Local Partnerships

Investing in Others, Sharing the Gospel, and Making Disciples

What are these Local Partnerships all about?

Our local partnerships are designed to give our members opportunities to invest in others, share the gospel, and make disciples. They’re certainly not a replacement for living all of life on mission, but they are great place to start. You’ll notice that each partnership revolves around a people-focused ministry opportunity. As you look through the list below, consider which of these opportunities would be the best fit for you and/or your life group, ministry team, family, etc. Then go and serve in hopes of developing relationships that extend beyond the scheduled ministry activity, patiently pointing people to Christ along the way.

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Investing in Others

Serve with an eye towards building relationships with the people you interact with. Spend time with them, get to know them, develop a friendship.

Sharing the Gospel

Over time begin to patiently & lovingly explain the truth and beauty of the gospel to your new friend(s): that Christ came to reconcile them to God.

Making Disciples

If your friend(s) repent and trust in Christ, help them begin living as a disciple. Welcome them into the life of our church and begin discipling them.

A List of our Local Partnerships

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Racine Unified Mentorship Program

Mentor a public school student.

Mentor RUSD provides a school-based, one-to-one approach to mentorship for elementary and middle school students. Mentoring focuses on academic achievement, goal setting, and establishing a positive relationship with a positive adult role model. Mentors are asked to make a commitment to mentoring for one academic year, and to meet with the student for least one hour a week. In most cases the meeting will be at the students’ schools, but some meetings, with parent permission, may take place outside of the school.

  • Who can serve? Men & Women (Ages 18+)
  • Commitment-level: Recurring, weekly (One hour)
  • Where? Meetings take place at the mentee’s school or, with parent permission, outside of school.
  • Cost: None
  • Thorough background check is required.

How to Get Involved

What steps are required?

  • Step 1: Reach out to to the primary contact person. (Contact info below)
  • Step 2: Complete an application and background check forms. Visit: www.rusd.org/district/become-mentor
  • Step 3: Complete interview.
  • Step 4: Complete orientation program (2 hours).
  • Step 5: Get matched with a student (this can take some time).
  • Step 6: Initial meeting with mentee at the school.


Who should I contact to get involved?

PRIMARY: David Power ( RUSD leader)


BACKUP: Bob Sfasciotti (Grace member)

HALO, Meal Maker Program

Make and eat a meal with the homeless.

HALO is a homeless assistance organization serving Racine County. As a meal maker participant, your group will serve some of the most vulnerable people in our community. This is a fantastic opportunity for groups to serve others, build relationships, share the gospel, and make disciples. Your group can sign up to serve a meal for either lunch or dinner. You are welcome to either prepare the meal ahead of time or cook in HALO’s kitchen. Groups can choose to serve one or both of HALO’s resident groups (the men and/or the women and children). After preparing and serving your meal, stick around to eat with and invest in the residents.

  • Who can serve? Life Groups, Ministry Teams, Families (Ideal for groups of 6 or more, but smaller groups or individuals may also serve)
  • Commitment-level: Up to each group. Groups can choose to serve once or on a recurring basis as schedules and resources allow.
  • Where? HALO, Inc.
  • Cost: Around $250 (depending on size of group you’re serving)

How to Get Involved

What steps are required?

  • Step 1: Pitch the idea to your group.
  • Step 2: Reach out to the HALO contact person to schedule a meal. (Contact info below)
  • Step 3: Plan your meal and activities (optional)
  • Step 4: Go make and enjoy meal with residents


Who should I contact to get involved?

PRIMARY: Nina Thillemann (HALO Manager)



Paul Durbin (Grace Church member)

Parent Life, A Ministry of YFC

Mentor a new teen parent.

Parent Life connects pregnant and parenting teens with equipped, supportive, and encouraging adults. Mentors engage young moms and dads in activities and lessons focused on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life and parenting. Each mentor is paired with one or two teen parents whom they will interact with during weekly meetings and throughout the week via visits, phone calls, texts, and inviting the teens to join them at church. At each meeting, the mentors, teens and their children come together as a large group to share a meal. After dinner, the children are brought to a nursery and the mentors and teens listen to a guest speaker and then break off into small groups for Bible study and parenting discussion.

  • Who can serve? Men & Women (Ages 18+)
  • Commitment-level: Recurring, weekly (Meetings take place Monday evenings from 5:45-8:00pm)
  • Where? Calvary Memorial Church
  • Cost: None
  • Thorough background check is required.

How to Get Involved

What steps are required?

  • Step 1: Reach out to Parent Life contact person for more information. (Contact info below)
  • Step 2: Complete the YFC application and background check. Visit: http://www.yfc.net/parentlife
  • Step 3: Begin attending weekly meetings


Who should I contact to get involved?

Sheri Kobriger (Grace member)

Grace Girls

Invest in a group of elementary and middle school girls.

Grace Girl leaders mentor and build relationships with fourth and fifth grade girls at Julian Thomas Elementary School.  Mentors nurture, teach, guide and model Christ-like behavior to the girls enrolled in the program.  During meetings, mentors and girls interact in such activities as praise and worship, prayer, group discussions, and crafts.  In addition to building a strong relationship with the girls, mentors are also encouraged to build a relationship with the girls’ parents. Commit to pray for the girls and their parents on a regular basis.

  • Who can serve? Women (Ages 18+)
  • Commitment-level: Recurring, bi-weekly (every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 3-4:30pm)
  • Cost: None

How to Get Involved

What steps are required?

  • Step 1: Reach out to Grace’s contact person for more information (Contact info below)
  • Step 2: Schedule and participate in a volunteer interview
  • Step 3: Required paperwork will be submitted
  • Step 4: Program information will be provided (schedule, training meetings, etc.)
  • Step 5: Begin serving


Who should I contact to get involved?

Juliana Toutant (Grace Church member & leader)

Good News Club, Wadewitz School

Invest in a group of young students.

The Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Club is a children’s outreach ministry serving the children at Wadewitz Elementary School.  It offers training in child evangelism and provides an opportunity for adults to share the gospel with and disciple others, specifically children. Each volunteer serves as either a teacher or helper. In addition to providing you with evangelism training, CEF provides curriculum and other materials to make your involvement with the program a success.

    • Who can serve? Men & Women (Ages 18+)
    • Commitment-level: Weekly meetings (Meetings take place on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-5:00, September-April)
    • Where? Wadewitz Elementary School, Room 28
    • Cost: None

How to Get Involved

What steps are required?

  • Step 1: Reach out to the primary contact person for more information. (Contact info below)
  • Step 2: Go through a thorough background check.
  • Step 3: Participate in 1-3 training sessions held by CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) District office
  • Step 4: Begin attending weekly meetings


Who should I contact to get involved?

PRIMARY: Martha Hawes (Grace Church member)


BACKUP: Carol Berry (CEF leader)

Royal Family KIDS – Racine

Invest in foster kids.

Royal Family KIDS-Racine serves children in foster care and in at-risk family situations and offers a host of volunteer activities to adults and teenagers.  Adults can serve as a camp counselor at a week-long camp at the end of June, serve as a mentor in a post-camp mentoring club, organize and serve at camp special events, help register camp attendees and assist in loading and unloading the camp semi.

Teens can serve as camp helpers in the music, drama and special-event programs as well as pre-camp registration and semi loading and unloading.

    • Who can serve? Adults & Teens (16+)
    • Commitment-level: One-week camp at the end of June. One Saturday morning during the school year (mentoring).
    • Where? Truck loading and unloading is at Merchants; pre-camp registration is at Racine Assembly of God Church; camp is at a facility about one-hour away; and mentoring during the school year is at Racine Assembly of God church.
    • Cost: None

How to Get Involved

What steps are required?

There are MANY general opportunities to serve.  If you are interested, the first step is to reach out to Royal Family Kids contact person (see below) for more information.  She will be able to give you details regarding the many ways you can serve.

Camp Counselor Candidates:

  • Step One:  Reach out to Royal Family Kids contact person (see below) for more information
  • Step Two:  Complete an application, interview and background check
  • Step Three:  Participate in 12 hours of training (new counselors) or 8 hours (returning counselors )


To be a mentor, you must have served at camp and had the training noted above.

Non-Certified Volunteers:

Individuals who are unable to attend camp, but who would like to be involved with the mentor program can serve as non-certified volunteers and assist at club meetings and outings.


Who should I contact to get involved?

Angel Platzer (Grace Church member)


Erin Cohn (Grace Church member)