“You know, the leaders in the world act like rulers over their people, high officials exercise authority over them. It shouldn’t be like that with you. Instead, whoever wants to lead must be a servant.”  Matt. 20:25-26

The primary ministry structure of Redeeming Mercy Communities is the microchurch. As each microchurch develops, it will express God’s family in a different way, allowing the church to go anywhere and serve anyone. Within a network of microchurches, the individual expressions create a multi-faceted collage, with each committed to promote and support each other’s work, even as they pursue their own.

Good leaders crave accountability and guidance and within the collective of microchurches, individual leaders will each find it among their peers.

Beneath the substrate of the ongoing work and fellowship of the microchurches is a team of servants, the Board of Directors. The directors are in place to handle aspects of church management that would otherwise unnecessarily burden and distract local microchurch leaders, preventing them from focusing on their primary mission.

The microchurch leader is on the frontlines of advancing the kingdom of God into the world.

The microchurch leader is engaging the world, is a 24/7 worshiper of Jesus and a leader in service, both within the microchurch and the broader community. Determined to bring the gospel message to a specific people group, he or she leads their team to build meaningful relationships while providing tangible service to meet real needs. The team works together to develop a productive ministry that loves, serves and encourages a chosen people-group toward faith in Jesus.

The microchurch is the primary organizing structure within Redeeming Mercy and the microchurch leader is the primary human catalyst that moves the microchurch into being. He or she then encourages and equips their team to engage with the people they serve.

With few exceptions, In general, an MC leader will qualify as an elder as per New Testament instructions (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9). They and their co-leaders are the pastors, deacons and staff of Redeeming Mercy. They are the critical center of the ministry and mission of Redeeming Mercy.

The other leaders described below are in place to advance the success of the microchurches, their leaders and their people as they move out on mission.

As we add more microchurches, each will remain autonomous but will network together in ways that seem helpful and advantageous. As they do, the microchurch leaders will be available as a network or collective of elders who will be available for each other, offering mutual support, spiritual counsel and guidance. From time to time they may gather for worship, prayer or some form of corporate training, if that seems helpful..

Such a network of elders will not be a ruling body over the microchurches. Nor will they seek to manage the day-to-day ministries of any specific microchurch.

It is likely that, occasionally, the collective of elders will have to step in to manage a leadership crisis. If this becomes necessary a council will be formed as determined by the network of elders. If concerns arise about a specific leader’s character or there is some microchurch misadventure that needs attention, the council may need to bring strong advice, counsel, or even correction.

The network of microchurches is served by a board of directors; men and women with particular gifts who desire to use those talents to strengthen and advance the work of microchurches and their leaders.

The currently appointed Directors are specifically in place to handle the State mandates of running a non-profit entity. Currently this team is made up of the RMC founding pastor, acting as board President, a Secretary/Treasurer and a Vice-president, all positions mandated by the State of Pennsylvania.

As needed, additional board members will be added to help expand the expertise of the board, taking it from a mere nuts and bolts support team to a powerful tool for the advancement of the vision of the microchurches. Men and woman will be appointed to serve who have specific skills in areas most needed by the network. Such needs could include counseling, financial management, grant writing, website design and many others.

Nothing will change the world more powerfully than the love of Christ shared with a world that so desperately needs it.

Carey Nieuwhof

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Even a small light holds back darkness and a group of small lights can banish it completely.

Brain Sanders

Merely attending church doesn’t make you much of a church because sitting in a row, consuming church doesn’t make you very good at being the church.

Carey Nieuwhof

If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit mercy, then it isn’t mercy.

Tim Keller

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

You can’t build the future of the church on passionless, disengaged people. Nor can you build it on consumers.

Carey Nieuwhof

The difference between humanity and all the rest of creation is that men and woman were made to relate directly with God.

Francis A. Schaeffer

Genuine spiritual knowledge lies in the union of the believer’s life with the truth of God.

Watchman Nee

To exist without the pursuit of God’s mission in the world is to exist as something other than the church.

Brain Sanders

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

Revelation 3:20