Senior Pastor Needed – FT – Wisconsin

March 18th, 2014

The Community Evangelical Free Church is a small rural congregation tucked into the hills of southwest Wisconsin. CEFC was founded in 1998 and has been served by three pastors. The present pastor has been with us for seven years. CEFC is a healthy church with a desire to grow and reach people in the Shullsburg area with the Gospel.

If the called individual is without senior pastor experience a transitional period until September of 2015 could be arranged. Regardless of experience, the elders would appreciate a willingness to spend time working with the current pastor. Then, on September 1, 2015, Pastor Lee would move on to the next stage of his journey, and the new individual would become the pastor. During the transition period, some compensation would be available, but the salary and benefits package would not begin until September 2015.

If this is an opportunity you would be interested in pursuing please send your resume to the church. Also we invite you to call or email (communityefc.shullsburg@gmail.com) us with any questions you have.

Pastor Lee: 608-965-3016 or 608-482-4014

Tom Hackl, Search Committee Chairman: 608-482-1943

Nick Johnson, Elder Board Chairman: 608-574-6011

Applied Learning Program at Grace College an Astounding Success

March 18th, 2014

Pictured is Grace College freshman and Applied learning student, Savannah Balluch

Grace College continues to prioritize and pursue innovative educational experiences for its students. One of their widely successful initiatives is the Applied Learning program, launched in January of 2011. The program has since allowed 205 students to gain earned credit through hands-on experiences in a variety of settings and positions including work with a great number of churches, business, and institutions in the local community. This spring semester, 58 students are earning such credit, the largest number to date.

The program emphasizes commitment to analytic inquiry, active learning, real-world problem solving, and innovation.  Students may experience applied learning through both traditional and non-traditional assignments.  The goal is to link knowledge and/or skills acquired in work, community, and/or research activities with knowledge acquired in the classroom and through traditional schoolwork.

“Applied Learning is making a difference for our students,” said Randy Polston, program director. “We have had students hired by a number of different companies after they logged hours to earn applied learning credit. Applied Learning experiences also provide employers the opportunity to observe students while on the job.  Students are sharing with me that experiences within the AL program are helping them see what God has planned for them and their careers.”

As of March 5, 2014, Grace College now offers 163 applied learning experiences for their students. “Businesses, agencies, and churches are welcoming our students with open arms,” explained Polston.  “Many are now contacting me to ask, ‘How can we be a part of this program?’”

“I am so impressed with and blessed by the Applied Learning program,” said Savannah Balluch, a freshman studying communications and psychology at Grace. “I think it is so crucial for students to spend time learning hands-on in their career of choice. I think it is amazing that Grace has taken the time to make so many of these opportunities available. It is so clear that the program cares personally for each student and wants to work to make sure students are comfortable in these environments.”

If you are a business or organization that would like to become involved in the Applied Learning program, please contact Randy Polston at polstorw@grace.edu or by phone 574.372.5100 ext. 6416.

Grace Basketball Eyes Up First-Round Opponents at NCCAA Nationals

March 18th, 2014

Pictured is Greg Miller (left) and Juaneice Jackson (right)

The brackets have been set and the opponents drawn for Grace’s men’s and women’s basketball teams at this week’s NCCAA National Championships.

The Lancers and Lady Lancers – playing together at NCCAA Nationals for the first time – tip off on Wednesday night at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. The eighth-seeded Lady Lancers will face top-seeded Lee (Tenn.) at 5:15 p.m. The men’s team (No. 7 seed) will play No. 2 Colorado Christian at 7:30 p.m.

NCCAA TOURNAMENT INFORMATION HERE

The 2014 men’s and women’s tournament field is loaded with talent from NCAA Div. II, NCCAA and NAIA levels. Teams come from as far as New York, California, South Carolina and Oklahoma to the MOCC fromWednesday to Saturday with national championship aspirations.

The Lady Lancers’ first-round opponent Lee was last year’s NAIA Div. I national runner-up. The high-scoring Flames are led by Hollie German, who has scored over 2,000 points in her career. Lee averages 70 points per game and outscores its opponents by over 10 ppg.

Juaneice Jackson headlines Grace’s women’s team, who is coming off its best Crossroads League season (12-6) in program history. Jackson became Grace’s all-time scoring champion in January and leads the Lady Lancers with 18.3 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

In the men’s bracket Grace will square off with Colorado Christian, winners of six of its past nine games. The Cougars rip off 85 ppg offensively, but they also give up over 82 points defensively. Colorado Christian averages 10 made 3-pointers per game, hitting 40 percent as a team from beyond the arc.

The Lancers are enjoying an eighth consecutive national tournament appearance. After losing their first five league games, the Lancers recovered to win eight of their final 13 contests. Grace nearly won the CL Tournament as the No. 6 seed, coming up five points short to Bethel in the championship.

Senior Greg Miller paces the Lancers offensively, averaging 17.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. Logan Irwin (13.1 ppg) and Niko Read (11.0) also average double-digit scoring.

Ticket information and live video coverage of the tournament games can be found at www.GCLancers.com/NCCAA.

Lady Lancers Win NCCAA Midwest Title

March 14th, 2014

Pictured is Grace's women's basketball team celebrating its NCCAA Midwest Regional Championship on Thursday

Grace’s women’s basketball team earned its first championship of any kind on Thursday with an 84-66 victory over Oakland City, claiming the 2014 NCCAA Midwest Regional Championship.

The Lady Lancers will enter next week’s NCCAA National Championships, held at Grace College, as the Midwest champ. The team’s first-round opponent will be released late Saturday night with the announcement of the official tournament field. Both Grace’s men’s and women’s teams will participate in NCCAA Nationals for the first time this year. The tournament is held from March 19-22.

Juaneice Jackson dazzled her way to 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes of action. Allison Kauffman added 22 points and six boards.

Grace led for all but 28 seconds of Thursday’s title game. A basket from Darian Patton gave Grace the lead for good at 4-3, and the Lady Lancers maintained a slight lead for the rest of the half. Jackson and Lindsey Schaefer scored quick baskets in the final minute of the half to lift Grace to a 39-33 halftime advantage.

Kelsey Sule was a spark off the bench offensively, scoring seven points to help break down Oakland City’s 2-3 zone defense.

The Lady Lancers opened the second half on a 27-13 run, pulling away from the Oaks. A basket from Micah Pollard lifted Grace to a 66-46 lead with 10:46 remaining.

Oakland City made its strongest push of the game after Pollard’s shot, ripping off 12 points in less than two minutes to trim Grace’s cushion to eight points. But Grace retaliated with 10 unanswered points to effectively end the Oaks’ threat.

Juaneice Jackson’s 22 points came on 10-of-18 shooting, and Allison Kauffman’s 22 points came on 10-of-14 shooting. Lindsey Schaefer pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, and Chloe Pridgen tallied six points and six boards.

Grace shot 49 percent from the floor while holding Oakland City to 33 percent. The Lady Lancers also dominated the rebounding battle, outrebounding the Oaks 54-23.

Shell Earns CL Player of the Week Honors

March 12th, 2014

Junior Brooke Shell’s impressive offensive week landed the outfielder as the Crossroads League Player of the Week.

The former Blackford High School standout batted .500 over eight games in Florida last week, racking up 14 hits and eight runs. The speedy right fielder swiped seven stolen bases in eight attempts. Additionally, her 2-for-4 performance from the plate nearly led Grace to an upset of No. 5 St. Xavier (1-0).

Over Grace’s first 14 games, Shell has posted a sizzling .620 batting average to rank sixth in the nation. Her 13 steals is 13th in the NAIA as well.

The Lady Lancers hope to continue action with a tournament at Indiana Wesleyan on Friday and Saturday. Grace is scheduled to play Judson and Cornerstone on Friday and Grand Valley and Calumet St. Joseph on Saturday.

Grace Hosts Inspirational Sportsmanship Summit Northern Lakes Conference

March 12th, 2014

*pictured are the Northern Lakes Conference student-athletes and athletic directors at the 2014 NLC Sportsmanship Summit

Grace College and Director of Athletics Chad Briscoe welcomed student-athletes from the high schools of the Northern Lakes Conference for a Sportsmanship Summit on Tuesday.

Ten student-athletes from seven NLC schools attended the conference, which was designed to educate student-athletes about sportsmanship and character training in athletics.

Students from Concord, Elkhart Memorial, Goshen, Northridge, NorthWood, Plymouth and Warsaw high schools spent the day together working in groups to discuss and challenge one another in sportsmanship and character-building in the athletic realm. The students worked in team-initiative opportunities to build camaraderie among the schools in the conference.

“We are pleased to be a part of building character at the high-school level through the Sportsmanship Summit,” Briscoe said. “We hope it served as a great opportunity to educate and reinforce character education and to help promote the importance of sportsmanship for each student-athlete.”

The Sportsmanship Summit featured sessions from IHSAA Assistant Commissioner Sandy Searcy, Grace College Vice President Jim Swanson and Briscoe. The students also heard a 60-minute panel from former collegiate student-athletes about their high school and college playing experiences.

Grace College & Seminary Announces Winners of Presidential Scholarship Competition

March 9th, 2014

During the weekend of Feb. 14-15, Grace College hosted 147 high school students for its Presidential Scholarship Competition. The competition, held annually, brings finalists to campus to compete for scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $25,000 per year. This year’s winners included (listed in order of scholarship and alphabetically within each category):

 

President’s Scholarship:
>>Ian Ross of Oswego, IL

 

Trustee Scholarship:
>>Macie Brown of Hart, MI
>>Bailey Gerber of Bluffton, IN

 

Faculty Scholarship:
>>Nina Dubois of Byron Center, MI
>>Kari Feddema of Kalamazoo, MI
>>Sarah Landfair of Troy, OH
>>Aleena Sallot of Lagrange, IN
>>Callie Tucker of Mansfield, OH

 

Achievement Scholarship:
>>Lilia Arroyo of Carmel, IN
>>Macey Bickford of Kokomo, IN
>>Joshua Dille of Bartlett, IL
>>Alyssa Gibbas of Aurora, IL
>>Ryley Hoekert of Woodland Park, CO
>>Jonathan McCrorie of Indianapolis, IN
>>Kirstin Spohn of Indianapolis, IN
>>Morgan Swanson of Wanatah, IN
>>Amanda Torres of Plainwell, MI
>>David Wesner of Indianapolis, IN

 

McClain Scholarship:
>>Katrina Bell of Kenosha, WI
>>Julie Bender of Shipshewana, IN
>>Stevan Bennett of East Peoria, IL
>>Danielle Benthem of Colorado Springs, CO
>>Krystyna Borkowski of Goshen, IN
>>Alexandria Brown of Caro, MI
>>Caleb DeBoest of Warsaw, IN
>>Natalie Dufresne of Williamston, SC
>>Eric Jagger of Winona Lake, IN
>>Theresa Krystaponis of Louisville, KY
>>Mariah Lee of Libertyville, IL
>>Eleanor McArdle of Bloomington, IN
>>Kate Mull of Ypsilanti, MI
>>Hannah Remington of Warsaw, IN
>>Juliana Romano of Livonia, MI
>>Samuel Shick of Sheffield Lake, OH
>>Isaac Thompson of Lizton, IN
>>Marina Tolczyk of Warrenville, IL
>>Marissa Vesey of Mt Morris, IL
>>Stephen Yoder of Bellflower, CA

 

 

Lancers Charge into CL Championship Game

March 4th, 2014

Pictured is Niko Read on Saturday

Grace’s run through the 2014 Crossroads League Tournament will continue to the championship game thanks to the Lancers’ 68-67 win over Spring Arbor on Saturday.

The Lancers (18-13) sit one game away from an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championships. Grace will travel to archrival Bethel on Tuesday 7 p.m. for the CL Tournament title.

Four players reached double figures in scoring for Grace on Saturday, led by Greg Miller’s stat line of 19 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks.

Although Grace led from start to finish, Saturday’s result was far from a guaranteed win for the Lancers.

The Lancers got off to a blazing start, ripping off a 14-0 run after tipoff. Niko Read buried two 3-pointers, Caleb Featherston hit another, and Jared Treadway finished an old-fashioned 3-point play to spark Grace’s run.

Grace’s offense could not maintain that rate of production, however, as the Lancers scored just two points over the next six minutes. Spring Arbor rallied late in the period with nine unanswered points, but Grace still earned a 30-24 lead at halftime.

The second half was much of the same as the Lancers held a 5-12 point lead until the final minutes. A basket from Miller lifted Grace to a 60-53 advantage with 2:28 remaining, but the Cougars (12-20) sliced the Lancers’ cushion to three points a few possessions later.

Treadway scored three big points in the final minute, hitting a rebound putback with 50 seconds on the clock and a free throw with 25 seconds left that each time pushed Grace’s lead to two possessions.

Although Grace largely struggled from the free throw line in the second half – hitting just 11-of-22 from the line – Brandon Vanderhegghen and Miller sealed Grace’s semifinal win by going 4-for-4 in the last 12 seconds.

A desperation 3-pointer from the Cougars’ Rob Hogans brought Spring Arbor to within one point with one second left to play, but Grace inbounded the ball deep down the court to run out the clock. Hogans led all players with 28 points in his final collegiate game.

Treadway finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists in a strong showing, and Read buried four 3’s for 14 points. Vanderhegghen scored 12 points off the bench, and Featherston added eight points.

As a team the Lancers outrebounded the Cougars by nine. Grace also held Spring Arbor to 39 percent shooting for the game.

Ministry Fellow to Ivy League Univ.

February 27th, 2014

Christian Union seeks a qualified individual to serve as a Ministry Fellow to Ivy League University students.  Ministry Fellows are responsible for ministering to Christian and non-Christian students, overseeing programs and social events, teaching Christian students the Scriptures, and sharing the Gospel with non-believers.  Our website: http://www.christianunion.org/

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and teach students the Scriptures in 12-week intensive small-group Bible Courses and in one-on-one settings
  • Recruit and coach teams of students to organize outreach, social and other events
  • Organize, implement and oversee additional important discipleship and outreach programs including conferences, evangelistic events, speaker series, and others as needed
  • Share the gospel with students individually, as well as in small and large group settings
  • Offer hospitality and friendship to students through meals, parties and other social gatherings
  • With other Christian Union Fellows at the end of each year, evaluate the effectiveness of ministry programs in order to suggest and implement modifications

Assume other responsibilities as needed for the sake of the ministry on campus, or for the sake of the overall Christian Union ministry

Qualifications:
Christian

  • Strong devotion to Jesus Christ, holiness, and a passion to make Him known
  • Knowledge of the basics of the faith, as well as the heart and capacity to study and teach complex theological issues
  • In agreement with our Statement of Faith and Ethics

Personal

  • Adaptable to the culture of an Ivy League school
  • Passion for students to know and follow Jesus Christ, and ability to form friendships with students quickly and easily
  • Excellent communication ability
  • Capable of delegating responsibility to students and coaching them to performance standards
  • Quick learning ability to absorb the best practices of the ministry
  • Strong teaming skills in order to work well with other Teaching and Ministry Fellows

Professional

  • Five years minimum professional experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines, and to work independently to complete tasks
  • Theological training helpful but not required

Note:
Christian Union has both Teaching Fellow and Ministry Fellow positions.  The requirements and responsibilities of these two different positions overlap in many ways, except for the expectation of stronger theological training and teaching ability for Teaching Fellows and stronger professional and organizational skills for Ministry Fellows.  Christian Union is currently seeking a Women’s Ministry Fellow to join its team ministering to undergraduate students at Harvard University by the summer of 2014.

Compensation is based on a number of factors and ranges from $45,000 – $90,000.  This is a full-time paid position, so no individual support-raising required.  You will, however, be asked to participate in general fund-raising activities.

Interested applicants should send a résumé and cover letter to Opportunities@ChristianUnion.org.

Family Life Pastor Needed – FT – Indiana, PA

February 27th, 2014

Calvary Evangelical Free Church

http://www.calvaryefc.net/

About the position:
This is a new position based on growth in the congregation and a desire for the church to more effectively engage with the community.  Looking forward, Calvary is preparing to add a second worship service with the long-term vision of planting a sister Church in the area.  Calvary is a congregation of about 180 in Indiana, Pennsylvania.  Indiana is a university town 60 miles NE of Pittsburgh and with surrounding White Township the population is over 28,000.

Description:
The Family Life Pastor will assist the Senior Pastor in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and encourage the local church body to actively share the gospel in the community.  This Pastor will provide pastoral care to the church and community. He will give administrative leadership that helps guide the spiritual development of the congregation.

Ministry Responsibilities:

    Church Body

  1. Meet with attendees(including visitors) for the purpose of better integrating them into the Body of Christ at Calvary
  2. Actively participate in and help coordinate adult outreach activities
  3. Assist with hospital/home visitation as needed
  4. Preach on Sunday as needed
  5. Oversee other ministries as skill-appropriate

    Small Group Ministries

  1. Help discover, develop and provide resources for small group leaders
  2. Implement small groups after recognizing the dynamics at Calvary
  3. Ensure that small groups are well rounded and balanced in ministry, instruction, service, evangelism and relationships.

    Children & Youth Ministries

  1. Oversee the Children’s Ministry Coordinator & Youth Leader by observing and advising to help ministry effectiveness
  2. Work with leaders to reach out to unchurched family members of children and youth
  3. Help design & facilitate outreach events for families in the community

Candidates:
It is preferred that the Family Life Pastor be a seminary graduate or at least working toward a degree.  It is expected that He will have experience leading and teaching groups.  The candidate should also be comfortable relating to unsaved people without using church jargon.  This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $40k plus benefits.

If interested, please send your resume to Gino Cosentino at ginocos@verizon.net