The Diaconate, a group of men and women nominated, elected and appointed by the Redeemer members, exists to contribute to the building of a repentant and rejoicing community through loving, truth-telling relationships where practical, visible needs are being met while hearts are being changed through encounters with Jesus and one another. We express in practical ways Christ's command to all believers to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The Session at Redeemer consists of the senior pastor, associate pastors and ruling elders. The Biblical model of leadership is probably best characterized in the phrase "servant leader." Just as Christ didn't come to be served, but to serve (Matthew 20:28), the role of the elder is to be a servant leader as they oversee and shepherd. A ruling elder is a member who has been elected by the other Redeemer members. The qualifications and motivations for the office are described in 1 Peter 5:2-3, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and Titus 1:6-9.
The role of the Session at Redeemer can be divided into the two primary capacities of oversight and shepherding. Oversight means they have a fiduciary responsibility on behalf of the congregation to ensure accountability of the staff to implement Redeemer's mission, vision, and values, as well as to provide appropriate financial controls and accountability. Shepherding means they minister alongside the Redeemer pastors to provide for the spiritual care and nurture of Redeemer congregants. Some of the particular roles and duties of the Session include serving on various committees, teams, and task forces; attending monthly Session meetings; conducting membership interviews; facilitating monthly healing prayer times for congregants; teaching; and pastoral care.