Frequently Asked Questions
IS THERE A KIDS MINISTRY?
YES, while we’re at church, our kids are at age appropriate services of their own. Near all of our main entrances we have signs pointing you to our Children’s Check-In. Kids Ministry is available for birth-6th grade. During our 11am service at our North Congregation, we also have a service for our junior high students (New Life Junior High). When you arrive at Check-In, you will be directed to the classroom(s) where you can drop off your kids. For more information about the New Life Kids Ministry click here.
HOW DO I GET CONNECTED?
We believe that "church" is not only what we do during our weekend gatherings with worship, teaching, prayer and communion. Church is also what happens among the people; together we ARE the Church! WE are the family of God! Throughout the week we gather in GROUPS around the city. On Sundays at our North Congregation, Communities is an opportunity to find your place in the family. It’s a chance to get to know others sitting in your section, learn names, share stories and enjoy a meal together each month in your section party.
IS THERE A PLACE FOR BREAKFAST OR LUNCH?
Yes. At our North Congreation every Sunday we have a cafe that serves breakfast and lunch before or after service. Enjoy a breakfast panini, a white chocolate mocha or a cup of soup and a ham & cheese croissant. That's just the beginning of our cafe menu. Come to church early for breakfast or stay late and have conversation over lunch.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING SERVICE?
At our weekend services at New Life we sing worship songs, pray together, study the scriptures, and we come to the Lord's Table for communion. There is also a time during the service where you can connect with the people around you. We look forward to worshiping with you and hope you will experience God's presence during our services. If you would like someone to pray with you, head down to the front at the end of the service and there will be someone there to talk with you and pray for you.
DOES THE CHURCH PROVIDE AN ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT?
Yes, click here to view the latest annual audited statement.
DOES THE CHURCH OPERATE OFF OF A BUDGET? IF SO, HOW IS IT DETERMINED?
The church prepares a budget on an annual basis.
The first step in the budgeting process begins with the vision set by the Senior Pastor and the Elders. The vision is the driving force for the budget.
Once the Senior Pastor and Elders set the vision and emphasis for the upcoming year, the church staff prepares a budget. The administrative team accumulates the budgets for all areas and works with the various ministry areas to complete the overall budget for presentation to the Executive Staff and Core Leadership Team. The Executive Staff and Core Leadership Team reviews and adjusts the budget accordingly. The final budget is presented to the Elders for review, adjustment and approval.
The administration of the church monitors the budget and cash flow on a weekly basis and makes recommendations to the Core Leadership Team and Elders based on actual revenue and expenses.
The church has been operating on a ministry essentials only budget during this economic downturn.
WHAT OTHER FINANCIAL POLICIES GOVERN SPENDING AT THE CHURCH?
The church has adopted 10 financial guiding principles that can be accessed by clicking here.
The church also utilizes a purchase order system that requires staff or volunteers to obtain appropriate approvals before any expenditure is incurred. Based on the staff person's role and position, there are pre-set spending approval limits. Generally, all department heads may approve expenses up to $1,000. Any expenditure in excess of $1,000 requires approval of the Executive Pastor or Associate Pastor of Administration. Any expenditure over $5,000 requires the approval of 2 Executive Pastors. Any expenditure in excess of $25,000 requires approval of the entire Executive Staff. Expenditures over $50,000 require the approval of the Elders.
HOW IS THE SALARY OF THE SENIOR PASTOR DETERMINED?
The Senior Pastor's compensation and benefits package is established by the 6 non-staff Elders. The non-staff Elders do an annual performance review of the Senior Pastor and make adjustments to his salary on an annual basis. The non-staff Elders utilize salary surveys and comparable data from other churches and ministries of a similar size. They also consider the cost of living differences within the comparison.
WHO SETS THE SALARIES OF THE STAFF AND HOW ARE THEY DETERMINED?
Every staff position has a ministry job description and is assigned a pay range based on pre-set criteria. The salary ranges are reviewed on an annual basis by the administration of the church and approved by the Executive Staff and Elders. The ranges are developed in utilizing salary survey information and consultation with other churches and ministries of a similar size and in consideration of cost of living differentials. All full-time staff receive an annual performance review from their supervisor.
WHAT DOES NEW LIFE BELIEVE ABOUT GIVING AND TITHING?
At New Life Church, we believe that all believers should participate in tithing to the local church.
Throughout Scripture, there are four principles that did not change from the Old Testament to the New Testament.
- Everyone should give as they are able
- God should get our first and best
- Giving should be worship
- God blesses generous people
We use the following guidelines for giving - give generously, give regularly and systematically, give voluntarily, give joyfully, give worshipfully, give proportionately, give sacrificially, and give quietly. All giving is a matter of the heart.
HOW CAN I GIVE TO NEW LIFE CHURCH?
The most common way to give at New Life Church occurs every Sunday during our worship services. At the conclusion of worship and prior to the sermon is the offering time. The ushers pass offering buckets down each aisle in order to receive tithes & offerings from those who choose to give. If you choose to give by check, simply place your check in the bucket. Envelopes are available on the back of seats throughout the row to help facilitate cash and credit or debit card gifts.
We also offer online giving at our website. Click here to access our online giving system now. You will need to set up an account and then can choose to do a one-time or recurring gift. We accept online electronic checks, debit cards and credit cards. We prefer that you use electronic check or debit card transaction as we do not advise anyone to going into debt to give to the church.
This is a fun, simple and secure way to give. To try it out simply open a new text and send the keyword "NLC" to the number 77977 and follow the instructions.
DOES THE CHURCH PROVIDE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPTS?
If you give online or have an online account with the church, then you are able to access and print your giving statement here anytime you wish from your own computer. For members who do not have an online account, the church will print and mail a detailed giving statement by the end of January.
HOW DO I CONTACT THE CHURCH IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT MY GIVING STATEMENT, UPDATE MY ADDRESS OR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION, OR HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHURCH'S FINANCES?
You may email questions or address changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.