New Direction Church International


Meet our Missionary

Pastor Laverne Cunningham

Laverne Cunningham is our Associate Pastor of Missions. She has been licensed and ordained for many years. She has led a life of active outreach, evangelism, and missions for several experienced organizations for more than a decade. Laverne is a trained Missionary. She is responsible for initiating mission research, mission execution, training congregants, and church planting overseas. 

Mission Work

Your Life On A Mission With Jesus Christ

Being missional is a important aspect of who we are as Believers and the identity of New Direction Church International. As Jesus taught about the Sheep and the Goats in Matthew 25 he said is verse 40, " The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of min, you have done for me" (NIV). We have been commissioned to be "missional" people in our daily activities and abroad. 

New Direction Church International has a vision to be 'missional' in every since of the word. Our church is designed to integrate the concept of living on assignment for Christ in everything that we do. Beginning with practical teaching from the pulpit to live as disciples of Christ to Discipleship classes for all ages on Sunday mornings; we motivate our members to make serving our Lord Jesus Christ practical, daily, and easy. 

Our vision with birthing a missional church and congregation is founded in our plan to not only grow a healthy congregation in the West Smyrna area but also plant churches around the globe as we are led by the Lord. Our primary target area is international. Being a part of the New Direction Church family will provide you with the knowledge, tools, and opportunity to life missional for Jesus Christ. 


New Direction Church International has adopted several organizations in the Middle Tennessee area to make a difference for those in need of love, care, and spiritual growth.

  • Nashville Rescue Mission Women's & Children Shelter
  • Rooms in the Inn
  • Toys for Tots
  • Shepherd's Closet
  • Rutherford County Youth Detention Center
  • Rutherford County Sherriff's Department


New Direction Church has partnered with Indigenous Outreach International, a long-standing missions organization, and Global Missions to acquire experienced support and training for our global missions initiative.

  • Ethiopia Missions- Ethiopia is one of our adopted mission fields. Join us in reaching Ethiopia each year.
  • Digging Wells - Clean water can make the difference in health, agriculture, and economy. Join NDC in making a difference.
  • Church Plant - NDC seeks to plant churches in countries needing spiritual revival and renewal. 
  • Guatemala Missions- Guatemala stands as a area that needs much support. Join us in reaching lives in Guatemala.

Evangelism & Training

New Direction Church International focuses on community evangelism and mission training as key components of their congregation and church growth.

  • Workshops - We host quarterly missions and evangelism workshops that covers relevant practices for everyday missional living.
  • Missions Training - We also train specifically for those interested in become a missionary and traveling overseas.
  • Community Evangelism - Finally, we believe in getting out into the community and meeting new people to communicate God's love and our presence.