Redeemer Church | Round Rock, TX
- Josh Reeves
- May 22, 2012
- Series: Church Profiles
- Categories: Church Planting Articles, Latest News
Briefly describe your story of your call to plant a church
When my wife Lauren and I became a part of Redeemer Church Lubbock in February 2008, we already felt that God was calling us to church planting. We had a general sense of God moving us towards church planting, but had no idea what that would look like or how we would get to that point. Redeemer proved to be instrumental in developing us for this work of church planting.
At Redeemer we were able to be a part of Gospel-centered church family that challenged and encouraged us. During our time there our calling to plant was clarified and confirmed. In January 2010, we began the long assessment process with the Acts 29 network. It was also during this time that I went through the Elder process at Redeemer and was commissioned as an Elder in April 2010. In June 2010 we received confirmation from Acts 29 on our calling to plant. Six months later we relocated to Austin to plant.
How did you become involved with Acts 29? What have been the biggest benefits of being in the network?
We were a part of an Acts 29 church in Lubbock. The biggest benefit has been other men who have assessed and coached me throughout this process.
What advice do you have for men who are wrestling with the decision to plant?
Church planting is hard but its worth it. God might be calling some of you to plant but be humble enough to let trusted men help you find out where you fit on a team. There is nothing wrong with not being a lead guy. At the end of the day your identity is found in Christ, not in being a church planter. Rest in that and ask the Spirit to confirm or challenge your calling through other trusted men.
I would also recommend spending significant time in churches who are actually doing what you want to plant. I had the privilege of doing a 8 month residency with another Acts 29 church in our area and it was a huge grace for me and my family. Before that I got to spend three years at another Acts 29 church similar to what we wanted to plant. We are still working closely with both churches and looking to do more together in the future.
Finally, work with the other guys in your area if you have them. You might find out that its more strategic for you to join their existing efforts rather than start another service two blocks away from their church. We have to work together if we want to see our cities saturated with the Gospel.
What’s the most important thing you’d want to share with a new church planter?
Remember that your identity is in Christ and that all of this is about Him. We can easily make it about us and find our worth in church planting. God has given you the Holy Spirit because you don't possess the ability to do the work he has called you to do apart from Him. Pray like that is true as you walk in moment by moment dependence on the Spirit. Your family and church will reep the benefits of less you and more Jesus.
How do you pastor your family?
We set aside a day each week to rest and spend quality time together as a family. We try to talk to our girls throughout the week about Jesus and prayerfully consider what God is doing in their hearts. My wife Lauren and I have a weekly lunch date that we use as a time to make sure we are on the same page and communicating well. As much as possible we try to minister together as a family.
Outside of the Bible, what is the most helpful book you have read for church planting?
1) Total Church - Steve Timmis and Tim Chester
2) The Mission of God - Christopher Wright
3) Soma School Manual - by Soma Communities
Church Profile: Redeemer Church
Launch Date: April 2012
Location: Round Rock, TX
Mission, Vision, Values of Church
Mission - Redeemer exists to renew our city socially, spiritually, and culturally with the Gospel of Jesus.
Vision - Our vision is to reproduce missional communities throughout Round Rock and the surrounding areas leading to new expressions of the church throughout the region.
1. Gospel Centered - The Gospel is wonderful news. God has not left humanity in its own mess, but graciously acted in history to defeat evil and reconcile sinners to himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Everything we do is rooted in and empowered by the Gospel. We will always go back to the Gospel, never moving beyond it and increasingly believing in it.
2. Biblically Formed - We are committed to the authority of scripture, the sovereignty of God, and the centrality of justification by faith alone. We desire to be a church that is formed by God's story as revealed in the scriptures. We are committed to the authority of the scriptures as God’s personal revelation to man which tells the grand narrative of redemption through Jesus Christ.
3. Simplicity - We are committed to being simple with our resources and our programs. We want to model that God works through the everyday rhythms of life, and isn’t dependent on complex and expensive events. The more simple we operate the more we can use to send missionaries, church planters, serve our city, and use for the Kingdom.
4. Life Together - In a culture where isolated individualism is the norm we are committed living everyday ordinary life together. The people of God were not made to be lone ranger Christians, but a functioning body. If a body is to function beyond the doors of the church on Sunday, they must be together. As we live life together we desire to be honest with each other, fully leaning on grace so that we might be our “real” selves with one another.
5. Spirit Led - We will always be a people in need of the power of the Holy Spirit to bring life to dark places. We recognize that while strategy is necessary, it is only by the Spirit’s working that anything of true value will be accomplished.
6. Incarnational Living - As Jesus came to us he was incarnated and lived in and among a culture. He spoke in terms that people understood and related to them as a friend. We must also express the Gospel in a way that is understandable to our culture. We believe that God is calling all types of people to himself and that the Gospel is not confined to one culture, but will be expressed in every culture. Therefore, we must learn to engage the people around us sharing not only the gospel but also our lives.
7. City Renewing - We believe that the church exist to work towards renewing the city as opposed to consuming it. We want to be deeply invested and involved in the issues of our city and work with existing efforts and organizations to make it a better reflect the city that is to come.
8. Sending - We are committed to sending away our people to plant new churches in our region and all over the world. We want to send our best leaders away to start new works in our city and beyond. This is done at a micro level in the starting of new missional communities, and on a macro level of planting new churches. We believe that sending is at the heart of God, who sent his own son.
What are some examples of God's grace that you have seen in your life and/or the life of your church?
God has continued to bring people to our team in ways I cannot explain or take credit for. Several of our core team people have been able to sell homes in tough markets, find jobs, and endure through tough transitions to a new city. God has faithfully called people here and provided the means for them to get here. We are also blessed to have another local church in our city who allows us to meet in their building on Sunday nights. Lots of other stories in process that we hope to share in the future.
How can we pray for you?
To be shared with Acts 29 staff and on your City post of membership.
- Pray for our families strength and health during this busy month. My wife is about to give birth to our third child in April and the launch of our Sunday gathering is two weeks before the baby is due. Thankfully we have a team of great leaders around us.
- Pray for the people our missional communities are connecting with that are not yet following Jesus.
- Pray that our church would be dependent on the Holy Spirit and that God would do things that we can't possibly take credit for.
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