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September 22 - Revitalization

FENTON, MI – Christ is speaking to His Church! For many of us the study, “Experiencing God” by Henry Blackaby and Claude King was transformational in our spiritual lives. They helped us see that God is always at work around us, and to learn Biblical principles to identify what He is doing. We were challenged to align our lives with God and join Him in His work.

The spirit of listening to and obeying the risen Christ will take center stage at the Church Revitalization Conference, September 22, at Eastgate Baptist Church in Burton. Richard Blackaby and Mark Clifton are helping churches across North America through: “Revive. Reversing the Trends. Reviving the Church.”

The conference will focus on:

“Christ’s Presence and His Church”

“Christ’s Purpose and His Church”

“Reclaiming the Glory”

“Developing a Powerful Praying Church”

“Leading Out of the Overflow”

And Q/A with Richard and Mark

I want to encourage you to do all you can to attend. Come with your church family as Michigan Baptist Churches seek Christ together.

Burton is a long way from many of our churches, and we want to help you get there. If you drive with two (or more hopefully) in your car, and travel more than 200 - 250 miles round trip, we will send the driver a check for $25 to offset the gas expenses. If you have 2 (or more hopefully) in your car and drive over 251 miles round trip, we will send the driver $40 to offset the gas expenses. (Please note that you must fill out a W9 and turn it in at the event to receive your check. This offer is only available the day of the CRC.)

Everyone who attends will receive lunch and two books:

Flickering Lamps and Reclaiming Glory. All of this for $10 per person! Register at

Richard Blackaby is the President of Blackaby Ministries International. He travels internationally speaking on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace, as well as on spiritual awakening, Experiencing God, and the Christian life. Richard regularly ministers to Christian CEO’s as well as church and family leaders. He served as senior pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Winnipeg, and then as President of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada for 13 years. He continues to serve as the seminary’s Chancellor. He has written or co-authored more than 30 books (From his bio).

Mark Clifton is the Senior Director of Replanting at the North American Mission Board (NAMB). Mark has served as a pastor, church planter, church revitalizer, mission strategist, coach and mentor to young leaders. He has planted and replanted numerous churches, and has also served as a national and regional leader for church planting and missions. His experience includes serving as the lead mission strategist for the Kansas/Nebraska Southern Baptist Convention, leading church planting efforts in the regions of north metro Atlanta, Georgia, serving as a church planter in Montreal, Quebec, as a Southern Baptist National Church Planting Missionary for eastern Canada, and has lead Southern Baptist church planting projects west of the Mississippi. Mark has been planting, replanting, and providing strategic mission leadership since 1978. (From his bio).



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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