“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
Our vision for NCC is a community that lives and proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ. By conducting ministry that meets both practical and spiritual needs, we envision a transformation in the lives of those we serve, in effect “changing a generation.” Since 1978, NCC has laid a strong foundation of ministry in our community, and the coming years will build on that foundation to reach even more people by training likeminded churches and individuals to carry out compassionate, Christ-centered ministry.
Jesus Christ taught that in order to love Him, we must be His imitators. To imitate Christ, we must abide in Him, thereby coming to know His heart. The Psalmist reveals the heart of Christ:
“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free. The LORD gives sight to the blind; the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the alien; and sustains the fatherless and the widow; but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”
At the core of our values is providing compassionate and Christ-centered ministry to those Christ came to serve: the oppressed, the hungry, the captive, the blind, the lowly, the alien, the orphan and the widow. This involves:
As exemplified by Christ Himself, we believe that Christ-centered, compassionate ministry must address both physical and spiritual needs; therefore, our approach to ministry addresses the development of the whole person.
We live out the faith that we profess; serving with reverence and humility as our motivators, rather than self-fulfillment.
We believe that compassionate, responsible people are formed beginning in childhood; therefore, we implement long-term programs, remaining steadfast figures in the lives of children throughout their lives.
Just as the imitation of Christ produces Christ-like behavior, we believe that by investing in the lives of people and by training churches, our mission is being replicated.
We respect those we serve, believing that they are our brothers and sisters, and to serve them is a privilege.