New Song City Central - Tacoma, WA
Date: January 21, 2007 08:00AM
I never served directly in this ministry area, but I have freinds who do and so will speak from that expereince.
Newsong has a large number of outreach and support ministries. These include houses set up, with mature Christian leaders, for helping those coming out of a homeless situation, drug addictions, etc to have an environment focused on biblical teaching times, accountability and support for finding places to live and jobs. Due to its location in downtown Tacoma, Newsong ministers a great deal to homeless and drug addicted individuals.
Also, because of the many relatively young church members (probably 60+ percent under 35 year old) many Newsongers choose to live with others their own age who have a heart for the Lord and desire greater accountability in their lives. If someone is turning their lives to the Lord and are in a living situation that will be more of a stumbling block than a place to grow in their faith, their small group leader may recommend that they find and move in with others who are growing with the Lord. (For example, someone coming off a drug addiction and young in their faith will be encouraged to move out of a situation where they have roommates who are still very active with drugs, two people living in a sexually immoral relationship will be recommended to move out of the situation and in with others who are walking with the Lord, etc) I should note that this is NOT the case with younger church members living with their families and parents!!!!!! Newsong believes that the parents are the primary spiritual authority in a student’s life and works with families to grow together in their faith and biblical understanding.
The majority of the time, as young members of the church find that they have a heart for walking with the Lord and are making close Christian friends or serving closely together in ministry areas, they will often seek each other out and live together – This is largely because Newsong started off as a college ministry years ago and we found that as we needed to find roommates for school, it was a great experience to do so with our friends who went to the same church. These houses are not regulated and have no direct leadership. The formal houses for mentioned at the beginning of this section are however monitored and have clear rules and guidelines for helping those living there.
This set up is not unusual for ministries focused on college age groups and urban outreach. If you have further questions on this type of ministry I would suggest seeking out a biblical church in your area that ministers in with a focus in these two areas.