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  • This week was our last We Are The Church sermon before going into personal discipleship and church membership following Easter. Pastor Shawn talked about what we hope to see developed in the next three years, as well as the immediate practical and leadership positions we are looking to fill now. Where are we in the blueprint? What needs to be developed? What needs to be sustained? Where can you take ownership?...
     


  • Many of you have heard us repeat our foundations of Redemption: Jesus, Scripture, community, and mission. While these form our foundation, what behaviors do we want to exhibit as God's church? What makes us unique in our pursuit of being a biblical, Christ-centered church? Since we are building a church, what strategies will we use to build faithfully? Check out our 10 leadership principles..


  • Those of you who have been around Redemption for a little while know that in the fall of 2015 we handed out New Testament Daily Devotional books and committed, as a church body, to read through the entire New Testament in 2016. As someone who thrives on structure and knowing exactly what is expected of me, this was a great resource. I loved having a set amount to read each day. It made me slow down and actually look more closely at things I had read multiple times before. I also loved that there was a goal; at the end of the year I knew I would have read the ENTIRE New Testament. There was no picking and choosing what I thought was most applicable to my life right now­­‑ just straight through the Bible. No part of scripture is included by accident. There is something important and good about reading scripture start to finish, in its context....


  • In week nine of our "We Are the Church" series, we looked at the ministry of deacons. Just as we looked at character requirements and functional role with elders, we did the same this week with deacons. Check out the Sermon Summary to see the two emphases of deacon ministry: facilitating the ministry of the word and developing others.
     


  • A little over a year ago, my life as I knew it: Shattered. As if that fragile dinnerware your grandma gave you fell from your grasp onto the hardwood floor: Shattered.

     

    We had just run the gauntlet of Halloween through Christmas retail chaos, and replaced all our leaders with new corporate agendas to push and names to prove. Pressure was at an all-time high. I was exhausted, losing my grip on reality, my roles and my life. I had been running on below E for longer than I could remember and like usual ignored all the dashboard warning lights. My closest friends felt distant or gone altogether. My family was wounded a few months prior by me announcing that God desired for our family to be uprooted and re-planted ten and a half hours away. Charlotte was my Nineveh. Oh, and I was taking the grandchildren too. #MicDrop...


  • If you ask people around you, the word leadership will get many definitions and connotations. Most people think leadership is about being "in charge," but when we look at Jesus, what do we see? The Bible gives us a much different perspective of leadership, one that serves not demands, empowers not belittles. Pastor Shawn discusses what is means to be an Elder.


  • As we continue in the We Are the Church series Sunday, Pastor Shawn discussed the blueprint of Redemption, and why it matters that we are building our church according to God's plan. If we have a plan for growth, we will be productive over just busy, and we will know that our contribution matters and is important...
     


  • One thing I’ve found, especially in the South, is that everyone always says they are doing “Great!” or that “Life is going good” or they “Can’t complain.” This is one of the deepest rooted expectations that can be found that is passed down from generation to generation. In today’s society, it is seen as a weakness to not have a perfect life that is clean, stress-free and, generally, on the up-and-up. In this hyper-competitive and transient hub of Charlotte that we call home, this definitely rings true. This city has based itself on the culture that if you do not have the perfect Insta-feed, the best decorated home and a life  just slightly better than someone else’s, then it is not good enough...


  • We are almost halfway through our We Are the Church series! The next four weeks are critical for you to understand the structure of the church and how to play your part in it. Specifically this Sunday we wanted you to know two things:

     

    1. You have ownership in God's church
    2. We value people over process.

     

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  • I am a relational person. I partially attribute this to my personality type, (I’m an ENFJ as confirmed by Myers Briggs, a 2 on the Enneagram and my love language is Quality Time.) I thrive on deep relationships with people; getting to know them beyond the surface level, and giving my time and resources to those I care about. However, I’ve come to realize that my greatest strength, can also be my greatest weakness...