Jesus is Good News…
…especially for the marginalized, sick, poor, and forgotten. Working toward more justice and mercy in our community and the world has been at the core of New Covenant Fellowship since we first began meeting together in the mid-1970s. We believe that God invites us to participate in creating a world where people have dignity, hope, a voice, and access to healing and wholeness. We express that gospel message through addressing needs and inequalities in education, housing, and access to food and healthcare.
Mentoring and Education
Jesus gave life-changing instruction to fishermen, women, tax collectors, and uneducated crowds. We believe the gospel goes hand-in-hand with education in addressing injustices in the world. We support education-focused programs, including after-school and mentoring programs in Champaign and in the Mississippi Delta, prison education in California, and college-level education in North Korea and China.
CU 1-to-1 Mentoring ~~Spring Initiative~~Griot Arts~~Academic Peer Education Project
Shelter and Housing
Jesus relied on community generosity for shelter, identifying with needs of the homeless. Access to safe, stable housing is often the first step toward dignity and wholeness for the most vulnerable in our community. We support local emergency shelters with our volunteer time and funding, and partner with organizations that build and repair homes in support of homeownership.
CU Men’s Shelter~~Austin’s Place~~Courage Connection~~Habitat for Humanity
Hunger and Health
Jesus attended to people’s basic needs by feeding the hungry and healing the sick. Food and healthcare continue to be pressing needs in our communities today. Our involvement with the Christian Community Development Association informs and inspires our partnerships with local ministries addressing these needs..
Champaign Cty Christian Health Center~~Eastern IL Foodbank~~Bridges of Peace Intl
A “justice incubator”
We see the NCF building as a space God has given us to share with mercy and justice organizations so they can grow into their potential. In the past decade, the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and the CU Men’s Emergency Shelter have each used our building as a stepping stone—enabling them to envision the need and expand their services.
We don’t always know what our “next thing” will be, but we’re praying and looking to see where God is at work in the community and how we might be able to come alongside and support that work. Our annual Thanksgiving offering enables us to support new ministries and respond to NCF members’ passion for service. Meanwhile, our Family Fund helps us address basic and emergency needs in our wider fellowship network.