Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) are designed to provide answers to the general, financial and Small Groups questions you may have about New Life.

General Questions

I am really struggling...how can I arrange to meet with someone to help me?

There are several reasons that you may need to meet with someone for assistance. Here are a few of the most common:

Benevolence – If you are seeking financial assistance, New Life Church and Community Centers offers missions assistance for rent, utilities and for special circumstances. We are also able to refer you to numerous community resources if we are not able to assist.

Prayer – New Life Church Intercessory prayer team receives prayer requests 24 hours a day by email at prayer@newlife-atl.org. You may also call the prayer line at 770-322-6262, extension 30. Messages are checked daily.

Counseling –  Our Biblical Lay Counseling Ministry renders wise, biblical – sound counsel to New Life members in need of spiritual guidance and encouragement regarding struggles in their lives. If you are in need of counseling services please contact the church office @ 770-322-6262 to schedule an appointment with a Biblical Lay Counselor.

How do I sign up to participate in a mission trip?

Our International Missions Ministry – Our International Missions Ministry (IMM) seeks to share the love of Jesus Christ through Global initiatives, acts of service and compassion, and sharing the gospel of Christ around the world. If you are interested in learning more about our IMM Ministry please contact the church office at 770-322-6262, extension 29.

What are New Life Church’s Core beliefs?

1  “Personal & Global Evangelism”

The Church should be inflamed with the message of salvation and always eager to share it with all who are lost in both a personal and public manner. (Matt. 9:11-13; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16)

2.  “Relevant Preaching & Life-Changing Worship”

The Word of God should be preached and taught in an uncompromising fashion without hesitation, yet with sensitivity and relevance. (Rom. 10:14-17; II Cor. 4:5-7)

3.  “Practical Ministry to the Poor”

The Church exists to perpetuate the work and mission of Jesus Christ on the earth until He returns. Jesus was in love with the lost and was consumed with compassion for the bruised, the broken, and the bound. The Church must be a citadel of hope for a lost and hurting world. We’re consumed with love and passion for those who are broken, bruised, or bound by life; this moves us to service. (Matt. 25:41-45, Rom 5:8, Lam. 3:21-23)

4.  “Loving Fellowship in an Authentic Community”

The primary form of the Church is that is a “family” of believers. The Church should express the love of Christ both among believes and unbelievers alike. Discipleship and Christian development is best done in a close, family environment. We grow and mature best as our lives intersect each other. This healthy interchange of relational discipleship is best done as the Scripture designed it – within the context of a “Family”. (John 17:11-22; Gal. 6:1-2; Psalms 133:1)

5.  “Scriptural Authority in All of Church Life”

The Word of God is the final authority and guide in all matters of life. Is is to be the sole premise of all areas of Christian faith and should be clearly and effectively taught with daily application as its goal.

The Word of God is the final authority and guide in all matters of life. It is to be the sole premise of all areas of Christian faith and should be clearly and effectively taught with daily application as its goal. We believe that the Scriptures are not merely to be appreciated as literature, a work of history, or moral wisdom, but rather they are the very Words of God given to us for practical, righteous and fulfilled living; and so we value them as such. (II Tim. 3:16; James 1:22-25; John 1:1-3,14)

6.  “Every Member Faithfully Tithing”

Giving to spiritual work and ministry through the arm of the local church is both a privilege and a responsibility for all believers. Membership in a local church is naturally connected to financial stewardship and support. Our financial gifts and support enable the church, which is the visible extension of the hands of Christ, to be effective and fruitful in ministering His love to humanity.(Mal. 3:8-12; Acts 2:44-47)

7.  “Full Use of Every Member’s Spiritual Gift”

Every member in the local church should to be actively engaged in some form, in the ministry of the church. Such participation involves both the knowledge of, and use of, spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit has endowed each believer with divine gifts and graces for the expressed purpose of building and strengthening the Body of Christ as a whole. Active involvement in ministry is never a demand, but joyful and willful service to others is a necessary component of personal spiritual growth. (Eph. 4:1-3; Rom. 12:4-8; I Cor. 12:1, 1-11)

8.  “Excellence in All Areas of Ministry Life”

With a sobering awareness that the local church is the visible representation of the mission and purpose of Christ, it is our passion to represent Christ with excellence. We see each ministry arm and function of our church as an extension of the hands of our Savior. Therefore, it is our desire to be excellent in our service to others, whether through technology, visual and oral presentations, compassionate outreach, worship and the arts, or any other medium. We are certainly not there yet, but we are striving for excellence daily. (Dan. 6:3; Col. 3:23; Exod. 31:3-5; Phil. 1:10)

How do I find a place to serve at New Life Church?

Finding your place to serve is a great way to connect and meet new people, while using your God given gifts and talents in ministry. Visit our New Life Ministries page to view descriptions and contact links to dozens of volunteer opportunities. Regardless of your gifting, there’s a place for you to serve alongside others at New Life Church so Get Connected!!

How do I become a member of New Life Church?

It is the belief of the New Life Church that all Christians should be actively involved in a local assembly so that they may commit to sharing their spiritual gifts with other believers (Heb 10:25; Eph 4:11-12).

If you are interested in becoming a member of the New Life Church, please visit us during one of our Sunday services and respond to the call for new members or, access the home page of the our web site (www.newlife-atl.org) and select quick links, and  then select “Become A Member”.

We will be excited that you have chosen to serve our Savior with us, and look forward to helping you enjoy your New Life!

I’m interested in pre-marital counseling

If you are interested in pre-martial counseling, your first step is to call the church office to schedule an appointment to complete the Pre-Martial application (both partners must be present). At that time, you will be given further requirements that are at the request of our senior pastor, Marlin D. Harris. Once you have completed this process, your application will be submitted to the Biblical-Lay Counseling Ministry who will contact you to begin counseling.

What is Seeker’s Service?

Seeker’s Service is a non-traditional come as you are worship experience. It provides an atmosphere of heartfelt worship, genuine involvement of the Spirit and most significantly, the unconditional Love of God. Testimonies speak of deliverance from a world dominated by crime, drug addiction or prostitution.  Seeker’s Service members credits Seeker’s Service with leading them to God, supplying a church family and walking them through their current situations.

Join us every Sunday on our campus in Building 3 at 10:30am.

What are your Community Center Hours?

Our Community Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 3pm. Our programs are designed to be a positive investment into the heart of our community and create an environment of social empowerment and personal enhancement.

What do I need to do to be baptized?

The act of baptism serves as an outward expression of the inward transformation that occurs once a person has placed their faith in Jesus Christ. It is not an act to be completed in order to receive salvation, but is the first act of obedience which visibly identifies the Christian with the Church body (Matt 28:19; Acts 2:38).

If you would like to be baptized at New Life, please visit us during one of our Sunday services and respond to the call for baptism or you may contact the church Office at 770-322-6262.

Financial Questions

Where can I give online?

www.newlife-atl.org or click on link Online Giving

www.newlife-atl.org or click on link Online Giving

Is my information secure?

The online portal is completely secure. The web site interacts with the database using an encrypted SSL connection, which is the same technology that is used for online payment systems. The passwords are encrypted in the database and are unreadable by any database administrator.

Why can’t I see my giving history?

Financial contributions can only be attached (and credited) to an individual – not to a family. At this time, we are unable to display giving records for anyone other than the account holder.  However, if a husband and wife have elected to combine their giving history, each will be able to see the giving record when they login.

How do I cancel a recurring transaction?

After you log in, click on “Manage Scheduled Giving” and select the  icon to deactivate the transaction. The recurring transaction will stay under your profile in an “On Hold” status in case you elect to reactivate scheduled giving.

To activate the recurring transaction, select the  icon.

To completely delete a transaction select the  icon to delete the transaction.

How do I update a recurring transaction?

After you log in, click on “Manage Scheduled Giving” and select the pencil icon ( ), make the necessary changes and click Update.

What if I am missing a transaction?

If you have any problems with online giving, please email us at info@newlife-atl.org or call us at 770-322-6262.

Who do I contact if I have problems with Online Giving?

Please email us at info@newlife-atl.org or call us at 770-322-6262.

Can I download a partial year giving statement?

The system does not allow statements to be downloaded but you can print the Giving History page of your records.

How can I get a receipt of my one-time online gift?

Our system automatically generates an online receipt after you complete your one-time gift transaction.

Can I designate my online gift to a special purpose or ministry?

Yes, you may designate your one-time gift in several different ways by filling out the transaction form.

Who should give online?

Give online if you are looking for a simpler way to give. Online giving is for anyone who would like to give to the ministry of New Life Church remotely, either one-time or on a recurring basis.

What is a tithe?

As Christ Followers, we believe that we are to follow God’s command regarding tithing. “Tithe” means “tenth” or 10 percent. Leviticus 27:30 says, “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” In Malachi 3:8-10 God speaks to His people, “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole nation of you – because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Why is giving so important?

We also recognize that Jesus talked more about giving than the subjects of heaven, hell, or prayer. In Matthew 6:21 and 24 Jesus says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. In Luke 6:38 He says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

How do I excel in giving?

The apostle Paul spoke to the new churches about giving. In 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Paul admonishes the Corinthian church, “Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” He prompted the believers to be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” And in 2 Corinthians 8:7 he encourages, “But just as you excel in everything-in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

What is an offering?

Any amount given above 10% is considered an offering to God. This type of giving is over and above and should also be done with cheerfulness. We are stewards, not owners, of what God has given us. Therefore, we see tithing as giving back to God, what belongs to God (He allows us keep the other 90% to use appropriately).

Why do we give?

Why do we give? Giving is a privilege. The storehouse spoken of in Malachi is what we consider the local church. By partnering our monies together, God’s work is done more effectively. Even Paul recognized this in the newly formed churches of the New Testament. He tells the Corinthians in 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality, as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”

What are the benefits of giving online?

  • You can prioritize your giving in your budget (Proverbs 3:9,10).
  • You won’t have to worry about giving while you are away from home or on vacation.
  • You can increase your faithfulness. Online giving provides a systematic way to help us be regular and faithful.
  • Through online giving, our accounting department is able to expedite your gift and simplify our accounting procedures.
  • As all of us plan and prioritize our giving, we can lead the way for others to grow and mature in their own spiritual stewardship.

If I have more questions, with whom should I speak?

Please contact the church office at 770-322-6262 to arrange a meeting with the Director of Business Affairs for the church.

Small Group Questions (New Life LifeGroups)

Why small groups at New Life?

Spiritual growth is most effective in the context of intentional, genuine relationships with other believers. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected through technological advances, people are increasingly becoming disconnected from other people. This is just as true in the church as it is else where, and it is more critical in the church because God wills that His people live life together. Involvement in a LifeGroup will help New Life members enhance and cultivate their own spiritual growth and grow in godly relationships with other believers.

What are the differents types of LifeGroups?

New Life offers LifeGroups for men, for women, for married couples, and groups available to individuals of any gender or marital status.

Where do LifeGroups Meet?

LifeGroups typically meet in New Life Members’ homes. Although, LifeGroups can meet in any place that is convenient to group members, such as restaurants, coffee shops, or parks. The location should be comfortable and have no distractions. LifeGroups should meet in a location other than New Life, if at all possible.

How often should LifeGroups Meet?

LifeGroups should commit to meeting at least twice per month, although weekly meetings are most effective. Meetings can take place at any time convenient for the group members as long as meetings do not conflict with church-wide events. Each LifeGroups’ Shepherd Leader will have the schedule for his/her group.

How long does each LifeGroup meeting last?

The duration of each meeting will vary, but a typical meeting should last approximately an hour and a half to two hours.

What goes on at a LifeGroup meeting?

LifeGroups meetings will include icebreakers, Bible Study and discussion, and caring/sharing time.

What do groups study?

After an introductory study that emphasizes the importance of group life and helps groups grow together, LifeGroups will have flexibility to select materials that are or interest to the groups. Each LifeGroup Shepherd Leader has been provided a listof pre-approved resources from which groups are free to choose.

Is childcare a available for LifeGroups?

Many LifeGroups have childcare options available. Each individual LifeGroup will determine how handle childcare issues. Some options include: assigning a different group member to watch children during each group meeting, collectively hiring someone near the meeting site to watch kids during the group meeting, or leaving the responsibility to individual parents to handle their own childcare needs. New Life members will be able to search for groups that provide childcare.

How do I join a LifeGroup?

New Life members will be able to sign up for a LifeGroup by clicking on any of the “Join a LifeGroup” buttons on the LifeGroups page of New Life’s website. Individuals will be able to select the group that is most preferable in terms of location, group type, and group demographics.

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