We believe that the Bible calls all Christians to testify to the redeeming work of Christ’s death and resurrection. In Acts 1, we read that Jesus exhorts his followers to be his witnesses, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to all areas and reaches of the world. In Matthew 28, we see that we are instructed to go in the power and authority of Christ and make disciples in his name. At Redeemer, we seek to be obedient to Christ’s commands by spreading this gospel to all areas of our reach.
We realize that this has immediate local implications for our body, and so we make it our priority to “seek the welfare” of our community and city (Jeremiah 29:7). We believe that as we invest ourselves into the very fabric of where we live, we have the opportunity to display Christ to those around us. As we take jobs, build relationships, conduct business, and grow our families, we are seeking to instill Christ-like, gospel-centered witnesses in the midst of our community. When we seek the good of our community in the name of Jesus, we are being salt and light, preserving a dying world and lighting the darkness (Matthew 5:13-16).
In addition to contributing to the needs of our local community and investing ourselves in its welfare, we want to take the life-changing truth of Christ’s salvation to those all around the world. Therefore, we must always reevaluate our lives and ask the Lord if he would have us to go and share this gospel news to other areas of the world. We both support the members of our own body to follow Christ’s call, as well as support other believers who answer the call.
Redeemer engages in our local community and city through partnerships with community-based ministries, as well as ministries birthed from within our church body. Most of these are volunteer-based in nature, which gives Redeemer members a specific way to lend our time, resources, and gifts to service in these ministries. Others of these community partnerships are non-volunteer based in nature, though Redeemer is committed to financial and supportive care for these important partners.
Below is more information about our local ministries and partnerships:
Cornerstone Schools of Alabama
Our church body works hand in hand with this local inner city school in a multitude of ways including tutoring, mentoring, workdays, providing chapel speakers, providing school supplies, and helping in other financial avenues.
YWCA Hospitality House
Birmingham’s only homeless shelter for families is located in Woodlawn, and Redeemer partners with this group in a myriad of ways. The most basic way is that every Tuesday night we provide a communal meal that our folks prepare and share with the residents.
Monday Night Ministry
Every Monday evening, a group of boys and girls from the surrounding communities gather for sports/crafts, a devotional, and snacks.
Crestwood Day School
This school was started by some of our own members in order to provide a quality, Christ-centered education for those living in East Birmingham.
We desire to be a church body that is constantly asking the Lord if he would have us leave our lives in Birmingham to serve him elsewhere. We believe that there is a great need for the Gospel to go out to all reaches of the world, and we want to encourage, support, and partner with those who do as well. Therefore, we strategically align ourselves with many of our own members who leave to serve globally, as well as other believers serving throughout the world. These partnerships with those serving in the global mission field is our primary means of sending the gospel out in the world.
We also partner with a fantastic group in Haiti named Canaan Christian Community and send two short term trips a year. Through these trips, we are growing a deep and beautiful long term relationship with Canaan, as we seek to aid in the work that our brothers and sisters are doing in the name of Christ.
Below is more information about each of our global partnerships:
Nate and Amy S.
After serving in the urban slums of the Middle East and North Africa, Nate and Amy have recently begun a partnership with the missions organization Every Tribe. They are currently serving in North Africa where they partner with local missionaries in reaching the poor through incarnational living.
Jonathan and Katie Doub
The Doubs served in the post Soviet country of Kyrgyzstan for 3 years where they planted a church and then handed it off to local leadership when it had grown and matured. After a time of rest and furlough in England where they served a local Bible college, they are taking steps towards church planting in the northern, Muslim section of Cyprus.
RCC has joined in partnership with this ministry for orphaned street boys in the jungles of Peru. It was started by RCC members. Not Forgotten is currently building a new boys home on recently purchased property outside of Iquitos.
Short Term Trips to Canaan Christian Community
Redeemer currently takes two short term trips a year to our partners in Montrouis, Haiti. Canaan was started and is still run by a native Haitian couple named Pastor Henry and Sister Gladys who care for over 60 children. In addition to operating as an orphanage, Canaan consists of a school, a church, a medical clinic, and a malnutrition clinic. Each fall and spring Redeemer sends a team to invest in these ministries of Canaan and to further deepen our relationship with these dear brothers and sisters.
In the book of James, we learn that faith without deeds is dead. James paints a bleak picture of the Christian who simply “wishes well” for someone who is in need, but does nothing to help these real, “felt needs.” There is certainly no shortage of needs in the communities around us, and it takes a great amount of Spirit-led discernment to know how and when it is best to help with these needs. We want to be a body of people that is always extending a helping hand to those in need in our own church body, as well as to those in our nearby community. Therefore, as part of our missional outreach, we attempt to find the best ways to offer immediate assistance for the “felt needs” of each unique individual and circumstance that we encounter, while helping guide towards long-term success and stability.