About NewLife Community Church
NewLife Community Church was planted in the early 1990’s with a passion to reach unchurched people in the city of Lloydminster. It was built on a seeker-sensitive model at the time and was effective in seeing many people come to faith in Christ in the early years of ministry.
In 1995, the church purchased a hall in the city of Lloydminster, and continued ministry in this facility. Over the years, the church has had several Lead Pastors but has maintained a consistent culture of focusing on people over programs. We have always been characterized by our strong passion for outreach: connecting with those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
In October of 2018, NewLife asked Pastor Mike Nedelko to be their Lead Pastor. Under his leadership, the church is revitalizing their original passion once again in this new season of ministry. Our mission is moving up and out in new life in Jesus Christ. Based on the great commandment and the great commission given to the disciples by Jesus, these passages undergird this focus for NewLife today. Our ultimate goal is to see everyone move up in their relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and to move out in mission, by sharing the love of God and the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ to the people in our city and region and to the world!
It is a critical time in the history of NewLife. We are reshaping the culture of our church and have a blank canvas to shape and form ministries that are built on our mission to move up and out in new life in Jesus Christ.
The Ministry Leadership of NewLife includes a Director of Communication, Director of Administration, Interim Director of Worship, and team of two Directors of Children’s Ministry. The staff team collaborates and works together to plan and oversee the ministries of NewLife and to recruit, equip and mobilize leaders and servants within the church. These five individuals are led by Lead Pastor Mike Nedelko. There is a congregationally-elected Board of Elders, which operates on a policy governance model. These men oversee the broad direction of the church and hold the Lead Pastor accountable. The board is responsible for the finances and holds signing authority at NewLife Community Church. The Lead Pastor authorizes spending within the church-approved budget to keep ministry moving forward and to maintain the up and out ministry focus of NewLife Community Church.
Each year, the staff, elders, and key volunteer ministry leaders meet to discuss ministry direction, vision and practical projects. In this way, the leadership culture is collaborative and conversational. However, NewLife aims to empower leaders to lead and to make ministry decisions fearlessly and with encouragement from the rest of the leadership team. We protect one another and stand with one another as we move up and out in new life in Jesus Christ and lead our ministry areas to accomplish this mission.
NewLife Community Church is an intergenerational church with a good combination of young families with children, middle-aged couples with kids, and seniors and retirees with grandchildren. We also have an assortment of single-parent families, widows, divorcees and unmarried at NewLife. We strive to be a church family for anyone and everyone.
Our Children’s Ministry, NewLife Kids, will have 45-60 kids (nursery to grade 6) signed in on a given Sunday. Our Youth ministry has between 20 and 30 youth from grades 8-12.
About 10 - 15% of our church family is made up of individuals who were born outside of Canada. NewLife also has a high percentage of people who are new to church, or who were previously disengaged from church life. It is also not uncommon to have totally unchurched people attend on a given Sunday. As such, we are not a “’”’’churchy” church. It is a come as you are environment, though we are respectful and courteous in our attire and comportment. We are not into religiosity or performance-based Christianity. We aim to be a welcoming place for people to journey into relationship with Jesus, and to move up and out in the new life that is found in Jesus Christ.
The church has grown in the past year and we are seeing more and more people take steps in moving up and out in their own journey with God. We are contemplating two services in the next year, and a possible ministry facility expansion in the next 3-5 years. We would love to expand our ministry capacity by having a ministry center where we could serve and connect with our community using sports and arts and other means.