Page 1

18 ISSUE

JUNE 2014

VISION

GROWING PAINS

FALL UPDATE

THE NEW SHAPE OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT

REDEMPTION YOUTH

ON THE MOVE

FEATURE ARTICLE

LEADERSHIP & CHURCH SIZE DYNAMICS


WERE GLAD YOU’RE HERE! We are a church with a mission. Our mission is to proclaim, embody, and enjoy the gospel of Jesus Christ so that unbelievers are convinced of the gospel, believers are built up in the gospel, and culture is transformed by the gospel to the glory of God. Because the gospel is at our heart, we want all that we say and do as a church to honor and reflect Christ. Part of that includes making sure you are able to consistently and clearly know the vision and direction of Redeemer. That’s where Momentum comes in. On the first Sunday of every month, everyone will receive a copy and be able to stay connected to the pulse of Redeemer. Inside each monthly issue, you will find updates on the church’s vision, ministries and events. You’ll also read about where you can help serve and get involved, as well as be updated on things like church finances, new members, activities and programs throughout the month. Redeemer is a church on the move, and it’s the gospel that is moving it forward. The gospel is our passion, our motivation, our moving force. It’s our momentum.


CONTENTS

GROWING PAINS 4

| Jesus is on the move at Redeemer, which can be unsettling, but can also be an exciting time to reflect on what the Lord is doing.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT REFRESH 6

| There are many new and exciting changes about to happen on Wednesday nights that will fulfill needs of all age groups at Redeemer. Check it out!

LEADERSHIP & CHURCH SIZE DYNAMICS

MY NEW ROLE 12

8

| Pastor Paul shares about his new role as Pastor of Community Groups & Member Care and gives an update on the continued growth and change within this ministry.

YOUTH ON THE MOVE

TO BLESS & BE BLESSED

youth ministry is being refined to help move our teenagers deeper into the love of Christ and grow them into gospel pacesetters.

encouragement from one of our teachers, check out a new verse to memorize with your kids, and stay up to date with what’s happening in the Children’s Ministry.

| Learn from a seasoned and respected church leader how churches and their structure need to morph as God grows their congregation.

PRAY WITH US

A TIME OF REST

13 | Intercede intentionally

13 | Mark Summers shares

with others in the RBC family for our Vision.

how the Lord has directed him down a slightly different path for now.

15 | The vision of the RBC

GOSPEL LIFE BLOG

IT’S ABOUT BEING REAL

OWNERSHIP & THE GOSPEL

20 | Check out these

22 | Lynn Smoliak opens

24 | “...do we demonstrate

personal and insightful blog posts, and others, from our website to find joy and encouragement in your daily walk.

up about his thoughts on life-on-life discipleship and how it has impacted his life.

ownership in our giving as a response to the grace Jesus has shown to us?”

19 | Parents: Receive

CREDITS Design/Direction Chuck Forsberg Content Manager Lorie Schnell Writers/Editors Brittney Westin


4

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


BY R W GLENN

W

hen my now 18 year-old

Numbers

for

numbers’

sake

are

son was five or six, he’d

meaningless. Who cares if our church is

wake up in the middle of

growing numerically if the growth were the

the night crying because

result of, say, a failure to preach the gospel,

his knees hurt. His mother

a minimizing of the lethal nature of sin, the

and I knew that this meant

solemnity of judgment, and the glories of

only one thing: growing

God’s mercy and grace in the gospel? But if

pains. So to comfort him, we’d tell him that

the Lord is adding to our church more and

all the aches and pains pointed to one thing:

more people who are understanding grace

he was on his way to becoming a big boy.

and its implications for their lives – now that’s

And what little boy doesn’t want to know he’s

a number worth noting!

going to be a big boy?

But even though that kind of growth is

Our church is growing. With that growth we

exciting, it can be painful. Changes to the old

are experiencing some of our own aches and

order. Disorientation over the many unnamed

pains. And although the discomfort is real,

faces. Concerns whether or not the church we

it’s pointing to something good – impacting

loved has become a thing of the past.

more and more people with the gospel of Christ. When people say that numerical

THIS ISSUE OF MOMENTUM IS HERE TO

growth doesn’t matter, I’m inclined to respond

ADDRESS JUST THAT!

with, “It depends what you’re counting.” The

Inside you’ll find news about our new

book of Acts has no problem recording the

Pastor of Community Groups and Member

meteoric numerical growth of the church:

Care, our new life-on-life discipleship-driven approach to youth ministry, and our new

Acts 2:41: “There were added that day about

approach to Wednesday nights. But most

three thousand souls.”

importantly, you’ll find an article by Tim Keller, “Leadership and Church Size Dynamics: How

Acts 2:47: “And the Lord added to their

Strategy Changes with Growth,” an article I’m

number day by day those who were being

convinced you’ll find extremely helpful as you

saved.”

navigate our growing pains. Jesus is on the move at Redeemer, which

Acts 5:14: “And more than ever believers were

can be unsettling. But it can also be exciting

added to the Lord, multitudes of both men

– an exciting time to reflect on all that Jesus

and women.”

is doing to produce the fruit of his gospel for the good of his world.

//RBC

Acts 11:24: “And a great many people were added to the Lord.”

JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM

5


WEDNESDAY NIGHT THE NEW SHAPE OF

BY R W GLENN

6

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


F

or many, many years, Wednesday nights

CLASSES FOR ADULTS

at Redeemer have taken roughly the same

The main thrust of Wednesday nights will now be adult

shape. We’ve met together for a time of

education, run by the School of Gospel Formation. We will offer

singing and prayer, encouraging one another

a number of different evening classes each semester, lasting

by connecting with each other, sharing signs

from 7 – 8 p.m. A few of the Wednesday classes for this fall

of God’s grace, answered prayers, and opportunities to love our

include a women’s Bible study on Galatians, A Praying Life

neighbors. Wednesday Gathered Prayer has been a wonderful,

class on the discipline of prayer, and a class I’m teaching called

rich part of Redeemer’s history as a church, and many would

Local Church Leadership. Watch for the SGF course catalog to

say that it was this intimate gathering with other members

be released in the next few weeks. There will be more details on

that really helped them become a part of the Redeemer family.

the classes and how to register.

Back in the “old days” before our building expansion, it wasn’t unusual to see 75-100 people packed in the old sanctuary

A CLASS FOR KIDS

(now our fellowship hall). These days, our Wednesday night

We are so excited to be offering something totally NEW for

numbers have been much smaller. The crowd is faithful, and

1st – 6th grade kids on Wednesday nights! Nancy Axelson and

our times together have been rich, but we’ve been longing

the Children’s Ministry Team have planned an amazing little

to see new life breathed into Wednesday nights, so that the

class called “Kids Pray!” which will help to teach children the

whole body is excited

discipline of prayer. It will be practical and fun, and we can’t

to

wait to see the fruit of our little ones engaging in prayer!

gather

together

again! As youth is moving

in

a

new

PRAYER

direction (see article

After classes are over for the evening, there will be a brief,

on page 15), we won’t

focused time for sharing signs of grace and praying together.

have the benefit of

It will be from 8:10 – 8:45 p.m. and led by Drake Lorence, the

Gabe Zepeda leading

teacher of our class on prayer. Everyone is encouraged to drop

us out in song on

in to the sanctuary to pray!

Wednesday nights, so we’ve come up with

FREE CHILDCARE

a new plan. Our hope

Free childcare for ages 0 – Kindergarten will be provided from

is that this fresh take

6:45 – 9:00 p.m. And the best news is that it will be provided

on Wednesday night

by SGF, so you as members won’t need to volunteer to watch

will be as exciting

the kiddos; instead, you’ll be freed up to take a class, pray and

to you as it is to our

fellowship!

leadership, and that you and your entire

FELLOWSHIP

family will come to

After classes wrap up, there will be a time for fellowship. Grab

be a part of it! Here’s

a cup of coffee, linger and chat with old friends or make some

what to expect:

new ones! //RBC

NEW SCHEDULE 6:45–9:00 childcare 7:00–8:00 classes for kids & adults 8:00–9:00 fellowship hour 8:10–8:45 prayer JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM

7


LEADERSHIP & CHURCH SIZE DYNAMICS HOW STRATEGY CHANGES WITH GROWTH BY DR. TIM KELLER


A CHURCH’S FUNCTIONAL STYLE, ITS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, AND THE ROLES OF ITS LAY AND STAFF LEADERS WILL CHANGE DRAMATICALLY AS ITS SIZE CHANGES.

O

ne

of

morally inferior. They may insist that the only biblical way to do

most

church is to practice a certain size culture despite the fact that

common

the congregation they attend is much too big or too small to

reasons

fit that culture.

the

for

pastoral

For example, if some members of a church of 2,000 feel they

leadership

should be able to get the senior pastor personally on the phone

mistakes

is

without much difficulty, they are insisting on getting a kind of

blindness to the significance of

pastoral care that a church of under 200 provides. Of course

church size. Size has an enormous

the pastor would soon be overwhelmed. Yet the members may

impact on how a church functions.

insist that if he can’t be reached he is failing his biblical duty to

There is a “size culture” that

be their shepherd.

profoundly affects how decisions

Another example: the new senior pastor of a church of 1,500

are made, how relationships flow,

may insist that virtually all decisions be made by consensus

how effectiveness is evaluated,

among the whole board and staff. Soon the board is meeting

and what ministers, staff, and lay

every week for six hours each time! Still the pastor may insist

leaders do.

that for staff members to be making their own decisions

We tend to think of the chief differences

between

mainly

denominational

in

theological

terms,

churches but

or

does not have that size will wreak havoc on it and eventually force the church back into the size with which the practices are

size on how a church operates. difference

compatible. A further example: New members who have just joined a

how

smaller church after years of attending a much larger one may

1,000

begin complaining about the lack of professional quality in

function may be much greater

the church’s ministries and insisting that this shows a lack of

than the difference between a

spiritual excellence. The real problem, however, is that in the

Presbyterian and a Baptist church

smaller church volunteers do things that in the larger church are

of the same size. The staff person

done by full-time staff. Similarly, new members of the smaller

who goes from a church of 400

church might complain that the pastor’s sermons are not as

to a church of 2,000 is in many

polished and well researched as they had come to expect in the

ways making a far greater change

larger church. While a large-church pastor with multiple staff

than if he or she moved from one

can afford to put twenty hours a week into sermon preparation,

denomination to another.

however, the solo pastor of a smaller church can devote less

churches

of

between

community. To impose a size-culture practice on a church that

that

underestimates the impact of The

would mean they are acting unaccountably or failing to build

100

and

A large church is not simply a

than half of that time each week.

bigger version of a small church.

This means a wise pastor may have to sympathetically

The difference in communication,

confront people who are just not able to handle the church’s

community

and

size culture—just like many people cannot adapt to life in

decision-making processes are

formation,

geographic cultures different from the one they were used to.

so great that the leadership skills

Some people are organizationally suspicious, often for valid

required in each are of almost

reasons from their experience. Others can’t handle not having

completely different orders.

the preacher as their pastor. We must suggest to them they

SIZE CULTURES Every church has a culture that goes with its size and which must be accepted. Most people tend to prefer a certain size culture, and unfortunately, many give their favorite size culture

are asking for the impossible in a church that size. We must not imply that it would be immaturity on their part to seek a different church, though we should not actively encourage anyone to leave, either.

HEALTHY RESISTANCE Every church has aspects of its natural size culture that must be resisted.

a moral status and treat other

Larger churches have a great deal of difficulty keeping track

size categories as spiritually and

of members who drop out or fall away from the faith. This should JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM

9


never be accepted as inevitable. Rather, the large church must

more. Larger churches are much more complex than their

continually struggle to improve pastoral care and discipleship.

smaller counterparts. They have multiple services, multiple

Out of necessity, the large church must use organizational techniques from the business world, but the danger is that ministry may become too results-oriented and focused on quantifiable

outcomes

(attendance,

membership,

groups, and multiple tracks, and eventually they really are multiple congregations. Also, the larger the church, the more staff per capita needs

giving)

to be added. Often the first ministry staff persons are added

rather than the goals of holiness and character growth. Again,

for every increase of 150–200 in attendance. A church of 500

this tendency should not be accepted as inevitable; rather,

may have two or three full-time ministry staff, but eventually

new strategies for focusing on love and virtue must always be

ministry staff may need to be added for every 75–100 new

generated.

persons. Thus a church of 2,000 may have twenty-five staff.

The smaller church by its nature gives immature, outspoken, opinionated, and broken members a significant degree of

SHIFTING LAY-STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

power over the whole body. Since everyone knows everyone

On the one hand, the larger the church the more decision

else, when members of a family or small group express strong

making falls to the staff rather than to the whole membership or

opposition to the direction set by the pastor and leaders,

even the lay leaders. The elders or board must increasingly deal

their misery can hold the whole congregation hostage. If they

with only top-level, big-picture issues. This means the larger

threaten to leave, the majority of people will urge the leaders to

the church, the more decision making is pushed up toward the

desist in their project. It is extremely difficult to get complete

staff and away from the congregation and lay leaders. Needless

consensus about programs and direction in a group of 50–150

to say, many laypeople feel extremely uncomfortable with this.

people, especially in today’s diverse, fragmented society, and

On the other hand, the larger the church, the more the basic

yet smaller churches have an unwritten rule that for any new

pastoral ministry such as hospital visits, discipling, oversight of

initiative to be implemented nearly everyone must be happy

Christian growth, and counseling is done by lay leaders rather

with it. Leaders of small churches must be brave enough to

than by the professional ministers.

lead and to confront immature members, in spite of the

Generally, in small churches policy is decided by many and

unpleasantness involved.

ministry is done by a few, while in the large church ministry is

There is no “best size” for a church. Each size presents

done by many and policy is decided by a few.

great difficulties and also many opportunities for ministry that churches of other sizes cannot undertake (at least not as well). Only together can churches of all sizes be all that Christ wants the church to be.

PRINCIPLES OF SIZE DYNAMICS Reading books on church size can be confusing, as everyone breaks down the size categories somewhat differently. This

INCREASING INTENTIONALITY The larger the church, the more systematic and deliberate the assimilation of newcomers needs to be. As a church grows, newcomers are not visible to the congregation’s members. Thus new people are not spontaneously and informally welcomed and invited in. Pathways for assimilation must be identified or established by asking questions such as these:

is because there are many variables in a church’s culture and history that determine exactly when a congregation gets to a

+ How will newcomers get here?

new size barrier. For example, everyone knows that at some

+ How will they be identified by the church?

point a church becomes too large for one pastor to handle.

+ Where will unbelievers learn Christianity’s relevance, content,

People begin to complain that they are not getting adequate

and credibility?

pastoral care. The time has come to add staff. But when does that

+ Who will move them along the path?

happen? In some communities it may happen when attendance

+ Where will believers get plugged in?

rises to 120, while in others it does not happen until the church

+ Who will help them?

has nearly 300 in regular attendance. It depends a great deal on expectations, the mobility of the city’s population, how fast the

The larger the church, the harder it is to recruit volunteers

church has grown, and so on. Despite the variables, the point at

and thus a more well-organized volunteer recruitment process

which a second pastoral staff member must be added is usually

is required. Why is this so? First, the larger the church, the more

called “the 200 barrier.” That is a good average figure, but keep

likely it is that someone you don’t know well will try to recruit

in mind that your own church might reach that threshold at

you. It is much easier to say no to someone you do not know

some different attendance figure.

than to someone you know well. Second, it is easier to feel

Here are the general trends or changes that come as a church grows larger.

less personally responsible for the ministries of a large church: “They have lots of people here—they don’t need me.” Therefore, the larger the church, the more well-organized and formal the

INCREASING COMPLEXITY

recruitment of volunteers must be.

The larger the church, the less its members have in common. There is more diversity in factors such as age, family status,

10

INCREASING REDUNDANCY OF COMMUNICATION

ethnicity, and so on, and thus a church of 400 needs four to

The larger the church, the better communication has to be.

five times more programs than a church of 200—not two times

Without multiple forms and repeated messages, people will feel

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


left out and complain, “I wasn’t told about it.” You know you’ve

now” or “I can’t see the pastor anymore” or “We don’t pray

crossed into a higher size category when such complaints

spontaneously anymore in church.” Leaders of churches that

become constant. Informal communication networks (pulpit

grow large are more willing to lose members who disagree with

announcements, newsletter notices, and word of mouth) are

procedures or the philosophy of ministry.

insufficient to reach everyone. More lead time is necessary to communicate well.

SHIFTING ROLE OF THE MINISTERS The larger the church, the less available the main preacher is

INCREASING QUALITY OF PRODUCTION

to do pastoral work. In smaller churches the pastor is available

The larger the church, the more planning and organization

at all times, for most occasions and needs, to any member or

must go into events. A higher quality of production in general

unchurched person. In the large church there are sometimes

is expected in a larger church and events cannot simply be

more lay ministers, staff, and leaders than the small church

thrown together. Spontaneous, last-minute events do not work.

has people! So the large church’s pastors must recognize their

The larger the church, the higher its aesthetic bar must be.

limits and spend more time with staff and lay shepherds and in

In smaller churches the worship experience is rooted mainly

prayer and meditation.

in horizontal relationships among those who attend. Musical

The larger the church, the more important the minister’s

offerings from singers who are untrained and not especially

leadership abilities are. Preaching and pastoring are sufficient

talented are nonetheless appreciated because “we all know

skills for pastors in smaller churches, but as a church grows

them” and they are members of the fellowship. But the

other leadership skills become critical. In a large church not

larger the church, the more worship is based on the vertical

only administrative skills but also vision casting and strategy

relationship— on a sense of transcendence. If an outsider comes

design are crucial gifts in the pastoral team.

in who doesn’t know the musicians, then a mediocre quality of

The larger the church, the more the ministry staff members

production will distract them from worship. They don’t have a

must move from being generalists to being specialists. Everyone

relationship with the musicians to offset the lack of giftedness.

from the senior pastor on down must focus on certain ministry

So the larger the church, the more the music becomes an

areas and concentrate on two or three main tasks. The larger

inclusion factor.

the church, the more the senior pastor must specialize in preaching, vision keeping and vision casting, and identifying

INCREASING OPENNESS TO CHANGE The larger the church, the more it is subject to frequent and sudden change. Why? First, smaller churches tend to have little turnover: individual members feel powerful and necessary and so they stay put.

problems before they become disasters. Finally, the larger the church, the more important it is for ministers, especially the senior minister, to stay put for a long time. As noted above, smaller churches change less rapidly and have less turnover. With this innate stability, a smaller church

Second, the larger the church, the more power for decision

can absorb a change of minister every few years if necessary.

making moves away from the whole congregation to the

But the larger the church, the more the staff in general and the

leaders and staff. Too much is going on for the congregation or

senior pastor in particular are the main sources of continuity

the board or eventually even the staff to make all the decisions

and stability. Rapid turnover of staff is highly detrimental to a

as a group. As decision-making power comes into the hands

large church.

of individual staff or volunteer leaders, change happens more quickly. Decisions can be made expeditiously without everyone signing on. Further, as we saw above, the larger the church, the more complex it is and therefore the more schedules, events, and programs there are to change. LOSING MEMBERS BECAUSE OF CHANGES The larger the church, the more it loses members because of changes. Why? Smaller churches seek at all costs to avoid

GENERALLY, IN SMALL CHURCHES POLICY IS DECIDED BY MANY AND MINISTRY IS DONE BY A FEW, WHILE IN THE LARGE CHURCH MINISTRY IS DONE BY MANY, AND POLICY IS DECIDED BY A FEW.

losing members. As a result, certain individuals and small groups often come to exercise power dis-proportionate to their numbers. If a change were made, someone invariably would experience it as a loss, and since the smaller church has a great fear of conflict, it usually will not institute a change that might result in lost members. Thus smaller churches tend to have a more stable membership than large churches do. In larger churches small groups and individual members have

STRUCTURING SMALLER The larger the church, the smaller the basic pastoral span of care. In smaller churches, classes and groups can be larger because virtually everyone in the church is cared for directly by full-time trained ministry staff, each of whom can care

far less ability to exert power or resist changes they dislike. And (as noted previously) since larger churches undergo constant change, they regularly lose members because “It’s too big

CONTINUED ON PAGE 25... JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM

11


BY PASTOR PAUL BURR Here at Redeemer we often say Community Groups are the

Group development, and growing

church. Our Community Groups form the basis of community,

existing and new leaders through

connection, and shepherding for RBC. They are places where

discipleship, training and oversight.

we can really get to know each other and see the gospel have

I want to thank Pastor Boomer

a greater impact on each of our lives. Biblically speaking,

Peel for all his work in Community Groups,

which

more than doubled in

the

of

groups

three

amount over

years.Boomer

the

last

will

work with

me

to prepare for the fall, and then concentrate more on his pastoral duties of shepherding the members of RBC. Community Groups are the place we can practice the “one

Our goal for the CG ministry is to have 30 groups in the fall

anothers” of Scripture and see how the gospel changes

from the 21 that we have now. Some of those will come from the

everything. As we foster openness, confession, repentance and

several groups that are too large. An optimal group size is 8 to

care for each other, we can help each group member get to the

10 adults with room to invite guests and newcomers. Most of our

love of the Father, not only in the group gatherings, but through

groups currently are well over this number. We want to continue to create a welcoming atmosphere

for

guests so they can dip their toes in the CG waters. As we say in our vision

documents,

Community our interactions with each other during the week.

are magnetic. They draw new and even seasoned members into

We are experiencing a tremendous amount of growth as

deeper and richer experiences of God’s grace in the gospel.

a church, and our Community Groups have not been able to

Why is this? Because community groups are families of believers

keep pace with this growth. This has resulted in groups that are

focused on the grace of God in Christ. And God’s grace is a

too large. Not only are we limited by space in people’s homes,

force of gravity – moving mightily in people’s lives with Christ’s

we also are inadvertently making it harder for guests to join a

transforming power (Rom 6:14).

group, one of first steps in their journey to membership. To lead

I am excited to see how the Lord will use Community Groups

this growth and position us for a healthy, gospel-rich future, we

as we move into a new chapter of growth at Redeemer. Pray

realized we need a full-time Pastor of Community Groups.

that Community Groups will be these places where the gospel

After much prayer and discussion, the leadership has decided that I should transition to this new role of Pastor of Community Groups and Member Care. I will be responsible for Community 12

Groups

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014

of grace shines forth and people’s lives will continue to be changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. //RBC


PRAY WITH US

WEEK 4

JUNE PRAYER POINTS

Pray for our leadership, that they

WEEK 1 Pray

that

relationships

among

Community Group members would not falter, but would grow and thrive during

the

summer

months.

Pray

also for Pastor Paul as he enters his new role as our Pastor of Community

would preach the gospel to themselves, prayerfully seek the Lord’s leading, and that they would guide the members under their care with the fierce love of Jesus Christ.

WEEK 5 Pray for unity among our leadership:

Groups and Member Care.

elders, deacons, ministry directors and

WEEK 2 Pray for an atmosphere of grace and

staff.

love to permeate our congregation, so that as our numbers increase we shake off fears and move toward newcomers with boldness and joy.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER BY EITHER: SCANNING THE QR CODE, EMAILING INFO@REDEEMER BIBLECHURCH.COM OR VISITING US ON THE WEB AT WWW.REDEEMERBIBLE CHURCH.COM/SUBSCRIBE.

WEEK 3 Pray for a movement of prayer to begin in our church, so that every member is invested and diligent to pray regularly with hope and expectation for our vision, leaders, ministries and one another.

BY MARK SUMMERS

A TIME TO REST

Pastor Bob

build my personal ministry around. I

and I had

will be spending my sabbatical time

lunch a of

praying, meditating and thinking about

couple

what direction the Lord wants me to

weeks

take in the next phase of my work with

a

o

mercy ministry when I return. The Mercy

g

he

Seminar has been rescheduled to mid-

asked me

November and I’m planning to teach

to consider

that, as it will coincide with the end of

and

taking

a

six

my sabbatical.

month sabbatical from the diaconate

In the meantime, Pastor Bob has

given the many demands I’ve been

asked Dan Beck to be our Interim Lead

under. That, plus the fact that Laurie

Deacon. He has agreed to take on this

and I had recently been having

responsibility. I will also be working with

discussions about the very same

our Administrative Assistant to Mercy

thing, seems to validate the Lord’s

Ministry, Tammy Hoyt, over the near

After serving for sixteen straight years,

hand in moving me to take this

term to ensure that our Mercy to the

exerting tremendous energy the past two

direction. I can tell you that not only

Cities work continues on course.

years getting Mercy to the Cities off the

was I relieved when Pastor Bob and

Thank you to all of you for your

ground, and engaging in the enormous

I met, but I am already feeling the

understanding and prayers for me during

demands of my company brought on by

beginnings of being refreshed by

my sabbatical. I’m looking forward to

its rapid growth over the past year, I will

being unburdened from the demands

this time of rest and regeneration. //RBC

be taking the next six months to rest,

of the diaconate for now.

spend more time with my wife, Laurie,

I do not see this at all as pulling

and meditate on where the Lord would

back from diaconal or mercy work

like for me to go next with both my

- I still strongly believe mercy work

personal and Redeemer ministry work.

is what the Lord has called me to JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM

13


pizza pizza PAGANO NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY STYLE

FUNDRAISER

Friday JUNE 20th & Saturday JUNE 21st ALL DONATIONS WILL GO TOWARDS REDEMPTION YOUTH CAMP THIS SUMMER. Place your order and get more details at: http://goo.gl/PfU0Il


YOUTH

ON THE MOVE BY DAVID MORSE

If you’ve been at Redeemer

for any length of time, you’ve

seen various things happening.

One of those things is growth. It is not a surprise when I tell you

that Redeemer Bible Church is

growing because you can see it-you can feel it as shoulders get closer to yours in the auditorium. Growth can be good, bad, or

both. American author Edward

Abbey said, “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the

seen both qualitative and quantitative

framework of youth ministry at Redeemer. We

cancer cell.” And so it is with

growth among our teenagers. The group

want to move Redemption deeper into the

the growth of a church. Growth

has expanded as friends and families

gospel by refining the vision and processes

for the sake of growth is of little

are added to RBC, and the heartfelt

that exist. By implementing these changes, we

value, but growth for the sake

experience of the gospel has been

hope to see our teenagers grow into gospel

of the gospel is of immense

delivered and eaten up. It seems that

pacesetters. As a leadership team, we are

value. Growth for the sake of the

Redemption is certainly accomplishing

excited to announce some of the changes that

gospel means that, hopefully,

the mission of the church to see “the

will be taking place for the upcoming 2014-

we are reaching people with

fruit of the gospel, for the good of the

2015 school year. And we think that you will be

the message of Christ’s love for

world” grown in our midst-- and that is

pumped to participate in seeing these things

them.

awesome!

come to fruition as well!

One

we

have

With growth comes change. It is an

growth

over

inevitable part of moving forward. As

CO-DIRECTING

the past two years has been in

we grow, we do not merely desire to

Given the current size of the youth group, and

Redemption, the youth ministry

make changes by making movements

the anticipation of more growth just around the

of RBC. Since the arrival of Gabe

aimlessly. Instead, we desire to move

bend, it’s become evident that Gabe needs an

and Rebekah Zepeda, we have

forward

extra set of hands to help accomplish the work

seen

area

where

incredible

by

refining

the

existing

JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM 15


The Redemption Youth Art Fundraiser last month was a huge success! Many talented artists participated in

of directing and leading this ministry.

the exhibit while

After being approached by Pastor Bob

others came as

with an offer to consider co-directing

enthusiasts to

youth, my wife Jaimee and I took some

appreciate the

time to pray and think about it. I’m now

art and enjoy

officially on board and Gabe and I are

fellowship in

really excited for the year ahead!

support of our youth.

CLASSES Sunday

been

be encouraged to get involved in the

Students will be encouraged to bring

Redemption’s primary meeting time for

morning

has

always

conversations, and all parents will be

non-Christian friends and to connect

worship through music and teaching.

welcomed to drop in. There will be

with friends in other RED Groups. It is

This will continue to be the case but will

food, fellowship, games, times for just

the hope of the youth leadership team

be taking on a slightly new appearance

hanging

and

that the communication and formulation

by dividing into Jr. and Sr. High for the

doing discipleship or outreach activities.

of all of these events will be done in such

teaching portion of Sunday mornings.

Students will be encouraged to bring

a way that allows parents to be more

Gabe will continue with the Sr. High

their friends. Leaders will be encouraged

well-informed and comfortable with the

and I will now be teaching the Jr. High

to get involved in their students’ lives: to

calendar and teenagers to have excited

curriculum. Our hope is that this minor

go to their sporting events, meet their

expectation for what’s to come. The next

tweak will help each and every teenager

families and friends, or to invite a few

thing on the docket: Summer Camp.

really grasp what he or she is learning on

kids after school to grab a slushie. We

Details soon!

Sunday mornings. During the summer,

are super excited about this change!

out,

praying

together,

the group will continue to meet on

Red Groups will meet September –

If we are going to see the fruit of

Sunday mornings with the Jr. and Sr.

May. We will be starting with five groups

the gospel nurtured for the good of

High combined.

and are actively seeking five homes that

the world, we need our teenagers to

would be willing to host weekly evening

become gospel pacesetters in their

meetings. If you are interested in serving

environments. We want our teenagers

RED GROUPS The

to

this way, or if you have any questions,

to genuinely experience Christ and as a

Redemption comes to our midweek

single

biggest

change

please contact me at davidmorse@

result move out in love towards others.

gathering. RED Groups will be replacing

redeemerbiblechurch.com.

We believe these steps, with your prayer

the large group Wednesday evening

and support, will help accomplish that

gathering at the church. The focus of

EVENTS

RED Groups will be on Relationships,

Several things will be on the event

As always, we want to be available to

Evangelism and Discipleship, providing

calendar each year, including a fall

you! So whether you are a parent of a

a small group environment to help form

and spring social, summer camp and a

Redemption teen, a part of the youth

deep friendships, apply the gospel and

hopefully a winter retreat! One of the

group, or considering Redeemer and

do life together. Think of Red Groups

new additions to the calendar is what we

have more questions about the youth

like super-charged Community Groups

are calling “RED 5.” Every month there’s

ministry or how you can assist us, please

with more adrenaline…and less gray

a fifth Wednesday, Redemption will

don’t hesitate to get in touch with Gabe

hair! They will be overseen by a youth

host a super dynamic, fun, high-energy

Zepeda

team leader and also led by a guy and

worship service at RBC for Grades 7-12.

com) or myself (davidmorse@redeemer-

girl from the youth. Host families will

It’ll look something like the current

biblechurch.com).

Wednesday night meeting with singing, games, and a brief evangelistic message – only this time, there will be food, too! 16

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014

purpose.

(gabe@redeemerbiblechurch. //RBC


TO OUR 2014 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING SENIORS! THESE STUDENTS, WHOSE FAMILIES ARE MEMBERS OF RBC, ARE RECEIVING THE BOOK “VALLEY OF VISION” (A BOOK OF PURITAN PRAYERS) AS A GIFT FROM REDEEMER IN HONOR OF THIS MILESTONE.

TOP TO BOTTOM JENNI BURR • ALLISON DECKERT NOAH GLENN ANDREA HEDSTROM • JACOB LYNN NICOLE LISKA • SARAH SULLIVAN ESTEBAN HUERTA* (NOT PICTURED)


18

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


TO BLESS & BE BLESSED KIDS’ CORNER

BY MELANIE LINK

MEMORY VERSE

1 Samuel 2:35 (ESV) // “And

I will raise up for myself a

Teaching Sunday School is a big responsibility

faithful priest, who shall do

and

a

according to what is in my

tremendous blessing! The time and energy

commitment,

yet

I

consider

it

heart and in my mind. And I

spent on preparing and teaching not only

will build him a sure house,

benefits the children, but it also benefits the

and he shall go in and out

teacher in many ways. Teaching regularly

before my anointed forever.”

gives me the opportunity to establish deeper relationships with the kids as well as connect

NURSERY PRAYER FOCUS

with families, fellow teachers, and shepherds I

Pray that the children will

may not have otherwise meet. I’m also able to

accept God’s lordship over

learn as I teach. Preparing lessons each week

them

requires me to dig deeper into God’s Word.

respect those He has placed

I was drawn to be a teacher and stay

and

that

they

will

in authority over them.

motivated to serve because of my Sunday School experiences as a child. The Bible and

KIDS’ MERCY UPDATE

the gospel were not taught in my home,

Greater

leaving Sunday School as my only source of

Nursery was so happy to

learning. My prayer is that the kids I teach do

receive our cards for moms in

hear of the love of Jesus at home. But, I teach

crisis. Here are a few pictures

as if they’re not, knowing there could be a

of their facility that can serve

child experiencing what I did. If you’ve ever

up to 18 children, ages 0-6

considered teaching but feel as if it’s pushing

years old, on any given day.

you out of your comfort zone, I encourage you

Our June mercy offering will

to pray for courage and jump right in. You’ll be

continue to go to the crisis

a blessing AND be blessed!

nursery.

Minneapolis

Crisis

//RBC

JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM 19


GOSPEL LIFE BLOG

MORE ENCOURAGING BLOG POSTS CAN BE FOUND AT REDEEMERBIBLECHURCH.COM/RESOURCES/BLOG Farewell Cranky Mom and Don’t Come Back // Gayle Glenn Whacked-Out in the Wilderness // Pastor Paul Freedom // Colleen Watson

JOY

BY REBECCA PEEL

W

e appreciate a good horse race in our family! It’s lots of fun to enjoy the Kentucky Derby each year with some festive traditions. We like the pomp and circumstance of the big race day, the

pretty dresses, luxurious hats and all the pageantry that goes along with the “most exciting two minutes in all of racing!” Ok, well maybe the big hats and dresses are more my thing, but we all like the anticipation leading up to the race and picking which horse we think will win. This year my daughter picked the winning horse and my son’s horse was way in the back. Once the race was over and the dust had settled, we all realized where we had fallen in the pack. Owen saw that he had lost and the tears began to flow, while Georgia realized she won and rejoiced and danced around, which resulted in louder and more passionate cries from Owen. As we comforted Owen and “high fived” Georgia, I felt so torn

MAJESTY & CRAZINESS BY PASTOR WARREN WATSON

I

s yours a small world? A few miles to work, a few to church. A few to get the kids to school, or dance or soccer. A few more to visit friends occasionally. Most of our lives are lived within a 25 mile radius of our home.

I’ve been thinking on the majesty of God of late. Like the

as a parent. Owen was hurting and we wanted to console him,

majesty described in Isaiah 40. Nations as a drop in a bucket,

as well as take the opportunity to teach him about losing. On

islands like fine dust, men and women like grass; here today,

the other hand Georgia had won and we wanted to celebrate

gone tomorrow. But God, he alone is greater than them all, he

with her, while also teaching her to be a “considerate winner.”

alone created them.

I could see myself in Owen, how I want to cry when I don’t get

When I think on God’s majesty, I feel small…. but in a good

my way, when I don’t win or succeed. I could also see myself so

way. This God of ours, so powerful, mighty and full of majesty,

clearly in Georgia, who was boasting in a win that she truly had

loves me….really loves me, on the small speck of land where I

nothing to do with, but that brought her joy and excitement,

live and love and struggle for the majority of my life.

even if it was fleeting.

When I meditate on this, many of my problems and my

It got me to thinking -- Where do I find my joy? Is it in Christ?

struggles begin to fade because a better perspective is gained.

No, not always and not nearly enough. I continually fail and

He was before me, is now, and will ever be. That’s majesty, and

bow down to false gods and idols in my life. It’s there that I find

that is AWESOME! And rather than treating me like a worthless

myself crying because the joy is fleeting. It’s only in the love of

speck of dust, especially a speck that has sinned against this

my Father that I know the joy is unceasing. It is joy in the truest

wonderful majesty, God has made himself small, like me and

of forms no matter what earthly circumstances are going on in

humbled himself, and died for my sin! That’s crazy! Like Francis

my life.

Chan says “That’s crazy love”.

//RBC

And think on this, when we believe this craziness, as in takeOur mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. - Psalm 126:2-3 20 MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014

it-into-our-heart belief, we get to enjoy his majesty for all of eternity...That’s just crazy, that’s just wonderfully crazy! //RBC


EXPERIENCE THE MOVEMENT OF GOSPEL LIFE IN A WHOLE NEW WAY. Introducing Momentum magazine digital edition. The complete issue is available every month on tablet or mobile. Read more at ISSUU.COM/REDEEMERBIBLECHURCH

CHURCH PICNIC JOIN US FOR FOOD, FUN + FELLOWSHIP DETAILS ON BACK COVER!

SUNDAY, JUNE 22ND FOLLOWING 11 AM SERVICE AT REDEEMER BIBLE CHURCH


DISCIPLESHIP

TAG YOUR I had a l w a y s wanted

to

be a part of some sort of discipleship and thought that

would

look

like

me

PICTURES!

being

in discipleship with an older woman; yet, discipleship is not limited to an older, wiser woman teaching a younger woman. It’s about sharing your life with another, letting her see you at your weakest and at your strongest. It’s about being real with one another and helping each other see we do not need to be Wonder Woman and always have it together. It’s more encouraging to women to see we are all a mess and knowing that’s okay because it helps us see our need to run to Jesus. I was asked to disciple Lydia Klein whom I had never met

#rbcmnlife

and it was a little scary. I was thinking, “I do not even know this woman. What if I screw her up?” Oh, how arrogant I was to think that I was more powerful than God. Needless to say it has been amazing! I have fallen so in love with this girl. She is such a beautiful picture of God’s grace and He has grown us both so much. I have seen the love for the gospel deepen within both of us through our life on life discipleship. If you have ever thought about being discipled or discipling someone else, do it! You will not regret it, and you will see how amazing our Father is and how He is at work in your life! It is glorious! //RBC IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRY PLEASE CONTACT: Women: Tammy Hoyt at tammy@redeemerbiblechurch.com Men: Mark Suchta at marksuchta@yahoo.com WANT TO SHARE? Have you been blessed by being in a discipleship relationship? Do you have a story of how the gospel has changed your life because of this connection? If so, we want to hear from you! Each month Momentum will be highlighting a life-on-life testimony from someone whose life has been impacted for the gospel by another. If you are interested in sharing your experience with the greater RBC family, please email Lorie Schnell at lorie@redeemerbiblechurch.com. 22

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014

FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM @RBCMNLIFE


Christian education that engages your mind, challenges your heart, and transforms the way you live.

RBC Distinctives Class July 16th // Register by July 13th Wed: 7:00 – 10:00 PM Local churches in a community are like the individual members of the body of Christ – full of wonderful diversity. This means that each church has its own set of distinctives. This course presents an overview of Redeemer’s vision, values, doctrine, mission, plan, and structure along with help for getting involved in the ministries of RBC.

Sign up today! Email: lsummers@redeemerbiblechurch.com.


OWNERSHIP & THE GOSPEL FINANCE REPORT

W

BY PASTOR PAUL BURR

hen I was at Ford Motor Co. we had a stock-

MAY 2014 - YTD

BY THE NUMBERS GENERAL GIVING FUND BASE FORECAST

EXPENSES GIVING

OPERATING EXPENSES | $ 729,723 GIVING | $ 625,038 FORECAST | $ 705,337

$ 104,685

savings program by which employees could buy into the company through the purchase of stock. In some ways it was putting all your eggs in one

basket, yet there is something healthy when you feel a sense of ownership

EXPANDING OUR GOSPEL VISION

in what you do. There is a big difference between ownership and renting. Think back on the apartments you have rented. When something went wrong did you fix

8.3 %

it? Did you paint the apartment? Probably not because you did not own the place. But when you buy a house or a condo, you necessarily buy into it – this is ownership. How do we inspire ownership at RBC? Not by programs, infomercials, or

91.7 %

high pressure tactics. We inspire people to the mission of God by lifting up Jesus. The bigger Jesus looks, the more inspiring His mission is to us. Think about Isaiah when he saw the King on heaven’s throne – he had ownership in the mission after that. This ownership in RBC includes many things: serving, caring for each other, and living out the one anothers of Scripture. It also includes giving, some kind of financial commitment, a willingness to set aside our wants to pursue Jesus’ kingdom. It is not a one-size-fits-all commitment, but a prayerful sense of ownership in the vision and mission of RBC. As we continue to grow and reach more people with the gospel, let’s ask each other, do we demonstrate ownership in our giving as a response to the grace Jesus has shown to us? To learn more or if you have comments, contact Pastor Paul at paulburr@ redeemerbiblechurch.com.

24

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014

//RBC

EXTRA COMMITMENTS | $ 41,427 // 1.9 % AWAITING | $ 180,888 // 8.3 % RECEIVED | $ 1,998,112 // 91.7 %


CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11... for 50–200 people. In larger churches, however, the internal groupings need to be smaller, because people are cared for by lay shepherds, each of whom can care for 10–20 people if given proper supervision and support. Thus in a larger church, the more small groups you have per 100 people in attendance, the better cared for people are and the faster the church grows. EMPHASIS ON VISION AND STRENGTHS The larger the church, the more it tends to concentrate on doing fewer things well. Smaller churches are generalists and feel the need to do everything. This comes from the power of the individual in a small church. If any member wants the church to address some issue, then the church makes an effort in order to please him or her. The larger church, however, identifies and concentrates on approximately three or four major things and works to do them extremely well, despite calls for new emphases. Further, the larger the church, the more a distinctive vision becomes important to its members. The reason for being in a smaller church is relationships. The reason for putting up with all the changes and difficulties of a larger church is to get mission done. People join a larger church because of the vision—so the particular mission needs to be clear. The larger the church, the more it develops its own mission outreach rather than supporting already existing programs. Smaller churches tend to support denominational mission causes and contribute to existing para-church ministries. Leaders and members of larger churches feel more personally accountable to God for the kingdom mandate and seek to either start their own mission ministries or to form partnerships in which there is more direct accountability of the mission agency to the church. Consequently, the larger the church, the more its lay leaders need to be screened for agreement on vision and philosophy of ministry, not simply for doctrinal and moral standards. In smaller churches, people are eligible for leadership on the basis of membership tenure and faithfulness. In larger churches, where a distinctive mission and vision are more important, it is important to enlist without apology leaders who share a common philosophy of ministry with the staff and other leaders.

SPECIFIC SIZE CATEGORIES HOUSE CHURCH: UP TO 40 ATTENDANCE CHARACTER + The house church is often called a “storefront church” in urban areas and a “country church” in rural areas. + It operates essentially as an extended small group. It is a highly relational church in which everyone knows everyone else intimately. + Lay leaders are extremely powerful and they emerge relationally—they are not appointed or elected. They are usually the people who have been at the church the longest and have devoted the most time and money to the work.

+ Decision making is democratic and informal and requires complete consensus. Decisions are made by informal relational process. If any member is unhappy with a course of action, it is not taken by the church. + Communication is by word of mouth, and information moves very swiftly through the whole membership. + The pastor is often a “tent-maker” and does church ministry part time, though once a church has at least ten families who tithe, it can support a full-time minister. The minister’s main job is shepherding, not leading or preaching. HOW IT GROWS House churches grow in the most organic possible way— through attraction to their warmth, relationships, and people. New people are simply invited and continue to come because they are befriended. There is no “program” of outreach. CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TO THE NEXT SIZE CATEGORY The house church, like any small group, gets to saturation rather quickly. Once it gets to 40+ people, the intense face-to-face relationships become impossible to maintain. It then faces a choice: either multiplying off another house-church or growing out of the “house-church dynamics” into the next size category, the small church. If it does not do either, evangelism becomes essentially impossible. The fellowship itself then can easily become ingrown and stagnant—somewhat stifling, sometimes legalistic. An ongoing problem for the stand-alone church of this size is the low quality of ministry to specific groups like children, youth, and singles. If it opts to multiply into another house church, the two (and eventually several) house churches can form an association and do things like youth ministry together. They can also meet for joint worship services periodically. If it opts to grow out of the house-church size into a small church, it needs to prepare its people to do this by acknowledging the losses of intimacy, spontaneity, and informality and agreeing to bear these as a cost of mission, of opening its ranks to new people. This has to be a consensus group decision, to honor the dynamics of the house church even as it opts to change those dynamics. SMALL CHURCH: 40–200 ATTENDANCE CHARACTER + The range of this category goes from churches that are barely out of the house-church stage up to churches that are ready for multiple staff. But they all share the same basic characteristics. + While the relational dynamics are now less intense, there is still a strong expectation that every member must have a face-to-face relationship with every other member. + And while there are now appointed and elected leaders, the informal leadership system remains extremely strong. There are several laypeople—regardless of their official status—who are “opinion leaders.” If they don’t approve of new measures the rest of the members will not support the changes. JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM 25


+ Communication is still informal, mostly word of mouth, and relatively swift. + The pastor is still primarily a shepherd. While in a larger

• As a general rule, multiplying options generate a growth spurt. The single best way to increase attendance is to multiply Sunday services. Two services will immediately

church people will let you pastor them if you are a good

draw more people than one service did. Four Sunday

preacher, in a smaller church the reverse is true: people will

school electives will generally draw more people than

listen to your sermons if you are a good pastor.

two Sunday school electives. Why? Because when you

+ Effective, loving shepherding of every member is the driving force of ministry—not leadership or even speaking

give people more options, more people opt! + Second change—a willingness to pay the cost of an

ability. A pastor who says, “I shouldn’t have to shepherd

additional primary ministry staff person.

every member, I’ve delegated that to my elders or small

• It is a sociological fact that a full-time minister cannot

group leaders,” is trying to practice large-church dynamics

personally shepherd more than about 150–200

in a small-church environment.

people. At some point any pastor will lose the ability

+ However, as the congregation grows the pastor of a small church will feel more and more need for administrative leadership skills. Small churches do not require much in the

to personally visit, stay in touch, and be reasonably available to all the people of a growing congregation. • The minister’s span of pastoral care can be stretched with

way of vision casting or strategizing, but they do eventually

part-time or full-time specialty or administrative staff,

present a need for program planning, mobilization of

such as children’s workers, secretaries, administrators,

volunteers, and other administrative tasks.

and musicians,. There are variations to this figure

+ Changes are still processed relationally and informally by

depending on the minister’s personality and energy

the whole congregation, not just the leaders. But since the

level and the local culture. For example, a more white-

congregation is larger, decisions take a longer time than

collar community tends to demand far more specialized

in either the house church or the medium-sized church.

programs than does a working-class community, and

Ultimately, however, change in a small church happens

therefore you may find in such a place that you need

from the bottom up through key lay leaders. No major

a full-time ministry staff person for every 100–150 in

changes can be made unless you get at least one of these

attendance.

people to be an ally and an advocate for them.

• Eventually that second ministry staff person must be hired. This is commonly another ordained pastor, but

HOW IT GROWS Like house churches, small churches grow through newcomers’

it could be a layperson who is a counselor, overseer of small groups, or supervisor of programs who does a

attraction to the relationships in the congregation. However,

lot of shepherding work and teaching. It is important

in the small church it can also be a personal relationship to

to be sure that this second person really can grow the

the pastor that is the primary attraction for a new person. The

church and, practically speaking, grow the giving that

pastor can begin two or three new ministries, classes, or groups,

will pay his or her salary. So, for example, it may not be

as long as he has secured the backing or participation of one

best to have the second ministry staff person be a youth

key informal leader. Together they can begin a new activity that

minister; it would be better to hire a small group minister

will bring many new people into the church.

or a minister of evangelism and outreach. Or, if the senior minister is excellent at outreach, the second staff worker

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TO THE NEXT SIZE CATEGORY This church may eventually face the famous “200 barrier.” To make room for more than 200 people in a church takes a significant commitment to some or all of the following changes. + First change—multiplication options. • There must be a willingness to question the unwritten policy that every voting member should have a face-toface relationship with every other member. • When a church gets to the place where the older members begin to realize that there are members whom

of the first minister and works on the church’s internal growth. Initial staffing must be for growth. • The tension that often arises in a church this size is that the church is big enough that the pastor begins to feel burned out but is not yet big enough to financially support a second minister. + Third change—a willingness to let power shift away from the laity and even lay leaders to the staff. • As you get to this size barrier, the old approach to

they barely know or don’t know at all, the complaint

decision making, which required that everyone to come

may be voiced in a tone of moral authority: “This church

to a consensus, becomes far too slow and unwieldy. In

is getting too big.” Another form of this complaint is

the consensus model of decision making, it is considered

that the church is getting “impersonal.” Essentially, this

impossible to proceed with a change if any member is

attitude must change if newcomers are to be welcomed.

strongly opposed, especially if it appears that the change

• Often the key change that a congregation must allow is a move to multiplying options such as more than one

26

could be a pastor/counselor who complements the gifts

would actually result in some people’s leaving the church. • As a church nears the 200 barrier, there is almost always

Sunday service, or putting more emphasis on small group

someone who experiences the concomitant changes as a

ministry than on having one unified corporate prayer

loss. Therefore no changes will ever occur unless many of

meeting.

the decisions that used to involve the whole membership

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


now shift to the leaders and staff. But it is not just that

MEDIUM-SIZED CHURCH, 200–450 ATTENDANCE

the laity must cede power to the leaders. Long-time lay

CHARACTER

leaders must also cede power to the staff and volunteer leaders. • In a smaller church the lay leaders often know more

+ In smaller churches, each member is acquainted with the entire membership of the church. The primary circle of belonging is the church as a whole. But in the medium-

about the members than the pastor does. The lay leaders

sized church, the primary circle of belonging is usually

have been there longer and thus have more knowledge

a specific affinity class or program. Men’s and women’s

of the past, more trust from the members, and more

ministries, the choir, the couples’ class, the evening worship

knowledge of the members’ abilities, capacities, interests,

team, the local prison ministry, the meals-on-wheels

and opinions.

ministry—all of these are possible circles of belonging

• Once a church gets beyond 200, however, the staff tends to know more about the church members than the lay leaders do, and increasingly the new members in

that make the church fly. Each of these subgroups is approximately the size of the house church, 10–40 people. + Leadership functions differently in the medium-sized

particular take their cues from the pastor(s) rather than

church.

from the lay leaders.

• First, since the medium-sized church has far more

• The lay officers’ board or elders will no longer be able to sign off on absolutely everything and will have to let the staff and individual volunteer leaders make many decisions on their own. + Fourth change—a willingness to become more formal and deliberate in assimilation and communication. • For a church to move beyond this barrier it can no longer assume that communication and the assimilation of

complexity, the leaders must represent the various constituencies in the church (e.g., the older people, the young families). • Second, there is too much work to be handled by a small board. There are now influential leadership teams or committees, such as the missions committee or the music/worship committee, that have significant power. • Third, because of the two factors above, leaders begin

newcomers will happen “naturally,” without any planning.

to be chosen less on the basis of length of tenure and

Communication will have to become more deliberate

strength of personality and more on the basis of skills

instead of by word of mouth alone. Newcomers will have to be folded in more intentionally. For example,

and giftedness. • Fourth, the role of the lay officers or board begins to

every new family could be assigned a “sponsor” for six

change. In the smaller church, the officers basically

months—a member family who invites the new family

oversee the pastor and staff, giving or withholding

over to their home, brings them to a new members’ class,

permission for various proposals. The pastor and staff

and so on.

then do the ministry. In the medium-sized church, the

+ Fifth change—the ability and willingness of both the

officers begin to do more of the ministry themselves,

pastor and the people for the pastor to do shepherding a

in partnership with the staff. Volunteer ministry leaders

bit less and leading a bit more.

often rise up and become the decision-making leaders.

• The next-size church requires a bit more vision casting

Chairs of influential committees sit on the official board.

and strategizing and a lot more administrative know-

+ As noted above, the senior minister shifts somewhat from

how. The pastor of the medium-sized church will have

being a shepherd toward becoming a “rancher.” Rather

to spend much more time recruiting and supervising

than doing all of the ministry himself, he becomes a trainer

volunteers and programs to do ministry that in the

and organizer of laypeople doing ministry. He also must be

smaller church he would have done himself. This takes

adept at training, supporting, and supervising ministry and

administrative skills of planning, delegating, supervising,

administrative staff. At the medium-sized church level, this

and organizing. • In this next-size church the pastor is simply less available

requires significant administrative skills. + While in the smaller church change and decisions come

and accessible to every member. Even with the hiring of

from the bottom up through key laypeople, in the medium-

additional ministry staff, every member will not be able

sized church change happens through key committees

to have the same access to the senior pastor as he or she

and teams. Ordinarily the official board or session in the

did before. Both the people and the senior minister need

medium-sized church is inherently conservative. They

to acknowledge and accept this cost.

feel very responsible and do not want to offend any

+ Sixth change—considering the option of moving to a new

constituents they believe they represent. Therefore change

space and facilities.

is usually driven by forward-thinking committees such as

• Will such a move be crucial to breaking the next growth

the missions committee or the evangelism committee.

barrier? Sometimes, but not usually. Usually what is

These can be very effective in persuading the congregation

needed is planning multiple worship services, staffing

to try new things.

for growth, and adjusting attitudes and expectations in preparation for a new size culture.

HOW IT GROWS As noted earlier, smaller churches grow mainly through pastor-initiated groups, classes, and ministries. The mediumJUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM 27


sized church will also grow as it multiplies classes, groups,

+ In the small church, the board gave or withheld permission

services, and ministries, but the key to medium-sized growth is

to the pastor(s), who did the ministry. In the medium-sized

improving the quality of the ministries and their effectiveness to

church, the board is made up of lay leaders and committee

meet real needs. The small church can accommodate amateurish

chairs who share the ministry work with the pastors and

quality because the key attraction is its intimacy and family-

staff. But in the large church, the board must work with

like warmth. But the medium-sized church’s ministries must

the senior minister to set overall vision and goals and then

be different. Classes really must be great learning experiences.

to evaluate the overall ministry. Unlike the small church

Music must meet aesthetic needs. Preaching must inform and

board, they don’t oversee all the staff—they let the senior

inspire.

minister do that. Unlike the medium church board, they may not necessarily be the lay leaders of ministry. Instead

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TO THE NEXT SIZE CATEGORY I have said that the small church crosses the 200 barrier

they oversee how the church and ministries are doing as a whole.

through (1) multiplying options, (2) going to multiple staff,

+ In the large church, the roles of individual staff members

(3) shifting decision-making power away from the whole

become increasingly specialized, and that also goes for

membership, (4) becoming more formal and deliberate in

the role of the senior minister. He must concentrate more

assimilation, and (5) moving the pastor away from shepherding

and more on (a) preaching and (b) vision casting and

everyone to being more of an organizer/administrator. You can

strategizing. He must let go of many or most administrative

grow beyond 200 without making all of these five changes; in fact, most churches do. Often churches grow past 200 while

tasks; otherwise he becomes a bottleneck. + While in the small church change and decisions happen

holding on to one or more of the smaller-church attitudes. For

from the bottom up through powerful lay individuals, and

example, if the senior minister is multi-gifted and energetic, he

in the medium-sized church they come from the boards

can take care of the organizational/administrative work and

and committees, in the large church they happen “top

still have time to visit every member of his church. Or perhaps

down” from staff and key lay leaders.

new staff persons are added but the decision-making is still done on a whole-congregation consensus model. But to break

HOW IT GROWS

400, you must firmly break the old habits in all five areas. As for

The small church grows mainly through new groups, classes,

the sixth change—moving to new space and facilities—this is

and ministries initiated by the pastor, sometimes with the help

usually needed for a medium-sized church to break the growth

of an ally. I call this the “backyard approach,” since it grows

barrier, but not always.

from informal new fellowship circles. The medium-sized church grows mainly through ministries that effectively target “felt

LARGE CHURCH, 400–800 ATTENDANCE

needs” of various groups such as youth, seniors, young married

CHARACTER

couples, and “seekers.” I call this the “side-door approach,”

+ We have seen that in the small church, the primary circle of

since it brings in various people groups from your city or

belonging is the entire church body. In the medium-sized

neighborhood by addressing their felt needs. The large church,

church, the primary circle is the affinity class or ministry

however, grows through a “front-door” approach. The key to its

group, which is usually 10–40 in size. However, in the large

growth is what happens in the worship services— the quality of

church the primary circle of belonging becomes the small

the preaching, the transcendence of the worship experience,

group fellowship. This is different from the affinity class or

and so on.

ministry in the following ways: • It is usually smaller—as small as 4 and no bigger than 15. • It is more of a “miniature church” than is the affinity class or ministry. Affinity classes or ministries are specialty programs, focusing only on learning or worship music

The same five changes mentioned before need to be taken to the next level. + First change—multiplying options. Up to the “800 barrier,”

or ministry to the poor and so on. The small group

churches can still get away with having a mediocre or

fellowship does Bible study, fellowship, worship, and

poor small-group system. The people may still be getting

ministry.

shepherded mainly through larger programs, affinity

+ Leadership also functions differently in the large church. In

classes, and groups that are run by staff people directly.

the small church, leaders were selected for their tenure; in

But if God keeps sending you new people, so that you are

the medium-sized church, for their skills and maturity. Both

bumping up against the 800 barrier, you must have the

of these are still very desirable! But in the large church,

majority of your members and adherents in small groups

these qualities must be combined with a commitment

that are very well run and that do pastoral care, not just

to the church’s distinct vision and mission. The larger

Bible study. Multiple services were more important when

the church becomes, the more it develops certain key

addressing the 200 or 400 barrier, but small group life is

ministries and strengths that it emphasizes, and the common vision is an important reason that members join.

28

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TO THE NEXT SIZE CATEGORY

the key to navigating this change. + Second change—multiplying staff. Up to the “800

So leaders need to be screened for vision as well as other

barrier” churches can still get away with a small staff of

qualifications.

generalists, but after the 800 barrier there must be much

MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


more specialization. Staff members must be increasingly

+ The very large church also has greater potential for

gifted, and not simply workers, nor even leaders of

developing certain qualities and ministries:

workers, but leaders of leaders. They must be fairly mature,

• Being multicultural. A larger staff can be multi-

independent, and able to attract and supervise others.

ethnic (while a single staff/pastor usually cannot). A

+ Third change—shifting decision-making power. Up to

larger church with multiple services, classes, or even

the “800 barrier,” decision-making power was becoming

“congregations” can encompass a greater variety of

more centralized—migrating from the periphery (the whole

interests and sensibilities.

membership or the whole lay board) to the center (the

• Creating a full-service family support system. Families

staff and eventually the senior staff). Now the decision-

often need a variety of classes or groups for children

making power must become more decen¬tralized—

in different age groups as well as counseling services,

migrating out away from the senior staff and pastor to the

recreational opportunities, and so on. Larger churches

individual staff and their leadership teams. As noted above, the staff must become increasingly competent and must

often attract families for that reason. • Doing church planting. Larger churches, in general, are

be given more authority to make decisions in their area

better at church planting than are either denomi¬national

without having to run everything through the senior staff

agencies or smaller churches.1

or lay board. + Fourth change—becoming more formal and deliberate in assimilation. Assimilation, discipline, and incorporation of newcomers must become even more well organized, highly detailed, and supervised. + Fifth—adapting the senior pastor’s role. The pastor

• Carrying out faith-based holistic ministries. Larger churches have a bigger pool of volunteers, finances, and expertise for carrying these out. • “Research and development” for the broader church. Again, the larger church is usually a good place for new curriculum, ministry structures, and the like to be

becomes even less accessible to do individual shepherding

formulated and tested. These can all be done more

and concentrates even more on preaching, large group

effectively by a large church than by denominations,

teaching, vision casting, and strategizing.

smaller churches, or parachurch ministries.

THE VERY LARGE CHURCH CHARACTER + The very large church has a missional focus. In general, smaller churches give members a greater voice (see below), and thus the concerns and interests of members and insiders tend to trump those of outsiders. On the other hand, the larger church gives the staff and executive leaders a greater voice. The more staff-driven a church is,

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS FOR PASTORAL LEADERSHIP MISTAKES IS BLINDNESS TO THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHURCH SIZE.

the more likely it is to concentrate on ministries that will reach nonmembers and that don’t directly benefit its own constituents—that is, church planting, mercy and justice ministries, and other new services and programs. + The very large church has several traits that attract seekers

+ Of course the very large church has disadvantages as well: • Commuting longer distances can undermine mission. Very large churches can become famous and attract

and young adults in particular:

Christians from longer and longer distances, who cannot

• Excellence. Those with no obligation to go to church

bring non-Christians from their neighborhoods. Soon the

based on kinship, tradition, ethnicity, or local history are

congregation doesn’t look like the neighborhood and

more likely to attend where the quality of arts, teaching,

can’t reach its own geographic community. However, this

children’s programs, and so on is very high.

is somewhat offset by the mission advantages and can

• Choices. Contemporary people are used to having options when it comes to the schedule or type of worship, learning, support services, and the like. • Openness to change. Generally, newcomers and younger

be further offset by (a) church planting and (b) staying relentlessly oriented toward evangelism and outreach. • Commuting longer distances undermines community/ fellowship and discipleship. Christians coming from

people have a much greater tolerance for the constant

longer distances are less likely to be discipled and

changes and fluidity of a large church, while older

plugged in to real Christian community. The person you

people, long-term members, and families are more

meet in a Sunday service is less and less likely to be

desirous of stability.

someone who lives near you, so natural connections and

• Low pressure. Seekers are glad to come into a church and not have their presence noticed immediately. The great majority of inquirers and seekers are grateful for the ease with which they can visit a large church without

friendships do not develop. This can be somewhat offset by an effective small-group system that unites people by interest or region. • Diminished communication and involvement. “A common

immediately feeling pressured to make a decision or join

pattern is for a large church to outgrow its internal

a group.

communication system and plateau . . . as many people JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM 29


feel a loss of the sense of belonging, and eventually [it declines] numerically.”2 People are no longer sure whom to talk to about things: in a smaller church, the staff and

A FEW MORE SUGGESTIONS REGARDING VERY LARGE CHURCHES BE NONJUDGMENTAL

elders know everything, but in a very large church, a

A common problem in churches is that people attach a moral

given staff member may know nothing at all about what

significance to their ideal size culture. They don’t see a large-

is going on outside his or her ministry. The long list of

church size culture as “different” but as “bad.” For example,

staff and ministries is overwhelming. No one feels they

some members may feel that a very large church is an

can get information quickly; no one feels they know how

“unfriendly” or “uncaring” church because they can’t get the

to begin to get involved. This can be offset by continually

senior pastor on the phone personally. However, if everyone in

upgrading your communication system. This becomes

a church of 3,000 could get the pastor on the phone anytime

extraordinarily important in a very large congregation. • Displacement. People who joined when the church was

they wanted, it would not lead to a more caring church at all. He could not possibly respond to all their needs. (On the other

smaller may feel a great sense of loss and may have

hand, if a pastor in a church of 150 can never be gotten on the

trouble adjusting to the new size culture. Many of them

phone, he is imposing a larger size culture in a smaller church,

will mourn the loss of feeling personally connected to

and that will lead to disaster.)

events, decision making, and the head pastor. Some

Because a very large church is marked by change, the

of these “old-timers” will sadly leave, and their leaving

overall vision may stay the same, but few or no programs

will sadden those who remain in the church. This can

or practices are sacrosanct. Because it is complex, it is not

be offset by giving old-timers extra deference and

immediately obvious whom to talk to or who needs to be in

consideration, understanding the changes they’ve been

on a given decision; many new events may have unforeseen

through, and not making them feel guilty for wanting

consequences for other programs. Because there is a need for

a different or smaller church. Fortunately, this problem

greater formality, plans have to be written down and carefully

eventually lessens! People who joined a church when it

executed, rather than worked out face to face and relationally.

had 1,500 members will find that not much has changed

In a very large church, all of these traits must be considered

when it reaches 4,000.

the inevitable cost of ministry. There should be little hand-

• Complexity, change, and formality. Largeness brings

wringing and no moral significance attached to these traits

(a) complexity instead of simplicity, (b) change instead

(calling change “instability,” formality “being impersonal,” etc.).

of predictability, and (c) the need for formal rather than

Different cultures are just that—different, not inferior.

informal communication and decision making. However, many long-time Christians and families value simplicity,

FORM SMALLER DECISION-MAKING BODIES

predictability, and informality, and even see them as

In general, the larger the church, the fewer people should be

more valuable from a spiritual standpoint. The larger

in on each decision. Why? The larger the church, the more

the church, the more the former three factors grow, and

diversity of views. If the older processes are followed, decisions

many people simply won’t stand for them.

take longer and longer to be made, and they result in watered-

• Succession. The bigger a church, the more the church is

down compromises. As a church gets larger it must entrust

identified with the senior pastor. Why? (a) He becomes

decision making to fewer and fewer people just to maintain the

the only identifiable leader among a large number of

same level of progress, decisiveness, and intentionality it had

staff and leaders of whom the average member cannot

when it was smaller. Many Christians consider the size culture

keep track. (b) Churches don’t grow large without a

of a very large church to be by definition undemocratic or

leader who is unusually good in articulating vision. This

unaccountable. This is one reason that many churches never

articulation then becomes the key to the whole church.

get very large, or shrink again once they do.

That kind of giftedness is distinctive and is much less replaceable even than good preaching. This leads to the

ALLOW THE DECENTRALIZATION OF POWER

Achilles’ heel of the church—continuity and succession.

Another mark of a very large church, especially once it surpasses

How does the pastor retire without people feeling the

about 1,800 members, is that the “hub and spokes” structure,

church has died? One plan is to divide the church with

in which the senior pastor serves as the captain or “hub” and

each new site having its own senior pastor. Lyle Schaller

his staff are the “spokes,” becomes obsolete. Instead of being

believes, however, that the successors need to be people

a team under the senior pastor, the staff becomes a team of

who have been on staff for a good while, not outsiders.

teams. The power of directors and clusters of directors grows greatly. The church has become too complex for the senior

HOW IT GROWS

pastor to supervise directors closely, and power is shifted to

Basically, a very large church continues to grow only if the

specific departments. This has two consequences. On the one

advantages described are exploited while the disad-vantages

hand, it means that staff leaders have more decision-making

described are resisted and minimized.

power for their own area. Other staff directors and even the senior pastor have less information and ability to second-guess them or interfere. This happens increasingly as a church gets

30 MOMENTUM // JUNE 2014


larger. On the other hand, it means staff cannot expect to

of trying to do it all will lead to burnout. The senior pastor, the

receive as much mentoring, instruction, and rescuing from the

staff and ministry leaders, and the congregation must allow this

executive staff as they did when the church was smaller.

transition to happen.

BRING ON MORE SPECIALIZED, COMPETENT STAFF

BUILD TRUST

WORKERS WHO UNDERSTAND THE VISION

Schaller shows that the very large church is more accessible

Studies show that churches of fewer than 800 members are

and capable of reaching young people, single people, the

staffed primarily with seminary-trained ministers, but the larger a

unchurched, and seekers than smaller churches are. He then

church gets, the fewer trained ministers are on staff. Why is this?

poses a question: If the need for very large churches is so great,

First, the larger church needs specialists in counseling, music,

why are there so few? Why don’t more churches (a) allow the

finance, social work, and childhood development— whereas

senior pastor to become less accessible, (b) allow the staff to

seminaries train generalists. Very large churches do not need

have more power than the board, (c) allow a small body of

theologically trained people to learn a specialty so much as

executive staff to have more decision-making power than the

they need specialists who can be theologically trained.

larger staff or congregation, or (d) allow directors more power

Second, the very large church cannot afford to bring on a

to hire competent workers and release generalists? His main

newcomer with a steep learning curve as director of a large

answer is that the key to the very large church culture is trust.

ministry. In a church of 500, you may have a youth ministry of

In smaller churches, suspicious people are much happier. Every

30 kids, so you can hire a young person out of seminary to be

decision goes through a process of consensus that is accessible

the youth pastor. But in a very large church there may be 300

to any member. Any minority that is unhappy with something

youth—so the staff director has to be very competent from the

can block it. The larger the church gets, however, the more and

start. The larger a church gets, the more competent the staff

more the congregation has to trust the staff, and especially the

needs to be. The call to the staff changes from “Do what I tell

senior pastor. Though the staff (and the senior pastor) must do

you” to “Go out and make things happen.” Resourcefulness and

everything they can to be open to criticism, to be relationally

creativity become more and more important. The staff often

available, and to communicate with people in a way that makes

need to be able to inspire followers and to find creative ways

them feel included and informed, ultimately a very large church

to bring something out of nothing. They must move from being

runs on trust.

leaders to being leaders of leaders. Third, the larger the church gets, the more distinctive its vision is. It has a highly honed and carefully balanced set of emphases and styles—its own “voice.” People who are trained theologically before coming to staff inevitably come in with attitudes and assumptions that are at variance with the church’s vision. They may also feel superior to other staff people who are not theologically trained or may underestimate their own ignorance of the church’s specific context. The larger the church, then, the more important it is to raise and train leaders from within. This means that staff coming from outside need thorough training in the very large church’s history, values, culture, and so on, and staff coming from within should be supported heavily for continued theological education. CHANGE THE SENIOR PASTOR’S ROLE A very key and very visible part of the large size culture is the changed role of the senior pastor. As stated earlier, in a very large church the preacher cannot be the people’s pastor. The senior pastor must move from an emphasis on doing the work of ministry (teaching, pastoring, administering) to

FOOTNOTES:

delegating this work so that he can concentrate on vision

1

casting and general preaching. Many churches and ministers

redeemercitytocity.com, for a more in-depth discussion of

never allow this to happen; indeed they believe it is wrong to

church planting.

make such a shift. While the senior pastor must not become

2

a CEO and stop doing traditional ministry altogether, he must

2000), 174.

See Timothy Keller, “Why Plant Churches?” (2002),

Lyle Schaller, The Very Large Church (Nashville: Abingdon,

not try to do pastoral care or provide oversight for the church at large either. That responsibility must go to others. This is

Copyright © 2006 by Timothy Keller, © 2010 by Redeemer

undoubtedly difficult; the senior pastor will have to live with

City to City. This article first appeared in The Movement

guilt feelings over it all the time. It’s a burden he must be willing

Newsletter, and was reprinted in the Spring 2008 edition of

to bear, with the help of the gospel. Otherwise the pressures

Cutting Edge magazine, Vineyard USA. JUNE 2014 \\ MOMENTUM

31


Sunday TODAY!!!

Fri & Sat JUNE 20 - 21ST

THE LORD’S TABLE

A-F pasta salad/lettuce salad

Sunday JUNE 22ND

G-M chips/fruit

CHURCH PICNIC

6 PM | WORSHIP CENTER

PIZZA PIZZA FUNDRAISER

Join us this evening as we

7-10 PM, 9 AM - 12 PM |

BUILDING GROUNDS

ACTIVITIES: There will be

celebrate Christ’s work

FELLOWSHIP HALL

Don’t miss out on this annual

games and activities for the

on our behalf through

Mark your calendars, spread

RBC tradition! Come enjoy a

whole family! Face paintings,

communion. There will be

the word, and come let

time to fellowship, play, and

Frizbee, tic tac toe, croquet,

several baptisms and we

your taste buds dance upon

fill up on some BBQ with

volleyball, a dunk tank and

will be taking our monthly

devouring a Pagano & Pullis

your church family. Bring a

so much more!

Mercy offering. Don’t forget

signature NJ/NY style pizza!

dish to share based on your

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

to stick around for a time of

Like the art show last month,

last name, chairs or blankets

Please keep your cars parked

fellowship and sweet treats

all proceeds will help offset

to sit on and join us after the

in the church parking lot

afterward!

the cost of summer camp for

2nd service.

and bring chairs or picnic

FOOD: RBC will provide

blankets and a cooler if you

hamburgers & hot dogs as

want. We are also looking

well as water & lemonade.

for volunteers to help with

Please bring the following

grilling, setting up tables

based on the first letter of

and other activities as well

your last name:

as clean-up. Please contact

12:30 PM | MINISTRIES

our youth. Place your order and get more details at: http://goo.gl/PfU0Il.

N-S veggie/side dish T-Z dessert.

lynnspal@comcast.net to volunteer.

JUNE SUN

1

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

SAT

2

3

4

5

6

7

9

10

11

12

13

14

16

17

18

19

20

21

GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM THE LORD’S TABLE | 6:00 PM

8 GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM

15

YOUTH // PIZZA PIZZA FUNDRAISER Friday TOGO, Saturday DINE IN. Visit: http://goo.gl/PfU0Il for more details.

GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM (Including the Lord’s Table) REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

30

1

2

3

4

5

GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM CHURCH PICNIC | @ Redeemer Following 11am Service

29 GATHERED WORSHIP | 9 & 11 AM REDEMPTION | Youth SS 9 AM

Momentum | June 2014  

Experience the Movement of Gospel Life at Redeemer.

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you