What are we doing?
Neartown Church is inviting busy people to experience the peace of life with Jesus Christ.
All around us, every day, busy people are filling their lives with activities that will slowly but surely build into a chaotic mess. As a result of the pressures put on them by work, family, friends, and community, these busy people seek out ways to cope with the stress or avoid it all together. In Matthew 11:28–30 Jesus said “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Why are we doing it?
Neartown Church is inviting busy people to experience the peace of life with Jesus Christ because we value new relationships, everyday connections, radical generosity, and global impact.
The very first step towards ʻinviting busy people to experience the peace of life with Christʼ is meeting people who donʼt already know that peace. We have to meet people we donʼt already know, then we can get to know them, pray for them, serve them, and then after we’ve invited them into our life, we can invite them to experience the peace of life with Jesus Christ.
The “church” is who we are during the week, not where we gather on Sunday morning for worship. Our Mission Partners are organized into NT Groups for coaching, caring and prayer that happens all throughout the week, not just at a one hour meeting on a weekday evening. We we encourage and keep one another accountable through every means available to us. We donʼt rely on church leadership to provide opportunities to get together. We leverage things we already do every week as places to build community. We exercise together, we eat together, we play together. We speak into the lives of those that are younger than us, and we expect the same of those that are older.
Our people are committed to give practically (giving from our budget) and sacrificially (giving something up) to see the mission of the church accomplished. We strive to see that each person with a need is helped to the degree that God has made the funds available to our church for distribution. We are open to giving something away, if it is needed by another. We are dedicated to spend 50% of all ministry money on works that have impact outside the church. Our budget planning process is strategic, but fluid enough to respond to how God is working.
Our people are committed to spreading the Gospel, not only among our own culture, but among all ethnicities and cultures. As a church, we are actively supporting the spread of the Gospel on the other side of the world. We use our money, our resources, and our people to proclaim the gospel in word and deed to those who have not heard and believed.