CORE VALUES

 

WE VALUE TEACHING THAT IS BIBLICAL & RELEVANT

Our source of truth is the Word of God, without error and totally trustworthy. It is the basis for all we believe and practice and is as relevant for our culture today as it was to the culture it was written. Whenever teaching occurs in the life of our church it is based on the Word of God.

WE VALUE WORSHIP THAT IS GOD HONORING & WHOLEHEARTED

Our worship is designed to focus our attention towards God. He is an audience of one and we gather together to all participate in giving God the honor and praise He deserves. We strive to offer worship experiences that edify, admonish and spiritually refresh.

WE VALUE RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE GENUINE & ACCEPTING

We believe that the key to a thriving church is an atmosphere of accepting relationships where people are building authentic friendships through and in Jesus Christ. We believe that people need a place where they have a sense of belonging, a place where they can feel safe, a place where they can find forgiveness, a place where they can find support and encouragement.

WE VALUE MINISTRIES THAT ARE PURPOSEFUL & EFFECTIVE

We believe that every ministry of the church must be purpose-driven. It’s objective must be to accomplish one of five biblically mandated goals: lead people to faith in Jesus Christ, encourage people to grow in their faith, equip people to serve, draw people to God’s throne in worship, and demonstrate Christ’s love. While God’s message is timeless, our methods will change as necessary to ensure that we remain effective in impacting the people we are called to serve.

 WE VALUE PEOPLE WHO ARE SPIRITUALLY SEEKING & GROWING

We value people at all stages of their spiritual journey and our desire is to challenge them to always be moving forward towards spiritual maturity. We long to encourage those who are seeking to put their faith in Jesus. We long to encourage those who are followers of Jesus to grow in their relationship with Him. We long to encourage those who are growing in Jesus to serve Him. We long to encourage those who are serving Jesus to lead others towards Him.

WE VALUE OUR COMMUNITY AS A PLACE TO GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We value the communities in which we live and serve. We desire to be actively involved in ways that will tangibly touch the lives of those who live around us with the love of Christ. We value every opportunity given us to make a difference in their lives personally and eternally.

WE VALUE OUR WORLD AND GOD’S CALL TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL

TO ALL NEIGHBORHOODS IN ALL NATIONS

We believe God has called us to reach our neighbor with the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and that our neighborhood stretches to all the nations of the earth. We believe that through effective partnerships, we can have an eternal influence worldwide.

WE VALUE PRAYER THAT IS PERSISTENT & EMPOWERING

We believe that we cannot effectively accomplish all that God has for us to do if we are not continually on our knees in prayer, individually and corporately. We believe that our spiritual power and strength must come from having spent concerted time in conversation with God before His throne of grace. The effectiveness of the previous seven core values depends on our commitment to the core value of prayer.

 

MEET OUR STAFF

 

INTERIM SENIOR PASTOR TIMOTHY BOWMAN

 

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Interim Senior Pastor Tim Bowman came to Living Grace Community Church from Interim Pastor Ministries. Tim and his wife, Patti, have 5 adult children (& their spouses) plus 3 grandsons and a 4th grandchild due at the end of May 2018. Their children are Krissy (neo-natal intensive care travel nurse based in San Antonio), Bethany (Major in the Army & a pediatric ICU nurse at Ft. Lewis, Washington; married to Adam, has son, Aiden & is due with her second in May), Rachel (dental hygienist, married to Austin who owns Cutters Landscaping, has 2 sons, Dane & Seth, and lives in Elmhurst, IL), Hannah (graduate of Trinity International, lives at home, & is a nanny), and John (2nd Lieutenant in Marines, married to Sarah, based in Pensacola). Patti has been a Registered Nurse, a nurse educator (most recently for Olivet Nazarene University), and is now a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to coming to LGCC Pastor Tim was the Interim Senior Pastor at Hastings Evangelical Free Church in Nebraska, Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Elmhurst, Senior Pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Casper, Wyoming, and Pastor of Youth and Christian Education at Grace Bible Church in Owosso, Michigan. Pastor Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Missions from Liberty University and the Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pastor Tim is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoys hunting and likes to work in his yard. 

Feel free to contact Pastor Tim through the church office at 847-639-7566 or by sending him an email.

 

PASTOR CORY SHREVE

 

Pastor Cory Shreve joined us as our Pastor of Family Ministries on January 1st, 2012. Cory was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. At the age of 17, he accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord, and he committed his life to God. Shortly thereafter Cory was accepted out into the Phoenix Master's Commission. After serving for one year with Master's Commission in Phoenix, Cory relocated to Baltimore, Maryland to become a Master's Commission team leader. During these two years, he had to memorize over 600 verses, engage in over 4000 hours of training in Bible and ministry, and travel across the U.S. preaching and ministering to groups ranging from 15 to 15,000. 

In 1996, Cory returned to Minnesota and went on staff at Brooklyn Park Evangelical Free Church as the Assistant Director of Student Ministries working with the junior high ministry.  It was during this time that God revealed to Pastor Cory two life-changing discoveries:  His calling on Cory's life for Pastoral ministry and meeting a beautiful young lady named Heather who quickly captured his heart! 

In May of 2001, Cory graduated Cum Laude from Crown College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biblical Studies, Youth Ministry, and Social Science. Prior to coming to Living Grace, Cory has served as the Associate Pastor of Student Ministries at Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Pelican Rapids, MN and as the Pastor of Student Ministries at Annandale Free Church in Annandale,MN. In August of 2010 Cory was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel by the Evangelical Free Church of America.

Pastor Cory has a consuming zeal and love for teens and his ministry is marked by a God given vision to assist in the creation of the Next Generation Minister whose lives are marked by conviction and passion. He and Heather have a very energetic family of 5 with a daughter named Heidi and twin boys Caden and Colby. 

 You can contact Pastor Cory through the church office at 847-639-7566 or by sending him an email.

 

PASTOR ANDY NILSSON

Andy Nilsson serves part-time as Pastor of Congregational Care and Facilities Manager . A former building contractor by trade, God has given Andy a special gift of caring for the hurting which led our church to ask him to serve on staff.   He has been a member of our church for over thirty years. Through a series of very difficult medical issues, God has used Andy to minister to others in some very special ways during times of crisis.

Feel free to contact Pastor Andy through the church office at 847-639-7566 or by sending him an email.

 

 

GIL CADRECHA

Gil and Patty Cadrecha started attending Living Grace in 1992 and became members shortly after that. They have both been active in ministry with Gil involved mostly with worship, becoming our part-time Director of Worship in 2011.  Patty  has served in various capacities and currently leads the Adult Ministries Commission.  Gil is a retired police officer and Patty works full time as a court reporter. They have two grown children and have been Cary residents since 1989.  Contact Gil by sending him an email.

 

 

LISA SIGLER

Our Administrative Assistant is available to help you and answer any questions you may have by calling the church office at 847.639.7566 or by sending her an email

Contact Us

Email:  office@livinggraceonline.org

Phone:  847.639.7566

Fax:  847.639.7598

 

What We Believe About...

God

1.  We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.

The Bible

2.  We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.

The Human Condition

3.  We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

Jesus Christ

4.  We believe that Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures. Jesus-Israel’s promised Messiah-was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Work of Christ

5.  We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation.

The Holy Spirit

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Church

7.  We believe that the true church comprises all who have been justified by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The true church is manifest in local churches, whose membership should be composed only of believers. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord’s Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by the church in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer.

Christian Living

8.  We believe that God’s justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God commands us to love Him supremely and others sacrificially, and to live out our faith with care for one another, compassion toward the poor and justice for the oppressed. With God’s Word, the Spirit’s power, and fervent prayer in Christ’s name, we are to combat the spiritual forces of evil. In obedience to Christ’s commission, we are to make disciples among all people, always bearing witness to the gospel in word and deed.

Christ’s Return

9.  We believe in the personal, bodily and premillennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.

Response and Eternal Destiny

10. We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and receiving the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace. Amen.

 

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