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Coming to Grace Place , I thought that I would step into a community that just provides housing for students, but it was so much more than that. I was changed because of the leaders and not only did I learn from them, but I was also stretched out of my comfort zone in order to grow and see God move. Grace Place taught me to pursue God and in return pursue other with love and intentionality. I know that what I experienced in Grace Place during the year, I get to keep for a lifetime.

- João Correia (2018)

From the moment I set foot in Grace Place, my peers and leadership challenged me to be the man God made me to be. My standards were raised, my thought patterns were shifted and my pride and reliance on self were confronted. All of this caused me to fall in love with God and His Word all the more. I will never be the same and Grace Place has laid a solid foundation for me to build on for the rest of my life.

- David Smith (2018)

Grace Place is a community where you learn to become more like Christ and how to remain in place for the rest of your life of pursuing transformation and growth. Before coming to Grace Place I haven't experienced leaders who are so interested in the best for your life and current situations. You learn about, and how to live by Kingdom values, to be who God intended and created you to be in every moment of your life. Overall, Grace Place is a place of transformation, growth, truth, grace, intentionality, discipline and joy!

- Joel Binder (2017)

Grace Place is a place where the Gospel of Jesus Christ will come alive like you could never imagine. You will be immersed in Spirit and in Truth day and night as the leaders follow and guide you every step of the way. I was pretty much a universalist before coming into GP, but now understand the Word and the Gospel. I have the deepest friend connections that I have ever had in my life after Grace Place, people I would lay my life down for. If you want to know what healthy leadership looks like and true biblical discipleship, then come to GP. You will never be the same!

- Jesse Wahl (2017)

Before I came to Grace Place I was desiring to be discipled and I asked God for a mentor. His answer was Grace Place. The leadership team at Grace Place was committed to seeing growth in me from the very beginning. Being surrounded by a group of people who saw me the way Christ does, allowed for me to start viewing myself the same way. I started really believing in this new identity of being a righteous son of God. The truth was spoken to me in love and I was challenged to live with a greater level of excellence than ever before. Grace Place taught me to live more in line with the truth and that it is the Truth that makes us free. I can say that I have never felt more free than I have after doing this program. Grace Place has prepared me to live a radical life for Jesus and truly live out the call of a follower of Jesus. I will be forever grateful.

- Steve Burns (2017)

When I came into grace place I had never had healthy friendships with leaders. I didn't understand what healthy confrontation looked like, and I was more afraid of what others thought of me then living to a high standard. Throughout the year I was constantly shown, taught, and challenged to pursue excellence. I have learned to really value and appreciate what leaders do for you and how important it is to have a healthy community around you. I used to be ruled by emotions but now I am grounded in the truth. This truth about Jesus has forever changed me and I am extremely grateful.

- Jonathan Carter (2015)

I came into Grace Place being very insecure about who I am and where I am heading in life. I was scared of the leadership and what they thought about me. I served for identity instead of from identity. The leadership of Grace Place with their intentionality and actions showed me that they loved me and believed in me just the way I am. Knowing that leaders of that caliber believe in you broke off many of my insecurities. I am changed because of who they saw me as!!- Sebastian Smith (2015)

Grace Place was an incredible experience. To have a family of believers at this caliber is hard to find. I was able to grow up into Christ and to learn so much about His character. I learned what it means to honor leadership and how to be a son. Daniel poured into me constantly and taught me intentionality, boldness, and excellence.

- Eric Heinrichs (2015)

Imagine a safe community where you can put into practice what you learn at BSSM in everyday life. Imagine being championed, stretched and mentored by people who live supernatural lifestyles and deeply love Jesus. Imagine getting unique opportunities to be taught by leaders from around the world and to learn how to preach and to be equipped to minister the gospel. I am blessed to have found exactly this. This is Grace Place. A place where many before you have grown into people they never thought they would ever be. This housing community has the potential to transform you in every area of life. With all the confidence, love for the God and practical life tools that have been embedded deep inside during these years in Grace Place, I can hardly recognize the man I was before. This can be you. Are you ready for a year full of fun, growth and potential? The chance of a lifetime is only a decision away.

- Ithai van Emmeirk (2015)

GRACE PLACE was awesome! I learned so much about how to be a secure and empowering leader. I would recommend GRACE PLACE to anybody who has a passion for leadership and is ever planning on leading a group of people one day. I honestly didn't even know I had a passion for leadership before this year and now it’s a subject I genuinely enjoy learning about. The lessons I learned from GRACE PLACE  will serve me as a foundation for how I lead for the rest of my life.

- Downing McDade (2013)

The decision to live in Grace Place, was not an easy one! It was, in fact, a decision far beyond my decision-making ability and throughout the year I constantly grew in thankfulness for the grace to have made such a good decision! Daniel is wise, loving and generous. He has become one of the most influential voices in my life. Being part of the grace-filled community he has built is life-changing. From preach-nights to worship nights, guest speakers to conferences, retreats to 1-on-1s, living in Grace Place really provides an opportunity for growth that few others have. I would make the decision to be in Grace Place again in a heartbeat. My life has been forever changed by the gospel of grace and righteousness; Daniel and Grace Place have been a huge part.

- Matthew Wood (2013)

My experience at GRACE PLACE was life-changing! The focus and vision that Daniel sets for the house is incredible and will enhance your Bethel experience in incredible ways. The revelation, activation, and mentorship from Daniel is priceless as I learnt and grew so much from all of it. Incredible opportunities and surprises await for all who are in the house. If you want to make the most of this year THEN GRACE PLACE IS THE PLACE FOR YOU!!

- Brenton Friesen (2013)

The decision to live in GRACE PLACE, was not an easy one! It was, in fact, a decision far beyond my decision-making ability and throughout the year I constantly grew in thankfulness for the grace to have made such a good decision! Daniel is wise, loving and generous. He has become one of the most influential voices in my life. Being part of the grace-filled community he has built is life-changing. From preach-nights to worship nights, guest speakers to conferences, retreats to 1-on-1s, living in GRACE PLACE really provides an opportunity for growth that few others have. I would make the decision to be in GRACE PLACE again in a heartbeat. My life has been forever changed by the gospel of grace and righteousness; Daniel and GRACE PLACE have been a huge part.

- Matthew Wood (2013)

No doubt I'm so thankful for receiving a double portion through Daniel and the house, 50% of what I got from 1st year came through GRACE PLACE: a deeper revelation of grace, a bigger picture of the different streams of Christianity and maturing in faith; having Daniel leading by example, what intentionality in relationships look like, someone who communicates lovingly and directly; having relationship with a leader like Daniel, who you can count on. Really grateful for this amazing, amazing year!!

- Dima Sereda (2013)

GRACE PLACE strengthened my life! Applying for this house was the best decision I have ever made! If you want to grow big time this year, then I highly suggest this house! And the best part is that it's such a safe and empowering environment, what could be better for growth?! Your life will go above and beyond your imagination! Daniel is super intentional. You will live with incredible hand-picked people.

- Jathan Rademaker (2013)

Living in the GRACE PLACE community greatly enhanced my year at Bethel. Community living is such a valuable experience, in our homes and among family is where revival starts. The GRACE PLACE family and Daniel's leadership will direct you, challenge, give you opportunity few others get and help, and pull the greatness out of you. The values of grace, righteousness, excellence, worship and union with God in this house will change your life!

- Matt Breen (2013)

Everything that I learnt in First Year was given space to be applied in my second year. I know that Daniel was one of the biggest contributing factors to my BSSM 2nd Year experience: from the Family Nights, to the ministry trips, to the various growth opportunities that were provided for us all. I so appreciated the trust that was in each one of us as part of Daniel's house to lead and be leaders. The house was a major commitment throughout the year but it certainly had a numeral amount of benefits. I can honestly say that being a part of the house I was able to grow in confidence and also discover what exactly I am passionate about. If you want a big brother figure who will stick with you through thick and thin, then Daniel Newton is the man for you and GRACE PLACE is the house for you.

- Tom Ahern (2013)

The decision to stay at GRACE PLACE last year was just as impactful to my life as the decision to attend 1st year at Bethel. Many times throughout the year I was blown away by gleaning from Daniel's love, teaching, favor, revelation, and connections. By staying in this house you will not only gain a mentor whose goal is to see you excel in every way but you will also gain lifelong friends as you learn to live in community together with the other guys living with you. GRACE PLACE is not just a discipleship house but it is an incubator that warms you with the goodness and love of God that will birth an inclination of relying on His grace resulting in a life that is destined to reign with Christ.

- Trevor Middleton (2012)

GRACE PLACE is not your average house. Daniel Newton, our house dad, invested so much in each of us last year. I personally was transformed by Daniel's teaching, advice, and friendship, which helped me get the absolute most from my time at BSSM. At a church as large as Bethel it was so valuable to be known, loved, and challenged in a smaller community. GRACE PLACE 2012-2013 will be an exciting place to be!!!

- Ben Winkley (2012)

Living in GRACE PLACE, the house managed and mentored by Daniel Newton, was a great privilege for me. Besides the training we got at BSSM, Daniel took time every week to invest in us and coach us. He helped me to grow in the understanding of God's goodness and in just spending one year in the house, while doing 1st year, I got equipped to start a group back home for myself, where I saw the same results in many people’s lives, that I saw in our house while doing 1st year and being mentored by Daniel. Just to mention the most important thing for me: Getting free from condemnation and building my life on the foundation of the finished work of the cross and letting everything else flow from that. I strongly encourage you to check it out!!

- Samuel Bauer (2011)

Living at GRACE PLACE was one of the most influential and rewarding decisions I've ever made. My life was radically transformed from the mentorship, fathering, and friendship I received from Daniel Newton. He has been one of the most influential voices in my life. GRACE PLACE is a safe, empowering, and edifying environment where you WILL grow, be stretched, and transformed individually as well as communally. If you desire to experience abundant/victorious living, be fathered/mentored, then GRACE PLACE is the BEST PLACE.

- Nate Salsgiver (2011)

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Before coming to Grace Place, I had no idea what a true family looked like. I was focused only on myself, my needs, and how to survive on my own. The Grace Place community taught me to live in relationship with others, knowing I am fully loved for who I am. I learned from personal experience how love truly casts out all fear and began to live in total freedom of being myself and embracing family. Grace Place gave me numerous opportunities to press in and be activated in what I was learning at BSSM. I learned how to step past fear and embrace the process of becoming a new creation in Christ. I learned my true identity as a daughter and that all things are possible with God.

- Grace Taylor (2018)

I grew up in a small church community and never really experienced such deep discipleship with spiritual leaders. Grace place was able to show me all the benefits that come with fully submitting to its leadership and trusting them more than I trusted my own ability to fix my circumstance . The program has great leaders who create an environment where you can take risks and challenge yourself and learn from your mistakes. Grace Place taught me how community and relationships ought to look like as they build their own with core values and now I will be able to take those and build my own relationships and communities. I'm a 'people person' but prior to the program this was hidden behind fear of men and rejection. But this year I really felt like the leaders were able to see so much potential and were able to call it out . I learnt so much about how God sees me and how I ought to lead others and myself. I learnt what it means to let go of what I feel and how everyday is a new chance of being more like Jesus.

- Lydia Ouverson (2018)

When God told me to apply for Grace Place I immediately felt disqualified and not good enough for it. But I followed God's voice and as I came into the program I stepped into a special grace and freedom. The leaders loved me where I was at but helped me to get to the next level, to break off fears, lies and insecurities. They believed in me and challenged me. I've never known before what it means to pull on a leader or how to submit to one. I've never seen community that is like family like Grace Place. I've never seen people who are so selfless, generous, intentional and who love Jesus and the bible like these people. As I was finally submitted to a leader, under his covering and as I was fully honest with my mentor I got breakthrough this year that I've been fighting for for years. I can say with confidence that Grace Place impacted me so much and that I will never be the same ever again after this year.

- Selina Schlotthauer (2018)

I have learned so much from Grace Place, like faith righteousness, that I am a new creation, and that I have no limits. But more than that, I have found a family where I can truly be myself, knowing that I will be loved, valued, and challenged to grow alongside my friends and loving leaders. I've been welcomed into a community where I really can trust and depend on leaders because they have my best at heart and will give up their own convenience and comfort to help me reach it. Together, we've become a close-knit community who follow Jesus with no agenda but to love him and his children wholeheartedly, helping them walk in all that He paid for. I've found freedom through the ministry of Grace Place- but not just freedom from things that held me back. I've found freedom that leads me into something greater than myself.

- Katherine Marx (2018)

At Grace Place I had the privilege of being part of a family of passionate revivalists who pushed me to give God my everything. I learned to focus on God rather than myself, to prioritize Him over everything, to trust Him, and to value the Word like never before and base my life off the truth, not my feelings. Grace Place reemphasized, expounded on, and taught me to live out what I was learning at BSSM until it wasn't just knowledge, but who I am.

- Christina Wood (2017)

I loved being in Grace Place. Being in this program has stretched me and helped me to see what true family and living in excellence looks like. All of the leaders were so full of love and honor for each other and all they encountered. It is impossible to be a part of this program and not be transformed for the Kingdom of God. There are constant opportunities to grow and develop all alongside incredible revivalists hungry for more of God.

- Samantha Buckstead (2017)

Grace Place has truly changed my life. The leaders are so intentional, loving and are always calling you to a higher standard. It's place where any pride or fear that you have truly gets brought to the surface. Sometimes this isn't an easy process, but the outcome is beautiful. I personally learned what it truly looks like to trust God, in everything. Realizing that God actually put these leaders in my life and that not trusting them was not trusting Him with that was a huge turning point for me. When I fully said yes and submitted to the program and the leaders everything changed. The growth that started to happen was greater than any I've seen in my life and also it became a whole lot more fun! As my focus shifted off of myself and onto the Lord and trusting in Him, everything changed.

- Amy Blackman (2017)

My Favorite thing about Grace Place is the community aspect. You are doing family and every day life with people that truly love Christ. If you really want to grow, you are willing to put growth before comfort, and you desire to become a strong leader surrounded by high quality people, then Grace Place is for you!

- Chrissi Wobbe (2016)

My experience in Grace Place was incredible. One thing that I really appreciated about doing Grace Place (on top of doing BSSM) was that it's such an incredible way to get instantly connected into a family filled with amazing high caliber people. These are the people that really championed me on the most, but also that challenged me the most in what I believed and to run after God harder and harder. I wanted to surround myself with people that were really going after the same thing, and Grace Place did just that for me. The girls that I lived with were especially important in my journey of doing first year. You walk into a house that is already living under the same standard and culture of honor. The girls that I lived with were the girls that I was the closest with, and that really encouraged me in my walk this year. Grace Place offered many incredible opportunities and I really benefited from each one. I feel extremely blessed by every event night (getting to hear incredible speakers, learning to preach and prophesy, being involved with outreach...etc). It was more that I could have ever expected, and I would 100% do it all over again!

- Kyleigh Koyanagi (2015)

This year in Grace Place has not only given me a family and an amazing community to run with but it transformed me in a radical way. It provides a perfect platform to apply what you learn at BSSM and you actually start living this out with your housemates, the community, and the leaders. With Grace Place there is certainly more time investment and challenging moments but it is totally worth it and you get so much more out of this year then you could ask for. The best thing is it is all about Jesus, He is the center of it all, He’s done it all! In this discipleship program I learnt how important it is to have leadership in your life and what a lifestyle in excellence looks like simply by having amazing leaders as role models pouring into me.

- Amelia Hossmann (2015)

Grace Place was an incredible experience of pursuing God with family to keep you accountable. Daniel and the leaders show you what living a life of excellence and honor looks like. If you want to be stretched to your full potential, Grace Place is for you.

- Faith Swanson (2015)

Grace Place is a community of Jesus loving believers becoming empowered in every aspect of life. If you are looking to be a responsible and supernatural leader equipped for ministry, Grace Place provides the platform to mature you. The interns over the houses pull out the gold in you. You are valued and loved and empowered to be freely you here.

- Lydia Lum (2015)

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