Getting Involved

Opportunities are plentiful for you and your family to engage at New Life Church as we continue in our mission of helping people find new life in Christ here, near and far! We invite you to review the options to participate and serve in various areas and let us know how you’d like to be involved!

Opportunities for Involvement – Participate and Serve!

Below is a general list of volunteer and participation areas where you can get involved. You can contact the leaders directly, or email the Church office at if you have questions.

Connect Team is a great team to be a part of to be the first welcome people receive when they come through the doors of New Life on a Sunday morning. There’s the opportunity to greet families, take attendance, check in new families for Kids Ministry, pray for people and be someone that is there to help others.
Schedule: Sunday 8:45am-12:00pm on a rotating schedule once every 4 weeks.
Leader: Pastor Grant Lilly –
Our Christian lives are best lived out in small groups where we do life together – where we become family. It is in this safe, encouraging environment that relationships are built and real growth can take place in our lives. As a church, we long for every person and for every family to be connected in this type of supportive and caring relationship. Groups consist of individuals and families; some are organized based on age/stage of life and others are multi-generational. We invite you to join one of our Life Groups which meet in homes throughout the week.
Group Leaders Needed: We want to offer groups for all who want to participate! More Life Group Leaders are needed! There is training available, and being a leader is easy and fun! Reach out to Pastor Scott, or complete the form below to let us know if you’re interested in being a Life Group Leader!
Schedule: Groups meet in various locations throughout the week.
Leader: Pastor Scott Kent –

The Encouragers was established nearly 25 years ago. The primary goals of the Encouragers is to encourage participants to experience and grow closer to the Lord through fellowship, study, worship, guest speakers and prayer. The lessons are based upon scripture and augmented with video, short presentations and/or class discussions. Fellowship, with Encouragers seated around tables, precedes prayer time each Sunday and often extends throughout the week in various venues. Prayer occurs prior to the lesson and extends throughout the week with prayer needs communicated to all Encouragers by email and at other NLC ministry functions.
Schedule: Sunday mornings 8:45-10:00am
Leaders: Dick Joerger, Dave Seehusen, Paul Johnson –

Women’s Ministries provides opportunities for women of all ages to grow in their relationship with God, to find community and fellowship with other women, and to help others find new life in Christ here, near and far. The main vehicles of our ministry are small group Bible studies, quarterly mid-size fellowship gatherings, and various large group events such as a Women’s Christmas Event and a Women’s Retreat. We also are developing mentoring opportunities and community service/outreach opportunities.

Schedule: Many opportunities throughout the year – see our Events page for updates and registration!
Leader: Cheryl Engstrom –

Small Group Bible Studies
Small group Bible study opportunities are posted on our website and in the New Life News.
Schedule: Varies
Leader: Cheryl Engstrom –

MOMS Group

MOMS (Making Our Mothering Significant) is an opportunity for moms of all ages to gather, build community, receive encouragement, and learn how to point our children toward Christ.
Schedule: MOMS group meets the second Saturday of every month from October through May.
Leader: Caitlyn Lilly –


There are serving opportunities in Women’s Ministries, including event committees, bible study leaders, organizing community service opportunities, and mentoring.
Schedule: Varies
Leader: Cheryl Engstrom –

God is doing amazing things through our Men’s Ministry at New Life! It is incredibly important for men to connect with one another, build relationships and accountability, grow in discipleship, and be better husbands and fathers. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

At New Life, we have a wide range of opportunities for men to connect and grow throughout the year. Some of our regular offerings are:
  • Weekly golf outings (Spring through Fall)
  • Weekly morning Bible studies
  • Bi-Monthly bonfire nights (Forging Relationships By Fire)
  • Quarterly Large Group Gatherings
  • Annual Fall Men’s Retreat to Camp Lebanon

Check our Events page for updates and registration!

Leader: Pastor Scott Kent –

Legacy Builders is a ministry to help equip grandparents to have a greater spiritual impact on their families. The ministry includes disseminating information to grandparents, providing opportunities to come together to learn, share and fellowship, and promoting grandparenting events on the national level.
Schedule: Major events during the year include a local celebration of Grandparents Day the second Sunday in September, occasional Saturday morning gatherings at New Life Church where there is a speaker or lesson on an aspect of biblical grandparenting, and promotion of the Legacy Grandparenting Summit, a national conference sponsored my Legacy Coalition ( Many of our participants attend a local simulcast of this two-day event held in October.
Leaders: Curt & Nancy Wetsel –,

The New Life Care Ministry exists to come alongside people in the New Life Community with Biblical encouragement, prayer, practical support and resources for their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and to train, equip, and support as we help people find new life in Christ.
Leaders: Jeff & Laurin Dalton –; Amy Henderson –

Meal Ministry
We deliver meals for individuals and their family facing difficult health or other circumstances. Participation in the meal ministry looks like making a meal, packaging, providing instructions for reheating, and delivering it to a home. Some meals are for single individuals and some are for large families. We use the website to coordinate the days meals are requested.
Schedule: This ministry is need based. Needs vary from a couple times per month to once in 3-4 months. Volunteers can sign up when they are available. We meet occasionally when a need arises or to assemble frozen meals.
Leader: Amy Fuhrman –

Cancer Group

The mission of the New Life Cancer Ministry is to meet the individualized needs of a person diagnosed with cancer as well as the needs of related caregivers, families and friends. Cancer impacts every area of a person’s life and touches people closest to that person. The New Life Cancer Ministry comes alongside those affected, offering the hope of Jesus Christ and minister to their needs in all stages of their cancer journey. We aim to meet these needs through a team of people that share our vision and are called to use their gifts and abilities to minister to those impacted by cancer.
Schedule: Service is very flexible and all commitment levels and serving gifts are welcomed.
Leaders: Jeff & Laurin Dalton –

Master’s Hands

Master’s Hands, part of our Deacon/Care Ministry, is a group of individuals who have handy skills to help those in particular need of assistance within our church community. Master’s Hands go out to homes to complete projects such as yard maintenance, basic household repairs, etc.
Schedule: Wednesday Nights (school year)
Leader: Dan Schmidt –

The Global Reach Team (GRT) supports and connects with global workers (missionaries) around the world. This support is both financial and prayer plus helping with special projects. We meet monthly to discuss how to better serve them and how to keep missions as an important focus at NLC. We coordinate care teams for each of our global workers and we often host them if they are in town for a visit. We plan and run a special year-end fundraiser called Gift for Jesus to help fund special projects that will enhance our global workers’ ministries.
Schedule: Monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month and the occasional meal with visiting global workers.
Leaders: Craig Nordgren, Kent Schoenherr and Carla Stiles –

Music Ministries includes Praise Band, Worship Vocals, Choir and Orchestra as well as the Sunday Production Team (see separate listing). Our purpose is to bring glory to God through music and technology to create spaces where our congregation can come into closer communion with Him. Our musical style includes contemporary worship blended with traditional and non-traditional variations of the great hymns of our faith. Audition required for vocal and instrumental volunteers.
Immediate needs: Vocalists, Drummers, Piano Players, Guitar Players

Praise Band and Worship Vocals: Tuesday at 7:00pm and Sunday at 9:00am on a rotating schedule.
Choir & Orchestra: Sporadic Schedule (every other month), Rehearse Tuesday evenings/Sunday Mornings when scheduled.
Leader: Pastor Scott Kent –

Sunday Production Team

The NLC Production Team works together to run sound, lights, slides and video for weekly church services. Members of the production team are placed on a rotating schedule to help run the technical components of each week’s Sunday service.
Immediate needs: Slide Techs, Sound Board Operators, Camera Operators (training provided for all positions)

We hold rehearsal on Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00pm and on Sundays from 8:00-9:30am prior to the 10:30 service which lasts 75-90 minutes. Members may serve as much as several times per month and as little as once every other month. Training provided.
Leader: Sam Pederson –

Student Ministries is about discipling the next generation of students. It consists of large group message, small groups, worship, games and many other activities. We are looking for people who have a passion to see the students of today change the world in the name of Jesus. It truly is a discipleship opportunity.
Immediate needs: Adult Leaders, Childcare Volunteers

Wednesday nights (Sept-April), 6:00-7:30pm (Middle School)/7:30-9:00pm (High School), along with retreats and other activities outside of Wednesday nights.
Leader: Pastor Pastor Grant Lilly –

Here at New Life Kids Ministries, we desire to fulfill the purpose of New Life – helping people find new life in Christ here, near and far – in the lives of the kids and families in the Woodbury area and beyond. We believe that we are ALL called to Pursue, Connect, Serve and Reach even as young believers, and we desire to instill that passion in our whole program. A child having a relationship with a living, breathing Christian who cares about him or her is the cornerstone of learning about God.
Leader: Anna McDowell –

Sunday Morning Volunteers
The Sunday volunteers will serve in teams of 2-3 adults with youth helpers at times, in a classroom of children, birth to Grade 5, engaging and encouraging young learners. This is on a rotation basis and is one Sunday a month.

Special Events Volunteers

Volunteers would help plan and serve at Family Nights and Holiday/Seasonal events.

Check-In/Registration Team

Volunteers who know the kids program and would be available to greet and give tours to new families. We also need tech-savvy volunteers to help with Kids Check-In, focusing on data entry.

Behind the Scenes Projects

Volunteers are needed who would be willing to do behind-the-scenes tasks like prepping seasonal mailers, sending birthday cards, reaching out to new families, and other projects.

Awana is a fun, Bible-based ministry whose mission is to reach and teach kids about Jesus! Awana meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm and has 3 main rotations: Small group time (Bible memory and handbook); Large group time (Bible lesson and songs); and Game time (fun games in the gym). Leaders are needed for every age group; adults are also needed to listen to kids recite verses they’ve memorized.
Schedule: Every Wednesday night from September to May (no club during school vacations) from 6:20pm-8:15pm as club runs from 6:30-8:00pm. No prep for weekly Awana leaders. We are also in need of a weekly Sparks game leader. If you would like to serve in Awana and can only serve several times, we are also needing large group Bible lesson teachers for Sparks.
Leaders: Brad & Vicki Holst –

The ACES in ACES Homeschool Coop stands for Academic and Christian Education for Students. ACES Homeschool Coop was established in September 2007. It falls under the umbrella of the New Life Homeschool Family Ministry of New Life Church of Woodbury. The mission of the New Life Homeschool Family Ministry is to mentor and support families who homeschool their children in Woodbury and in the surrounding community, so that the Lord Jesus Christ is glorified in our families, in the church and in our community.
More Information:
Leadership Team: Paula Gramer, Christine Johnson, Stephanie Kieszek and Amanda Swinborne


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