Doing Justice

The challenges for those facing incarceration are growing. When you consider the statistics surrounding those serving time in prison, it becomes clear that there is much brokenness within our justice system. Gaps created through poverty and race often bring about more injustice than justice. Defense......

It’s about relationship, not events

Last month, we partnered with a local Indian pastor to host a christmas event. While the evening was a great opportunity for Grace members to bring their Indian friends, the real ministry is taking place in the day-to-day relationships being pursued with those who attended.    A month has......

Preparing youth for work, empowering them for life

  Mill Community Ministries is a partner organization of Grace Church. Over the past several years, we have worked alongside MCM as they have worked with neighborhoods in West Greenville to launch a variety of community empowerment programs. Read below for a unique opportunity to......

When we wish we could do more

I recently sat in a meeting with a group of adults who are all part of the newly-launched mentoring program at my children’s school. The last 3 months have served as the first continual exposure that some of these people have had with children that......

This is war

Growing up in a western, enlightened society I learned to look down on everyone else’s understanding of the world. I learned empirical values. I learned to despise the childish notions of our ignorant ancestors. Accordingly, Greek mythology, demonic activity and supernatural phenomena were classified with......

This Christmas | Remembering to live as exiles

We don’t belong here. This idea is a difficult one for us to remember. Our lives feel normal, busy, and often, harried. Our homes provide us with a safe haven in the evenings; we control and protect the comfort we find there. We have an......

Christmas Is About a Relationship

  Christmas is about a relationship. I didn’t say that Christmas is about relationships, as in relationships with friends and family. Of course, this season brings many intentional moments to be with friends and family. But those relationships, important as they are, aren’t the best......

Tragedies, My Selfishness, and the Incarnation

  Unless you’ve been living in a cave, or too busy decorating your home for the holidays, you’ve heard of some big events around the world — the recent spat of bombings across the world (most notably in Paris and Beirut), followed by a debate......

I was in prison…

Last Friday, I had the privilege to sit in a room with about 45 ex-offenders who had recently been released from prison. Most of them were Christians.   This was my introduction to a ministry to ex-offenders called Jump Start. Members of Jump Start  join......

A Heartfelt Calling

In 2005, I distinctly remember praying about going on a missions trip. I know I was interested in missions before then, but this is the first time I specifically remember praying about going. As it turns out, I didn’t go, and I was devastated…yet at......

Showing Honor to the Elderly

The Bible speaks clearly about the honor and wisdom that comes with old age. Yet in our society, many of those in the older generations spend their final years in elder care facilities with few connections to the outside world. Volunteers and leaders with our Senior......

De-compartmentalize Your Family Mission   

  “Mom, we can always slide our chairs in to create another space.” Those words recently uttered by our 6 year old over breakfast, served as a reminder that children can be on mission and sometime lead us with their uncluttered perspective.   I’ll explain......

Learning to Live on Mission

One of my favorite nights of the year is Mission to Worship, a night at Grace Church dedicated to celebrating what God is doing in our community and the world through the local church.   It is also a call to action – How can......

Mission to Worship | Engage

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Mission to Worship this past Monday. Worship points our hearts to who God is. His character, His holiness, and His grace call us to action. As a church and as individuals we must live on mission with Him and......

Don’t Be Afraid to Walk in Obedience

As I walk through the doors of work with a canteen of coffee in my hand, I mentally prepare myself for the day ahead. The humidity and the heat of the air are increased as I walk from the open air breezeways into the four......

To Love Anyway

If I were to take the time to think about all the really bad things that could possibly happen to my children, whether it be physically or emotionally, the list could get pretty lengthy. And then if I added some of the sufferings of children......

Foster Care | It takes a village

They say that it takes a village to raise a child, and in our family, we have understood that to be true. Our children have formal and informal mentors – grandparents, teachers, coaches, church members, and family friends. We have had to rely on family......

Mission to Worship | Will you join us?

Last November, we gathered together as a church to celebrate the work God is doing through the local church both in Greenville and around the world. Once again, it is our desire to pause and reflect together- to praise Him for the work He has......

Uncomfortable Growth | Thoughts on Traveling to Nicaragua

Until three years ago, Barbara Dansby had never had a desire to join an overseas missions team. She heard about opportunities to join medical or pastoral teams, and, since Barbara is a middle school guidance counselor, neither of those areas were really in her skill......

Engage Now | October

  Mission to Worship | November 2, 2015 Grace Church would like to invite you to attend Mission to Worship for a night of worship, fellowship and dessert.  We will discuss Grace Church’s local and global initiatives and what it looks like to be engages......

Qualifying as an Ambassador

I was home in Greenville for three months this summer on a break from missionary life in Papua New Guinea. During that time, I heard the “Citizens” series at Grace and since then I’ve been thinking about what it means to be an alien and......

Nameless & faceless

“Nobody wants me. Look at me, Nobody wants a kid like me. I’ll stay here one more year, and start my life…I guess.” As those words fell off the lips of a 17 year old I had known for a while, the direction of my......

Biblical Hospitality doesn’t look like Pinterest

As I write this, my mind is drifting aimlessly to pinterest boards and dreams for my new home. I have an excuse though – I just signed a contract on my first house! I imagine clean spaces, crisp linens, and cozy blankets. A perfect dream......

10 Simple Ways to Support Foster Families

Foster care and adoption are quickly becoming a part of who we are at Grace Church. As we grow in our understanding of the church’s biblical responsibility to care for orphans, we are seeing more and more of our families begin the process to become a part......