It is amazing how God is working in the lives of the individuals and families that are coming to NewPointe Community Church. As we continue to reach more people and lead them into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ the challenge becomes greater in caring for the many people that come to NewPointe. What does it mean for a church to care for the people within the church? Maybe you don’t feel cared for. Maybe you do feel cared for. So what does that mean?
From time to time we all need help. Sometimes we need a helping hand with chores and projects around the home, sometimes we need a shoulder to lean on, or someone to listen to our struggles and situations. All of us will experience loss and hurt in our lives at some point. At NewPointe Community Church, our small groups provide the relationships and leadership necessary to provide care for most of the needs of our people. It is impossible for the pastoral staff to care for all the people that attend NewPointe. I don’t believe that is the role of the pastors anyway. The role of the pastors is to equip and prepare the people of the church to care for and encourage one another. That is why the small group networks within our church are so vital. When someone in that group is hurting the group members are there to help, support, encourage, pray and serve in any way they can. The pastor shouldn’t have to always be there to care for the person. The people that you are doing life with should be the ones picking you up when you need it.
NewPointe does have a Care Ministry that exists to serve the emotional, spiritual, and physical needs of those who are in “special care” situations. It may be a person that is not in a small group or someone that has needs that go beyond the scope of what the small group can provide. The Care Ministry network is designed to serve our small groups and the people that are hurting for whatever reason. Here are the services that are available at NewPointe:
- Helps Funds – For people that have financial needs we have a process that we take people through. It starts with an application that is reviewed by a staff person. Then an interview with the person to determine the needs. They are assigned to a financial counselor volunteer that will meet with them to look at their financial condition and try to help put a plan together. Our goal is to help them make the necessary changes to avoid future financial problems. We also desire to get them into community and growing in their relationship with Christ.
- Hope Mentors – Pastoral and Lay counseling is available through the church. Individual, family, and marital counseling sessions are available by appointment only. There is an application that must be completed before a counseling session is scheduled. We also can refer people to local, professional Christan counselors.
- Helping Hands Ministry – This team of people provide help in home repairs for families in need. They assess the project and help to determine the needs and cost of the project. Then small groups are encouraged to volunteer to help with the labor involved.
- Hospital visits – Visitation in the hospital is available if you contact the church office to let us know your situation. Our visitation team desires to pray with and encourage those that are facing surgery or sickness. Our meals team is also available to offer three meals after you get home.
- New Moms – This team of volunteers offers your family three meals from our meals team members and will send a card to the new mother.
- Premarital Mentoring – We offer premarital mentoring to engaged couples. It is a requirement to go through mentoring to be married at NewPointe or by one of our Pastors. You will meet about 7 times with the mentor couple.
- Marriage Savers Mentoring – Mentor couples are available for couples that are having problems in their marriage. This is usually in addition to pastoral counseling or professional counseling. The goal is to restore the friendship and relationship in the marriage and grow spiritually.
- Weddings – We have a wedding manual that details all the requirements and gives helpful tips on planning your wedding.
- Funerals – If you are an attendee at NewPointe and have lost a family member we will assist you in the funeral or memorial service process. Our funeral team will also provide a meal for the family after the funeral.
- Grief Share Groups – These groups meet every other week to help in the recovery process of losing a loved one. There are 13 sessions.
God cares very much about all of us, but He works through people that take the time to notice and care for the people around them. If you have a need please call the church office because we do care.