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Our Mission and Values

Ours is to “Value as God Values”

So that we might bring the “Kingdom to Community”

Therefore, we will…

“Cultivate” our relationship with God

“Emulate” the Life of Jesus

“Relate” to People of our Communities

Our Core Values

We believe that what follows are the essential values that God has instilled in the people gathering, called New Life. They are foundational to what we believe and do. We come to know ourselves as Christ knows us by “Loving God” “Loving People” “Building Christian Community” “Growing Spiritually” and “Sharing Christ” and through the excitement of our expanding faith, God rejoices.

  1. Loving God – we believe that, as Christ’s followers, we are continually encouraged into a profound experience and renewed understanding of the power of God’s love for us and the privilege of our love for God. We love God.  Scripture: Matthew 22:37 – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.
  2. Loving People – we believe that because of God’s eternal and essential love for us, we are moved to share the same love with others,. In doing so, God’s love for us becomes even more apparent. We love people.  Scripture: 1 John 4:7, 12 – Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
  3. Building Christian Community– we believe that, through the joy of discovering and using our spiritual gifts, we function as a unified community for the purpose of giving honor to God. We are a Christian community.  Scripture:  Romans 15:5-6 – May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  4. Growing Spiritually – we believe that we are called into a “transformational relationship” with our Lord. As we deepen our experience of God, becoming more spiritually mature, our lives are changed and we find ourselves living the way that God has always intended. We are spiritual beings.  Scripture: Colossians 3:15-16 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of the one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the word of God dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearFts to God.
  5. Sharing Jesus – we believe that our lives reflect to others the presence of God’s glorious spirit. We are living witnesses of the presence and power of Jesus. We share Jesus.  Scripture:  Matthew 5:16 – let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.   Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Our Goals

We fulfill God’s vision for us through our Mission and Goals

  1. By Intentional Disciple Making
  2. Through our Celebrations Together.
  3. As we strengthen our Familial Relationships

Most recognize something different about our congregation when they first come in. Some people really like it while others are pretty skeptical.  It’s the key to our success: Hospitality.

While most people think of hospitality as being nice to people to make them feel welcomed, we see it as much more than that.  Hospitality is to help people feel “at home”.  When new people walk in the doors of New Life, our anticipation is that they will have a visceral feeling that this is the place to be.

We want people to feel like they can belong here and we make every effort to help that be so.  At the same time, we also tell people that it’s a 50/50 proposition.  The congregation can provide the opportunities, but it is important for people to step into them.  The success of our congregation is dependent upon participation and not simply observation.

There is another depth to what happens at New Life when with regard to hospitality.  It’s called “Kingdom” depth.  It’s our hope that people will not only feel like this can be home.  We also anticipate that we are emulating the dynamic nature of God’s “Kingdom Presence”.  We hope that when people feel what’s different here, they will come to know it as a prelude to their participation what Jesus called, “The Kingdom of God” (God’s realm in and beyond this world).  Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is “at hand” (Mark 1).  The sensation that people feel at New Life is the Kingdom breaking in, in new ways, to their lives.

New Life Congregation is an invitation to the vitality of God’s Kingdom where people matter and their participation makes a difference not only for them, but also for the wider respects of God in our world.  People matter to God and one of the purposes of New Life is to give people the opportunities to matter.

There is vibrancy and celebration in all that we do at New Life.  People respect and admire each other.  We have each other’s back.  We allow the Spirit of God to work through us so that we recognize the identity we have and the opportunities that God has given us.

When once the invitation becomes somewhat familiar, there is a beckoning from God that we might come to profound knowledge of our spiritual selves.  We focus on Spiritual Formation (understanding and practicing how God is intentionally empowering us while breathing through us).  We look to know ourselves as God knows us and to live as God always has known we could.  The sermons, classes, and teachings offer insights into our souls and how God’s soul intimately connects with ours so that our lives are vibrant, good, and filled with significance.  At the same time, we become more and more aware of who God is and how God really operates.

At New Life, you will not find “Bible Study Sermons”.  Instead, they are messages that bring the creative God of the universe more to life.  They are prophetic sermons focusing on Gods great intentions for us and give practical information as to how to live good and glorious lives even as we face the occasional speed bumps and maneuver around them or work to shovel them away.   Scripture is vital for New Life.  It helps us understand God and ourselves in a dynamic relationship.

People of New Life are encouraged to live fully in their local communities participating in opportunities to make a positive difference.  We know that God empowers us and gives us these occasions.  We give our best to the incredible people and world that God has given us.

A Friendly Greeting

greeting

Inside our lobby, our greeters will do their best to help you get oriented and find out everything you need to feel comfortable-Like church info, where’s coffee, worship, restrooms and cool stuff for kids.

Our Community Room is a great place to grab a cup of coffee to take into worship. Our Community Room Resource Table has free info & support material you can pick up for your own use.

Check out our Bookstore too while you’re in the Community Room. It’s a great resource for growth and discovery.

Our kiosk in our front lobby has info about New Life Happenings as well as in our church bulletin you’ll recieve from your usher.

We offer a Free Breakfast between 9:00am-10:30am the first Sunday of the month.  A great way to meet new friends and feed the kids!

Sunday Worship Events

We have 3 Sunday Worship Events. Worship lasts about an hour.

worship8:00 a.m. Traditional Worship – This Worship event has more “classic” elements of worship with a choir, hymns and is a bit more contemplative.

9:15 a.m.* & 10:30 am “Way Cool” Worship-This Worship event has a contemporary live rock band –very high energy, multi-media and expressive.

*Worship For Kids (First Sunday of every month at 9:15 a.m. October-May) – This joyous Worship celebration is geared towards the young and young at heart! Join our puppet friends for worship and celebration of Gods love.  We then head back into our Re-Creation Center for a fun group activity.

*Spirit Song Worship  (an occasional worship format) – This contemplative worship style is very prayer focused, free-form and allows us to quietly settle in to an awareness of Gods’ Presence as we acknowledge and celebrate who God is and what God is doing in our lives.   A small ensemble, keyboard driven, provides the musical foundation with both songs and hymns.

What you’ll find at all three Worship events is a message that is a “live life to the fullest as God intends” with real life applications and encouragement.-Never boring or preachy.

We love having kids in worship. Besides our regular seating we have tables set up in back for families who like to spread out a bit.

Activity Bags are located in baskets at the back of Worship for our little ones to use.

Kid Zone: Adult staffed childcare is also available for kids 4 years & under during 9:15 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Worship and is located in the hallway off our Community Room.  Kidzone is not equipped for infants.

When you visit New Life, everything we have going on is open for you to be part of, if you wish. Our Community Room is a great place to gather after worship to meet new friends and enjoy coffee & snacks.

Kids love the playground! We have quieter places to gather also, like our indoor Prayer Room and outdoor Rock Garden and Labyrinth.

Take one of our Adult “Access” Classes, or if you’d like to know more about New Life, we offer “Lunch with Pastor Rob”.  Adult classes are offered Sunday Mornings at 9:15am or 10:30am, on Sunday Evening, as well as throughout the week.

FAITH SPARKS ages 2-3 with caregiver 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. on Sundays, Sept-May  Located in the KidZone.  Faith Sparks is a hands on, sensory driven ministry that will focus on parents (or their other caregivers) working with their young child to help begin their sparks of faith!

KINGDOM QUEST 4 years – 4th grade 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. on Sundays, Sept-May  Located in the Re-Creation Center. Kingdom Quest is a dynamic hands-on, family based gathering.

EXPLORERS 5th – 8th grades 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  on Sundays, Sept-May Located in the Re-Creation Center and Classroom A.  Where students can embark on an active exploration of life while wrestling with questions about God.  Lunch is included.

eMERGE 9th – 12th grade 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Sundays, Sept-May  Located in the Worship Center.   Students have an opportunity to develop a greater understanding of God and their unique selves in relationship to God and each other.  Lunch is included.

We offer fun summer activities too –  Mega Sports and More: an outrageously fun camp where kids get excited about Jesus, Vacation Bible School: a fun step back in time where kids get to see what life was like in Jerusalem,  Splash Bash night at the Sun Prairie Aquatic Center, Grill Nights and more.

New Life Church is a congregation with a mission to encourage and empower people to become disciples of Jesus; fully devoted participants in the life and ministry of Jesus in the 21st century. Being a disciple is a 24/7 opportunity to be integral to God’s presence to families, friends, the neighborhoods and our communities. We have a particular focus on helping those who have been disenfranchised by their church experiences or who have felt distanced from God to find a new God-encounter that gives them life.

Upon completion of “Lunch with Pastor Rob” and enrollment and/or participation in our Kingdom Keys Discipleship course you are eligible to become a member at New Life Church. New members are recognized at our New Member Celebration held once in the spring and once in the fall, but you can become a member at anytime. The dates of these celebrations are announced one month prior.  Below you will find the details on the classes required toward membership at New Life.

Membership

All those considering membership at New Life Church are also asked to participate in our Kingdom Keys Discipleship course. This is a four part course consisting of the following classes: Spirituality, Community, Leadership and Envision. Everyone who attends at New Life is encouraged to be part of this excellent opportunity to discover more about God, the energy of God within ourselves and how that is expressed in community with others as well as the character of God’s son Jesus. We ask that all those interested in committing to the ministries and mission of New Life be enrolled or have taken at least one part of this four-part course. Two of these courses are offered each fall and spring.

Contact Paula Severson, Congregation Connections, at 608-223-9337  for further details or to express your interest and begin taking steps to pursue membership at New Life.

Visit Us at New Life This Sunday!

A Warm Welcome

We’ve got special guest parking near the front of the church, set aside just for you! When you arrive on Sunday morning you’ll notice our greeters out in the parking lot and inside our front lobby.

Friendly Faces

Our greeters will do their best to help you get oriented and find out everything you need to feel comfortable-Like church info, where’s coffee, worship.