I visited New Creations of Richmond, Indiana way back in mid winter of 2007, winter of 2010, summer of 2011, spring of 2014 and fall of 2015, and I was impressed with the people I met, the facilities New Creations offered, the students and the school’s programs. New Creations Chapel is a church based ministry that reaches back to the late 60s when Tim and Bonnie Cummings were led by the Lord to work with young people. They initially began with a traveling youth choir (which exists through today). As the church matured, it branched out into specific ministries including a boarding school, camp facilities, a local day Christian school, a Bible college, and a basketball academy. In recent years, when New Creations asked us at Sozo Creative to improve their web presence with new websites and to assist with their online marketing, it was a privilege we didn’t look upon lightly.
New Creations Boarding School offers personalized help to teens who might be struggling academically or socially in their current school setting. The program is fairly strict and has been likened to a Christian version of military school, but it has offered hundreds of teens the boost they need – both spiritually and personally – to help them get back onto the right track. The boarding school is also a great option for foreign students looking at a couple years of Christian high school education (in English) in preparation for applying to a U.S. college or university. The school is also perfect for overseas missionaries who may be struggling to give their children a proper English education. The boarding school is quite affordable, comparatively speaking, at $2800 per month for room, board & tuition (2015-2016 school year).
Located on 450 acres straddling the Ohio and Indiana border with acres of trees and water, it made perfect sense for New Creations to develop camp & conference facilities. Presently, the ministry doesn’t offer a full fledged children’s camping program but offers the facilities (cabins, recreation hall, lake, sport fields, cafeteria, gym) for rent to Christian ministries and other groups which then operate their camping programs on the site. God has truly blessed New Creations with beautiful facilities. Each year they undertake additional building programs to further develop their facilities.
Along with their boarding school, New Creations also offers a standard Christian school to day students located in the Richmond, Indiana region as well as for faculty/staff children. The curriculum is based on Alpha Omega’s LifePac and Switched on Schoolhouse programs, which permits them to flexibly cater to each child’s learning level.
For those interested in furthering their Christian education, perhaps for preparation for pastoral ministry or for the mission field, New Creations offers a Bible college with two and four year degree options including intercultural studies, Christian education, residential counseling and pastoral theology. Bible college students are then able to apply their learning in a practical environment at the boarding school and other ministries at New Creations.
A number of years ago, New Creations began a Christian basketball academy called New Creations Basketball Academy. NCBA has already achieved four national championships and is rapidly progressing forward as it equips young men with competitive basketball skills and a sure foundation in the Bible. The head coach is eager to see success personally, professionally and spiritually in the lives of the young men he serves. (May 2012 note: New Creations Basketball Academy is currently on a hiatus until a new lead coach is found).
New Creations is definitely a ministry to check out, especially if you’re looking for a Bible based boarding school to send your daughter or son to. I highly recommend it.
Note: New Creations Boarding School closed on July 2016 after 47 years of successful ministry serving troubled youth.