New Community Christian Church
Our Vision: Loving people where they are, while showing them the truth of Jesus.
The vision frame contains five components that define the DNA of New Community Christian Church and creates the platform for all that we are and all that we do as a church. Each component is critical to answering one of five important questions.
1. What are we doing? – The mandate describes what NC3 is ultimately supposed to be doing.
2. Why are we doing it? – Our values that guide the actions and reveal the strengths of NC3.
3. How are we doing it? – Strategy. This is the process that demonstrates how NC3 will accomplish the mandate on the broadest level.
4. When are we successful? – These measures are a set of attributes in an individual’s life that define or reflect the accomplishment of the church’s mandate.
5. Where is God taking us? – The missional mountaintop is the living language that anticipates and illustrates the preferred future that God is leading us to.
Mandate: To love and prepare generations to passionately follow Christ every day.
- Unconditional Love – Every person matters to God, so we engage and welcome everyone without judgment or expectation.
- Transformational Application – Jesus’ life is our standard, so we teach how to be modern-day disciples in thought and action.
- Genuine Community – Life happens best in community. We share God’s love by serving the needs of others.
- Foundational Families – As God’s primary vehicle for discipleship, we encourage families to model Biblical living.
Worship beyond Sunday
- Regular Sunday attendance – “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:2
- Making God the focus of life wherever you are – “‘The most important one,’ answered Jesus, ‘is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this : “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these.’” Mark 12:29-30
Study and pray each day
- Daily Bible reading and memorization – “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
- Prayer – …pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
- Include family in Bible reading and prayer – “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.” Deuteronomy 11:18-21
Connect for accountability
- Participate in a growth group – “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
- Membership in church family, attend Discovering NC3 – “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:25-28
Serve and give generously
- Wise use of time, talent & treasures – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21
- Find a ministry in the church – “…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:12-13
- Serve others in the world – “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
- Tithe to New Community – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. ‘Test me in this,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.'” Malachi 3:10
Invest and invite
- Build relationships with non-believers – “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
- Invite others to worship – “…and the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39
New Community will be an oasis where weary travelers are able to lay down their burdens, rest and be fed for the next leg of their life journey. Many travelers come to us beaten and defeated by their circumstances. At the oasis there is safety, acceptance, compassion and care, along with spiritual nourishment. Too many times the church looks and sounds like an oasis, but the weary traveler finds that it was just a mirage and he or she must continue looking for the next oasis. We will not be a mirage – we will be the resting place for every weary traveler we encounter – within the walls of the church or at home, work, school and play.