Pastor: Kevin Smith
Mercy and Communications Director: Gene Johnson
Office Administration: Angela Glover
GLAD and Community Outreach: Sandra Smith
Community Outreach: Gyven Nabors
To establish a cross-cultural worshiping community, centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that produces discipled believers who become God’s instruments of grace, justice, and mercy.
The congregation, called New City Fellowship, began in 1968 as a Mission Sunday School in the black community. We organized as a church in 1976 and maintain our vision to be a cross-cultural church, ministering to black and white, rich and poor, young and old. As a congregation, we believe in the full inspiration of the Scriptures and attempt to preach the whole counsel of God and minister to the whole person.
Ministries of New City Fellowship:
Contact: Sandra Smith
GLAD (Glenwood Learning Adventure Days) is a mentoring program ministry of New City that is designed to reach out to the children of the surrounding community. Academically GLAD focuses on math and reading. GLAD also shares the Gospel with the children involved in the program. GLAD works with approximately 30 elementary age children and is volunteer based (whatever amount of time a volunteer is willing and able to give is what we want). The ideal ratio would be 1 tutor per child. The children love forming relationships with the tutors that are able to come.
New City Food Pantry Ministry
New City provides emergency food during the week to families and individuals in our city who need a couple days for food to get them by until their next pay check. Each family that comes is welcomed, prayed for, and encouraged to join us in worship. This is literally “a cup of cold water” in Jesus’ name for many in our community and can be a gateway to the Gospel, to those who are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”.
Affiliated Ministries of New City Fellowship
Hope for the Inner City www.hope4theinnercity.org
Executive Director: Paul A. Green
Community Development Director: Tory Worley
Phone: (423) 362-4162
Hope for the Inner City is the community development arm of New City Fellowship. New City spiritually oversees Hope and many board members from Hope attend New City. Hope directly offers programs while also partnering with other local organizations, Christians, and churches.
Recognizing that the challenges of poverty are often deep and intertwined, Hope takes a balanced, Christ-centered approach to inner-city ministry. We start with mercy ministry, or emergency relief. We attempt to meet the immediate physical needs of the poor, which includes helping them to find housing, food and medical aid. At the same time, we encourage economic development; lifestyle change from dependency to self-sufficiency. We address the long-term social development, which includes financial literacy, career coaching and home ownership counseling. By meeting the immediate needs while also addressing long-term development, we envision Chattanooga’s inner city transformed by the love of Jesus Christ.
Hope for the Inner City is a merger of two faith-based organizations with a shared history of helping people trapped in poverty and despair. Hope for the Inner City partners with churches and other organizations to bring good news, hope and renewal to Chattanooga’s inner city.
Recognizing that the challenges of poverty are often deep and intertwined, Hope takes a balanced, Christ-centered approach to inner-city ministry. We start with Mercy Ministry, or emergency relief. We meet the poor’s immediate physical needs, which include helping them to find housing, food and medical aid.
Urban Ministry Team
Serving on an urban ministry team is a seven-day exercise in leadership development with an emphasis on mercy ministry. It will equip your youth group, deacons or church leadership with a vision for racial reconciliation, ministry to the poor, and joy in worship in the heart of Chattanooga’s inner city
Jobs for Life
Jobs for Life is a ten-week, soft skills job training class that lifts our neediest neighbors from dependency to self-sufficiency. Our graduates become model employees at many local businesses.
Included in Jobs for Life is the Faith and Finances curriculum, GED training and testing, and a computer literacy class to aid participants in their job searches. The program inspires, guides, and equips participants as they prepare to find and keep steady employment.
Each Jobs for Life student is matched with a champion, a mentor or group of mentors, who provides the student with support through the class and their first year of employment. Local business partners serve as visiting speakers; volunteer mentors help to lead small group discussions; and counselors help students overcome emotional roadblocks. Together, these volunteers and partners form the backbone of Jobs for Life’s success.
Summer Enrichment Camp
Summer Enrichment Camp is a wholesome Christian environment for children ages 6 to 11. Each summer parents of school-age children wonder what to do with their kids once classes let out. Many of them look to Hope. Here their children will have a safe place to play and learn while their parents are working or searching for a job.
Volunteer teachers, coaches and mentors stay with the children all day, helping to maintain their reading and math skills during summer recess as they explore their God-given gifts (Ephesians 4:11-12).
Daily activities include praise and worship, Bible study, study skills, arts and crafts, and sporting activities. Breakfast and lunch are served each day.
Summer Work Adventure
Summer Work Adventure Program is a unique leadership training experience for young teens ages 12-14, discipling them in the Christian work ethic and nurturing a joy for hard work (Colossians 3:23-24).
Teens will learn to establish good study skills, master the basics of banking and budgeting and participate in community service, as well as tour the local chamber of commerce and out-of-town colleges. Tuesdays are “professional dress day,” and teens will learn to fill out job applications and participate in mock interviews with local business leaders, who will help each young person to better understand why he was or wasn’t “hired.”
The summer culminates with teens creating original business plans in teams, which will be judged on content, presentation and likelihood of success.
Summer Job Placement
Summer Job Placement is real-world training where older teens, ages 15-18, are transformed by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).
High-schoolers are placed in a part-time paying job for about 20 hours per week and are assigned to a job-site mentor. Each teen receives one-on-one instruction in his job responsibilities as mentors monitor their work.
Fridays are spent at a local college campus for classes, recreational activities and lunch. Participants are paired with a student mentor who follows up with them throughout the week.
Dr. Roy Dental Clinic
The Dr. Roy Dental Clinic is a joint effort between Hope for the Inner City and the Chattanooga Area Dental Society that serves low-income residents in greater Chattanooga. The clinic was renamed in 2009 for its late founder, a well-known local dentist. With a professionally stocked dental facility, a full-time coordinator, and a growing pool of volunteer dentists and hygienists, the Dr. Roy Dental Clinic brings relief and hope to low-income patients from across Chattanooga. Hundreds of desperate patients have left our clinic with reduced pain and new found hope.
The Grow Hope urban agriculture initiative is our way of growing food in an urban environment. But it is much more than that: urban agriculture is a way for people to reclaim their connections to nature, to the act of eating, and to each other through the act of growing food, all without leaving the city. It’s also a movement through which people are gaining more independence from the current industrial food system, which is expensive and inefficient and relies on petrochemicals.
Chattanooga Sports Ministries www.csm.is
Contact: Katelyn Newsome
Chattanooga Sports Ministries (CSM) is a part of the Chattanooga Football Club Foundation 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which is dedicated to serving youth ages 8-14 in Chattanooga’s most economically challenged neighborhoods.
CSM began in 2006 as a summer soccer league for inner city girls. Six years later, we’ve expanded CSM’s Summer Soccer League to minister to both boys and girls, teaching them sports and life skills both on and off the field. We’re keeping our eyes open for how CSM can expand in the future, but right now we’re focused on how we can give 130 boys and girls one of the most memorable summers ever – because there’s no place like home field.
LifeSpring Community Health http://www.lifespringcommunityhealth.org
Executive Director: Michele Pickett
Phone: (423) 624-4846
LifeSpring is a community health ministry whose purpose is to demonstrate the love of Christ in word and deed by providing health education and promotion, medical services and community advocacy in urban Chattanooga.
LifeSpring provides high quality care to children established by seeing each child on a regular basis. LifeSpring provides lab, vision, and hearing testing to children. LifeSpring also supports and offers vaccinations following the immunization schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.
Get Going is a flexible 6-month program that educates the entire family on how to work together and provide support for their child as he/she strives to reach health-related goals in the areas of nutrition, weight management, and physical activity. Our LifeSpring team is actively involved in every aspect of the program to promote program success for our patients.