CHURCH LIFE

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COMMUNITY GROUPS

What matters most in life are relationships. And that is what the church is all about: Relationship – with God and with one another. While some churches have community groups, Redeemer is our network of Community Groups. Community Groups are the front-line of pastoral care at Redeemer. They are also the place where new members become part of the family, and where we encourage accountability and discipleship, develop leaders, identity people’s gifts and provide service and ministry opportunities.

Growth happens in our lives through intentional Christian community; when we speak the truth in love to one another, when lives are joined to lives. Gatherings of six to twelve people who meet in apartments and homes during the week, in Community Groups a primary Christian community is developed and fostered. People are nurtured, equipped and released for God's work in the world. These groups also provide an opportunity for deeper friendships, mutual support, practical love and service, learning about the Christian faith, prayer, and sharing of what God is doing in our midst. All groups are led by trained members of the Redeemer congregation who are given continued oversight and support. It is our hope that every Redeemer member and attender will find their place in a Community Group.

For details on our groups, see our Community Group Directory. For questions, email our Director of Community Groups (john@redeemerredmond.org).


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Children's Sunday School

“Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” – Mark 10:14-15

There are no second class citizens in God’s kingdom. Jesus values children and they are always welcome in His presence. He does not judge based on status or power, He looks at the heart. And Jesus loves the open, honest, eager hearts of children.

Following Jesus, Redeemer Redmond welcomes children as a part of our congregation and values them as people made in God’s image with great capacities to bring glory to God. As they learn and grow in God’s word, we invite them to trust and love God as their Heavenly Father, we nurture them in loving community, and we train them in the truth of the Bible in age appropriate ways.

Redeemer’s Sunday School ministry is the way we partner with families to share the grace of Jesus with children. As a young church, we have many young families with children. And there are many more in our community - over 5000 enrolled in elementary schools in the Redmond area. Many of these children and their families are in need of the hope of God’s love. These young people have great potential to change the city, and the world, for Christ.


Sunday School class information

  • Kindergarten to 5th Grade
  • 9:15-10:15 on Sundays
  • September – May

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Youth Group

Redeemer is passionate about reaching young people with the grace of Jesus Christ. We want teens to understand all that God has done for them in Jesus and not carry around a burden of working hard, trying to measure up to make God pleased with them. God IS already pleased with them because of who they are in Jesus. Knowing that changes everything.

Jesus’ transforming grace in a teen’s life grows their desire for God’s word - to know it, and to make it real in their own lives. His grace matures and gives perspective, strengthening relationships in the family and the church. It gives the confidence to reach out to others in His name and with His love.

Redeemer knows that parents make the biggest impact on their kids. Even in the teen years, the most influential teaching and coaching happens at home. Because of that, we always want to encourage families to see themselves as the primary disciplers of their children. Our youth events and activities will take a low-key approach; we are here to support you.

That support is evident in the commitment that the Redeemer family makes to every teen who comes through our doors.

  • Before services on Sundays, there’s a class just for youth (Grades 6-12), where teens hear Bible teaching and get guidance and instruction that is practical and relevant to their lives.
  • We invite youth to join the life and ministry of our church by participating in Community Groups and serving on ministry teams.
  • We sponsor fun monthly activities that are great for inviting friends, like going to a snow park or playing bubble soccer with another youth group.
  • We give our teens the chance to serve the community as a group through outreach adventures, as well as an annual missions trip where our youth experience a different culture and grow in their ability to share the love of Christ in word and deed with others.

These are important years, and Redeemer wants to help families equip and motivate our youth to be ministers of the gospel, secure in His love and grace, ready and eager to do His kingdom work.


ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Redeemer’s Adult Discipleship Program is based on the Scriptural pattern that Jesus used in order to evangelize, establish, and equip His followers so that they may be leaders in sharing the kingdom of God with others. Therefore, Redeemer has established four “foundational classes” that we believe are necessary for spiritual growth in all believers. We also provide a selection of spiritual growth opportunities called “gospel intensives” that are taught by a mentor-teacher.

These are offered during Sunday School.


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Identity Mapping Ministry

Identity Mapping is a discipleship path that enables Christians to fulfill their life calling because they are convinced that God delights in them. Through a two hour listening session with an Identity Mapping leader, one-on-one sessions with coaches, and Bible studies and quarterly dinners, small groups of men and women learn how they are equipped to uniquely reflect God’s glory to the world. Identity Mapping is different from other spiritual formation approaches in its holistic approach to Christian discipleship: it is intensely personal and intentionally communal; it is deeply reflective and thoroughly practical. By year’s end each participant has looked deeply at his or her unique design within the context and with the support of Christian community. And each participant has recognized the centrality of the gospel and biblical theology in understanding his or her identity and the life-giving roles and responsibilities God has given him or her.

Past class participants describe the ID cohort experience like this:

"Identity Mapping is a multifaceted course purposed to help individuals discover the wonder of their own individuality.  Personal interview, class time, private coaching sessions and small group discussion integrate to help people of all backgrounds learn what makes each of them unique.  The fusion of text, personal interview and classroom teaching drives biblical truths home and causes a holy wrestle with new thoughts that are maturing and faith building.  Classroom conversations and dinners add to the discovery as well.  Speaking, naming, listening, reflecting - all integral to the process. 

"It has been a very beneficial tool for me -- helping unlock and reveal self to self as created by God.  I have been challenged to LOOK at ME in the context of ME as I interact with ME in my private world.  How empowering and staggering to realize that no one but me is in this particular spot.  No one else can have jurisdiction over this magical, mysterious space inside my skin.  No one can be me, but me.  No one can reflect God like me, but me.  No one can have the relationship with God that I have, but ME. Whether a believer or not, young or old, delving into this space is like stepping on holy ground.  The space of particularity where God and man intersect is sacred." - Amy

"Identity Mapping is a year-long journey of discovering yourself more fully as God’s workmanship.  Its combination of guided discovery, study, self-evaluation, community interaction, and personal coaching enables deep growth and change.  Profoundly biblical yet very real to my life, it has led me to see myself more clearly, to embrace both the beauty and brokenness of me (my this-ness), and to understand the fullness of God’s call on my life.  In a word, it’s transformative." - Mike


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Young Adults

Redeemer’s young adults ministry is a grassroots, self-organized group led by the young adults at Redeemer. Their purpose is to build strong community among the young adults of our church, to reach out to their friends, neighbors and colleagues with the message of Christ, and to integrate into the life of the church through service, mentoring relationships and participation in family life of church members. .
They plan monthly events like hiking and camping trips.


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Men's Prayer

Redeemer’s men gather weekly to discuss Scripture, to support each other, and to pray for each other. These informal gatherings are open to all men and happen every week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • Tuesdays: 6:00am, Lynnwood, WA (contact Ryan (ryan.slipstream@gmail.com) for details)
  • Wednesdays: 6:30am at Victor’s Celtic Coffee Company, 7993 Gilman Street, Redmond, WA 98052

For more information, contact John (john@redeemerredmond.org).


COUNSELING INITIATIVE

1. Redeemer Church greatly appreciates the role, and the value, of trained professional counselors.  Many of our leaders and members at Redeemer report having personally benefited from such counseling.  We heartily encourage Redeemer members and non-members to consider using such services, when needed.
2. For members needing assistance with professional counseling expenses, the Deacons have established a Redeemer Counseling Fund.  Contact Deacon Frank Huston with any questions or requests:  counseling@redeemerredmond.org
3. In consultation with our pastor and elders, the Deacons will prepare a list of recommended professional counselors for people to consider.  At present, that list includes three Redeemer members – David Noor (www.counselo.com) and Leanne Konzelman and Drew Konzelman (www.novolifecounseling.com). We are also asking other pastors in the area to recommend trusted, professional counselors for us to consider adding to the list.
4. The Deacons will also use the Fund for similar assistance to people outside the church – like other mercy ministry outreaches.  To that end, the professional counselors in our church have indicated their willingness to serve in this ministry.  Non-members can contact David, Leanne or Drew directly, and these counselors will coordinate with the Deacons on funding.
5. You can contribute to the Redeemer Counseling Fund at any time by noting it on your check that you make. Please make check out to Mercy Fund/Counseling Initiative. 


The Need

On the surface, many people in Redmond and the Eastside have very few needs for mercy. They are educated, affluent and have nice homes, expensive cars, good jobs and happy families. But below the surface, these same people have great psychological, emotional, and relational needs. They experience intense psychological and relational suffering and misery. This is true not only in our city (Redmond) but in our church as well (Redeemer). Redeemer Redmond seeks to minister to our church and community by helping people with these very real needs.

In his book Ministries of Mercy pastor Tim Keller explains that mercy is “…meeting felt needs through deeds.” He explains that there are four circles of human need or what he calls alienation (he defines alienation as “disintegration which arises from using an object for a purpose other than what for which it was designed.”): theological alienation, psychological alienation, social alienation and relational alienation.

Theological Alienation

Our deepest need as people is reconciliation with God, the restoration of our relationship with God. We are made for a loving relationship with God, yet sin has separated us from God. When God is not at the center of our life we experience a profound misery. This is what Keller calls theological alienation.  

Psychological Alienation

The next circle out is psychological alienation, that is, alienation from the self. We experience unhappiness, guilt, fear, loss of personal identity, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, suicide and sexual problems. This psychological alienation can propel guilt and shame that drive us away from God, even though our deepest need is fellowship with Him, and He is the one that can ultimately heal our psychological pain. This lack of fellowship with God can also exacerbate our psychological alienation, creating a “vicious cycle” of loss and profound loneliness.

Social Alienation

Our internal, emotional and psychological brokenness results in the breakdown of our external relationships with others and our communities. Keller calls this “social alienation”: loneliness, inter-personal conflicts, marital and family problems, poverty, class struggle, racism, etc. can all be understood as the direct result of the alienation we experience from ourselves and from God.

Physical Alienation

Theological, psychological, and social alienation results in physical alienation: homelessness, lack of basic necessities like food or clothing, sickness, disease, poor stress coping, and ultimately death.     

Jesus’ Holistic Mercy

Jesus’ mercy meets every level of human need. Through Jesus’s cross we are reconciled to God (II Cor. 5:16-21). Jesus heals us internally, at the emotional and psychological level: to those who mourn He gives a “beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit” (Isaiah 61:3). Jesus creates a new spiritual family, a community of grace and peace (Ephesians 2:11-22), and helps us love and forgive others (Ephesians 4:32-5:2). Finally, Jesus addresses the most basic physical needs of people, healing them (John 5:1-17), feeding them (John 6), and ultimately providing the gift of the resurrection of their bodies and life everlasting (John 11).

As a church, the “body of Christ”, Redeemer wants to embody Jesus’ holistic mercy. Redeemer’s counseling initiative seeks to directly address the profound psychological and social-relational “felt needs” of people with an eye to helping meet all people’s deepest need: reconciliation with God.                

The Opportunity

Our church and community have great psychological and social needs. A great opportunity to meet those needs is before our church. There are three reasons why the opportunity is ripe to address these needs by a Counseling Initiative.

First, Redeemer is committed to the gospel of grace that transforms lives.

By His grace, God has established Redeemer with a passion for the grace of Jesus and a commitment to proclaim the gospel to both believers and unbelievers. Redeemer’s slogan “Transforming People. Transforming Redmond” speaks of our church’s vision to see people’s lives transformed by the gospel and our conviction that transformed people impact the families, workplaces and neighborhoods in which they live. One of the primary ways we hope to see the gospel transform people’s lives is by addressing their psychological and social alienation through the Counseling Initiative.

Second, we have the support of the professional counselors in our congregation. 

The Holy Spirit has brought gifted professional counselors into our congregation. They have training, gifts and a passion to address the psychological and relational needs of people in both our congregation and broader community. They are a great resource to equip us to be a congregation able to provide for basic emotional needs and deep relational connections. They are excited to help us launch Redeemer’s Counseling Initiative. Their presence and help is a critical factor in our being able to move forward with this Counseling Initiative.

Third, there is a cultural “common ground” for professional counseling.

Third, professional counseling is a way for us to meet people in our community where they are. Counseling is a place where we have common ground with people in our community; people understand and appreciate the need for professional counseling. Since we live in an affluent area, many people will be able to often afford counseling. Making professional counseling affordable through offering scholarships is a very practical way we can help people in our community in their time of need. The counseling initiative is a way that we as a church can be part of the common good of Redmond and the Eastside. And, Lord willing, over the years, God will use it to introduce many people to Jesus Christ and to Christian community.     

The Approach

Redeemer seeks to offer a full-orbed approach to our social-relational and psychological needs through three levels of care. 

Level One: Community Care

We are made for . deep, loving connection with other people. Much of the care, counsel, comfort, support, wisdom and encouragement we need can and should be met at the level of Christian community through spiritual friendships, community groups, etc. In the future, Redeemer hopes to create groups that have as their special focus addressing specific needs like addictions, forgiveness, etc.

Level Two: Pastoral Counseling

Sometimes we need more focused help on issues we face. Redeemer provides pastoral counseling to help congregation members navigate through these issues. While pastors are not professionally trained counselors, they are able to offer biblical wisdom and life experience to help us navigate the struggles, “stuck-ness”, and brokenness in our lives. These are the essential elements of pastoral counseling:

·         It is Bible/Gospel based

·         It is limited (1-5 sessions)

·         It is free

Level Three: Professional Counseling

Many psychological and relational needs are most effectively treated by professional counselors. Professional counselors that Redeemer partners with are able to fully hear the situation and story you experience, to help you more fully understand your story in the context of the Gospel and God’s Story, and to use their expertise and training to facilitate growth, change, and restoration.

Redeemer's counseling initiative will assist people in our congregation and city to get Christian counseling by providing scholarships to assist in paying for that counseling. 

Our Values for Professional Counseling

The following values guide us as we discern what Professional Christian Counselors we will provide scholarships for.

Bible and Gospel centered

Counseling must be Bible and Gospel centered because the Bible is the foundation of what we know about God, ourselves, salvation and personal and relational healing. Through the Gospel – the good news of Jesus life, death and resurrection – people are set free from slavery to sin and brought into a new relationship with God and each other. Our counseling partners will be Christians and share our commitment to God’s Word and the Gospel as the foundation of their counseling practice, even when they are not practicing overtly “Christian counseling.”

Personal and Holistic

Counseling is intensely personal and therefore needs to be holistic to meet the needs of each particular person. Every person is different, and must be understood and counseled based on their particular context and needs. Since all truth is God’s truth, we affirm a holistic approach to addressing people’s issues. There is not just one “right” approach to counseling.  The counseling offered should take into account the spiritual state of the person, the nature of their struggle, the gifts and training of the counselor, etc.

Redemptive and Transformative

The good news of Jesus redeems people. The truth of the Bible sets people free from false beliefs, guilt and shame, addictions, and unhealthy patterns of living and relating. The grace of Jesus helps us set boundaries, forgive others, step into our calling and live courageous lives.  While only God can change a person’s heart, we hope and expect that the professional counseling we provide will have such a redemptive and transformative impact on people’s hearts lives and relationships.

People who would like to learn more about the process of applying for a counseling scholarship should contact Frank Huston who facilitates counseling scholarships at Counseling@redeemerredmond.org.


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Men's Retreat

At the Redeemer Men’s Retreat men of all ages – young and old – gather in the beauty of God’s creation to relax with great food, fun, and worship.

For fun, there are sporting activities and games like chess and programming contests. And, of course, there is time for worship, and heart to heart talks as men, and committing ourselves afresh and anew to follow Jesus and fight for mercy and justice, and our marriages and families.

The purpose of Redeemer's annual Men's Retreat is to deepen our friendships, to grow in our calling as godly men, and to step forward into our common cause as Christ's church. We especially encourage father's to bring their sons (13 years and older) and mentors to bring the young men they are mentoring.

Held Annually.

2018 Date: TBD


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Women's Retreat

Join us for a time to get away, be refreshed, fellowship, and learn. Our annual women’s retreats are rich times of sharing our lives with each other. At our annual retreat we hear the stories of women in our church, and get to see who they really are. We are invited to know and be known, to apply the gospel to every story and every situation in life, to lean on one another and thus find strength for tomorrow.

Held Annually.

2018 Date: TBD


Membership At Redeemer

The essence of Christianity is community in Jesus Christ and through Jesus Christ. People grow through long-term covenant relationships with a community of people, learning to forgive, learning how to stay in relationship. Every believer is part of the church as organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can you be part of the church as organization, as a gathered community.

To become a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called "a covenant". A public promise, or covenant, is the basis for all society, according to the Bible: marriage, employment, citizenship, church membership, etc. are all relationships of accountability.

Membership in a church is not like membership in a social club or other organization. Most organizations see their members as consumers, the ones whom the organization serves. But in the church, membership means ministry and service; to be a member at Redeemer means moving beyond being a consumer to becoming a provider of God’s love and care to others.

Discovering Redeemer Weekend Seminar
The path to becoming a member starts with Redeemer’s Discovering Redeemer weekend seminar. This seminar is offered regularly throughout the year. Hosted at Pastor Jason and Jenny Dorsey’s apartment, the seminar begins on Friday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 pm to begin digging into the information. Then on Saturday morning, everyone regroups at the Dorseys from 9:00am to noon for brunch and to complete reading through the Discovering Redeemer material.

Discovering Redeemer is designed to provide you with information about Redeemer and the opportunities for you to become involved in ministry. It is also designed to answer some common questions about what it means to be a believer in Christ, what it means to be a part of a Presbyterian Church (PCA), and what it means to be a member of Redeemer in particular.



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