Purpose of the New City Fellowship Diaconate is:

· To minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless and to any who may be in distress.
· To develop the grace of liberality in our members and distribute the gifts of the people
· To care for the property of the congregation.

New City’s Mercy ministry is led by our Deacons. We believe “the local Church is God’s agent for change in society.”   We try to love our neighbors and do good to any who are in need, especially the widows, orphans, and strangers.  
The Bible exhorts us to “Consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, and let us encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:24-25) 
We start with our own families and we try to be good stewards of what we personally and then corporately have.  We reach out to share and as we move forward with the Gospel. We meet  people beyond our own family and community who need help. We show love because that is the only way love is known to exist.
“Mercy is COMPASSION…toward those who are in need, resulting in ACTION…to alleviate that need, through acts of CHARITY…that lead toward SELF-SUSTAINMENT.”
The deacons work behind the scenes in response to emergency needs in the congregation and community for food, housing, utilities, rides, medicine, and other needs as they occur. Deacons and deaconess are available to members of the congregation if problems arise.

What needs can you as a member of New City meet?
Think about the needs around you. Talk about it in your small group. Look around the church and your neighborhood. Listen. If you know someone in need, call a deacon or deaconess for direction and advice. If you can meet their need, do so. Don’t tell a friend or stranger to call the church before you talk to a deacon. We are a resource for you to help meet people’s needs, but we can’t help everyone who calls.
What structures do we have to meet people’s needs? 

1. A Structure for Spiritual Growth through weekly worship, small groups and various ministry and service opportunities
2. A Structure for “Charity” through our Deacons
3. A Structure for Development through financial counseling, mercy training, Hope for Chattanooga, and other non-profit resources.

What You Can Do? “Trust in the Lord and do good”. – Psalm 37:3

a) Support the Deacons with your prayers.
b) Welcome the stranger who comes to New City.
c) Contribute food to keep our pantry stocked for those who need food.
d) Sometimes special needs arise when you can contribute to meet a greater need
e) Provide a ride to church for our neighbors
f) Join a visitation team to visit the sick and shut-ins and welcome visitors