To work alongside of local churches in the Wyoming, MI area to
share the gospel of Jesus Christ to kids, teens and adults.
Neighborhood Church Ministries (NCM is a 501c3 organization) began in 1999 with the help of Classis Grandville of the Christian Reformed Church. The first ministry aspect was a newspaper flyer for churches to celebrate Christmas and a coupon to distribute a Jesus video when people visited a participating church.
The following Easter, the team of Randy VanWingerden and Caryn Boelema formed a community choir to sing at Studio 28. The purpose was to share the entire gospel story with the community through the presentation of a musical and play, Paid in Full.
In 2004, Neighborhood Church Ministries was incorporated as a 501c3. This allowed for better implementation and collaboration of evangelism with our neighborhood churches in Wyoming, Byron Center and Grandville, Michigan. The male chorus, The Singing Hims, which had begun in 1976 was also brought into the 501c3 of Neighborhood Church Ministries at this time.
The NCM leadership team, along with Gary Lemke, developed a Wyoming food pantry called Family Network of Wyoming near the corner of 36th Street and Bryon Center Avenue.
Kidz Blitz was a children’s outreach event hosted at Grand Rapids First Assembly with the help of 7 area churches. Volunteers had fun while sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with hundreds of local kids.
Andre Kole was a national magician invited to the Van Singel Auditorium in Bryon Center. The event was hosted by 6 local Byron Center churches who planned this event for kids and their parents to have fun and hear the gospel presentation.
NCM combined with the Dove Foundation to show a sneak peek of The Chronicles of Narnia movie for our community kids.
NCM director Jack Ponstine also participated, along with Pastor Scott Hagan, with the pastors’ prayer network, John 17.
NCM focused on children’s ministry by aligning with the international ministry, Kids Games. Five area churches joined in planning the first Kids Games event in June of 2006 at Rogers High School in Wyoming. Kids Games continues to be an annual evangelism event, with additional churches participating each year.
The need and interest of pastors and clergy praying for each other and congregations praying for each other, caused NCM to begin the weekly pastor/clergy and church of the week in Wyoming.
Our leadership team, along with The Singing Hims, invited Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, to speak at our local schools and churches with a final celebration event of God’s goodness at Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, MI.
Family Network of Wyoming developed its own by-laws and became a self-standing 501c3. We praise God for its continued ministry to our community and its needs.
NCM was once again asked to help coordinate youth leadership development in Wyoming. Jack Ponstine and Lori Wiersma were instrumental in the setup and development of the new Wyoming Community Youth Coalition (WCYC). A.C.T.I.O.N. Wyoming continued on as a separate faith-based ministry.
The community leaders of Wyoming came to NCM with a specific concern about teens and gang violence. NCM responded by developing a specific ministry called A.C.T.I.O.N. Wyoming.
Phil Nienhuis came to the NCM board with the Strengths Summit coaching program for teens. The board agreed to align this program as part of A.C.T.I.O.N. Wyoming.
NCM combined with area organizations including David’s House and Friendship Ministries, which service people with special needs. Ken Medema, a blind Christian singer/songwriter, was invited to lead a special VIP red carpet concert at The R.O.C.K. in Byron Center.
A collaboration of Christian Reformed and Reformed churches of Wyoming called One Wyoming, met with NCM leadership and from that meeting developed the mentoring program, One Wyoming 1 on 1. This program provides mentoring for K-12 students in the schools of Wyoming.