In 2016, New Life Church committed to be in the Word daily as we began Year of the Bible. We were in the Word together and so were unified as one family more than we’ve ever been.

We believe the Lord blessed that unity by adding to our church. This report is a reflection of God’s faithfulness to the vision He gave us of spreading across Arkansas to reach people with the hope of Christ! With the launch of the Greenbrier campus, Cabot’s grand opening, celebrating our future New Life campus pastors, and coming together for Prayer714, we can’t wait to see where the Lord takes our church in 2017.

We are so thankful for your partnership! As we look forward to this year, we’re believing that more people will find their place in Christ and at a New Life Church home.

We love you, New Life!

Pastor Rick & Michelle Bezet

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We are a home for the lost.

Every Seat Represents a Story


Average Weekend Attendance

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13 22 4 7 5 26 6 4 8 5

14,608

  • Cabot 1,903
  • Conway 3,266
  • Fayetteville 530
  • Fort Smith994
  • Greenbrier734
  • Greater Little Rock 3,853
  • Heber Springs 823
  • Hot Springs 637
  • Russellville 1,111
  • Searcy 753

Average Weekly Attendance
Increase from 2015

8%

  • 201513,499
  • 201614,608


Number of Weekend Services

1,438

Overall
Decisions for Christ*

10,850

Conferences

• Men's Event
• Relate Conference

• Collide Conference

• Woman Conference

29 10 17 44
  • Men's Event 2,000
  • Relate Conf 700+
  • Collide Conf 1,180
  • Woman Conf 2,980

*Represents the number who accepted Christ for the first time, recommitted, or surrendered an area of their lives.

Our house is filled with people who use their
God-given gifts and abilities to serve others.

Find Your Place

Services Across Arkansas Every Week

27

People at Easter Services

23,229

Average Weekly Volunteers

12 18 6 9 8 19 6 5 10 7

1,933

  • Cabot 222
  • Conway 332
  • Fayetteville 120
  • Fort Smith 179
  • Greenbrier 148
  • GLR 349
  • Heber Springs 117
  • Hot Springs 96
  • Russellville 181
  • Searcy 127

New Campus

Greenbrier

Greenbrier Average Attendance

682

Our family is built to surround each other
with the love of God.

Join the Party


Baptisms

906

  • Cabot 114
  • Conway 276
  • Fayetteville 12
  • Fort Smith 65
  • Greenbrier 27
  • GLR 221
  • Heber Springs 79
  • Hot Springs 36
  • Russellville 34
  • Searcy 42


Life Group Members

12 27 7 4 4 28 6 2 5 5

7,836

  • Cabot 937
  • Conway 2,078
  • Fayetteville 517
  • Fort Smith 288
  • Greenbrier 330
  • Greater Little Rock 2,231
  • Heber Springs 485
  • Hot Springs 150
  • Russellville 404
  • Searcy 416


Life Groups

1,043

Babies Dedicated

243

The Lord has blessed us greatly, and we gladly give
our time, talents, and resources to further His kingdom.

Honor the Lord With Our Giving

Tithes & Offerings Online Giving

$17,235,279

Tithes & Offerings Increase from 2015

13%

  • 2015$15.05M
  • 2016$17.23M

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The vision for our church is to plant and partner with local churches to reach our state with the hope and love of Jesus. Our goal is 50 New Life churches throughout Arkansas and anywhere else the Lord asks us to go.

New Vision Pledges

$1,153,157

Total Responses

505

Number of Givers

11,383

Average Donation

$191.50

Total Given to Missions

$2,937,971

We are one house, united in vision to reach souls across our state.

One Church, Multiple Cities

Decisions for Christ

10,174

Baptisms

906

Average Weekly Attendance

14,608

Average Weekly Volunteers

1,933

Life Group Leaders

1,330

Campuses

11

Cabot Campus

Decisions

1,312

Baptisms

114

Average Weekly Attendance

1,903

Average Weekly Volunteers

222

Life Group
Members

937

Our Cabot campus experienced a prosperous 2016! The ministries within this campus grew in numbers and successfully raised up new leaders. They also finished their new building and have grown in size tremendously.

Conway Campus

Decisions

3,091

Baptisms

276

Average Weekly Attendance

3,266

Average Weekly Volunteers

332

Life Group
Members

2,078

Every weekend we pray for another church because we know we can’t do it alone. In 2016, NLC Conway invested in the community by taking that core belief and hosting the first NLC Relate Conference, an event focused on connecting and encouraging leaders. They also helped launch NLC Greenbrier, bringing a campus closer to home for so many members of our church.

Fayetteville Campus

Decisions

166

Baptisms

12

Average Weekly
Attendance

530

Average Weekly
Volunteers

120

Life Group
Members

517

NLC Fayetteville continues to grow as they reach the people of Northwest Arkansas. God is using this campus to pour into the student population of the area and to serve the families here, as well. From babies dedicated to new leaders raised up, the people of this campus are united in vision as a church family.

Fort Smith South Dallas Campus*

Decisions

417

Baptisms

65

Average Weekly Attendance

994

Average Weekly Volunteers

179

Life Group
Members

288

This year, NLC Fort Smith began preparations to expand their South Dallas location. This expansion will make room for many more guests and families in weekend services, as well as provide much needed space for the flourishing Little Life and Kid Life ministries. We are excited to begin the next phase of this process! *Numbers for both Fort Smith campuses are combined.

Fort Smith Windsor Park Campus*

Decisions

417

Baptisms

65

Average Weekly Attendance

994

Average Weekly Volunteers

179

Life Group
Members

288

This year, NLC Fort Smith began preparations to expand their South Dallas location. This expansion will make room for many more guests and families in weekend services, as well as provide much needed space for the flourishing Little Life and Kid Life ministries. We are excited to begin the next phase of this process! *Numbers for both Fort Smith campuses are combined.

Greenbrier

Decisions

394

Baptisms

27

Average Weekly Attendance

734

Average Weekly Volunteers

148

Life Group
Members

330

NLC Greenbrier opened in 2016! Members of our Conway campus helped create a new space closer to home, and this campus grew so quickly they added a third service only four months after their grand opening. Even so, our Greenbrier campus is working on plans for their first expansion project because they’ve already outgrown their building!

Greater Little Rock Campus

Decisions

1,907

Baptisms

221

Average Weekly Attendance

3,853

Average Weekly Volunteers

349

Life Group
Members

2,231

Growth at our Greater Little Rock campus has continued into 2016. New pastors for students and young adults have been added to the staff and their ministries are flourishing. As they prepare to help launch new campuses in their area, NLC GLR is connecting more and more people to the heart and vision of life groups, serve groups, and the importance of giving.

Heber Springs Campus

Decisions

668

Baptisms

79

Average Weekly Attendance

823

Average Weekly Volunteers

117

Life Group
Members

485

NLC Heber Springs successfully carried out their goal of building people. They raised up new leaders throughout ministries at their campus, some even training leaders at our other campuses. And every intentional gathering our Heber Springs campus hosted deepened relationships within this church family.

Hot Springs Campus

Decisions

138

Baptisms

36

Average Weekly Attendance

637

Average Weekly Volunteers

96

Life Group
Members

150

Our Hot Springs campus is making room for their family! College students are getting connected to their local church, serving and growing in community. And since the launch of their building campaign to expand areas of their church for children’s ministries, over half of the funds needed have been raised and construction is starting in early 2017!

Russellville Campus

Decisions

1,046

Baptisms

34

Average Weekly Attendance

1,111

Average Weekly Volunteers

181

Life Group
Members

404

NLC Russellville is a campus that gives. This campus loves the people of their city and through every season, it’s apparent. From serving moms on Mother’s Day to investing in kids at their outreaches, our Russellville campus sees needs and is quick to meet them!

Searcy Campus

Decisions

1,035

Baptisms

42

Average Weekly Attendance

753

Average Weekly Volunteers

127

Life Group
Members

416

The groundbreaking ceremony for NLC Searcy’s new building was a day of celebration for this campus! Many of their members got to see the property for the first time, and with each phase of construction comes more and more excitement! As progress is made each day, their new building is a sign of how much this campus has grown in 2016!

We believe that God’s hand is on our little ones,
preparing them for His great plans for them.

Children's Ministry

Average Weekly Attendance

2,322

VBS Volunteers

1,293

Children at VBS

8 28 3 8 5 23 10 4 5 6

2,028

  • Cabot 157
  • Conway 561
  • Fayetteville 57
  • Fort Smith 160
  • Greenbrier 104
  • Greater Little Rock 467
  • Heber Springs 207
  • Hot Springs 84
  • Russellville 108
  • Searcy 123

Average Weekly Leaders

608

Children's Ministry Vision

New Life is committed to helping you raise your kids to have a heart in love with God. Our children’s ministry is dedicated to teaching the Word of God and helping kids foster a strong relationship with Jesus and with their friends.

Our house declares that every generation is significant and purposed.

Student Ministry

Engage Retreat (412)

337

Encounter Retreat (Real Life)

387

The Stand Retreat (Elevation)

157

OBU at NLC

Ouachita Baptist University at NLC provides students an environment in which to discern their calling and career trajectory while completing an associate of arts degree in general studies. Whether they plan to enter ministry or the marketplace, their two years at OBU at NLC will be invaluable preparation.

Students Served*

52

Scholarships Awarded

$36,000

Decisions for Christ

639

Students at Collide

1,180

*This number includes graduates, current students, and students who did not return in 2017.

To build up our communities,
to meet the needs of our neighbors,
to restore the hope found in Jesus.

Arkansas Dream Center

Meals Served to Children

147,048

Meals Given to the Homeless

7,257

People Serving at Adopt-a-Block

1,850

Thankserving

Thankserving is about serving and building relationships with families in our communities during Thanksgiving. Through financial contributions and serving, NLC is able to help provide families with prayer and a Thanksgiving meal.

DC+NLC Volunteers

1,680

People Served

10,703


Christmas Mall

Every year, the ARDC Christmas Mall serves families across our state. From donating toys and finances to volunteering as personal shoppers or gift wrappers, we have the opportunity to help parents give their kids have an unforgettable Christmas!


Volunteers

1,526


Toys Donated

8,668

Kids Served by
Christmas Mall

2,678 5 23 3 16 17 21 4 9 2
  • Cabot 155
  • Conway 619
  • Fayetteville 80
  • Fort Smith 425
  • Greater Little Rock 450
  • Heber Springs 552
  • Hot Springs 106
  • Russellville 250
  • Searcy 41

Founded by New Life Church, ARDC is an independent 501(c)3.

We are committed to the advancement of the love of Jesus
throughout Arkansas, our nation, and on to every corner of the world.

Missions & Church Training

Amount Given to Missions
Local, National, and International

$2,937,971


Total Trips

30


People on Trips

368 28 6 2 4 14 27 9 1 3 2 1 1 7 3 5
  • Haiti 105
  • China 22
  • Macau 9
  • Hong Kong 14
  • Mexico 3
  • Peru 98
  • Germany 33
  • Thailand 4
  • India/Nepal 12
  • Russia 8
  • Senegal 2
  • Brazil 2
  • DOMESTIC
  • New Orleans 25
  • Baton Rouge 12
  • Atlanta 19


Countries

13

Vision for Missions - Long & Short Term

Our church is dedicated to reaching our nation and world with the hope of Christ. As we stay dedicated to the areas we’ve been called to reach, we are expanding into new areas of the world and bringing hope to the hurting in ways we haven’t been able to yet.

Full-Time Missionaries

13

Countries Served

Haiti 
2
China 
2
Rwanda 
2

Lebanon 
4
Dubai 
1
India 
4

Relate Churches

Relate is a coaching network through the ARC that comes alongside pastors and leaders to provide community, help develop their dreams, and impact their communities. New Life has had the opportunity to host a Relate Conference that’s focused on connecting church leaders, sharing ideas, and working together to be the unified Church.

Leaders at Conferences

700+

Our ministry extends to the nations,
so people everywhere can have an encounter with the irresistible presence of God.

Website & App

Most Watched Video Watch Now

NLC Candlelight

Total Site Visits

398,128

Total Pageviews

1,052,932

Mobile App DownloadsDownload Now

12,385 73 26 1
  • iOS 9,031
  • Android 3295
  • Windows Phone 59

App Launches

239,889

  • 2015123,463
  • 2016239,889

NLC Worship Tutorial Subscribers

16,870

NewLifeChurchWorship regularly produces vocal and instrumental worship song training tutorials on YouTube. Over 280 tutorials have been uploaded, with 2,963,561 views to date.

Total Video Plays

701,752

Countries Visiting the Website

168 Countries

Our website reached 86% of the geographic countries in the world in 2016. 44.64% of visits were from outside Arkansas.

Hours of Live Service Streamed

26,214

Every Sunday we stream our services live at 9:30am and 11:15am CST. Whether you’re on vacation or just unable to get to your campus, you don’t have to miss a week!

In everything we do, we strive to be stewards with what has been entrusted to us.

Church Financials

Total Income

$21,067,934

  • Tithes & Offering$17,235,279
  • Missions & Other1$2,829,021
  • The Arkansas God Sees2$1,003,634

1. This includes Resource Center sales, Blends Café, event registrations, and Missions Trip Payments & Scholarships.

2. In 2014, we began a giving campaign called The Arkansas God Sees as part of our mission to reach the state of Arkansas with the goal of planting or partnering with 50 campuses across the state. The Arkansas God Sees helps plant these campuses and then move them into permanent facilities.

Total Expenses

38 34 2 16 10
  • Operating 38%
  • Staffing3 34%
  • Campus Launches/Upgrades 2%
  • Missions 16%
  • General Expenses 10%

3. 114 full-time and 308 part-time employees.

Everyone has a story, an individual mark of significance.
Your story holds its utmost value in the grand design of Jesus.

Every Number Has a Name,
Every Name Has a Story,
Every Story Matters to God

Here are a few of those stories...

See the Arkansas God Sees through stories from every campus Hear the Vision for the Arkansas God Sees
Finding NLC Cabot changed the lives of the Westlake family forever Finding New Life Church changed the lives of the Westlake family forever
NLC Worship realeased a full-length album, Our God & Our King The Year of the Bible helped make the Word the foundation of our days

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