What kind of church are you? What denomination?
New Community is not affiliated with any denomination. We are what we call a multi-denominational church. We have people from all kinds of different backgrounds and denominations (i.e. Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, atheists, etc.). We are a Christian church in the simplest meaning of the term. Ultimately, we view ourselves as a community church (that is why it is in our name).
I am not a regular 'church' kind of person. Will I feel uncomfortable and awkward if I visit?
We hope not (and don’t believe so) because you are the exact kind of person we love to have as our guest. Our church is made up of people just like you. We have a very diverse body, generationally and spiritually. We have people who have been in church their whole lives and some who have never been before coming to New Community.
Is New Community involved politically?
Our church is made up of hundreds of citizens, so certainly we have people who are involved and vote. However, as a church, we are not affiliated with nor do we endorse any political party. You will find a diversity of people from all over the political spectrum. We have chosen to focus our attention on what we feel are the most important things: the love, grace, and forgiveness of God. If you desire a church that is outspoken on political issues and candidates, New Community is probably not where you would be most comfortable. We do encourage our people to be informed, involved, and to respect their governmental authority (no matter how much they politically disagree).
Do I have to become a member if I attend, and if so, do I have to give money?
You would be surprised how often we get asked this. No, you do not have to become a member. In fact, we do not even have a standard “church membership” program. Everyone is welcome to attend. And we certainly do not teach that someone “has” to give money. We believe that giving is not an obligation, but a privilege. We encourage new attendees not to give until they feel led to. Of course, people giving is what keeps our lights and air on, it is what allows our staff and pastors to minister throughout the week, and it is what allows us to support wonderful programs and ministries in our community and around the world. So we appreciate the fact that the vast majority of our body gives voluntarily and cheerfully.