COGL Leader's Retreat

Be RefreshedBe UnitedBe Inspired

Dr. John M. Perkins


Jesus said, "I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." John 17:20-23

The Body of Christ in Greater Lansing is already coming together in tangible ways, and many pastors are actively building relationships with one another. This retreat is designed by pastors for pastors, on behalf of the GOGL Network, to facilitate that process. Our vision and prayer is that pastors will come to be personally refreshed, but also to be united with other ministry leaders in new and deeper ways, and to be inspired to think and act more strategically. We don't have to agree on everything to experience these things, but we must agree that they are on Jesus' heart for all of us. He's still praying that we would come together in His name, so let's do it!

Be RefreshedBe UnitedBe Inspired


Kellogg Conference Center

219 South Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824


Friday, September 29th

9:00am 12:00pm Session 1 - Worship, Speaker & Discussion
12:00pm 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm 4:00pm Session 2 - Worship, Speaker & Discussion
4:00pm 7:00pm Dinner Break
7:00pm 9:00pm Session 3 - Worship, Speaker & Discussion

Saturday, September 30th

9:00am 12:00pm Session 4 - Worship, Speaker & Discussion

Speaker - Dr. John M. Perkins

By John M. Perkins

Dr. John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty, the son of a sharecropper. He fled to California when he was 17 after his older brother was murdered by a town marshal.

Although Dr. Perkins vowed never to return, in 1960 after he accepted Christ, he returned to his boyhood home to share the gospel of Christ with those still living in the region. His outspoken support and leadership role in civil rights demonstrations resulted in repeated harassment, imprisonment, and beatings.

Today, Dr. Perkins is president of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi. He is one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the American civil rights movement. He is also an internationally known author, speaker, and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation and Christian community development.

Despite dropping out of school in the third grade, Dr. Perkins is an author and international speaker and teacher on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership, and community development. For his tireless work, he received honorary doctorates from Wheaton College, Gordon College, Huntington College, Geneva College, Spring Arbor University, North Park College, and Belhaven College. In 2006, he was named distinguished visiting professor at Seattle Pacific University.

He is the author of nine books including A Quiet Revolution, Let Justice Roll DownWith Justice For AllBeyond CharityHe’s My BrotherResurrecting Hope, and A Time to Heal. He has written numerous chapters in other books. John Perkins formally served on the board of directors of World VisionPrison FellowshipNational Association of EvangelicalsSpring Arbor University, as well as 15 other boards.

In 2004, Perkins partnered with Seattle Pacific University to launch the campus-based John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development.  The Center is a first-of-its-kind partnership and what Dr. Perkins describes as “the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”



  • Conference Registration: $100/person or $150/couple for entire weekend of four conference sessions.