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Church Growth Course

 

Church Growth Course

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     Grace College of Divinity offers a unique course centered around the principles of church growth. It is from a sociological, psychological, and theological point of view. The course is designed to cover elements behind church growth.

     In the class they look at 2-3 models of churches at a systemic level to discover what they have in common. The class looks at successful churches and links the key differences to see how to best impact change in a community.

     The class looks to the early church in the Bible and asks the questions “What makes a movement?” “What would happen to the community if the church disappeared?” The class also recognizes that it is Jesus who grows the church but reaches beyond to see how the church can impact a community.

     Some of the required reading material include Viral Churches by Ed Stezer and Warren Bird and Exponential by Dave Ferguson and Jon Ferguson. The assignments are made relatable to everyone. The class is not designed to only appeal to those who are called to plant a church. The class is for anyone who has a heart for understanding their part in the local church or how the church can obtain optimal healthy growth.

     The early church made a movement that spread the word of God all around the world. That movement has not finished. This class helps individuals find their place in the movement. God fills the seats but our role extends beyond just that.

GCD Alumni Student Experience

 

GCD Alumni Student Experience

The Expereience Student Ministry Internship

During my time in the Experience internship with GCD, most of my classes took place in class rather than online. I remember having a hard time becoming acclimated to the online courses because they were structured differently. After the internship, I moved back home to Roanoke Rapids, NC and continued my education completely online. Immediately, I ran into an issue – I was unable to find all my required courses in online form. Because of the issue, I had to call GCD to find out if any of my electives could substitute for a required class. Luckily, a couple of my previous classes substituted for prerequisites.

Year 1! So on the top left of the picture, you will see some of my friends I grew up with. These guys were my life, and still are. But after a series of God moments and a lot of tears, the Lord directed and CONVINCED me to do theExperience internship with GCD. I didn’t want to do it, but I’m glad I did. After a series of events, God broke my will, and I quickly fell in love with the people and ministry at GCD and Manna. The people in the second photo are the interns I now call my lifelong friends. They mean so much to me. God took us to Costa Rica (bottom left picture) and showed us what he was doing over seas and brought us together as a team. Then after a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and coffee, we made it through our first year of the internship and we were radically changed people. When I look back on this year, I clearly see that this year was a time of building foundations! God took everything I had built my life upon beforehand and completely shattered it. Then He built a new foundation in me and taught me that you can only grow as tall as you are deep. These words end up being the basis of all to come in the future, because little did I know of the terrors that lay ahead of me in the next year of my life! More on that in the next post! To be continued…! @captainseaturtle #internship #theexperience #changed #neverthesame #ministry #friends #coffee

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Year 2! So this was the year I dread and love them most. After wrestling once again with God, He convinced me to do the second year internship, which means more responsibility, school, people, and gallons of coffee. The years set up was pretty much the same as before, but the challenges were different. You know the story when Jacob and God wrestled? Do you remember how God touched Jacobs leg and it came out of socket? Well during this time, I was wrestling with God, and He touched me in a sensitive spot. He touched my identity which left me completely and utterly a wreck! I had no idea who I was anymore and I could hardly make it through the days. But I learnt so many things that year, and it became by far the most important year of my life thus far. So here are a few tid bits I learnt. The first lesson is that no matter how lost you are, you are always a child of God first, and the rest second. The second lesson is that where you have been and who people say you are does not define you, God defines you. The third lesson is that you can either let brokenness control you, or let brokenness humble you so God can lift you up through His power and Grace instead of opposing you. Matthew 23:12. The last lesson is that even if you are as lost as an Easter egg, and your identity is unsure, the Lord our God who knitted you and fashioned all your parts together knows who you are exactly. And that, my friends, is a solid rock you can rest on. You don’t always have to know the answers. But you do have to rest in Gods truths. And in that place God will reveal who you are. #theexperience #internship #year2 #important #jesussaves #redeems #heknowsyou #helovesyou #restinhim #pureunabridgedmajesty

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 Online Bible College

I cannot say that doing four to five classes online every semester has been good for my health, especially early on. The process is very stressful and time consuming. However, after two semesters, I got the hang of online study and was able to reduce my study time by a couple hours. Because of the similar course patterns in almost ever class, I began to find a rhythm, and work became easier as I became a better student. My grades have been better through online classes, and that is important to me. I believe the online courses have forced me to study and pay attention more to detail as opposed to being in class with people. I realized that I do not retain information being spoken to me as well as information read and written about.

 

Year 3! So, after I graduated the internship the Lord opened the door for me to move back home and take over as the youth coordinator. So I did, and I continued to work on my bachelors degree online. But I'll tell you what, online school is hard!! I've spent more hours reading and writing in one year than I did in two years in campus! Sometime I just want to jump off a cliff, but I refrain 😬. But in the end, all the hard work is worth it! I have fallen in love with the youth in the Church and they make my life awesome! I pretty much have the coolest job in the world. I get payed to have fun and teach kids, plus the occasional road trip! But the year has also had its challenges as it should. God really challenged me to step out my comfort zone and to do more adventurous things. So as a result I have gotten into hiking, long boarding and I even took a group of 30 from the youth group skiing practically on my own! That was tough! And as you can see, I have a lot of pictures of only a few of my adventures from that year. But through it all, I learned the most about Gods timing. I watched a lot of my friends gain things I have been desiring for a long time. And it's been a challenge to not get jealous, but I know that jealousy doesn't get you anywhere. My patience and trust in God has grown tremendously, and the biggest lesson I've learned is that a good thing at the wrong time becomes a bad thing. Therefore you must wait for the right thing in Gods timing, whether that be love, marriage, career, kids, purpose, promotion, (insert desire here). Isaiah 40:31 "but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Just wait on him, and He will carry you. #waitonhim #helovesyou #jesusissustainingme #year3 #worklife #pureunabridgedmajesty

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Bible College Student

Because of my experience with online courses, I do not believe online classes are for everyone. Some people learn much better through lectures, and others learn better with reading and writing assignments. If you are like me and learn by reading and writing, then online classes are for you. But, if you learn by listening to a teacher, then online courses may not be the best decision for you. However, you have to do what must be done in order to obtain your education. If you work hard no matter what your learning style is, then online classes are worth the extra work.

 

Year 4! So this year is my last year of college, and in many ways it has been the most challenging. It is not that school or even the work is the challenge, but it's the loss of friends… Sort of… Many of my closest friends have ventured off into their first year of college and I have been left here at home, lonely at times. But as my friends have left to start their own adventures, I have gained a whole new generation of kids in our youth group and I have learnt the value of adding value to others. And the biggest challenge is to help transport the culture that made the previous group soo amazing into these new youthees. But it's a good challenge. Yet, as I am coming to an end in this part of my journey, I am nervous and yet excited about the next steps. I don't have a clue what those steps are, but if I have learned anything in the past 4 years is that what ever God leads you to, it will always be great and worth it. I also feel a strong need for Gods wisdom because I need it. So I've dedicated this year to gaining wisdom with my whole heart. As a matter of fact, the scripture tells us to seek wisdom "Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth." And I know that the wisdom of God is going to direct my steps in the coming future. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 God has got me! No worries 😁 #wisdom #timing #friends #growing #proverbs #trustinthelord #helovesyou #pureunabridgedmajesty

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Final post! So this has been a fun ride, but all good things come an end! I just want to give a couple final thoughts to end the night. So I'm playing my favorite guitar, her name is Nessa Rose. (Don't judge). I call her Nessa Rose because Nessa means pure and Roses are beautiful. So the name means Pure and Beautiful. 😁 I like that picture and I strive to find the pure and beautiful things in this world. They come in many shapes and are in each person. But the most pure and beautiful things are the workings God does inside of you. The question is can you draw them out? The hearts of man are like deep waters, and it takes work, patience, love, and the Holy Spirit to draw them out. So my final advice to you is to seek out the pure and beautiful things that God is doing inside of you and others, and capitalize on those deep workings. Be aware of what God is doing in you and others and always ask yourself how you can participate with God in what He is doing. Selah. Alright! Enough from me! God bless you all and continue to seek God in all you do! #gcdtakeover #fun #selah #Jesussaves #Jesuschangesus #gcd #pureunabridgedmajesty

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Student Spotlight: Rachel Shinnick

 

Student Spotlight: Rachel Shinnick

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INTRODUCTION:

Meet our student spotlight for this week. Her name is Rachel Shinnick, she is a freshman attending GCD to obtain her Certificate in Christian Leadership while being an intern at Manna Church. Here are photos that she posted when she did the Instagram takeover. Instagram: gcdivinity.

 

Student Ministries Intern

 

 

Bible College Professor

 

 

Internship Trip to Honduras

 

 

Student Ministries Gen Ignite

 

Modeling the new @genignite sweatshirts. And then because our photographer had to get in on it too. #weinternsarecrazy #andIloveusforit

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Mentoring

 

 

Student Life

 

 

Why Bible College?

 

Why Bible College?

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Bible colleges and secular colleges alike focus on a specific area for one’s career, have student life and opportunities for growth, have advising and counseling services, and an overall desire for every student to succeed in their education and in their life. Other than these basic areas, there are many differences between a secular and Bible college. For a school to grow they must have these components; but, the foundation (or the reasoning behind these services) often are different.

 

Why should you choose to go to a Bible college? Several reasons come to mind, but the most important is to get a solid foundation. According to LifeWay Research 70% of young adults stop coming to church regularly. Many other studies have been done that show large percentages of college students who claimed to be Christians before school, claim after college they are no longer Christians. Before heading off to any secular college the student should be able to have critical thinking skills and should be developed in Christian character and spiritual disciplines to stand firm and not be swayed by the difficulties of life, especially college life.

 

At least one year of Bible College can strengthen a student’s belief system and enable them to go to any college and into any career with a solid foundation and faith. Where previously many people would go to Bible College only if they wanted to become a pastor, missionary, or chaplain, now more and more Bible Colleges are offering programs for many more career options.

 

Grace College of Divinity has all the basic college services, but the reasoning behind these services are not only to meet the standard, but to give life, encouragement, and assistance to students in becoming leaders that change the world. Some of the programs offered at GCD are for those who want to be pastors, worship leaders, chaplains, missionaries, but also CEOs, and leaders of any sort. GCD has several different certificates and degrees in Divinity and Christian Leadership. The Christian Leadership programs offer foundational principles for leadership from the Christian perspective, including classes such as Ethics, Foundations of Marketing, Introduction to Organizational Leadership, and Psychology of a Leader.

 

Maybe you think you want to be a lawyer or a doctor. We have alumni who are pursuing those careers now! Before they went to get their education at a secular college they took one year with GCD to build their foundation in their faith, character, and leadership.

 

“The internship helped me to build my faith on a solid foundation. I was unsure of who I was in Christ and whether or not Christ was truly the only way to God. If I had not made the decision to join the internship, I’m not sure if I’d even be a Christian. This decision altered my path in life for the better and I wouldn’t be the woman of faith and strong character I am today without it.” Paradise Flowers, Alumna of GCD’s college internship – theExperience, and currently a Medical Student at Campbell University.

 

If you want to be a Pastor or Chaplain click here to look into GCD’s Divinity programs. If you want to be a CEO, work with a non-profit, lawyer, or anything else involving leadership click here to look into our various Christian Leadership programs. No matter what God is calling you to do He wants all of us to be solid in our faith. To accomplish this, Bible Colleges, and specifically GCD, want to be part of that process in training up today’s world leaders with a solid foundation in faith, character, and leadership!

 

 

Anna Beauchamp Memorial Scholarship

 

Anna Beauchamp Memorial Scholarship

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The Anna Beauchamp Memorial Scholarship or the Temporary Scholarship gets its name from the scripture 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV), “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”Anna Beauchamp was a kind and inspiring woman of God. She made people smile wherever she went. She was very creative and loved making crafts. Anna loved everything nerdy, especially the T.V. show Doctor Who. She had an amazing affinity to get along with all different kinds of people.

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While in the internship program Anna developed a strong faith in God of her own. She had a heart to serve others and always put people first. In Janurary 2013 Anna tragically passed away in a car accident, and this fund was established in August 2013 in her honor. Anna was in the first graduating class of the Experience Internship at Grace College of Divinity, afterwards she began to pursue her Bachelor of Divinity. Many of later Experience interns have been impacted by Anna through the Temporary Scholarship.This scholarship awards up to $750 per semester, per recipient, as determined by the decision of the GCD Scholarship Team. This scholarship was set up so other students may have the life changing opportunity that Anna had in her time at GCD and the Internship.

 

 

Grace College of Divinity

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What is Grace College of Divinity?

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Grace College of Divinity or GCD is an accredited Bible college focused on complementing the discipleship skills of the local church. GCD uses our leadership, worship, ministry, and family life skills to equip us, believers, to advance the kingdom of God. GCD’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders to change the world by advancing the Kingdom of God through sound Biblical training, practical ministry, and personal development.

 

What programs does GCD provide?

GCD provides the following programs and certificates:

Christian Leadership Program

This program consists of three degrees; Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s. This program is focused on training those who feel like they are called to ministry in the church, leadership in the church or business environment, and proclaiming humanity’s alienation from God and God’s work of redemption. The courses for this program are combined with four specific disciplines: Leadership, Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry.

Divinity Program

This program consists of two degrees; Associate’s of Divinity  and Bachelor’s. It is focused on training those who feel like their calling is to serve or lead in the local church. It combines the courses with three specific disciplines: Biblical Studies, Theology, and Practical Ministry.

Certificate in Missions Leadership

This is a one-year program for those students who are called to ministry in the mission field. It teaches the student cultural diversity and skill regarding cross-cultural evangelism and discipleship.

Certificate in Worship Leadership

This is a one-year program focused on academic work and extensive music practice in the student’s area of specialization. Specializations include the following: instrumental, vocal and dance.

Certificate in English for Academic Purposes

This certificate prepares foreign students and English-language learners to use the English language successfully in the context of Biblical higher education. It provides Christian foundations while developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking in the English language.

For more information go to our website www.gcd.edu

TheExperience Internship and TheExperience Weekend

 

TheExperience Internship and TheExperience Weekend

The Experience Internship

Overview

This is an internship designed to equip students to change the world through faith, character, and leadership skills. This internship combines academics and practical leadership experience. Every intern will choose a track getting specialized training and experience within a specific field.

Academics

TheExperience Internship offers a Certificate of Christian Leadership upon graduation. If desired, the intern may come back for a second year and obtain an Associate’s Degree of Christian Leadership. The Certificate is a year-long program and provides 11 Courses (30 credit hours), the Associate’s is a two year-long program and provides 22 Courses (60 credit hours).

Both years provide the following:

– Annual International Mission Trips

– National Leaders Conferences

– Weekly Mentoring Meetings with Pastor Michael Fletcher

– Domestic Trips and Outreaches

– Spiritual Growth & Biblical Teaching

– Character Development

– Individualized Teaching

– Specialized Training

– Practical Leadership Experience

Student Life

The Experience Internship

The intern will build life-giving relationships with fellow interns and participating in the following activities:

–  International Missions Trip

–  Team Workouts

–  Group Outings

–  Family Nights

–  Road Trips

–  Monthly Student Events

–  Lifelong Friendships

Track Options

Worship and Fine Arts: This track is focused on those who feel that are called to be worship leaders, graphic designers, videographers, dancers, sound engineers, etc. The interns will be developing their talent in the ministry field. Audition and interview required.

Outreach & Missions: This track is focused on those who feel called to reach the global community through long-term and short-term missions, evangelism, and community outreaches. Interview required.

Leadership: This track equips the interns in the finer areas of leadership and offer unique opportunities to develop advanced leadership skills. Interns are evaluated in specific areas of practical leadership based on their personal calling and life goals.

Want to be an Intern?

Come to our next event TheExperience Weekend November 13th and 14th. Here you will meet the staff and current interns while getting all the information you need to know about the internship. We will talk about academics, leadership opportunities, track options, internship schedule, student life, scholarships and various financial aid options. Representatives of TheExperience, Manna Church, and Grace College of Divinity will be present to answer any questions. For more information about TheExperience Weekend, call or email Anne Fletcher to annefletcher@mannachurch.org or 910-849-9464.

Student Spotlight: Katherine Cline

 

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This week for our student spotlight we are featuring Katie Cline. She is a current Bachelor of Divinity student and a graduate of the Certificate of Worship Leadership Program with Grace College of Divinity. Her passion is leading worship and she currently serves on the worship team at Manna Church. Katie has been with GCD since Fall of 2012 and is newly married! Get to know her through Instagram, she’s taking over for the day! GCD IG: @gcdivinity Katie’s IG: @kjocline

 

Here are photos from Katie’s Instagram takeover

 

#igtakeover this go around: @kjocline It's all yours!

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United Event

 

Student Ministries

United Event

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Hey guys just wanted to talk to you about a great event Manna Church had this past Sunday called the United Event. You may ask, what is a United Event? Well, a United Event is when students from all the Rush clubs and Conversations from Manna come together with their families for a night of games, worship, a message and just a lot of fun. But what is a Rush club or a conversation? These are different small groups that meet either at the different high schools, middle schools, and colleges during the week or during the evening on a Sunday at a Manna Church location. This event took place at Manna Church, our next door neighbors. We had the privilege of getting involved with it by having our own table to talk to students about our degrees and certificates by giving them general information about GCD. Other groups that were involved were College internship-theExperience, Angel’s Kitchen, and the Fayetteville Dream Center.At this event we had the honor to have the Mayor of Fayetteville, the Mayor of Hope Mills, the Superintendent of the Cumberland County Schools, and Nicole Carr from our local news. Many important people from our state attended and spoke great words of wisdom to our students. One of our very own interns, Belle Szalkowski, gave a great testimony of how God has worked in her life and how she got to where she is now. She spoke amazing words of wisdom to our younger students and parents, it was great to see her up there.

           Let’s talk a little bit about how GCD relates to Manna Church and how the Christian internship relates to us.

Grace College of Divinity is a Bible college in North Carolina that shares the same property as Manna Church on Cliffdale Road. Many GCD students are involved with Manna Church. GCD as a whole is very involved with Manna Church, and vice versa, many of the outreaches for example that we plan are assisted by Manna Church staff. Also, many of the faculty and staff here also work at Manna Church, which means we are like a big family. On the other hand, Manna Church has a program called theExperience Internship which is a Christian internship where young adults get the opportunity to have a year only focused on God. The “interns” at the end of their first year receive a certificate called the Certificate in Christian Leadership and after their second year they receive an Associates in Christian Leadership.With all this being said, I hope many of you attend our next United Event going towards the Holidays. God Bless you all.

 

Worship Leadership

 

Worship Leadership

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Worship Leadership

What is worship leadership? For many people worship leadership is just a group of people leading the church in worship before or after a service. Worship leadership takes more than that; a worship leader has very different responsibilities to fulfill besides just singing in front of the crowd. In this blog the reader will learn a few tips to be a successful worship leader and what responsibilities they have as worship leaders.

 

Here are 5 tips of how to be a successful worship leader.

  •       Prepare yourself Set time aside to interact with God and let Him prepare your heart to worship Him
  •      Receive Constructive Feedback  Let others with more experience help you and teach you what you might have to fix or add to your worship plan  Be humble when responding to the feedback and don’t take it as if the other person is bossing you around remember that person is just trying to help.
  •      Have a plan     If you play an instrument figure out the keys or chords and transitions you want to use so you can have something to practice, but can also change it while practicing   If you don’t play any instruments then get together with other members of the worship team and figure out the plan together.
  •      Have an opinion  If you are a co-leader have ideas or songs in mind that you can contribute when coming up with the plan
  •      Always contribute

     Let other people listen to the song list or plan beforehand; not all services are the same which means the song list needs to be flexible.

What are the responsibilities of a worship leader?

Not only do worship leaders sing in front of the church for service but they also come up with how they want to play every song, what songs they want to play, the lighting they need, the sound system and how to record it. Many of people think of worship as just singing but there is so much more to it that we can’t see. Behind every “performance” there many other responsibilities to accomplish. Here are some examples:

     Worship leaders create a culture of worship reflecting the uniqueness of the church.

     They might sing songs that other people wrote but the way they play the songs may be different because of the uniqueness of the church, not every church is the same which means not every worship team is the same.

     They unify the church with the uniqueness of the songs.

     The uniqueness of the songs relate to how the church is or the style of the writer; what makes it unique is how the worship team transmits the connection with God to the crowd.

     They take the church where God is.

     Sometimes it’s very hard to connect with God and through worship people are able to experience the presence of God.