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New Life Church

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Welcome To New Life Church!

We would love to have you get connected to our body and the vision that God has given us for the state of Arkansas. Your first step should be to sign up for Connect, or, if you’re interested in learning about us and who we are, you may read our core beliefs, find out more about our pastors or contact us for prayer.

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Connect is designed to make it easy for you to understand our vision, our values as a church and how you can get involved. These sessions are formatted in a 4-week progression, where you learn about NLC, yourself, and your potential involvement. Connect is held throughout the year on a monthly basis. Here is what you can expect each week:

CONNECT ONE: Starting Point
Starting Point is an introduction to New Life Church and to the NLC family. Every family has their own unique history and story to share. Starting Point will explain who we are and what we believe here at NLC. This session is designed to specifically outline our core values, purpose, mission and strategy.

CONNECT TWO: Spiritual Growth
This session will focus on what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Christ. We will cover the practical ways to begin spiritual growth and how to continue growing throughout your life. Our discussion will cover the importance of the Bible, prayer, worship, community and serving.

CONNECT THREE: Finding Your Place
Join us in this workshop setting as we explore the unique design God created in you. Learn how your spiritual gifts, personality, passions and life experiences work together to fulfill God’s plan for your life. In this session you will be given the opportunity to discover your unique S-H-A-P-E for ministry and how God can use you to serve others.

CONNECT FOUR: Getting Involved
In this final session we will discuss the results of your
S-H-A-P-E profile and explore the personal ministry options that will be most suitable for you. This session is a time of celebration as well as a platform to help you find your place here at New Life Church.

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New Life Church - A vision for reaching Arkansas

Our Values
loving god, loving people, loving life
Our Mission
Connect. Serve. Grow.
Our Purpose
Bringing our friends in so they can become fully devoted followers of Christ

What We Believe

Our Core

These twelve statements outine the core scriptural foundation of our faith.

We believe that the Bible is God's Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 3:23

We believe in Water Baptism and that every new convert is instructed by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, as both 100% God and 100% man, is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He was born of a Virgin, He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

John 1:1, 14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5, Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 23-25; Luke 1:27-35

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the 'new birth' we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22, Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9

We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to yield to God's Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11

We believe that our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4, Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8

We believe that the Lord's Supper is a unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross.

Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25

We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfill our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

Acts 20:24, Philippians 3:13-14, 1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 12:7, Ephesians 4:11, 13-14

Lead Pastor

Rick & Michelle Bezet

Lead Pastor

Rick Bezet is the founder and lead pastor of New Life Church in Central Arkansas. In 2001, Rick set aside his future as a professional golfer to follow God's call to central Arkansas to start a church. Now thirteen years later, New Life Church has 9 locations, two internet services, and 21 services. Rick is one of the founding pastors of the ARC (Association of Related Churches). Along with pastoring, Rick speaks across the globe sharing his passion and vision for church planting and leadership. Rick is married to his wife, Michelle, and together they have four children.

Executive Staff

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Darren & Marci DeLaune

7 " Senior Executive Pastor | Directional / Operational
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Bobby Hamilton

" Senior Executive Pastor | Development / Prayer
Picture of Neil & Gina Greathouse

Neil & Gina Greathouse

7 " Senior Executive Pastor | Conway Pastor | Creative
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Harry & Sherlyn Bates

7 " Senior Executive Pastor | GLR Pastor
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Brandon & Rebecca Shatswell

7 " Executive Pastor | Worship
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Jason & Ashley Kimbrow

7 " Executive Pastor | Student Ministries
Picture of Jim & Cindy Stockdale

Jim & Cindy Stockdale

" Executive Pastor
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James & Codi Bennett

7 " Cabot Pastor
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James and Kimonie Dearmond

7 " Heber Springs Pastor
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Marcus & Brook Brown

7 " Fort Smith Pastor
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Cory & Tanner Cangelosi

7 " Hot Springs Pastor
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Mark & Leslie Pagley

7 " Russellville Pastor