GraceConnect eNews, No. 147, Week of April 11, 2016

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Sowing, Nurturing, Harvesting

‘Sowing Gospel Seed, Nurturing Gospel Fruit, Harvesting Gospel Workers’ is the sum of the mission at Greenville Grace, a Grace Brethren church in Greenville, Ohio. In short, what gets done, gets done together -- be it through prayer, worship, leadership, or witnessing. It’s this strong-willed mentality that Jason and Jodi Bradshaw (pictured below) are using to move forward with a church plant in Troy, Ohio.

A modest Ohioan town of 25,000 and only 25 miles east of Greenville, it shouldn’t be too difficult. And they won’t be going at it alone. The Bradshaws recently moved with their three children -- Owen, Ellie, and Sam, joining three other church families who have lived in Troy for years. One is Bryan Spirito, a soon-to-be elder at Greenville Grace. He will be helping the Bradshaws in their efforts in Troy, along with elder Chris Harshbarger, who is making the move as well.

“Teamwork.” That's how Jason sums up the key ingredient in their plan to minister in Troy. “We’re coming in as a collective with a common goal. To establish the presence of warm relations and open hearts to draw people in.”

However, connections with Greenville Grace will not be dissolved. Through prayer and future Bible studies, the two congregations hope to stay tied together, drawing strength and spiritual inspiration from each other. An actual church body won’t accumulate in Troy until 2017, but the support system will be well in place until then.

Greenville Grace has been in the church planting network known as
Sojourn since 2010, where members of the congregation have been trained, prepared, and groomed in their methods of ministry. In summer of 2015, Jason went on sabbatical to pray about his future in ministry. Until then, he had provided Greenville Grace with music as their worship leader, as a Sunday school teacher, and for the last five years, counseling. What else could he do?

The idea of a church plant came to mind. He went to the board of elders with the idea and after much prayer on the home and church fronts, the answers came clear: plant a church! Danny Wright, pastor of Greenville Grace since 2002, says that the timeline of the move into Troy is an answered prayer.

While Jason and Jodi’s three children -- the exception being two-year-old Sam, who will travel wherever the food is! -- hold some reservation to the move, the Bradshaws remain hopeful and confident in their next steps. Their family, and the others in Troy, are ready to facilitate relations with whomever God sends their way, while continuing to strengthen in their ties with Greenville Grace’s congregation. Jason commented on the natural draw he has toward teaching his faith to others, particularly in preaching the truth about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection:

“Very much as in my years of counseling,” Jason explains, “I want to lead people to treasure Jesus Christ, so that they can overcome the difficulties of their life through Him.”

With this goal in mind and prayer, the ground work in Troy is already a couple of months underway. Pray for Jason Bradshaw and his fellow planters, that they may confidently share the treasure of Christ with whomever they cross.  -- by Haley Bradfield 

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Events in the FGBC

April 20, 2016  Day Away - North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
April 21, 2016  Day Away - North of 55, Greencastle, Pa. (CEN)
April 22, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, East Earl, Pa. (CEN)
April 23, 2016   Connect & Equip, Regional Mission Conference, Pickerington, Ohio (EWP)
April 29-May 1, 2016  Awakened Weekend at Urban Hope, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
May 7, 2016  Grace College Commencement, Winona Lake, Ind. (GC)
May 20-21, 2016   WLS: Women and Scripture, Ashland, Ohio (WGUSA)
June 13-17, 2016   Encounter SoCal (EWP)
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
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)
 
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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