New church has G.O.S.P.E.L. Plan

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

"We wanted to get to know the community and demonstrate the love of Christ by giving to the people," Whaley said. "Probably our greatest promotion, however, has been by word of mouth. At the core of our ministry is to teach Christians to be an active witness for Jesus and to involve themselves in making disciples. The people of New Day have done just that. They are telling their friends and family about what God is doing at New Day."

As a pastor, Whaley's primary function as a pastor is prayer and the ministry of the Word of God.

"I preach expositionally," he said. "In other words, I preach through books or long passages in the Bible. The reason for this is I believe the Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God and that it is profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and instructing in righteousness. Just as important as it is to preach and teach the word, my job is to live it out. Therefore, I try to lead by example. I don't ask the congregation to do anything that I'm not willing to do."

Before Whaley was called by God to the ministry in 2000, he was a structural design engineer with Harris Corporation in Palm Bay, Fla. He then became first a youth pastor for one church and pastored at two others, the last being Southwide Baptist Church in DeFuniak Springs.

"I believe through all of these experiences God was preparing me to be a church planter," Whaley said. "This is what I was made for. To make disciples who will in turn make disciples."

New Day Church wants people to know Christ intimately through worship, grow spiritually in community, and live missionally in the world.

"We will teach people the importance of sharing the gospel at home and around the world and we encourage people to take the gospel in word and deed to people who have never heard," Whaley said. "We will do this through our G.O.S.P.E.L. Plan. It involves Giving to missions, Offering aid to the poor, Sending both short-term and long-term missionaries, Planting churches, Equipping disciples, and Loving our communities."



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