Stories

Written by Jake Goetze If we could jump back in time exactly one year ago, you’d see me a little after midnight in my garage. I was alone with a jigsaw, cutting out pieces to fit onto the stage of my church…my first project since returning to...

Written by Jeff Dils One month before my wedding, my fiancée broke off our engagement. She couldn’t seem to explain to me why, or at least she didn’t want to. The very next day I was fired from my job. The economy was in a downturn and...

Written by Jeff Simunds I became a Christian when I was six years old, attended Christian schools, and had many Christian friends, but my Christian family wasn’t as ideal on the inside as it was on the outside. The dysfunction in my family created areas of...

Written by Bryen Graver I’m a bit of an introvert, but I also don’t care much for loneliness. So when a friend of mine invited me to go to a Bible study, I decided to attend so I could meet people and make some new friends. For...

Written by Susie Close Orange jumpsuits, ankle shackles, thick glass, talking over telephones: those were the images I had of what it would look like to do prison ministry. I couldn’t get past those images. It sounded scary and challenging. I didn’t think I’d know how to...

In his early twenties Matt Greff knew there was a God, but couldn’t wrap his head around all the “hocus-pocus stories” in the Bible. Two years into his marriage with Angela, they felt a nudge to attend church regularly....

God moved deeply in the hearts of so many Northshore students this summer. From attending summer camps to volunteering at major events, they found that together they are much more than a community—they are a family loved by Jesus....

How do you leave people and a place you love? How do you uproot your children? More importantly, why would you consider doing such a thing? Recently, we have wrestled with these questions. Northshore has truly been a home for my family for the past 11 years. Our...

By the time I was fifteen years old, I had already experienced many of the things that parents warn their children against. First there was alcohol, then marijuana, and eventually the most dangerous drugs. As the consequences of this kind of lifestyle became more evident,...

I was born in Iran in 1979, at the beginning of the Iranian Islamic Revolution. It was a tumultuous time in my country. After the war with Iraq began a few years later, my parents decided it was time for them to leave so they...

My sister was mentally ill, but while I was growing up my parents believed she was just immature or strong-willed. Our entire family walked on eggshells in the hopes that we could avoid one of her violent outbursts or temper tantrums. We just wanted to...

I often find myself in unusual places, distant places, and remote areas. It’s in those places where I create lifelong relationships with local pastors so our congregation will be present in the lives of people around the world...