Our mission is simple. Our mission is clear. Our mission is summed up in three words. Everything we do at Redeemer is about glorifying God in worship, growing closer to God's people and God's Word, and going into our city with the Word.
"Go and make disciples of all nations."
At Redeemer, the gospel about Jesus' love for us is too life-changing of a message to keep to ourselves. So you won't find a country club clique but a church that wants to build community and get out into the community. Once we glorify God and grow in his Word, we want to live our faith and take it to the streets. Redeemer has a stated goal of at least two community service projects per year and four outreach events per year. We've participated in Relay for Life to support cancer research, and every summer we go out to hundreds of homes in our neighborhood to collect food and home supplies for Pauline Apartments, part of Avalon Housing, which seeks to reduce homelessness in our city. Whether we support the spread of the gospel around the world through our national church body, whether we invite our family and friends to hear the gospel of Jesus, or whether we serve in right here in Ann Arbor, we go with Jesus to the world.
"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
2 Peter 3:18
At Redeemer, we are not about a superficial Christianity that only remains in the basics. As Christians, we are called to continually grow in understanding Jesus as our Redeemer and living him in our world. Instead of nominal Christianity, we want to put the Bible in the hands of the people and let it speak for itself as you discover God's message of love. We invest hours every week to strive to be the teaching church that equips people to explain what they believe and why they believe it. That's why our Bible studies are planned carefully with the latest research on adult learning in mind. Our core learning opportunities including adult Bible study and kids Sunday School on Sundays at 9:30 am and catechism opportunities for our youth. All are centered on growing deeper in our understanding, appreciation, and practice of our faith in Jesus our Redeemer.
"Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31
No matter what we do at Redeemer, it is not for our glory but for God's glory. Worship excellence during our Sunday service, one of the most important times of our week, is the heart and core of our mission to glorify God. That's when we intentionally focus glorifying God by proclaiming the redemption he has done for us. We do that through preaching that applies a specifically-chosen part of God's Word to real life in a university town, through church music that makes worship come alive, and through blending the best of old and new forms of worship. Our worship strives to be authentic and engaging. It's about something bigger than ourselves or our individual congregation; it connects us to a community of thousands of believers past, present, and future. One Sunday you may experience worship lead by the organ which leads congregational singing; another week you may experience worship lead by the piano and instruments. One Sunday we might sing a hymn from the early church that's over a thousand years old; another week we might sing a song only composed a few years ago. Other Sundays we might sing some of the most ancient Christian responses in modern, eclectic settings. No matter what, we're all about purposeful worship that focuses on Jesus' message of sheer grace and explains what we do and why we do it. No matter what our strategic plans for the future may be, no matter how much we may strive for as much excellence as possible in all our ministry, it's not about how great we are but how great Jesus is.
The RLC 5 is a clear, simple, and unified path of ministry that shows how discipleship happens at Redeemer. In other words, it turns a theoretical mission into practical steps everyone can take.