Deacons' Mercy Ministry
Purpose of the New City Fellowship Diaconate
- To minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress.
- To develop the grace of liberality in our members and distribute the gifts of the people.
- To care for the property of the congregation.
The work of the deacons at New City grows out of the needs of the congregation and community. In Acts chapter 6, the first deacons were ordained to look after the needs of the widows and literally wait on tables.
New City Deaconate Philosophy of Mercy Ministry
We believe that the local church is God's agent for change in society. The Scriptures teach us to do justice and to loosen the bonds of wickedness, to love mercy, to especially help widows and orphans and aliens. We reach out to share and as we move forward with the Gospel, we encounter people beyond our own family and community who need help. We help them because God wants us to. We show love because that is the only way love is known to exist.
What are the Deacons' Priorities for Assistance?
"Do good to all men, especially to the household of faith." (Galatians 6:10) This shows us a prioritization of helping - especially to those in the household of faith.
What needs do we meet?
The deacons at New City work behind the scenes in response to emergency needs in the congregation and community for food, housing, utilities, transportation, medicine, and other needs as they occur. Deacons and deaconesses are always available to members of the congregation when problems arise.
What needs can you meet? "Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, and let us encourage one another." (Hebrews 10:24-25) Think about the needs around you. Ask what you can do as an individual. Look around your neighborhood. Listen to others. If you know someone in need, call a deacon