Redeeming Mercy does not see church as a place we go, the programs we provide or attend, or even the institution that Christian life has centered around for the last 2000 years.
The church is God’s people doing God’s work in God’s world for God’s glory.
Within our believing community, we are building intimate relationships, encouraging ever-deepening relationship with God and meeting each other’s needs in tangible ways. This rhythm translates readily to serving in everyday relationship with our not-yet-believing neighbors. The result is a gospel-centered community that is bringing the ministry of the church into the everyday stuff of life.
As a local, home-based hub for ministry, the Mercy Community (MC) is overseen by local leaders who are each deeply invested in their local community. The leader draws together others from the community to live increasingly God-centered lives. The MC emphasizes relationship with God as key to building restorative relationships within the MC. Increasingly restored relationships with God and the MC members, free us to give our lives in service beyond the MC. The disposition to serve demonstrates the heart of God toward neighbors, positioning the MC well to share Jesus’ message of reconciliation.
The MC is also a lighthouse and an oasis, providing opportunities for those new to or alienated from the Christian faith to plug into the body-life of a local family of Christians who are eager to share life and care physically, emotionally and spiritually for others.
MC participants are always moving organically into each other’s lives and the life of the community, but scheduled gatherings are also important to the MC lifestyle. These gatherings vary from fun activities, to service ops, to story and discussion nights, to more traditional times of Christian worship. Gatherings are always informal and completely accessible for anyone.
The Mercy Community is the primary ministry structure of Redeeming Mercy.
Weekly gatherings take these organic relationships a step further and deeper, providing dependable spiritual relationships and learning opportunities that nourish and encourage faith as well provide access to a more fully integrated life in God. Investing deeply in everyday relationship, we are prayerfully and intentionally encouraging individuals to engage in this opportunity for a deeper worship relationship with their God.
While much of our Redeeming Mercy ministry is based within the life of the local MC, we believe all Christians need to take time out to simply enjoy the presence of God together with others. Our Sunday gatherings are provided as a means of encouragement and equipping of our seriously engaged members, but are open for anyone interested in gaining deeper fellowship with God. We encourage all of our MC participants, and especially our members, to take time each Sunday to gather with each other and focus all of their attention and affection on God.