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Youth Department

The Youth Department desires to provide relevant, interactive training and fellowship for our youth as they grow in their personal walk with the Lord. The Youth department encompasses various areas including the Bible study, Sunday school, music ministry, mission, and recreation. Relevant Bible studies of the youth are presented at Wednesday Bible study and Sunday school to enhance their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The youth music ministry (Precious Jewels and Voices of NT) work to involve the youth in worship ministry through song. The youth mission (Girls in Action, Acteens,) work to involve the youth in outreach opportunities to fulfill the Great Commission. Finally, the Recreation ministry has been defunct in the last few years; however, this effort is being regenerated to provide opportunities for fellowship with one another and other ministries / churches in the community.

Usher Board

(Senior, Young Adult, Junior/Youth)
The Usher Board is comprised of three separate teams, the Seniors, Young Adults and Junior/Youth. Each group administers the ushering program on designated Sundays in an effort to meet the comfort and safety needs of the congregation each Sunday and at special events. Their primary function is to serve the needs of members and visitors during worship, while maintaining order in service.

Trustee Board

The Trustee Board is responsible for the management of Church property. This team ensures the church property is maintained including lawn service, HVAC repairs, building repairs and overall property management. The Trustees are also responsible for the counting and deposit of monies through donations and contributions received each Sunday morning. Specific controls have been established to ensure monies are managed appropriately and to avoid issues of misuse or theft.

Total Program Committee

TPC is responsible for administration and general oversight of all church programs conducted. They provide support to auxiliary leaders and program chairpersons as needed. In addition, TPC is responsible for the planning and programming of the primary Church events such as revivals, installation of officers, Church anniversary, and the Church picnic. TPC works with all auxiliaries involved in a particular event to ensure all specified goals have been met or accomplished.

Sunday School Department

The Sunday School Department works in concert with the Christian Education and Church Training teams. Sunday school is designed to provide age appropriate group studies on Bible topics and is lead by qualified teachers in the ministry. This department's curriculum is expanding at New Testament to include other core training courses vital to successful education efforts here at the church.

Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee seeks after grants and scholarship information for graduating high school students in preparation for college. This includes the collection and distribution of scholarship information through our various youth programs. The Scholarship Committee also oversees the annual scholarship program in which the Church provides up to $5,000 in scholarship monies to eligible graduates. They also prepare and distribute care packages to our students away at college twice yearly.

Reporters / Information Officers

The Reporters/Information Officers assist the Pastor by periodically making announcements to the congregation about the ongoing of the church. They provide support and are responsible for managing the church information desk before and after service. Upcoming events are coordinated by the Church Office through the Reporter / Information Officer to provide direction to members and visitors about events in the church concerning an events, such as who's in charge, who to contact, and where to purchase entrance/tickets, to name a few.

Pastoral Relations

The Pastoral Relations Committee serves as a liaison between the Pastor and the membership. They meet with the Pastor on an every other month basis to provide feedback on "how things are going". One of their key functions is to render the Pastor's annual performance review under the support and aid of the Human Resources Committee.

Prison Ministry

The Prison Ministry is a vital life-aiding ministry for incarcerated people and their families. By visiting, worshipping with, and praying for inmates, this ministry develops relationships that could potentially lead to saving faith in Jesus Christ. They also are able to provide caring support and assistance with rehabilitation once an inmate is released if called upon. This is a growing ministry in the body that receives support and acknowledgment from other programs throughout Sacramento.

Additionally, each December the Prison Ministry embarks on a special program known as Angel Tree. This program collects Christmas presents from sponsors, or "angels", for children of incarcerated parents. These gifts are presented to the children at an annual program in which a worship service is conducted and Christ is offered also as a free gift.

Outreach Ministry

The Outreach Ministry is a strategic group designed to take the message of Jesus Christ into our local community. They canvass the neighborhoods around our church providing information on services the church offers, notices of special events, and most importantly praying with families and leading them to Christ. This team currently meets once a month (last Saturday each month) to go out to the community. Different neighborhoods are selected each month and the goal is to get members of every auxiliary out with the outreach team each month.

Office Administration

The Office Administration Team was established to meet the clerical and organizational needs of the church body. The team provides clerical support to the Pastor and direct contact and assistance to the corporate body.

Nurses Guild

The Nurses Guild serves to support the church by providing a ministry focused on the physical health and well-being of the members. They support the Usher staff on Sundays and are available should a medical need arise. The Nurses Guild also provides workshops, training, and screenings on subjects of importance to the membership of the church and community. These include prostate screen, CPR training and certification, and blood pressure clinics to name a few.

New Members Orientation & Follow-up Team

The New Members Orientation Team provides support for new members joining the New Testament family. This team ensures all members are orientated but also provide peer counseling on the critical decision made by the member to become part of the body of Christ. The New Members Orientation Team also continues with a new member for approximately 18 weeks through follow-up to ensure members have completed all the foundational training.
The Follow-up Team is a relatively new ministry striving to close the backdoor on new and existing members. This team receives contacts on new and existing members who have not been present or completed specified training. This team can also assist the Membership Team and Church Clerks in conducting final follow-up with members who have been inactive for long periods of time. The Follow-up Team will work to contact members showing inactive for longer than 6 months to determine their status or their desired status. Further opportunities for ministry exist through follow-up contact.

Music Ministry

(Male Chorus, Sanctuary, Mass Voices of NT, and Women's Choir)
The Music Ministry is a vital part of the church worship. The Music Ministry is comprised of five choirs to meet the varying needs of the church. The Male Chorus is an all male ensemble. The Precious Jewels provides opportunities for music ministry in children ages 3-11. The Voices of NT carry this on through young adulthood serving ages 12-25 (18-25 if in college). The Sounds of Praise is the adult choir for ages 18 and up. The Women's (Mission) Choir is an all women's ensemble. Each choir renders music on various Sundays with the Sounds of Praise and Voices of NT serving as the primary choirs for the total ministry.

Mother's Board

The Mother's Board is a group of the senior women of the church designed to provide ministry support for mentoring and encouraging the young women of the church body. Their wisdom and guidance can provide much needed support to the life of the church.

Mission Department

The Mission Department encompasses the Men on Mission and the WMU (Women's Missionary Union). The function of the Mission is to meet the needs of the community as we fulfill the Great Commission. Their primary function is providing food, clothing, and other basic needs to members of the church body as well as people of the community. Each year the Mission prepares food giveaway boxes for those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas (generally 150-175 boxes for each holiday). In addition, they prepare food boxes on a need basis; have the bimonthly food giveaway (1st and 3rd Mondays at 12:00 noon), and the bimonthly clothes giveaway (2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:00 AM).

Ministerial Staff

The Ministerial staff is established to provide support to the Pastor and the ministries of the church. Each minister is generally assigned to a particular area of ministry such as the children or youth, education, or the sick and shut-in. They are available for counseling and assisting with the ministry needs of the church body under the direction of the Senior Pastor.

Culinary Committee

The Kitchen (Culinary) Committee and Wednesday Night Kitchen teams provide culinary services in support of the work of the ministry. The Kitchen Committee works to serve members in various times including service during the Church Anniversary, special occasions/services, or even bereavement. The Wednesday Night Kitchen Team works to serve dinner to members and visitors attending Bible study each Wednesday evening.

Human Resources

Human Resources oversees the payroll system for all employees and the administration of the human resource program of the church in compliance with all Federal, State and Local laws. Additionally, HR is responsible for regular review and revision of the Employee Handbook.

Hospitality Committee

The Host/Hostess Committee (Greeters) ensure members and visitors of the church are greeted each Sunday morning prior to worship. They are designed to provide visitors with a contact for assistance on Sunday mornings as well as generate a sense of warmth and cheer as people are ushered in to worship. The Hosts/Hostesses also provide small packages to visitors that include a welcome letter from the Pastor, a tract on developing a relationship with the Lord, thoughts of encouragement, a writing utensil, and a visitor card for completion.

Finance Department

The Finance Department is the office of the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and the Financial Secretary (vacant). They are responsible for financial operations of the church, including administering financial program with the aid of the Budget Committee and the Trustees.

Drama Ministry

The Drama Ministry is flourishing as it seeks to provide illustrated topics relative to Biblical portrayal. This team provides plays specifically during the Easter and Christmas seasons; however, future use of this ministry to perform illustrated sermons and dramatic presentations is being further considered due to increased interest and support.

Deaconess Ministry

The Deaconess Ministry furthers the work of the Deacon Ministry by providing care and support to the families of the church body as well. The Deaconess who are married to Deacons of the church should support their husbands in caring for his assigned families. In the future, assignment of families to non-married women who desire to serve as Deaconesses will be considered.

Deacon Ministry

The Deacon Ministry is established to support the efforts of the Senior Pastor by meeting the family needs of the congregation. Deacons are to serve the members of the congregation by regular contact and support of their individually assigned members. In addition, they are to support the ministry efforts of the Pastor under his care and supervision. This ministry is an appointed position that requires careful consideration and availability of time.

Dance Ministry

The Dance Ministry is a praise group who ministers to the body of Christ through expressive praise dance. There are two groups organized under this ministry, youth and adult. They provide praise dance once a month on Wednesday evenings at Bible study and as requested at special occasions and events of the church. The Praise Dance Ministry also works in concert with the Music Department and the Drama Ministry as needed.

Church Clerk / Assistant Church Clerk

The Church Clerk and Assistant Church Clerk are the record keepers of the church. They are responsible for maintaining vital church information such as leadership and membership meeting minutes, preparation of resolutions, and organization and preparation of denominational reports. The Church Clerk responsibilities are outlined in Section 4 — Specialized Auxiliary Responsibilities, Page 3 of this documentation.

Christian Education

Christian Education and Church (Discipleship) Training work hand-in-hand to develop and oversee the education and training modules of the church. Christian Education and Church Training are responsible for the establishing the curriculum for use in the education and training coursework. They are also responsible for ordering materials and ensuring class needs for supplies are met.

The Church Training Department has developed a core curriculum that each new member must complete. This core curriculum is the New Members Orientation (1 day), Foundation Training Course (12 weeks), Spiritual Awareness (6 weeks), and Experiencing God (12 weeks). After completion of this basic coursework, members are then encouraged to regularly register and take further training courses. Those who were members prior to the implementation of the new curriculum program are still encouraged to complete the coursework, and there is now a requirement for anyone desiring leadership positions or to stay in leadership to complete the courses and participate in ongoing training coursework.

The Church Training program works on a trimester (three times per year) basis. Each trimester is planned two months prior to that trimester beginning. There are classes, such as Experiencing God and Mind of Christ, which are always offered as part of the church training program. However, each trimester needs are assessed for other appropriate or new course material to be added. The church training program offers (or has offered) Decision Time: Commitment Counseling, Experiencing God, Jesus By Heart, MasterLife (1/2/3/4), Mind of Christ, Money Management, My Identity in Christ, Power of a Praying Wife, A Woman's Heart, WeighDown, to name a few. New courses are evaluated based upon apparent needs of the membership.

Children's Church

Children's Church is a vital and growing area of ministry. We know that the children are our greatest conversion points in ministry. As a result, New Testament offers Children's Church each Sunday (exception is 4th Sunday) at 11:00 AM morning worship service only. They provide Bible lessons and activities for children ages 5-10. A goal of Children's Church is providing services at 7:45 AM as well.

Budget Committee

The Budget Committee is responsible for support of the financial activities of the church. This team works directly with the Finance Department on a weekly basis in overseeing the disbursement of funds as stipulated by the budget. The budget is established annually beginning the month of September. Each auxiliary, department or ministry is required to submit a budget to the Budget Committee for review and consideration.
Upon review of the budgets, recommendations are made to the Pastor and notification of any changes made is submitted back to any auxiliary affected. Any issues, suggestions, or corrections to the budgets are made at this time (during a two month period). A final budget package is prepared and a call meeting is held during the month of November to ratify the budget by the membership.
Following ratification of the entire church budget, the Budget Committee works with the Finance Department to make any corrections or additions to the current chart of accounts for the New Year. For instance, a new ministry or area of training could require materials not currently accounted for in the chart of accounts. As a result, a new line item is added to the chart of accounts and a budget established for that item. The Budget Committee then on a weekly basis reviews all requests for funds (except regular ongoing bills) to ensure auxiliaries, ministries and departments are within their budget limits and on track for the year.
If an auxiliary, department or ministry appears to be on track for exceeding their budget, the Budget Committee contacts that area to determine what adjustments need to be made or to determine if needs are critical and require and increase in the budget. If so, the Budget Committee would prepare a request for additional funds to be brought before the Leadership Council (or Joint Board) for consideration.

Broken Battered Bruise (BBB) Ministry

The BBB Ministry strives to provide an understanding of the extent of domestic violence in our community. They desire to bring awareness to the enormous impact domestic violence has on our families, to support those afflicted by domestic violence, and to halt the generational cycle by offering education, protection, confidentiality, and the assurance of God's love. With this in mind, the ultimate goal is further build the Kingdom of God by restoring broken lives that can be further used to advance the Kingdom. They provide educational workshops and training throughout the year and provide information on community resources on this issue.

Audio / Video Ministry

The Audio / Video Ministry provides a/v support for the needs of the church. This includes sound system management and duplication of materials such as CDs, audio, and videotapes of services for sale and/or distribution at member requests. Each Sunday the Audio Indio Ministry should make itself available to take orders/requests for tapes of services. Forms are available for the ordering of materials with most requests being returned to the requestor within one (1) week.

There are several goals we wish to attain for this ministry including weekly duplication of Sunday services for the sick and shut-in, the ability to provide Sunday service (or special service) requests at the time of order, and the ability to oversee projection capabilities. The projection capabilities are for the projection of praise and worship lyrics on an overhead as well as the projection of sermon information.