Christian spirituality, although deeply personal, is always lived out in community. God created us for community. In the Bible, God’s people were always called to live in community. We are the “body of Christ” and each member plays a special role in the life of the body. The Bible teaches us that “the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!'” (1 Cor. 12:21). That is one reason why the Bible includes so many “one another” commands. “Love one another”, “Forgive one another”, “Encourage one another” are just a few examples. And one word that captures all of these commands as seen in the life and ministry of Jesus is compassion.
At New West Church we strive to be a community marked by compassion as we mutually encourage and care for one another. This ministry of care is carried out in a number of ways. The pastoral staff, elders, and deacons of our congregation give overall direction and oversight to the ministry of care within our church. They, together with lay pastoral care workers, provide care to the New West family. For those in the congregation that belong to small groups, this also becomes an important smaller community of care. All our members are encouraged to be part of a small group.
Some of the more focussed care ministries of the church are listed on the right side of the page. Visit them for more information.