In 1967, Tim and Bonnie Cummings had a mission to help young people through their church. They began teaching 5th and 6th graders in their local ministry, and two years later, they opened New Creations. New Creations was designed to help young people in surrounding areas become one with the Christian faith. More than fifty years later, New Creations serves struggling teenagers from all over the world as they partake in their relationship with the Christian faith.
As the first few years of New Creations progressed, the program moved to a larger facility and a Christian boarding school was officially formed. The mission of New Creations is to preserve the future of the Christian church by looking after the youth. New Creations provides education for all students by preparing every need: body, soul, mind, and spirit.
The staff of New Creations works with students through ministry, teaching responsibility and discipline of Christian principles. With students between the ages of twelve and seventeen, each individual has a uniquely tailored schedule of classes to fit their needs. In order to determine a student’s academic program, diagnostic testing is completed upon admission to the school. By using a self-paced curriculum, challenges and improvements in their studies relate to each individual student. Advancement continues for the student at New Creations through daily classroom programs, personal growth, and academic progress.
New Creations aims to help young people make successful transitions from childhood into adulthood. They do this by providing daily opportunities for spiritual growth in a highly-structured Christian discipline environment. Accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association, the academic programs at New Creations are tailored to meet the needs of every student. New Creations also sets the goal to restore family relationships.
New Creations is a valuable resource for parents that want to place their student in a boarding school program for help, either educationally or emotionally. New Creations also offers parents a quality Christian education in a protected environment for their son or daughter. Parents have the opportunity to visit their son or daughter at New Creations. A Parent Council is also available for parents to communicate with other parents and seek assistance in answering questions.
The 12 to 15 month program is designed to control and manage teen behavior. Set on seven hundred acres of land, students have the ability to enjoy multiple activities within the boundaries of the program. The wooded property on the Indiana and Ohio state lines is home to several lakes, a river, and camp grounds. With a structured schedule, young people at New Creations have time to enjoy the outdoors as they become one with their Christian faith.
Students live in dormitory style housing where they are responsible for cleanliness, completing their own laundry, and other daily chores. While New Creations is not a military style boarding school (because such programs can breed resentment and negative feelings against authority figures, including parents and educators), it does run a disciplined and structured schedule with high expectations that all students must follow. The discipline is combined with a loving, caring attitude, however, so students’ emotional needs are met on every level.
Since Tim and Bonnie Cummings took the initiative to make a positive Christian impact on young people in 1967, their work and goals have continued to succeed with New Creations. New Creations strives to help teenagers lead a successful, positive Christian life.
Note: New Creations Boarding School closed on July 2016 after 47 years of successful ministry serving troubled youth.