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Deacon Training

How to effectively respond to benevolence requests is a challenge many leaders face. The tensions within us are great as we consider how to best come alongside of someone in need. Are we empowering or enabling, fixing, helping, listening, serving? Are we being good stewards with what God has given u...

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The Gift of Hospitality

The Gift of Hospitality “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” (Hebrews 13:1-2a) By Bernita Tuinenga, Executive Director of Volunteers In Service: Imagine approaching a church as a total stranger and asking permission to...

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Leadership Training Event (LTE) Save The Date

The 2017 Leadership Training Event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Calvin College. This year's theme is "Be faithfully present." This is what some people said about last year's LTE: Thanks for putting this together! I realize it was a lot of work but so worth it for so many! ...

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Meet Duke and Attah

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Duke Gray and Attah Obande to expand our training opportunities to the churches. Both of these men bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and God-given talents to Volunteers In Service and will increase our capacity to equip those in church le...

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Grand Rapids Christian High School Winterim

VIS was proud to partner with Grand Rapids Christian High School in placing students at many agencies throughout Grand Rapids in providing learning opportunities through their Winterim classes.  "Winterim engages students in a two-week learning experience, allowing them to choose their own courses ...

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Welcome New VIS Board Members!

We would like to welcome three new board members to the VIS Board of Directors beginning this month.  They are: Mary Dykstra -  Global Volunteer Director at World Renew, Jenn Reidsma - Community Coordinator at Alger Heights Collaborative, and Nate Boonstra - Financial Advisor at Forest Hills Finan...

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VIS Fall Luncheon Recap

The VIS Fall Luncheon was held this past Nov. 2 at The Prince Conference Center at Calvin College and was an incredible luncheon.  God was praised and glorified through the sharing of testimonies, stories and the many ways He is using VIS. Jeanne Maher, VIS Board Vice President/Secretary, welco...

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Leadership Training (LTE), September 13, 2016

LTE 2016 was another success in praising God, learning how to be more effective in our churches and communities, and in networking with other church leaders. Click on Read More below to see a few pictures of the evening.  We are very glad the weather was good and that the rain held off!  ...

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Leadership Training Event (LTE) Recap

We would like to thank all who attended LTE this year!  It was a powerful evening, and God's name was proclaimed.  The evening started with Worship in the Calvin College Chapel with music and Ryan VerWys, President and CEO of Inner City Christian Fellowship, inspiring us to look beyond ourselves. ...

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Bernita talks about the Role of the Deacon

Hear Bernita Tuinenga talk about what it means to be a deacon. https://youtu.be/Cs5JxqnK43o...

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