Local Ministry Partners

In thE City & For the City

Build houses and live in them; plant gardens ... Take wives and have sons and daughters: ... multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city ... and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Jeremiah 29:5-7

Jeremiah encouraged a group of homesick exiles to build houses, plant gardens, take husbands and wives, to seek the welfare of the city where they were being sent into exile, and to pray to the Lord on its behalf saying that in seeking the welfare of the city, they somehow find their own welfare. Jesus spent most of his life in the city of Nazareth and never really got further than the city of Jerusalem. He turned the world upside down but never left an area the size of Metro Atlanta. He was called to dwell among a specific people, in a specific place, with a specific purpose.

God has called us as New City Church to the same kind of incarnational living; to a specific place; to our  neighborhood; to Lawrenceville; to Gwinnett County - because this place has eternal significance in God’s Kingdom. Will we simply be consumers of the commodities that this city offers us, or will we lay down our lives for the welfare of this city?

Why We have Ministry Partnerships

At New City Church we are aware of our limitations. We are a relatively small and young congregation with limited financial resources. It doesn't make sense to try to duplicate (or compete with) the many excellent organizations who are on the front lines of serving our neighbors within our community. We have a sense of calling to come alongside those we see are making a difference in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. This is done through prayer, encouragement, lending of resources, financial support, volunteering, and mentoring. 

How We Evaluate MINISTRY Partnerships

He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 10:18

Throughout Scripture we see that God calls us to be particularly focused on serving those right in our midst, and particularly the fatherless, widow, and sojourner. There are many children within our community who do not have the nurture, guidance, and provision of one or both of their earthly parents for various reasons.  Likewise, we find many women without the companionship and support of a husband due to death, divorce or separation, incarceration, or deployment. Gwinnett County is also home to many refugees, immigrants, and aliens who need to be made welcome and shown our love and support. As we consider potential partnerships we are looking for people and organizations who are already serving these kinds of people in our community and particularly those who have organically become connected to the life of New City Church. Ministry Partnerships are considered by our Ministry Partnership Committee.  

Cheri Ryan

OPERATIONS AND MINISTRY PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR

Cheri, together with her husband Mark, were an integral part of our transition from a portable ministry to an established church within our community. They have two children: Hannah and Amelia. Cheri serves by overseeing the day-to-day operations of the church and facility, and as director of our global and local ministry partnerships.