Compiled by Chris Moon and Jim Nieman
Beth Jarvis has been named director of the newly created Ministry Resource Center at Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan.
The seminary last year received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to start a Ministry Resource Center to help place and mentor Emmanuel’s ministry students in local churches.
Jarvis is an ordained Christian church minister with years of nonprofit experience. She most recently served as care team coordinator with Christian Missionary Fellowship International in Indianapolis, coordinating pastoral care for 220 missionaries in 25 countries.
“We’re delighted to have someone with Jarvis’s depth of experience and passion for ministry to lead our Ministry Resource Center,” said President Dr. Bill Greer. “I look forward to seeing how the center . . . will be a source of support and encouragement for people in ministry.”
“The Ministry Resource Center will serve as a vital bridge for students in the transition from seminary into ministry,” said Gary Selby, professor of ministerial formation at Emmanuel.
Her hiring comes as Milligan bolsters how it equips students for ministry. The Tennessee college recently launched a ministry leadership program for undergraduate students that allows them to take classes from ministry leaders from around the country. Ron Kastens leads that program.
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The Daily Reporter in Greenfield, Ind., focused recently on the important behind-the-scenes work custodians do at local churches—including at Outlook and Fortville Christian churches.
Randy Julian, operations director at Outlook Christian Church in McCordsville, told how he reluctantly got involved with the church after his daughter was baptized there. Julian eventually became a Christian—and then a staff member at the church.
Today, he leads a program at OCC that hires middle and high school students to help with custodial work and to receive work training and mentoring.
“I feel like God led me to this,” Julian told the newspaper. “I’ve tried to lead others to have what I have, which is an awesome relationship with God.”
The Daily Reporter also interviewed Joan Fearnow, longtime custodian at Fortville Christian Church.
“I want to do a good job because I feel like I’m working for the Lord,” she said. “I do it out of a love for the people here at the church. . . . They have treated me so well over the years.”
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More than 100 middle school and high school-age youth from Central Christian Church, Mount Vernon, Ill., along with about 50 teens from Workcamp NE, Litchfield, N.H., helped do repairs and necessary upkeep at 17 homes in Mount Vernon last week. The students had morning devotions at the various homes and then nightly group worship at Mount Vernon Township High School, where they stayed throughout the week.
“I’m old, [and] I just don’t have the money to do what needs to get done to my home,” 90-year-old Bessie Massie told the Jefferson County Daily News. “They are a real blessing.”
Another homeowner, Delores Meredith, said she was touched the youth included her in their morning devotional.
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Master Provisions will have its Silver Anniversary Celebration this Saturday in Florence, Ky. The ministry has been connecting resources to needs since 1994. It works in partnership with agencies that directly serve people. Master Provisions distributes donated clothing, shoes, sewing and farming equipment, and some medical and educational supplies to mission partners in Ukraine, Kosova, Togo, Ghana, and Honduras. Locally, it joins with Isaiah House Ministries to sponsor mobile food pantries, as well as assisting other agencies that provide food to those in need through soup kitchens, shelters, neighborhood food pantries, churches, and backpack programs. Founder Roger Babik serves as president.
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StoneBridge Christian Church recently had groundbreaking for a new 1,500-seat auditorium at its Omaha, NE, campus. Completion is expected sometime next year. The new auditorium is part of the church’s “Unfinished” campaign, which just reached $1 million in gifts, putting the church one-third of the way to its $3 million goal.
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Movement Christian Church, Merrimack, N.H., spent June 3 reaching out and loving the state. The occasion was dictated by New Hampshire’s only telephone area code—603—and the calendar—“6.03”—and because . . . well, that’s just what MCC is about. Movement organizes an all-church “LOVE603” project every month.
And so, on the third of this month, the church conducted a massive service project at nine different sites with 20 different service opportunities. Activities included “building fences, providing meals, volunteering with nonprofits, and doing spontaneous acts of kindness all across New Hampshire.” The church’s “We Love New England” truck, meanwhile, worked its way from the westernmost part of the state to the easternmost, culminating with eight baptisms in the Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach. Quite a day. View the video.
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Outreach magazine published an excerpt from Kyle Idleman’s new book, Don’t Give Up. The book is available from Baker Publishing and Amazon. More information is available at dontgiveup.media. Idleman recently transitioned from teaching pastor to senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky., replacing Dave Stone.
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First Christian Church, Huntington Beach, Calif., is planning its first-ever “Men’s Surf Event” from 7:30 to 9 a.m. this Saturday. Participants are advised to “just bring your board,” the church will provide the breakfast burritos (it’s all very casual). And don’t worry, ladies, if all goes well, a “Women’s Surf Event” is a good possibility. (Read more about FCC in Mel McGowan’s “Imagine” column in our June issue.)
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Owensboro (Ky.) Christian Church is hosting a community program this summer aimed at connecting schools with local refugee families. The “Bridges to English” program results from collaboration with local school districts and a community college, according to the Messenger-Inquirer. About 80 children and adults are participating in the seven-week program that meets at the church and is aimed at building literacy skills and helping parents better understand the public school system.
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As part of its “day of caring,” news station WYTV, an ABC affiliate, served at Big Reach Center of Hope, a nonprofit formed by Greenford (Ohio) Christian Church. Big Reach Center provides food, education, and community resources to people in need.
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Two brothers from Haiti are detailing cars this summer to raise money for their college education at Kentucky Christian University. The Dispatch-Argus said Kermann and Kervchy Joseph are accepting donations to their education fund for their final year at KCU in exchange for their work. The brothers came to the United States after meeting a couple of short-term American missionaries who were visiting Haiti. The brothers are staying with one of those short-term workers this summer in Geneseo, Ill.
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