New Life Church has a governing body, called a council. The council is made up of elders and deacons–men and women called by God and elected by church members to serve and lead us.
Elders serve by governing the church in Christ’s name. They received this task when Christ entrusted the apostles and their successors with the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:19).
At New Life Church, our elders are responsible for the spiritual well-being of God’s people. They provide true preaching and teaching, regular celebration of the sacraments, and faithfully counsel and discipline while keeping in confidence those matters entrusted to them. And they promote fellowship and hospitality, ensuring good order in the church, and stimulating witness to all people.
Deacons serve by showing mercy to the church and to all people. They received this task in the early church when the apostles designated special persons for the work of mercy (Acts 6:1-7).
In Christ’s name, our deacons relieve victims of injustice; in the church, in the community, and around the world. By this they show that Christians live by the Spirit of the kingdom, strongly desiring to give life the shape of things to come. Deacons assess needs, promote stewardship and hospitality, collect and disburse resources for benevolence, and develop programs of assistance.They are also called to speak words of Christian encouragement. In word as well as deed, our deacons work to demonstrate the care of the Lord himself.
If you would like to find out more about about elders or deacons at New Life–or if you would like to talk with an elder or deacon, please Contact Us.