Next GENERATION LEADERS
At Grace, we’re committed to investing in leadership development. The greatest need to fuel and sustain the movement of the church is not more money or people, but more equipped and engaged workers/leaders. In 2022, we intend to direct substantial energy and resources to the continued growth and development of Grace Church’s Internship/Resident Program as well as our 360 Internship Program designed to energize and equip our high school students to be on mission for Christ.
Our Internship Program exists to develop next-generation leaders for the 30 in 30 vision and offers fully accredited ministry degrees through Grace College. This is the largest opportunity for new leaders to get their feet wet at one of our campuses and be trained for full-time ministry. Funds raised through this campaign will allow us to support our current interns and expand the future program.
This program combines three basic elements of discipleship in a dynamic and interactive curriculum. First, students will be trained in the Bible and earn a Seminary degree. Secondly, students will develop competency by applying their academic training through Ministry Leadership opportunities under the close guidance of a pastor or director. Thirdly, students are encouraged in the growth of character and coached through the practical aspects of Christian life. We currently have two full-time residents.
Grace College and Seminary
Grace College Akron offers a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. This fall, here at the Norton Campus, we began offering seminary classes for students pursuing Master’s level Christian education.
Learn more about Grace College and Seminary here
360 Internship Program
The 360 Program is aimed at high school students creating intentional opportunities for equipping, discipling, and ministry experiences. Our desire is to raise up an army of Christ-Followers who are not only grounded in the Bible but wholeheartedly love God and passionately engage in his mission to the world around them-this will be our greatest legacy. 10 Norton Campus students participated in this program last year.
MEET OUR INTERNS AND RESIDENTS
Student Ministry Resident
Learn more about Aaron here!
Next Level Partnerships
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN
What is Feed My Starving Children?
Every year, millions of children die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and undernutrition. Hunger causes nearly half of the deaths in children under 5 years old. From this data, we estimated at least 6,2000 children die each day from causes related to undernutrition. Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMCS is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC meals are developed by food science and nutrition professionals to supplement nutritional needs, reduce problems with malnutrition and allow children to grow, thrive and develop to their full potential.
How do we partner with Feed My Starving Children?
The Norton Campus has hosted FMSC Mobile Pack events since 2010 and in that time, we have packed 1,531,440 meals which were distributed across 10 different countries. These events provide a unique volunteer experience for people of all ages and walks of life to join together to feed starving children through this campaign.
Learn more about Feed My Starving Children
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Why and how local ministry?
Our desire is to make Jesus make sense here, there, and everywhere! In addition to partnering with organizations that do that well, we would like to fund initiatives that impact our community.
Through Next, we would like to raise 10K that will be used to directly support the needs of our local community. These funds may be used to assist current programs but they will also allow us to dream of new ways to meet the needs of others.
American Indian Missions
What is American Indian Missions?
American Indian Missions, Inc. is a faith-based ministry dedicated to reaching Native Americans with the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to become His disciples. They teach and train disciples who then, in turn, reach others, thus fulfilling the Great Commission. The ministry is run by Roger and Kathy Scarbro sent missionaries of the Norton Campus, who have worked with Native Americans for the past 20 years.
How do we partner with American Indian Missions?
Our hope through this campaign is to provide a new well for Dusty Pines Camp, the headquarters of AIMI’s ministry.
Learn more about American Indian Missions
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Next Building Projects
Over 40 volunteers participated in the office renovation and move this past year! This has inspired us to tackle additional areas in our building! Through this campaign, we would like to renovate our kitchen and the adjacent first floor main bathrooms and replace tile flooring on our second floor along with carpeting in our PowerKids areas.