduating student.

He hosts a daily two-minute radio commentary on faith issues and how they relate to current issues, “Bringing Every Thought Captive,” heard on over 400 stations nationwide. Dr. Land and leading Christian apologists discuss significant social, religious, and political topics on SES’s “Bring Every Thought Captive” TV program, which airs 8 p.m./ET on the NRB Network.

His record as a pro-family advocate is capped by his proudest accomplishment—his over 45-year marriage to his wife Dr. Rebekah Land (a psychotherapist in private practice) and his personal investment with her in the lives of their three adult children, Jennifer, Richard, Jr., and Rachel.

Curtis Woods currently serves as the Associate Executive Director for Convention Relations at Kentucky Baptist Convention. He received his Master of Theology in Pastoral Ministries degree from the Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2006 he was appointed as the Campus Minister for the Baptist Campus Ministry at Kentucky State University. Woods is married to his wife Tracey, who raises their three children Curtis Anthony II, Timothy Ivory, and Tristan Gabriel in Frankfort, KY.

Our theme for this year’s CEC 17 is "Breakthrough." We are praying that this will be a "Breakthrough" year for you and your church to "Breakthrough." For more information regarding the Church Equipping Conference ‘17 call us at: 810-714-1907.

You can register for the CEC at

Remember the date: September 16, 2017 at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 17017 E. Twelve Mile Road, Roseville, MI 48066.



Mike Durbin is the State Evangelism Director for the Baptist State Convention of Michigan. Before joining the state convention staff, Mike served as Church Planting Catalyst and Director of Missions in Metro Detroit since 2007. He also has served as a pastor and bi-vocational pastor in Michigan, as well as International Missionary to Brazil.


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