The mission of Redeemer Church is to glorify God through the fulfillment of The Great Commission.
Path of Discipleship
1. CONVERT TO CHRIST
Assurance of Salvation
2. COMMUNE WITH GOD
• Understand & Love Biblical Truth
• Depend & Delight in God through Prayer
• Kill Your Sin (Romans 8:13)
3. COMMIT TO REDEEMER
• Connect with a Pastor
• Consider Redeemer Class (1 & 2)
• Commit to Redeemer
4. COMMUNICATE YOUR FAITH
Reach the Lost
• Local Outreach & Global Missions
5. CULTIVATE DISCIPLERS
Multiply People on Mission
• In Your Family
• In Your Church
• In Your Circle of Influence
As confessional Christians, a revised version of the 1833 New Hampshire Confession (NHC) serves as Redeemer Church’s Statement of Faith. In addition to the NHC, Redeemer Church also recognizes the need for greater clarity on doctrinal issues related to the trustworthiness of the Scriptures, Biblical sexuality, and the roles of men and women. Therefore, we also confess the Nashville Statement on Biblical Sexuality, the Danvers Statement on Complementarianism, and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.
When it comes to the tenets of what we believe, we categorize doctrines as primary, secondary, and tertiary.
Our primary doctrines are critical to the Christian faith and affirmation of them is required to become a Missional Partner of Redeemer Church. All items listed in the following Statement of Faith are primary unless they are specifically marked as secondary.
Our secondary doctrines are important and taught by the elders and pastors of Redeemer Church, but affirmation of them is not required to become a Missional Partner.
Our tertiary doctrines are open-handed issues within Redeemer Church and various views may be debated but should not impact our unity as a church. Examples: end times, spiritual gifts, frequency of celebrating communion. We do not include any tertiary items within our statement of faith.
Two Church Offices
The biblical teaching on the subject of two church offices, elders and deacons, is found in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9. Though there are three (3) terms used for the offices of the church, i.e. bishop, elder, and deacon, a careful analysis of these terms indicates that bishop and elder are used interchangeably, with the bishop simply being the 'ruling' or leading elder. The pastors of the church have the spiritual authority of the elders. However, with the exception of the senior pastor, they will serve on the Elder Board only as needed and at the request of the elders.
Plurality of Elders
The Scriptures teach a plurality of elders governed individual New Testament churches (Acts 14:23; Acts 20:28; Titus 1:5; Philippians 1:1). The Scripture does not mention any congregations featuring a stand-alone pastor and leader. A plurality of godly elders, exercising their individual giftedness, squares with the Scripture's teaching that wisdom is found in a multitude of godly counselors (Proverbs 11:4; Proverbs 12:15; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 19:20; Proverbs 24:6). This truth does not eliminate the possibility and likelihood that one or more elders will stand out from the others as more public in their ministries or more influential in their workings on the Elder Board. All elders have equal authority, but not necessarily equal influence.
Powers and Responsibility
The business, legal, and spiritual matters of the church will be managed by the Elder Board. Reference to the "elders" or the "Elder Board" in these bylaws* are synonymous with "directors." The elders' responsibility of spiritual oversight of the congregation can be broken down into three (3) main areas:
- Ensuring the doctrine of the church remains purely Biblical; all doctrinal issues in the church will be settled by the Elder Board.
- Ensuring the direction of the church remains consistent with the mission statement of purpose and the four pillars.
- Administering in love and humility the Biblical process of church discipline as outlined in Matthew 18:15-20 and Galatians 6:1-4.
An elder must (i) be a man, (ii) be a member of the church and (iii) meet the qualifications found for an elder in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.
Powers and Responsibility
The Bible teaches that deacons "lead by serving" (Acts 6). Deacons, working under the authority and at the direction of the elders, will be responsible for the various administrative and functional operations of the church, including, but not limited to, finance, technical, hospitality, benevolence ministries, ordinance, and facilities.
A deacon must (i) be a member of the church and (ii) meet the qualifications found for a deacon found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13.
*For a full description of our governance and polity click here to view our bylaws.