Ministries / Grow

Our congregation’s mission is to nurture people of all ages in the Christian faith and to help them practice the disciplines of discipleship. The church exists not to serve itself but to serve the world. We come to church not only for our own personal enrichment but also to prepare ourselves to do the work of love and to get ready to be Christ’s disciples in the community. Through worship, baptism, Communion, Bible study, prayer, and other means of grace, we’re strengthened for ministry.


Visit the NUMC library. We have a large variety of books including: reference material, group Bible studies, theology, devotions, prayer, poetry, inspiration, family relations, arts and music and we also have special sections for teens, youth, and children. In addition, we have a large selection of Christian fiction and movies for adults and children. We also have a selection of materials for homeschoolers and Christian material in Russian for our visitors from Belarus.


Our library is located in room B104, and we welcome you to browse the selections and check them out for your Christian growth and development.


Pastors' Picks

Pastor Luke Whitehead


  • When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

John Wesley

  • The Way to Heaven by Steve Harper
  • Wesley for Armchair Theologians by William J. Abraham


  • Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  • The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler
  • Sheet Music by Dr. Kevin Leman
  • Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
  • The Story of Marriage by John & Lisa Bever
  • The Meaning of Marriage by Timothy Keller


  • Grow at Home by Winfield Bevins and Jessica LaGrone


  • The Lord's Prayer by J. Warren Smith


Women's Ministries

Sometimes it's hard to ask for help. We're brought up to be strong, self-sufficient, independent people. We tend to think that if we ask for help, it is a sign of weakness, so we try to keep our struggles hidden, stuffed deep inside. However, that's not God's plan. Galatians 6:2 says: "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." God wants us to care for others--and to allow others to care for us in our times of need. If you're sad or struggling inside, don't suffer alone. Ask for help. We have a team of Stephen Ministers who are ready to listen, care, encourage, pray, and help you through a tough time. (It's confidential, too!) Find out more about Stephen Ministry by talking with one of our Stephen Leaders. Our Stephen Ministers are there to care!

What Is a Stephen Minister? No, we're not talking about angels or aliens. We're talking about individuals who care about others. The Scriptures describe their service well: "Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering" (Hebrews 13:3). If you or someone you know wants to do more as a Christian caregiver, consider Stephen Ministry. This is our congregation's one-to-one caregiving ministry. A training class is starting soon. Please contact Ellen Ward (459-5679) or Lynne Hobbs (567-8902) for more information. Living Right "I must be living right!" You've probably spoken those words in the midst of a very good day. What does it mean to "live right"? Peter lays it out for us: "As servants of God, live as free people. . . . Honor everyone. . . ." (1 Peter 2:16-17 NRSV). Those who will be involved in Stephen Ministry, our congregation's one-to-one caregiving ministry, will do just that. They will serve God and respect others by providing Christian care. Is this a way you want to serve the Lord? If so, contact Ellen or Lynne.