Q: How is New Life Church affiliated with the Assemblies of God?
A: Within the fellowship of the Assemblies of God there are two classifications of churches – General Council affiliated churches and district affiliated churches. General Council affiliated churches enjoy full autonomy, having developed to the point of where they are self-governing and self-supporting. These fundamental principles have been catalysts for growth in the Fellowship. District affiliated churches are those which have not yet developed to the point where they qualify for full autonomy. All assemblies are required to adhere to the Statement of Fundamental Truths and a biblical pattern of conduct. New Life Church is a General Council affiliated church.
Q: What distinguishes the Assemblies of God from other Christian groups?
A: The Assemblies of God is an evangelic protestant fellowship that believes God exists in three persons — the Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. The most definitive identification of the Assemblies of God is Pentecostal. Just as it was founded in 1914, the Fellowship remains a full gospel church—one where the fullness of the Holy Spirit is welcomed, nurtured, and taught. This includes speaking in tongues as the initial evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Other manifestations of the Holy Spirit embraced by the church include: messages in tongues with interpretations, prophecies, word of knowledge, and the complete gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit as indicated in the Bible. Among Pentecostal churches—the Assemblies of God is the largest worldwide with almost 68 million constituents. (2015 Statistics)
Q: How can I learn more about the Assemblies of God?
A: Visit www.ag.org for more information about the Assemblies of God including: beliefs, history, ministries and more frequently asked questions.
Q: How do I get connected?
A: There are many ways to connect at New Life. The first step is to stop by the Welcome Desk, pick up a guest packet and fill out the visitor’s card. That will begin a process that will allow the church to recommend connection opportunities.
Q: Does it cost money to become a member?
A: There is no cost involved. We encourage all people who consider New Life Church their home church to attend the services and get involved in the different activities and ministries we offer.
Q: Where do tithes and offerings go?
A: We teach Biblical tithing. The money given in the offering plate meets the yearly church financial budget for ministry and allows us to be generous in our giving to various missionaries and outreaches. Read more about giving.
Q: Can I take communion?
A: At the last supper, just before He was crucified, Jesus instituted the communion service, telling His followers, “Do this in remembrance of me.” All believers are welcome to participate in the receiving of the communion bread and cup, even if they do not normally attend New Life Church.
Q: Do I have to be water baptized at New Life Church in order to attend the services?
A: We believe that water baptism is both an act of obedience and a public declaration of faith in Jesus Christ. We recommend all believers participate in water baptism by immersion but you do not have to be baptized at New Life in order to attend.
Q: How are decisions made at New Life Church?
A: The governing body includes an elected church council (board and elders) and the lead pastor. Healthy accountability in all areas of business, finance and spiritual life is essential in the decision-making process at New Life Church. Prayerful discussion, honor, loyalty and bible based unity are the fundamental elements of the decision-making process. Decisions involving Constitution and Bylaw, and Church Council elections, are made from a congregational voting membership platform.