Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Brant Leidy to Pastor Children & Parents in Everett

After serving as the Children's/Christian Education pastor for 15 years at Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, PA, Brant Leidy (pictured) concluded there March 31. The church held a farewell service and dinner on Sunday, March 29th.

He begins a new ministry as the Pastor of Children and Parents on May 1st at the Community Grace Brethren Church in Everett, Pennsylvania, with Pastor Jeff Peeler, Lead Pastor and Pastor Lee Seese, the Pastor of Youth and Parents.

Monday, April 27, 2009

NCO Examines, Recommends Four Pastors

Last Thursday was a big day in the North Central Ohio district of the FGBC as four men were examined for their credentials as elders in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Each of them was unanimously recommended to their local congregations. Congratulations to the following men.

Marty Ertel, East Side GBC – ordination

Keith Minier, Grace Fellowship of Pickerington – ordination

Larry Totzke, Capital City GBC – ordination

Drew Waggoner, Grace Fellowship of Pickerington – licensure

A fifth candidate, Andy Hupp of Lexington GBC, had to delay his exam because of responsibilities at a funeral. He will be examined in the fall for licensure.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jonathan Herron Concluding at Catalyst

Jonathan Herron, who has been working at planting the Catalyst church in Kent, Ohio, the past four years, is stepping back from that position. According to a posting on his blog, Catalyst will now come under the umbrella of Pastor Jason Haymaker and the Macedonia church as it considers its next steps.

The Herrons will appreciate your prayers for wisdom in their next steps of ministry. Jonathan's blog posting may be read by clicking here.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kish Valley Seeks Student Ministry Pastor

Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church
99 Taylor Dr
Reedsville, PA

Student Ministry Pastor Job Description

Student Ministry

Current Vision: Be a family for the lost, hurting, and outcasts where they can be shown the glory of God and the joy of "Real Life" in Christ.

Train, work with, and equip leaders to oversee Student Ministry’s weekly gathering. Effectively address all levels of spiritual needs in the students. Guide the leadership team in a strategic, purpose driven plan for events and outreach activities. Communicate with student families, looking for opportunities to minister to them as well.

Additional Duties

Act on behalf of the Senior Pastor at his request or in his absence, including preaching. Be involved in cell group ministry. Meet regularly with the Senior Pastor for accountability and mentoring. Be responsible for the handling of the various needs that arise in a small church.

Note: While the above job description is important, we also place value on not being overly narrow with it, understanding that there will be freedom to dialog with the candidate according to his giftedness and interests.

Bible College and/or seminary degree (negotiable)

At least 5 years of full time ministry (negotiable)

Job Category: Youth Pastor
Job Status: Full-time
Education required: Bachelors
Experience required (years):
Denomination: Grace Brethren
Organization Association: Willow Creek Association
Church Size: 101-250
Worship Style: Blended

Doug Sabin
Fax: 7176670044

Grace Brethren Pastors Take in Exponential

A number of Grace Brethren pastors attended the annual church planting conference, Exponential 09, which was held this week (April 20-23) in Orlando, Fla. Among workshop speakers were Neil Cole, executive director of Church Multiplication Associates, and pastor of Awakening Chapel, a Grace Brethren church in Long Beach, Calif., and Oscar Chavez, west coast director for church planting for Go2 Ministries and pastor of Iglesia La Cosecha, an Hispanic Grace Brethren church in Lancaster, Calif. In the photos below, Neil participates in a live, interactive podcast.

Go2 Church Planting Ministries also sponsored a workshop track at the conference.

Also among those attending, according to Ron Boehm, senior missionary with the Grace Brethren regional church planting organization, VisionOhio, (who attended with his wife, Chery), were Ned Denlinger, TriState district church-planting coordinator; Mike Stern, pastor of Southern Hills Church in Strongsville, Ohio (Cleveland westside); Ted Rastatter, worship leader and team member at Soma, Springfield, Ohio; David Black, team leader at Soma; Mike Tabor, pastor of the Happy Church, Jackson, Ky.; Clancy Cruise, church planter and senior pastor at Marysville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church; Jeremy Bury, worship leader at Marysville; Sean Spoelstra, church planter at Encounter, a new Grace Brethren church in Jerome/Dublin, Ohio; Andy Wirt, church planter at Clearview Church, New Albany, Ohio; Terry and Debbie Hofecker, VisionOhio trainer, church planter and senior pastor at Northwest Chapel, Dublin, Ohio; Mike Silliman, pastor, Elk Creek Church, West Grove, Pa.; Javier Forero, associate pastor at Iglesia Communal La Espranza, a Grace Brethren church in Valrico, Fla.; and Dan O'Deens, pastor, Gateway Grace Community Church, Parkesburg, Pa.

Above, church planters from the TriState Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (southwest Ohio, southeastern Indiana, and Kentucky) visit.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Philiposians Welcome Rachael Elizabeth

Congratulations to Pastor Nick and Charlene Philiposian who are the proud new parents of Rachael Elizabeth, 7lbs 13oz, 20.5 inches.

Nick is the pastor of DayStar Grace Brethren Church in Union City, OH/IN. According to Nick, the two brothers are very proud of her. (from Tri-State newsletter)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Paul Woodruff Surgery

An unverified prayer request has come through one of the local church prayer chains for Pastor Paul Woodruff of the Eagle Creek Grace Brethren Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, who is reported to be scheduled for triple by-pass surgery this afternoon.

UPDATE: Tim Boucher was kind enough to send along this message: "Paul did have quadruple by-pass surgery on Friday and is recovering well...please continue to pray for a full recovery.

Tim Boucher
"Nephew in-law" to Uncle Paul"

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Waterloo, Iowa, Church Seeks Lead Pastor

Lead Pastor

The body of Christ at Grace Brethren Church of Waterloo, Iowa, is searching for the man God has prepared to fill the Lead Pastor role in our congregation.

We are a thriving church body with a good mix of young families and older saints actively serving God through missions, outreach, community service, children and youth ministries, worship and discipleship. Our contemporary service is carried live on a local Christian FM radio station and is one of several efforts to live out our mission statement: G rowing together in unity (Fellowship) R esponding to God in heart and action (Worship) A ctively serving God (Servant Leadership/Ministry) C ontinually growing in Christ (Discipleship) E xtending the Good News (Evangelism)

We are searching for a self-motivated leader with established teaching experience in a pastoral position. Resumes may be sent to: Waterloo Grace Brethren Church, 1760 Williston Avenue, Waterloo, IA 50702 or emailed to jhearnest@forbin.net.

For further information on our church, please view our church profile at: http://www.gracebrethrenwaterloo.org/downloads/GBC_Profile2009.pdf


Monday, April 06, 2009

Excerpt: Rolland McCune on Systematic Theology

Here is an excerpt from an interview with Grace Seminary alumnus Rolland McCune which is currently online. To read the entire posting, click here.

5. What is your favorite Bible doctrine? Why?

My favorite Bible doctrine is the Kingdom of God because it ultimately unifies the whole Bible as no other doctrine or principle can. Unmistakably grounded in the religion and thought of OT theology, God’s rule of loving sovereignty over and fellowship with his image-bearers, is, as I understand it, the unifying center for all of God’s activity external to Himself. This is also the unifying principle of the Scriptures. It began with the Creation Mandate and carries through to the eschaton—the Millennial, Mediatorial Kingdom of God and its transition to the Eternal Kingdom of God on the new earth. (I develop this on pp. 135-54 of STBC.)

6. How has your mentor, Alva J. McClain, influenced your ST?

The influence of my mentor, Dr. Alva J. McClain, is tremendous. His grasp of the idea of the Kingdom of God was influenced by George N. H. Peters’s massive 3-volume The Theocratic Kingdom. McClain was a master-teacher and a careful, thorough, biblical and theological scholar. He was quite lucid in his thinking so that a Bible student as well as the average person in civil society could understand him. Very few will not comprehend the biblical, theological development of his magnum opus, The Greatness of the Kingdom. (Interestingly, George Ladd wrote a very negative review [Evangelical Quarterly 32 (1960): 48–50], fundamentally because McClain often cited nineteenth-century sources and not the current Continental scholarship and because he did not embrace the already/not yet notion of the Kingdom of God.) The clarity of Dr. McClain would apply equally to anyone listening to his lectures and sermons.

7. Who are a few of your favorite dead and living theologians? Why?

In addition to Dr. McClain, who died in 1968, I found A. H. Strong of great help. His Systematic Theology was pretty much the standard text in Baptist seminaries and other institutions until the appearance of Millard J. Erickson’s Christian Theology. Strong had his quirks, to say the least, such as ethical monism, postmillennialism, et al., but his format of developing the doctrines I found valuable.

I appreciate the efforts of the older Reformed theologies, especially in the areas of God, Christ, scripture and salvation. Herman Bavinck and W. G. T. Shedd particularly come to mind, as well as B. B. Warfield and the Hodges. Those nearest to my thinking, especially in ecclesiology, pneumatology, and eschatology, would be Lewis Sperry Chafer, John F. Walvoord, and Charles C. Ryrie.

There have been significant contributions made rather recently by Wayne Grudem, Millard J. Erickson, John Frame, Gordon Lewis and Bruce Demarest, Robert D. Culver, and Robert L. Reymond. The one-volume put out by Broadman (Theology and the Church, ed. Daniel Akin), as well as that of Dallas Seminary (Understanding Christian Theology, ed. Charles R. Swindoll and Roy B. Zuck), are noteworthy. I’m sure I have overlooked many others, some of whom contributed single volumes on various doctrines (such as the Contours of Christian Theology series by IVP).

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Ashland Seeks Worship Arts Coordinator

Worship Arts Coordinator

Ashland (Ohio) Grace Brethren Church is seeking a full-time Worship Arts Coordinator to lead worship, cast vision and provide overall leadership and administration for the worship arts ministry.

This person is responsible for planning, organizing, rehearsing and executing Sunday morning corporate worship services. Ashland GBC is a growing church of 1,100 that celebrates a multi-generational and blended worship environment. There are around 100 people involved in the worship arts ministry consisting of a worship band, choir, orchestra, small vocal ensembles and a hand bell choir.

You can check out the church at www.ashlandgbc.org. If you are interested in discussing the position, contact Pastor Dan Allan at dallan@ashlandgbc.org.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Newsletter's In The Mail

The spring, 2009, issue of "Sharpening One Another," the periodical newsletter of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers, is off the press and in the mail. It should be arriving shortly in the homes and offices of the 600+ members of the association.

The spring issue features Hispanic church-planter Oscar Chavez, a report of the teaching trip to Africa by AGBM president Joel Richards and Jason Carmean, an update from AGBM ministry director Jerry Young, and much more.

Articles or material for the newsletter should be sent to Liz Cutler Gates at lcgates@bmhbooks.com. Address corrections or subscription questions should be directed to Ann Myers at amyers@bmhbooks.com or by calling (574) 268-1122 or mailing to AGBM, P.O. Box 694, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590.