New Life Church is a non-denominational charismatic Evangelical Christian megachurch located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States. New Life Church has more than 10,000 members and is pastored by Brady Boyd.
New Life Church was founded in 1984 by Ted Haggard. The church started under his leadership as an independent church meeting in his home. From these origins, the church grew through a succession of larger meeting spaces including strip mall office space and other non-traditional church locations. The church grew to upwards of 14,000 members under Haggard.
Ted Haggard scandals and resignation
On November 2, 2006, Haggard was accused of paying a male escort for sex for three years and of also using methamphetamine." Later the same day, Haggard voluntarily stepped down as pastor so "the overseer process can be allowed to proceed with integrity," and that he would be seeking "spiritual advice and guidance." Two days later, New Life Church's Board of Overseers announced that they had decided to permanently dismiss Haggard from his role.
Campus and facilities
The church established its present campus location in the early 1990s and added buildings and added onto existing buildings in this location. The initial sanctuary on the campus, now referred to as the "theater," seats 1,500 and is used primarily for children's church and youth meetings throughout the week. The current main sanctuary can seat over 8000 but is currently set up to seat 5000.
The New Life campus is also home to the World Prayer Center. The World Prayer Center, through the use of Internet technologies and The World Prayer Team organization, coordinates global prayer efforts among its participants. The World Prayer Center is home to several ministries and internship programs including the Furnace, Burn Student Internship, and the Desperation Leadership Academy.
New Life emphasizes its small group ministry, and considers its "free market" approach to cell groups one of the church's keys to success. Small groups are available for numerous interests including traditional examples such as Bible study and parenting to non-traditional examples such as rock climbing and motorcycle dirt bike riding. Haggard's book Dog Training, Fly Fishing, and Sharing Christ in the 21st Century illustrates this orientation of ministry in the church.