Archive for July 23, 2012

Jul 23

Three Pastors and Four Hopes for Redemption Church

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

On Sunday, July 15th, Pastor Ron Giese and I, along with a handful of others from Desert Springs attended the worship service at Redemption Church.  As you know, Redemption is our first of many church plants, Lord willing. Sunday was a significant day in the life of Redemption in that Carlos, the preaching pastor commissioned two other men as elders.  Bryan Lopez and Aaron C (last name reserved because of future missions plans).  Just like DSC, Redemption believes in the necessity of a plurality of eldership for the health, protection, and accountability of a local congregation.  We should all consider this an awesome blessing from God and sign that Redemption is indeed growing in Christ, and it should renew our commitment to pray for them and the hopes they have for Rio Rancho and beyond.

Pastor Carlos commissioning Pastor Aaron and Pastor Bryan at Redemption Church - Sunday July 15th

Speaking of hopes, Pastor Carlos has recently laid out four hopes of Redemption on their blog.  These hopes are derived from the recently appointed president of Acts 29, Matt Chandler, and his hope for the A29 Network. (Acts 29 is the church planting network that Redemption is a part of).



Here are summaries of the four hopes, with links so that you can read more:

Pastor Carlos writes:

Hope #1: That Redemption will Plant Churches that Plant Churches – Our mission as a church is to “make disciples and plant churches”. We will discuss the first part of that mission in a later post, but part of our DNA is to plant churches. We did not plant hoping to just grow our church. We are praying that we will grow; however, our aim is to ultimately be a place of training, supporting, and sending.

Hope #2: Humility – My prayer is that through our passion for deep study and theology we would be affected deeply in a humbling way. I pray we would love other churches that agree and disagree with us on certain issues, knowing that we are all a part of the Body of Christ. I pray we would not assume the worst in others, but give them the benefit of the doubt. My hope is that Redemption would not be known as a church of theological sharp-shooters, but as people who stand firm in a broken and humble way.

Hope #3: A Radically Diverse Church – I pray that Redemption would be a reflection of the diversity of the community we are placed in. I pray we would not settle to be a homogenous unit whether in stage of life, ethnicity, or even political leanings. I pray we would take the gospel call to all peoples, and as a church seriously pray towards that end.

Hope #4: Be Serious About Evangelism and Praying for Conversions – Redemption exists to see people meet Jesus. We don’t exist for our comforts, our needs, or our wants. We exist so that many will be saved. We were blessed to see 4 people baptized at our grand opening service. I pray that we would see thousands more baptisms in the lifetime of Redemption Church. In fact, I am praying to see 8 more baptisms take place before the end of 2012. I pray Redemption is known for telling others about Jesus, and for being a “city on a hill” in our area.

As a their sister church, may God use us at DSC to pray toward these hopes and encourage Redemption in them, even as we strive for them as well.