Who We Are
Who We Are
The foundation and final authority for Grace Church is the Bible. We believe eternal life in Heaven is possible only through faith in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. We also believe the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, such as healing and miracles, are for believers today. We enjoy being together and we enjoy the presence of God. We are a regional church with a variety of backgrounds from 16 area towns and villages. Grace Church is located in New Glarus, Wisconsin — “America’s Little Switzerland” - about 20 minutes south of Madison. We like contemporary worship, study of God’s Word, coffee, potlucks and fellowship!
Being connected to a community of believers affords the greatest opportunities for spiritual development. We know that God is deeply interested in every area of life: work, worship, rest and play. We believe that healthy relationships touching all these areas make a healthy church, enabling us to meet the challenges of our own lives and our culture.
Grace Church is affiliated with the Fellowship of Christian Assemblies (FCA).
Our vision is found in The Great Commandment and the Great Commission:
"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself'" (Matthew 22:37-39 NLT).
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit" Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19, 20 NLT).
Our vision is to impact individual lives and families in New Glarus and the surrounding communities with the life-changing power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Partnering with other life-giving churches to serve people, we foresee vibrant communities of believers who honor God and impact their world.
We value the Bible as the infallible Word of God and as the primary source for determining doctrine and how to live the Christian life.
We value prayer as vital, effective and real communion with God.
We value the spiritual gifts God has given, enabling us to fulfill The Great Commission of sharing the Gospel throughout the world.
We value walking out this spiritual journey together through healthy relationships which provide for fellowship, encouragement and discipleship.
We value the unity of believers and honor other life-giving churches and individuals who love God.
We value the peace and joy available to all believers who pursue God and His plans.
We value being culturally relevant as a church while remaining committed to sound doctrine.
In 1992, a small group of believers began regular meetings in search of a fuller, Spirit-led Christian life. After several months, Pastor Roger Olsen was asked to help pastor and establish the church. His commitment was for 6 months only, but the Lord had other plans and the church began to grow under Roger’s leadership. Over the years, the pastoral team has grown to two full time and four part-time staff, each one contributing in their areas of gifting. Sunday worship celebrations have now grown to 250 adults and children.
What to Expect
On a Sunday morning you will be welcomed as you enter the front door into our coffee house-foyer. It is likely to be a little noisy with the sounds of music and friends sharing a cup of coffee and baked goods. Help yourself!
Grace provides many opportunities for spiritual growth and social interaction for all ages through topic-oriented life groups, dynamic teen and children’s ministries. Many ministry opportunities are available at Grace including Youth and Worship Team ministries. You will be surprised at the size of the 200-seat sanctuary, (the service is also projected to the youth center and the upstairs conference room for overflow or convenience), large custom-built Children’s Church area, nurseries and other special rooms for various ages. The worship music at Grace is contemporary and the service itself is informal and very comfortable. When you visit, you will enjoy the Lord’s Presence, His Word and His people.
Because motives are important, our desire is that all that we do be a result of our love for God, love for people, the Church and commitment to God's Word. Therefore, the decision was made in early 2014 to no longer receive offerings during the worship service. Members are encouraged to give tithes and offerings by mail or by placing them in one of the giving stations before or after the service. In the following 18 months giving increased by 36%.
We are very excited about the future of Grace Church. Come grow with us!