Our mission is to
With some of His final words before ascending to Heaven, Jesus commissioned His church (including us) with these words: "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). This is a multiplying mandate for disciples of Jesus. And as we multiply disciples of Jesus, we multiply God's glory (the brilliance of Who He is) on the earth.
If you've looked around our site, you may be asking “What's with all of the pottery analogies?” Our vision is tied to clay because the Bible has much to say about clay and there are numerous analogies between mankind and clay (see Gen. 1:1, 26-27; 2:7; Job 10:8-9; 33:6; Isa. 45:9-11; Jer. 18:1-6; John 9:5-7, 35-41; 2 Cor. 4:6-10). Our facilities reside on a rich basin of red clay, and that clay has been a source of much of the heritage that shapes our area. Brick-makers and race car drivers alike use this clay to shape their craft and shape our local culture.
So when we sought to find a way to summarize God's vision for our church and others who encounter us, we found a familiar and natural fit in the Bible's imagery of clay. Just as a potter finds raw materials and forms and fires those materials into new vessels so that they can be filled and flowing according to his design, we want to see God our Potter doing the same for all who interact with New Vision Fellowship. This has led us to the following vision:
We desire that through this fellowship Christ would cause multitudes to be:
and invited to encounter God here.
into a new vessel by God's transforming power.
into a solid vessel, ready for God's use.
with truth and purpose for God's glory.
God's riches into the lives of others.
a move from the COMMUNITY to the CROWD by gathering with us in worship
a move from the CROWD to the CHANGED by learning and applying God's Word
a move from the CHANGED to the COMMITTED by partnering with the church
a move from the COMMITTED to the COMMISSIONED by discovering and using spiritual gifts
a move from the COMMISSIONED to the CARRIERS by taking the gospel to the world
We multiply God's glory on the earth by multiplying magnifiers of His name
We multiply God's glory on the earth by multiplying models of His character
We multiply God's glory on the earth by multiplying members of His family
We multiply God's glory on the earth by multiplying ministers of His grace
We multiply God's glory on the earth by multiplying missionaries of His gospel
What We Believe
We affirm the Holy Bible as the inspired Word of God and as the only basis for our beliefs.
“I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring My sons from afar
And My daughters from the ends of the earth, Everyone who is called by My name,
And whom I have created for My glory,
Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
Our Pastor, Jeremy Parker, is a native of nearby Pine Hall and a graduate of South Stokes High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 2003 and has worked since that time as a web/software engineer and technology consultant. He came to Christ after college and moved back to the Madison area in 2005 to make Amy His bride. They got plugged in and invested in the local church for several years of volunteer ministry. Then Jeremy began to sense that God was calling him to vocational ministry, so he prepared by earning a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015 while continuing to work in technology full-time. Meanwhile, God blessed this family with 3 children: Micah, Ellie Grace, and Caleb. In God's timing, they answered the call to bi-vocational pastoral ministry at New Vision in May of 2017.
Pastor Jeremy has a passion for mining deep truths from the Scriptures and helping individual Christians of all ages and stages of life to grow in their walk with Christ. When he's not serving the church or serving his clients in the technology realm, you'll find him enjoying time with his kids or wooing his wife on recurring date nights.
As a church, we practice the distinctives of many Baptist churches:
So New Vision Fellowship is a Baptist church, but we are ultimately are under no authority other than our Triune God. We do voluntarily choose to partner with the following organizations in order to increase our effectiveness in carrying out Christ's mission for us:
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We don't care if you've been a Christian for most of your life or if you're just curious about Jesus, we'd love for you to be our guest this Sunday!