New Philadelphia’s vision is to raise up an army of mighty warriors. And we believe leadership is an essential aspect of being a mighty warrior. So if you’ve been in the house long enough, we will make sure you feel uncomfortable just “warming up the bench.” We want you to put feet to your faith because talk is cheap (1 Cor 4:20, for the kingdom is not a matter of talk but of power)!

Pastor Christian speaking at the 2013 Leadership Retreat.
Photo courtesy of Allen Nettrour (Nov 2013).

We Believe in Spiritual Authority
At New Philly you will notice a high percentage of church members are on leadership. With so many leaders, we have adopted the military system for rank and order (ie: Corporal, Sergeant, Major, etc) to honor leaders and to entrust them with the authority to serve and lead. We recognize there is abuse of authority in the church. But we believe the proper response to this is not to dismiss authority but to implement it properly with accountability. The answer to wrong authority is not no authority but rather right authority!

To simplify the various military ranks, our leadership can also be thought of in three levels:

  • Reserve
    Reserve leaders are those who are in leadership training. Community Group discipleship and accountability are a must. They serve in various teams and ministries at the church.
  • Active
    Active leaders are mature brothers and sisters with proven faithfulness in the house that lead Community Groups, Support Groups, Bible studies and various ministry teams.
  • Apostolic
    Apostolic leaders are those who have the maturity to be entrusted with the highest levels of authority in the house. These leaders are those we trust and are willing to “send out” to the nations to represent New Philly. Apostolic leaders also have the training and authority to organize a team and lead healing and deliverance ministry. Our vision is to raise up 300 apostolic level leaders.
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat.
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat (Nov 2014, taken by Allen Nettrour, Jen Kim, Sarah Kim, Steven Shin).
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat (Nov 2013, taken by Allen Nettrour, Jen Kim, Sarah Kim).
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat (Sept 2012, taken by Allen Nettrour).
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat (Sept 2011, taken by Allen Nettrour).
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat (Sept 2010, taken by Allen Nettrour).
A group picture at our annual Leadership Retreat (Aug 2009).
New Philly's first annual Leadership Retreat (Aug 2008) - Even before we had Membership!