New Covenant Community Church (NCCC) is a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). NCCC started in 1995 when a small independent church pastored by Rev. Bruce Hollister voted to reorganize and seek affiliation with the OPC. Other local families had been praying about the establishment of a reformed and evangelical witness in the area. Various meetings were conducted at that time by OPC regional home missionary James Bosgraf, and then, in March of 1995, the first worship service was held at the Lions' Community Center in New Lenox. In the beginning, the church numbered about 35 persons and was overseen by a special committee of the OPC. In June 1995, Rev. Bruce Hollister was formally installed as the organizing pastor of the church. Since that time, God has graciously added many to our number who desire preaching and teaching with real biblical substance and worship that has not been overrun with the entertainment orientation so common in our day.
We are committed to the fulfillment of the Great Commission of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19-20. We desire to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to as many people as possible, and then to faithfully teach the entire Bible to those whom God is pleased to add to His church. We believe this commission is faithfully carried out when a church is committed to thinking generationally about its opportunities and its responsibility before God.
We seek to be committed to our Lord for the long run by giving careful attention to the foundation that we establish now. We seek to build a church that is aware of its responsibility before God to our children and our children's children. We believe that only by biblical watchfulness can we expect to see a church established that will endure, by the strength of God, across generations. We believe that "unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it" (Psalm 127:1), and that the only way God builds is through the faithful preaching and teaching of the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that any so-called "growth" brought about by alternate tools or methods is not true growth. "Weeds" grow very quickly. We are interested in "oaks." In other words, vital to the fulfillment of a biblical vision for ministry is the belief that the Scriptures alone are sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness, and we seek to establish a ministry ever guided by this conviction.
NCCC is governed by a "Session" of Elders. The Session makes decisions regarding the operation of the church. Additionally, the local Session is under the oversight of the local Presbytery which in turn is under the oversight of the General Assembly. (To learn more about our church government please see What is the OPC?)