Grace Church Exposed - Mt. Pleasant, MI Young Church, Twelve17 Coffee Roasters, 1217 S. Mission, Mount Pleasant

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Seektruthgivelove’s Story

I am a former member as well. In the few short years I attended (2004-2008) I can attest to several experiences that were not at all God honoring and actually emotionally/spiritually abusive.Read More…

Sara’s Story

Hello everyone. I am the kind of person that prefers one-on-one conversation, but I decided to take a risk and share a portion of my story here. I attended The Young Church / Grace Church in Mt. Pleasant for something like 8 years, and have been gone from there almost as long. I have almost no ongoing anger or raw hurt from my leaving, though it took me a number of years to heal, and healing is something I realize periodically I still get a chance to do more of. Read More…

Ryan’s Story

In respect to those at Grace, I will not use their full names, but a two letter identifier that those who have been at Grace will recognize. I initially went to Grace with a group of friends from another religious organization on campus. From day one I had my reservations about committing to the church the way that others did, but it was made clear by the leadership that you could not achieve their level of faith without being all in.Read More…

Prefertoremainanon’s Story

Though the subject isn’t great, I’m so happy to see that people have been able to share and express their experiences and have their voices heard. I relive my experience as I read each post and wish that I could take all the pain out of your lives. A lot of what happened to me at Young Church/Grace Church is instrumental to the core of who I am. I have no idea what kind of person I would be if I hadn’t been raised there. While I am proud of who I am, I have suffered from years of depression and self-doubt and it took a lot of fighting to accept myself for who I am. Read More…

KS’s Story

We attempted to attend this church a couple of times. Each time we became uncomfortable with the vibe of the church. I won’t go into detail because it doesn’t really matter, we didn’t attend long. But it truly felt like God was protecting us from this church.Read More…

Johnnyfingertoe’s Story

I grew up in MI, but I have lived in 4 countries and now work for a large Christian international organization providing relief and development in areas of the world with extreme poverty or conflict. The story of my experience with Grace/Young Church during my college years 13 years ago reveals how I experienced harmful controlling leadership practices, but it also shows that reconciliation and redemption is possible.Read More…

Ritz Ferguson’s Story

I started attending what was then called Young Church when I was 16 years old. I eventually became very involved in the church and started regularly performing in 5 minutes drama sketches during church services. I was in the first drama at the first church service Young Church had at the Ward Theater (Spring 1998). I went away to college and for a few years was apart from Young Church until the summer of 2000 when I became involved at the church again. I was baptized then and began doing weekend dramas again. By the end of that summer I had a person from the church ask me to consider quitting school and staying at the church.Read More…

DrunkenDiamonds’s Story

I spent eleven years at this place. While I’m still grateful for many experiences I had and relationships that formed there, these are overshadowed by negative experiences. Just reading what others have posted here is a healing experience. It’s helpful to see the hurtful patterns that have persisted over time. These were not isolated incidents. Since others have done such a wonderful job systematically enumerating problems with the leadership culture, I might just share some stories.Read More…

JAM-S’s Story

I started attending TYC/GC as a senior in high school, after a close friend of mine started attending services as he was going to school at CMU. I had already been accepted to Central to begin in the fall of 2005, but I was excited to start my life in Mount Pleasant early. I was invited to the Celebrate the Light Christmas Performances, both at the Capital, where I lived in Lansing, and at the weekend services, where I was subsequently baptized. I truly felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me, and leading me to Him. I was welcomed in the congregation with smiles, but some concern… leadership (that had been considered my friends that I knew BEFORE the church became such a thing in their lives) worried that I spent too much time away from home while I was still finishing high school, and were concerned that I had feelings for my friend at CMU.Read More…

GB’s Story

Not really ready to fully share my history here, its also been close to 11 or 12 years since I left and thankfully I’ve been able to put a lot of it to bed. What’s so weird for me is that I recently moved and started a new church and on the 3rd or 4th week the pastor was talking about forgiveness and I started weeping. Haven’t given much thought to Young Church (Grace Church) in a decade but I started weeping just a few weeks ago because of how my exit affects me to this day. I know I hold resentment towards leadership there. So maybe this is God’s timing.Read More…

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