C.O.G.I.C. Center

“Ministry To Humanity For The Love Of Our Community”

  • Community
  • Organization
  • Giving
  • Individual
  • Care


Here is a list of the various ministries of the C.O.G.I.C. Center

  • Isaiah’s Closet is the Clothing Outreach of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. that meets the clothing needs of individuals from our local community and beyond who are unable to supply clothing, shoes, and other personal care items for themselves through normal means and resources.
  • Graceland Recreation is a ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center and provides activities where the love of Christ is shown through Christian fellowship. We reach out to people of all ages by offering quality recreation programs that meet the needs of the community. The Gymnasium is available for open gym and the Clifford Park is also available to the community for picnics.
  • Young at Heart is place where senior citizens can come to socialize, watch TV, play cards and games, or just drink coffee. Active seniors know how to keep the good times rolling with activities for the body, mind, and spirit. No one type is more important than another. A full, vibrant, and independent life demands all three. Whether you are a healthy retiree or in need of a little physical, mental, or emotional “tune-up,” there are plenty of fun activities to suit your needs at Young at Heart inside the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center. You shall rise in the presence of the aged, and honor the elderly …” Leviticus 19:32
  • Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program seeks the reconciliation of the incarcerated parent with his or her children and caregiver; and seeks the transformation of children’s lives so that they will choose to follow Jesus Christ, becoming the next generation of committed laborers in His harvest instead of the next generation of lawbreakers.
  • Helping Hands Food Pantry is a Ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center that provides food to needy families. Recognizing that God has blessed us to be a blessing, Helping Hands Food Pantry serves as a vehicle to share the overwhelming abundance God has showered on us with those in need in our community. Emergency food is shared with love and respect to those who come for assistance.  It is our intention that they receive not only food for their physical hunger, but generous portions of kindness and grace to feed their spiritual and emotional hungers.  We believe the words of Jesus that this is one way we can respond directly to God’s love for us: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”  Matthew 25:35
  • H.E.A.L.T.H.Y. Project (Healthy Eating Always Leads To a Healthier You) of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. is a program that focuses on health and wellness which educates, promotes, and teaches healthy lifestyles in the community. The History of Food and Regional Culture is a class that goes through the different regions throughout the world, explaining its culture and regional cuisine. This class is available for all youth in the community ages 12 to 18 promoting health and wellness.
  • Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. God’s Little Lambs Learning Center is available to meet the needs of working families in the community by providing child care services to families who are working and need the assistance of childcare. God’s Little Lambs was formed to minister to families that were homeless. The ministry quickly recognized that a critical step on the road to steady employment and family stability was reliable and affordable childcare. God’s Little Lambs provides childcare largely for children from low-income families, allowing mothers and fathers to work, save money and support their families.
  • Love in Action is a Ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. providing meals and fellowship for those individuals experiencing homelessness, physical limitations, or financial disability. Many people in our community cannot prepare a Thanksgiving dinner in their homes because of homelessness, financial disability, physical limitations or finances. To show them God’s love, the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. prepared home-cooked Thanksgiving dinners to hundreds of area residents. In 2015, the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. through volunteers prepared meals for over 250 people.  Each year, volunteers of adults and children with big hearts share the joy of “giving thanks” by serving our community.
  • Released by Grace is a Prisoner Reentry program through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. that was formed to create opportunities for convicted felons to transform their lives by fostering behavioral changes that promote personal responsibility, healthy relationships, and be positive contributions to society. The mission of the Reentry program is “Rebuilding, Restoring, and Renewing lives…” To reintegrate former prisoners into the community, reduce prison recidivism, and improve public safety through addressing the educational, employment, healthcare, housing, and family relationship needs of prisoners re-entering society by providing support and connection to needed services in the community after prisoners have been released.
  • Released by Grace Convicted Felon Support Group reaches out to convicted felons and their loved ones by providing an overall support network through workshops, mentoring, and educating them on how to successfully transition back to the community as productive and law abiding citizens. The support group promotes equality for convicted felons; Offer support services for children of incarcerated parents; Advocacy organization for families with incarcerated loved ones; Referral services for housing, food, clothing, public assistance, and employment; Provide and promote alternatives to incarceration and family reunification; and provides mentoring, tutoring, life skills, vocational guidance, crisis intervention, court outreach, and after school programs for children.
  • Pardon by Christ Transitional Housing (The Pardon House) is a ministry of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center Inc. established to provide support for ex-offenders as they transition back into society. It is a Christ based, spirit led ministry that is called to offer men an opportunity to get a firm foundation established so that they can become independent functioning members of society again. There is a dire need for the believers of Jesus Christ to help provide the spiritual and practical needs of those affected by incarceration. Inmates and families are usually bankrupt monetarily and spiritually. Bottom line is the restoration of lives affected by incarceration.  Lives reconciled to the Kingdom of God and to the communities in which we live.  Pardon by Christ offers men and women an opportunity to establish a sound foundation so they can become independent, functioning members of society again. Our sole purpose is to transition ex-offenders successfully from incarceration to society.
  • A Place Called Home through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center is a safe haven in Muskegon County where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. As individuals creating and working together for a common mission, A Place Called Home is a Christian environment where all are free of harassment and are empowered, valued and appreciated for their unique qualities and contributions. We endeavor to treat each other with appreciation, understanding, dignity, respect and fairness at all times. A Place Called Home’s vision of diversity honors the complexities and differences that comprise the world community and within our membership including gender, race, ethnicity, cultural background, place of origin, religion, class, sexual orientation, age, functional expertise, physical capability, and educational background. We also welcome and value diversity of perspective, ideas and creativity. Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center at A Place Called Home we focus on shared values and aspirations. Each day we meet our members and colleagues with love and respect. We commit to constant growth and improvement as human beings and as a community. And, whether in the garden, the kitchen, the athletic field, the dance studio, or anywhere on our campus, we are connected through a set of values that inform our behavior: Respect, Empathy, Accountability, Courage, Hope because they are REACHing beyond their walls and past the horizon… and they are carrying something with them.
  • My Brother’s Keeper is a program designed for individuals who are on probation or parole needing to complete community service hours for Muskegon County Community Corrections to come to the C.O.G.I.C Community Center and volunteer for community service hours in order to become more productive and giving back to their community. These individuals will be assigned to various jobs and tasks throughout the community center in order to complete the necessary hours of Community Service needed as established by each individual’s probation or parole officer. My Brother’s Keeper is available to any individual needing community services hours Monday thru Friday.
  • Through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Midwestern Theological Seminary offers course work and classes on an Associates, Bachelors, and Master’s Degree in Theology. The unique community environment at the COGIC Community Center for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary College fosters spiritual, personal, & academic growth as students deepen their understanding of God’s Word, & the world he created.  Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary students come from a wide variety of cultural, economic and geographical backgrounds.  Our students through this seminary are committed to theological education in preparation for the practice of ministry. Midwestern Seminary has awarded more than 3,500 theological degrees with several of them being awarded to students through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center.
  • Through our Healthy Project and the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen is committed to being a source of support to economically disadvantaged children and their families, the homeless, and the elderly by providing a free community based nutritional meal twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm. We want to be like Jesus, in the Bible, by feeding the multitude. We want to bring hope to those in need, by providing meals with enthusiastic and caring helpers. We pray that people will be assisted any time they are in need of a meal. The Mission of the Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen is to support and enhance the ministries of the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center, Inc. by serving a healthy, delicious meal. The Food Service Ministry has been operating under the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center since 1999. During that time, the ministry has doubled the number of events as well as the number of people served.
  • Spirit of the Entrepreneur Ministry was birth through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center to enhance the lives of those who are interested in becoming business owners or starting a non for profit. Our purpose is to empower and educate the individuals and entrepreneur in the ways of building wealth and prosperity by breaking the cycle of debt and poverty in their lives. We also, commit ourselves to teaching our children in the areas of finance, to financially support the church, our families, our community businesses, and pass on a legacy of knowledge and wealth, to the next generation. This initiative is offered to youth, young adults, and anyone in the community that would like to become Entrepreneurs.
  • Champion Learning Center is a Literacy initiative that was launched through the C.O.G.I.C. Community Center to enhance Literacy. The Champion Learning Center provides high quality, professional tutoring and test preparation services for students ranging from Kindergarten through 12th grade. We provide individualized tutoring in Reading, Math, Writing, Study Skills, SAT preparation, ISEE preparation and academic subject tutoring. Our Champion program has the same fundamental elements that teach students to overcome academic obstacles and meet their full potential. No two people are exactly the same. That’s why at Champion Learning Center we personalize each student’s study plan to fit the individual needs of the student. Through our diagnostic assessment, we are able to hone in on specific academic strengths and weaknesses of each student to maximize results.