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The mission of True North Campus Ministry is to help college students consider God’s abundant possibilities for their lives, and recognize their vocations as they make significant life decisions.

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About

True North is focused on helping college students in Grand Rapids integrate their Christian faith with their daily lives, academic work and future careers.

True North works collaboratively with student organizations, campus ministries, and local congregations to provide resources, speakers, small group experiences, programs that encourage thoughtful conversation and reflection about the ways faith shapes our engagement of the world around us.

We are a campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for all students, regardless of their religious affiliation ( or lack of affiliation) who are interested in exploring their faith and the world. We are dedicated to being respectful of the variety of religious beliefs that students hold and encourage respectful conversation as we explore issues together.

True North is a campus ministry supported by the Presbytery of Lake Michigan and is governed by a local board of directors.

The Ministry Coordinator for True North is Nancy Janisch. After 20 years as a practicing veterinarian, in small animal and emergency medical practice, Nancy returned to seminary and received a Master of Divinity Degree. She is a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids. Nancy has a particular interested in the areas of vocation, spiritual formation, and science and religion.

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Listening Post

The Listening Post at GRCC

Image11042014113303What is a Listening Post?
It is a safe space for students to share unhurried conversation; a place to be heard and accepted; a place to clarify thinking, consider options, express joy or sorrow, explore ideas; a place of warmth and friendship. The Listening Post is for all GRCC students regardless of their faith (or no faith). We are expanding our hospitality out of the church and onto the GRCC campus.*

Purpose
Our purpose is to serve the GRCC community as an outreach of the Presbyterian Churches in Grand Rapids. We hope to establish connections with students by being familiar faces at the same time and place every week.

New volunteers are always welcome!

Here is what you need to know.

Location and times
Our table will be located on the first floor of the Student Center We will be there every Tuesday that classes are in session beginning from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Duties
A team of three serving on the first shift from 11:00-12:30 gets the supplies from Student Life (sign, bookmarks, and goodies for students.) The second shift serves from 12:30- 2:00 and returns all supplies to the Student Life Office. A notebook will be available to make notes about conversations you have with students, so if a person returns, you or another listener can have some idea of previous conversations.

Attracting Passers-by
It takes more than a good-looking table to get people to stop and chat. Your willingness to listen must show on your face with a smile and eye contact. Pay attention to those passing by. When they pause to read the sign, tell them “This a place to talk about anything in the world of interest to you.”
We as listeners must look approachable, friendly, un-busy, with plenty of time to listen and talk. That means put your phone away!

Listening
We all know someone we consider a good listener and they listen thoughtfully, ask questions to clarify or make us think, and make appropriate observations. We are listeners, not professional counselors.

Orientation
We will schedule additional orientation and training as needed as new volunteers join us.

* The Listening Post Welcome: At the Listening Post, precisely because this is a Christian project, absolutely everyone is welcome. We do not assume or presume you to be Christian. Our hope is that we might be Christian toward you and welcome you into the heart of God, as we ourselves have felt welcomed.

Interested? Questions? Please contact Nancy Janisch, 616-821-0351, nancy@truenorthonline.org

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Donate

While the Presbytery of Lake Michigan funds the position of the campus minister, all of the support for True North Campus Ministry’s program comes from churches and individuals.

Will you join us in this ministry?

We are a 501(c)(3) non profit and contributions are tax deductible.

You may donate one time or arrange monthly or quarterly donations.

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$250 supports  the Listening Post at GRCC for a year

 

 

 

Image09282013150311  $200 covers the group cost for a Mission Immersion                 weekend at First Presbyterian Church of Benton Harbor.

 

 

 

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$100 supports the Finals Breakfast Boost at GRCC during Finals Week.

 

 

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$50 provides a “Random Acts of Lunch” at Kendall College of Art and Design

 

 

 

 

 

 We are a 501(c)(3) non profit and contributions are tax deductible.

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What’s New