New City's international partnerships exist to enable the members of our church to participate with the global church for the advancement of the Gospel by preaching grace and doing justice in their local communities; and wherever called by God, to participate in starting new churches in the unreached communities of the world.
We seek to obey this calling by:
- Developing relationships with national pastors and churches in the countries to which God calls us—through the growth and training of NCF missions teams who are committed to investing relationally with local churches and pastors in a particular country of the world and will seek to find ways to mutually engage in sharing the Gospel through word and deed. We will be committed both to sending NCF teams on short-term missions trips and bringing national pastors to South Florida for our mutual instruction and encouragement in the faith.
- Developing priority field focus for our missions programs through identifying communities in the world where we can have a focused, long term investment, based on NCF congregation and pastoral leadership commitment. We will especially seek to fund national leaders and partnership projects in these areas of the world.
- Supporting U.S. missionaries who will either help connect us to national churches with whom we can partner, or engage in evangelism and church planting in unreached communities—by working through our denominational mission agency, Mission to the World or like-minded non-denominational agencies and consider sending NCF missionaries directly to the field.
Our current priority is building relationship and partnership with Macklann and Rose Basse and Africa Mission with Nations, as they train missionaries and plant churches from West Africa to the world.
The history of Western missions is sorted. There has been great sacrifice on the part of missionaries to bring the Gospel to other parts of the world. But there has also been great harm done to indigenous peoples. We believe in approaching our partnerships from a position of humility, recognizing that God is working all around the world without us. Therefore, we humbly enter in to international partnerships recognizing the great privilege it is to join God in what he is doing. These principles help us stay on track:
Partnerships, not patriarchy - We believe that the international body of Christ needs one another. Therefore, no one can say, we are more important than them. Rather, we are equal partners in God's work together. We need our international partners. The Apostle Paul treated the churches he started as partners, rather than approaching them from a patriarchal posture.
Contributing, not colonizing - We believe God has called us to come along side and contribute to the work of our international partners. We bring something to the table, but we don't insist on setting the table. We see a great deal of trust between churches in the New Testament as they make needs known and contribute to those needs.
Empowering indigenous leadership, not imperial leadership - We believe that raising up indigenous leaders to lead is the goal, rather than having someone from outside the context lead. We trust our international partners to understand their cultural context better than we do, and therefore we allow them to lead us. After the Apostle Paul and Barnabas plant the church in Antioch, indigenous leaders are trained to lead the church there and they lead by sending Paul and Barnabas out to another area for a new mission.