Principals' Conference at Higgins Lake 2018 | Michigan District, LCMS

Principals' Conference at Higgins Lake 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:30 am EDT to Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:30 pm EDT

Ralph A. MacMullen Conference Center
Roscommon (Higgins Lake), Michigan

Event Description: 

We are excited about our upcoming conference at Higgins Lake this summer on July 31st - August 2nd. It is hard to think we’ll actually have some warm weather at that point as this spring has just been an extension of winter… but we know the Good Lord will warm it up soon!

Our conference agenda is going to be changed a bit from past years because of the training from Franklin/Covey that will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. They will require eleven hours to give us an indepth look at the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People . Over the last 25+ years, that book has become one of the best selling books on leadership development. If I had one book to share with new leaders, that would be it. We are blessed to be able to bring in one of their national trainers to spend two days with us. Your leadership at your school and congregation will be blessed in return. And we will also hear how the 7 Habits can be something you can bring back to your faculty and staff.

Our agenda will be packed full from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon. The usual golf, fishing, hiking, and napping will have to take place on Thursday afternoon when the conference is over. Of course, we will still have great fellowship time each evening, and Higgins always feeds us very well! Pastor Griffith from Immanuel, Macomb (our School Shepherd Award winner from last year) will be our devotion and worship leader. We’ll also have presentations from MANS, CEF, District Convention updates, and other things on the agenda Tuesday afternoon.

The 7 Habits training is expensive as each person also receives a kit full of resources to use during our time at Higgins and in your ministry. We have received approval for 70% of the conference (including lodging/meals) to be paid through your Title IIA funds. We recognize that this year’s conference is significantly more expensive than in past years. That is why we have secured funding to assist with the registration costs for individuals who need financial support to attend the conference if for some reason you are out of Title Funds. We don’t want the cost of the conference to get in the way of you attending this summer.

The cost to attend is $510 for single occupancy and $450 if you are sharing a room. This includes your two nights lodging, seven meals, conference materials, 7 Habits training, the resources from Franklin/Covey, snacks, and the evening fellowship. Title Funds can pay for 70% (Over $350 of the registration cost). Again, if you are unable to use Title Funds to pay for the conference, we have funding to support individuals to attend. Please send Travis an email before you register online if you need financial assistance.

We look forward to our time together at Higgins and know the Spirit will be alive and well as we grow together in our leadership to continue to be a blessing to those He has called us to serve.

In Christ,
Your Higgins Lake Conference Planning Team

Registration Information: 

Registration Costs:

  • Double Occupancy - $450
  • Single Occupancy - $510
  • No Lodging Registration - $360
  • Program Fee (Not Attending) - $50

We don’t want the cost of the conference to be a reason you cannot attend and have secured funds to assist schools with the cost.  If you are unable to use Title IIA Funds and need financial assistance, please email Travis before completing the registration.


Paul Pitchford

Franklin Covey Consultant

Paul Pitchford, Ph.D., a former faculty member of the University of Missouri College of Education and associate director of the Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal, has dedicated most of his professional life to enhancing the effectiveness of educational leaders. His teaching experience includes various courses in educational leadership, teacher effectiveness, curriculum development, strategic planning, and other related topics.

Paul has earned recognition as an outstanding teacher from the Columbia, Missouri, public school system and from the University of Missouri. In addition, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leadership Academy named him a Master Professional Developer for his efforts in implementing effective professional-development programs in Missouri schools.

Dr. Pitchford’s work as a facilitator of The7 Habits of Highly Effective People and many additional leadership processes began in 1997 and continues to the present. As a full-time Leader in Me coach, his current work is focused on building greatness in schools in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan. Paul lives in Columbia, Missouri, with his wife June. When he is not working, Paul volunteers at a local church, rides his bike with his wife, plays golf, and coaches soccer.

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