GraceConnect eNews, No. 158, Week of June 27, 2016


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Adoption into a Larger Family
A growing trend in church planting is the development or adoption of additional campuses by a congregation. It allows a growing church to reach another community with the gospel, while being wise stewards of dollars spent for administrative purposes, such as bookkeeping, communications, bulk purchasing, etc.

Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Fremont, Ohio (Kevin Pinkerton, senior pastor), has adopted an existing church in Paulding, Ohio, with plans to partner with a Grace Brethren church in Northwood, Ohio, in the near future.
In Paulding, the then-independent congregation had long enjoyed the preaching of retired Grace Brethren pastors and Grace Theological Seminary professors and students. They had witnessed declining numbers for an extended period. Without another church to help, they would have had to close their doors.
They contacted Tom Avey, coordinator for the 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, for assistance. He suggested a meeting with the leadership of the Fremont church, an hour and a half away. Both groups saw benefits in partnering to reach the Paulding community, a village of nearly 3,600 people that also is the county seat for western Ohio’s Paulding County.
The new 
Grace Community Church of Fremont-Paulding Campus kicked off on September 28, 2014. Since then, their attendance has doubled under the leadership of recent Grace Seminary graduate, Cameron Michael, who serves as the campus pastor. Carter Winn is the worship leader.
According to Michael, adopting the church in Paulding has allowed for “a new modern music style and a significant amount of preaching on the screen.” He noted that the transition has allowed for the spread of the gospel in the community.
With the adoption of the Paulding campus complete, the Fremont church is in the process of coming alongside Trinity Grace Brethren Church in the Toledo suburb of Northwood, 27 miles away from the Fremont campus.
Much like the Paulding church, the congregation in Northwood is looking to the future as their long-time senior pastor, Ray Davis, prepares to retire. A partnership with the Fremont congregation will allow them to continue to preach the gospel in their community for many years to come. -- by Grace Beight

Click here to send a letter of encouragement Pastor Cameron Michael, or here to send a note to Pastor Kevin Pinkerton. Both are involved in leading the two campuses of Grace Community Church.

Editor’s Note: Grace Beight is from Amherst, Ohio, and worked as an intern at GraceConnect during her time at Grace College. She graduated this past May. 

[Your Turn]


The Great Canadian Adventure, a week-long mission opportunity supporting the work of the Grace Brethren Fellowship in Canada, recently wrapped up for 2016. This year, 34 participants traveled to Toronto to be the hands and feet of Christ. Visit their Facebook page to check out pictures from the this year's time in Canada.


What is happening in your church this summer? Keep sharing your photos of summer events at your church on social media using the hashtags #summeratgrace or #graceconnectsus‬. We'll post the best ones on the GraceConnect Facebook page! 


This year's Operation Barnabas, a three-week ministry experience for high school students, is underway! After orientation at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., students are headed to rural and inner-city settings in Pennsylvania and Ohio to share the gospel and serve others. Click here to read updates from the two teams, Team Buckeye and Team East, and find out how you can pray. Operation Barnabas is a ministry of CE National.  

Events in the FGBC

June 20-July 11, 2016  Operation Barnabas Tours (CEN)
June 22-28, 2016  Mission Trip to Haiti (WGUSA)
June 27-July 1, 2016  Encounter Atlanta Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 4-10, 2016  StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk) Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference Toronto, Canada (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference Cedarville, Ohio (CEN)
August 26-27, 2016   WLS: Principles of Effective Bible Study, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
September 9-10, 2016   WLS: Soul Care in Leadership, Eagle River, Alaska (WGUSA)
September 26-28, 2016  ​Central Focus Retreat (FGBC)
September 30-October 2, 2016   Soul Cry: Prayer Summit, Auburn, Ind. (WGUSA)
October 7-8, 2016   WLS: Soul Care in Leadership, New Holland, Pa. (WGUSA)
October 16, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Dublin, Ohio (WGUSA)
October 17-19, 2016  ​East Focus Retreat (FGBC)
November 11-12, 2016   WLS: Equipping Others for Ministry, Marysville, Ohio (WGUSA)
November 20, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA
GC – Grace College

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