The Duncan Banner

Religion

January 27, 2011

Changing lives with love

MERIDIAN — NewLife Church is a work in progress. Scattered throughout the facility are hammers, drills and paint galore. While improvements are underway on the physical structure of the church, the church is focusing on improving of the community through the love of God.

Headed up by its pastor, William Moore, the upstart church began with a subtle inward beckoning. Being involved with ministry for more than 15 years, Moore felt a tug at his heart to establish a contemporary place of worship.

“Two years ago, I began to see that it’s hard to pour new wine into an old wine skin,” he said.

Breaking free from the status-quo was important for Moore. Residents of Stephens County are so steeped in tradition, Moore said, that sometimes they lose focus on the importance of a relationship with God.

“Duncan has lots of great traditional churches,” he said. “But there is not one spirit contemporary church.”

Moore doesn’t want to conflict with traditional churches, rather, he wants to compliment them. By drawing from the “unchurched” residents of Stephens County, Moore and NewLife feel their calling is to draw in those who have turned from church. He wants to reestablish a desire for God in the hearts of those who don’t feel that God is relevant in their daily lives.

NewLife’s goals are simple: Endeavor to fulfill the great commission and what he called “the great compassion.” In working toward those goals, Moore said, NewLife has already had a tremendous effect on Stephens County.

Many churches, he said, aren’t balanced in their desire to fulfill the great commissioner and compassion.

“There are plenty of churches that fulfill the great commission in a strong way,” he said. “I believe you have to balance them to demonstrate the true love of God, though.”

Since its inception, NewLife has had its hands full with community outreaches. In all of the church’s outreaches, he said the great commission and compassion are the central themes.

Equipping the next generation, Moore said, is a challenge NewLife Church has taken.

“Where are we going to be in five years if our youth doesn’t get involved,” he said. “We feel that youth ministry is a huge part of our ministry.”

— David Laughlin is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 160, or via e-mail at david.laughlin@duncanbanner.com.

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