We launched Missional Communities with the idea that we want to love our communities and spread the joy of the Gospel. We invite groups of New Life Dresher members and Philadelphia friends together to focus on making a positive difference somewhere in the greater Philadelphia area for a minimum of one year. Why a year, you might ask? We feel that a year provides the opportunity for our groups to really commit to an idea and to each other by connecting and serving alongside one another. Each Missional Community selects a leadership team of at least three people, drafts a mission statement and a one-year plan to support their goals. We offer ideas, best practices, various resources, and financial support. These groups exist to “Make Jesus Known.”
Below you will find our current Missional Communities and how to get involved – whether in-person or from home. Each Missional Community also has a Facebook page which you can join to learn more.
Are you interested in starting a brand-new Missional Community? Or do you want more information? Please email Carrie Silver (firstname.lastname@example.org) for next steps!
Adoption Community Group
The Adoption Community Group at NLD was formed for families in the church and community who have adopted children and are in need of support, encouragement, and prayer.
For more information please contact Tracy Eide or Rachel Curley
Community Builders is a ministry whose vision is to be a witness to the love of Jesus Christ in our community. Its mission is to serve our un-churched friends and neighbors by helping them with light construction and maintenance projects around their homes. Our presence with them offers the opportunity to explain our love for them in the context of God’s love to us that He showers on us through the Gospel message.
For more information please contact Paul MacQueen, Justin Ruby, or Rich Knudsen.
GROW demonstrates the love of Christ to immigrants living in Northeast Philadelphia through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and life skills. Since our founding, we have served immigrants born in 87 nations across the globe. Ways to serve at GROW: become a teacher or teacher’s assistant, childcare worker, attend a Conversation Café, life-on-life support, become a ministry partner. Learn more about this ministry by watching this video.
For more information please contact John Findley or Sue DeHart
Grounds for Restoration
Grounds for Restoration’s mission is to generate funds through sales of high-quality coffee to support restoration of survivors of trafficking and violent abuse, while helping customers to understand, recognize, and help eradicate modern-day slavery. Learn more about this ministry by watching this video.
For more information please contact Larry Ackley.
Hearts and Hands for Haycock
Hearts and Hands for Haycock serves as the nexus between the New Life Dresher Community and Haycock Camping Ministries to synergistically serve the camp, strengthen family relationships and provide meaningful opportunities of “awayness.”
For more information please contact Jamie Gleason.
Kianga Kids desires to partner with the African Evangelical Presbyterian Church to communicate the Hope of the Gospel through community health programs that serve children and their families in Kenya’s impoverished and underserved areas. By selling handmade African goods, we support children’s healthcare ministries throughout Kenya.
For more information please email Lois Carr.
The North Hills Collective
The North Hills Collective consists of residents of Upper Dublin Township and the surrounding communities, who have been called to serve and advocate for the children, students and families of North Hills. Our mission is to empower, uplift and advocate for the North Hills community by providing educational support for its students, enriching recreational activities for its youth, and community services for its families. Our services include: homework assistance, tutoring and academic support, mentoring, reading enrichment, college and career exploration for teens, and collaboration with students to identify additional educational supplements as needed.
For more information please email Carrie Silver or visit their website.