As a church for the broken, our desire is not simply to embrace broken people and leave them in their brokenness. Rather, the gospel teaches that we are to help them to grow as children of God. At New Mercy, we take this biblical imperative seriously to help Christians resemble Jesus more and more with the passing of each new day.
There is certainly a diversity of components necessary for maturing as a believer, and we recognize that God’s plan for growth will differ among individual believers. New Mercy provides a broad spiritual education and various programs from which individual believers can draw—these choices give each person the freedom to custom-tailor a spiritual growth that best suits him/her. Influential pastor and author John Ortberg teaches individual customization for spiritual growth is both necessary and biblical:
God has a plan for the me he wants me to be. It will not look exactly like his plan for anyone else, which means it will take freedom and exploration for me to learn how God wants to grow me. Spiritual growth is hand-crafted, not mass-produced. God does not do “one-size-fits-all.”
Nevertheless, this does not mean spiritual growth is completely relativized. The Bible is clear that there are core components necessary for spiritual development (e.g. community, accountability, prayer, etc.). At New Mercy, we’ve distilled these core components into a simple spiritual growth paradigm—New Mercy’s Spiritual Growth Tree. By following the steps up this tree, each believer will be placed in an environment conducive to spiritual growth. Of course, growth is not guaranteed, as an individual can engage these steps nominally. However, if a Christian takes these components seriously and integrates them into his/her life, by the grace of God, he/she can experience real growth.
If you would like to find out more about growing at New Mercy, listen to the pastors’ talks on The Spiritual Growth Tree. These are from the mini-series “Growing at New Mercy.”
We encourage those wanting to grow at New Mercy to walk through these steps prayerfully and in conjunction with the mentorship of the leaders of the church.
Baptism – All those who have come to faith or wish to become followers of Christ must get baptized. If you would like to pursue this step, please register for the next baptism class here. If you have questions about faith, please contact the pastors at email@example.com
Membership – While all Christians are part of the universal body of Christ, God calls us to local expressions of this body so that we can realize our calling, experience community, and serve in concrete ways. If you wish to learn more about membership at New Mercy, you may register here for the next membership class.
Family Groups (Small Groups) – Christians who believe they do not need community to grow do not understand the gospel or their own design. From Genesis through Revelation, the Bible teaches that we are made to live and thrive in relationships. To grow, a Christian needs intimate relationships with like-minded believers. This community provides the care and friendships one cannot find in the larger, corporate settings. If you wish to join a Family Group, visit our Family Group Page. We have many different groups, so feel free to explore before joining one—they all have very different personalities!
Serving – As Christ came to serve and not to be served, so Christians are called to do likewise. It is through serving that our faith is often expressed, challenged and grown. To learn how you can serve at New Mercy, register for our next Servants Training here.
The above steps provide for an environment of growth and some important essentials. New Mercy also offers other programs that can help any Christian develop in their faith. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these:
• Wednesday Night Prayer Gathering (Wednesdays, 8pm, Church Office [139 Main St, Hackensack, NJ])
• Women’s Group (email firstname.lastname@example.org for info)
• Men’s Group (email email@example.com for info)
• Individual Prayer Appointments
• Medical Advice