Vision Campaign FAQ
1. What is Redeemer's vision?
To build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings about personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal in New York and throughout the world.
2. What is a Vision Campaign?
Our Vision Campaign has three purposes. First, we will re-visit and remember our purpose, the reason Redeemer is in New York City. Second, we will discern the next specific stage of our journey toward our vision. Third, we will deepen our practical, personal commitment to the vision. The entire fall will be dedicated to discussing and processing the vision together, culminating in an opportunity for each of us to commit to action with our finances, time, talents, and service. What we do this fall and in the next few years will equip Redeemer as never before to achieve what God has called us to do. We are not just going to build a great church. We are going to build a great city.
3. What is the goal of the Vision Campaign?
The purpose of the campaign is to catapult Redeemer into the next phase of our vision. We have three goals for the campaign:
4. What is the theme of the campaign?
Serving our neighbors, changing the world.
5. How long will the campaign last?
The campaign will last for seven weeks, beginning on September 25th and ending on November 13th. November 13th is "Commitment Sunday," when we will ask everyone in the congregation to make a financial pledge in support of the vision. December 4th is "Celebration Sunday" when we will celebrate what God has done through the campaign in our church.
6. How much money do we hope to raise, and where will it go?
We have not yet set a goal for the amount we hope to raise. Whatever the amount, we will distribute it in these proportions: 50% toward developing a community center, 25% to increase church planting, 25% to launching new ministries for the church and the city.
7. It has been said that the campaign will help Redeemer even if we don't raise a cent. How?
8. What is a Vision Group, and what's so great about it?
A Vision Group is a special type of Redeemer small group. While all Fellowship Groups at Redeemer this fall are encouraged to use the new curriculum that tracks with the current Sunday sermon series, 100 new Vision Groups have been created this fall to run for seven weeks during Redeemer's Vision Campaign from September 25 through November 12.
All of Redeemer's groups will use the scripture of the weekly sermons to investigate and discuss in detail the biblical basis for Redeemer's vision. The sermons this fall focus on how we believe God is calling us to serve NYC as his people. The new Vision Groups provide a venue to discuss Tim Keller's sermons in a safe environment, allowing all of us to share in the excitement, express any concerns, and make sense - at a personal and community level - of Redeemer's vision and how we can be a part of it. Outside of Christian fellowship our church's vision can only be an exciting idea; in community we can make it a tangible and practical reality.
Many of those who attend Redeemer are not currently in Fellowship Groups. These 100 new Vision Groups make a place for the whole congregation to enjoy fellowship with a commitment to only the seven weeks of the Vision Campaign. Of course, we hope that the experience of sharing thoughts, feelings, and concerns about living out the Christian faith in New York City will be an addictive one. We hope many will want to participate in Fellowship Groups once we have all experienced the significance of weekly discussion of the sermons, bearing each others' burdens, and sharing each others' joys.
9. What are the major campaign events I should know about?
September 25th – Campaign Kickoff, Vision Group Kickoff
This is the official start of the campaign. We want everyone on staff and as many people as possible from the congregation to join a Fellowship Group or Vision Group by this date.
October 2nd – Vision Information Event following services on the East Side
The Vision Information Events will be 30-40 minute sessions following the worship service during which Tim explains the vision and takes questions and answers from the congregation.
October 16th – Vision Information Event following services on the West Side
October 22nd – Congregational Dinner for Redeemer Members
Our first ever congregational dinner is open to members and prospective members who have already submitted their application for membership and completed the membership class. The dinner will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion. For questions, please contact Brian Stanton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 13th - Commitment Sunday
On this day we will ask everyone who has not yet made a financial pledge to Redeemer's Vision Campaign to make a pledge during the worship service.
December 4th - Celebration Sunday
On this day we will celebrate the fruits of all our work and announce how much we have raised as a church.
10. What does it mean to make a pledge in support of the vision?
We are asking everyone to decide how much money they will give to support the Redeemer vision over the next three years. The amount is not a replacement of what you already give to Redeemer, but should be over-and-above what you are currently giving to Redeemer.
11. How can I learn more?
12. Why is it so important to "strengthen Redeemer, multiply churches, and launch new ministries?"
The short answer is: We think these are the necessary next steps to move closer to our vision. Why are these the necessary next steps? That is the question we will be answering all fall – in the vision groups, at the information sessions, on the website, in the newsletters, and in other campaign literature.
13. How can people give?
People will be able to give in multiple ways: