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Catch up on the latest news and updates from Grace Church. We'll use this page to post videos, documents, and FAQs regarding the reorganization of Grace Church.

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Change is Hard, But the Mission Must Continue What Exactly is Happening at Grace?

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

Even though our reality and circumstances have changed in the past few years, our God-given mission to make disciples and launch them into their personal destinies remains unchanged.

With economic uncertainties, changing in-person attendance patterns, fluctuations in giving to the church, and other variable factors, Grace Church will be reorganizing the structure of the church in the following ways:

  • The North Indy campus will hold it's final in-person service on Feb 21 and begin regathering at the 146th St. campus starting Feb 27/28
  • Under the leadership of Pastor Kevin Roth, the Fishers campus will launch from Grace Church, and become a stand-alone church plant. Church plant details coming soon.
  • The staff roles of all Grace staff members are being evaluated and re-aligned to better suit the needs of this new structure



Most Recent Video:  Weekly Virtual Update #2 | Feb 24

Feb 24, 2021



Past Videos
Weekly Virtual Update #1 | Feb 17

Weekend Service Announcement | Feb 14

Covenant Community Meeting | Feb 5


General FAQ

Here are the answers to some of the most-commonly asked questions regarding the reorganization of Grace Church.

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

First let's state what will not change. Our mission of creating disciples of Jesus and launching them into the mission of God is unchanged in this path forward. Our model of accomplishing that mission, however, is changing in significant ways:

  • North Indy and 146th Street campuses will combine congregations and resources to one location (146th building).
  • Grace Church will begin plans to launch the Fishers campus as an independent church plant with the goal of arriving at full independence in January 2022.
  • Grace will have a structure that better-prioritizes online ministry for a world where online attendance and engagement is rising steadily.

We are making these changes because we will always do whatever it takes to best-accomplish our mission - even change the model of how we do it. With our financial realities what they are with declining budgets, attendance, and giving, we had to determine a path forward for Grace Church to thrive.

The pandemic accelerated our need to make these decisions. In addition to that, we must become the church for future generations. The mission of Grace resonates with all generations, but we cannot become the church of the future under the current model in which we operate.

We believe God is leading us to a fresh vision of one in-person community with a Care Center and online focus while pursuing launching the Fishers congregation as an independent church plant with a focus on justice for kids and students.

Through much prayer and discernment, the leadership team began discussing the future of Grace in detail in August 2020 based on feedback solicited from the Covenant Community.

We discussed a variety of potential options for Grace Church to thrive as it moves into the future of a post-pandemic world. In the fall, we added key staff members and volunteers to engage in conversations with the Unstuck Group. From Unstuck's website, “We help pastors lead thriving churches by coaching them to focus vision, strategy, team and action. With every tool and consulting process for churches we develop, our priority is to help churches help people meet and follow Jesus.”

In January of 2021, we arrived at consensus that this is the very-best path forward for Grace Church to not just survive, but thrive, in the future.

  • February 28 - North Indy & 146th Street combine congregations at the 146th building

As of right now, there will be very minimal changes to the operations of the Care Center. However, we are constantly seeking God's desire and direction for the Care Center.

We are in partnership with the GCC Foundation that funds much of the operations and staffing of the Care Center and we will continue to work together to make the Grace Care Center thrive in our world.

We believe the Care Center is a gift from God that has served hundreds of thousands of people and it needs to be multiplied. But right now, there will be minimal impact to the Grace Care Center operations.

North Indy

  • The North Indy campus will join with the 146th campus and become one church location, gathering at the 146th building
  • The North Indy office building will be sold

Fishers

  • Under the leadership of Pastor Kevin Roth, the Fishers campus will be planted as a stand-alone, independent church
  • Exact planting timelines & details are still in process (as of Feb 26)

Staff/Organization FAQ

Updated: Feb 26, 2021

Grace Church currently has 74 total employees.

Not counting the Fishers church plant, the new Grace Church org chart contains 47 full time-equivalent positions. Therefore, at least 26 current staff members will not have positions in the new structure.

Regardless of whether a staff members leaves on their own (opts out of the new structure) or whether a position is not offered, all Grace staff members are eligible for a monetary severance based on their length of service on staff. An anonymous Grace family has generously donated the funds to cover the cost of staff severances.

In addition to severance packages, each Grace staff member has been offered several no-cost counseling resources; plus, resume writing assistance and job interview training.

Every Grace staff member (from all three campuses) has been invited to a one-on-one conversation with a current Lead Team member to discuss how they see themselves fitting within the new structure. Discussions are centered around their passions/interests/etc.

Based on their desires/interests expressed in this conversation, each staff member (regardless of current campus) can be considered for any of the available positions on the new org chart at both Grace and the new Fishers church plant.

If a position on the new org chart is not offered to a staff member, they will receive a severance package (based on the number of years of service) upon their departure.

Yes. Having a leadership team that reflects diversity in age, gender, and ethnicity is a priority. 


Meet the Leadership Teams

No, current Fishers staff members are not automatically part of the new Fishers church plant staff. Each Grace staff member (regardless of current campus) can be considered for any of the available positions on the new org chart at both Grace and the new Fishers church plant.


Fishers Plant FAQ

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

The primary mission and vision of both Grace Church and Grace Fishers will remain unchanged, with a focus on creating disciples, healing the 6 broken places, and launching people into the mission of God.

However, as a community church, Grace Fishers’ vision also includes a focus on justice for kids and students as well as supporting the surrounding community. This is a continuation of their current endeavors due to its location (5000 students who attend within a mile of the building), 2/3’s of the Fishers building designed for kids and students, experience in creating dynamic kid and youth programming, developed community relationships, and efforts to support vulnerable children and those who care for them.


Phase 1: Evaluation
Feb-Mar, 2021
Evaluate the leadership/staffing, financial and congregational viability

Phase 2: Preparation
Apr-Aug, 2021
Build systems and processes needed for governance, staffing, finances, and ministry execution

Phase 3: Launch
Sep-Dec, 2021
Function “as if” independent while finalizing the transition

Phase 4: Independence
Jan 2022
Fully independent organization, with the exception of a leased building under contract.

The Grace elder board will be involved in approving the two candidates for the additional pastoral roles the Fishers church plant. In addition to the Lead Pastor (Kevin Roth), the two additional pastoral roles on the new Fishers org chart are: Pastor Adult Discipleship and Pastor Next Gen & Community Engagement.

However, the remaining roles at the Fishers church plant are open to all Grace staff members and will be determined by the Fishers’ Lead Pastor, Kevin Roth.


For the first year (2021), Grace will continue to support the Fishers church plant with financial and logistical (admin, IT, communications, accounting, etc.) support.

Although the Fishers plant will share a lot of the same DNA as Grace; after the first year, the Fishers church plant will begin operating as a stand-alone church, independent of Grace.



North Indy FAQ

Updated: Feb 22, 2021

The final North Indy service at the Jordan YMCA was Feb 21, 2021.

The North Indy congregation is now gathering at the 146th building in Noblesville for weekend worship.

Every Grace staff member (from all three campuses) has been invited to a one-on-one conversation with a current Lead Team member to discuss how they see themselves fitting within the new structure. Discussions are centered around their passions/interests/etc.

Based on their desires/interests expressed in this conversation, each staff member (regardless of current campus) can be considered for any of the available positions on the new org chart at both Grace and the new Fishers church plant.

If a position on the new org chart is not offered to a staff member, they will receive a severance package (based on the number of years of service) upon their departure.

As of Feb 16th, the date has yet to be determined.

A number of North Indy volunteers have stepped forward and expressed an interest to help oversee plans of how to best care for, and welcome back to the 146th building the congregation of the North Indy campus.

Grace leaders are actively meeting with these volunteers to brainstorm creative ideas and concepts to welcome the North Indy family to the 146th building.