Since Redeemer began 28 years ago, the gospel has been our foundation and driving force. Jesus did not live to please himself but to benefit others—and as His followers, we are called to do the same. The mission of Redeemer has always been to be a church that serves the city. Starting July 1, we will embody that mission in a new form by actualizing our long-stated plan of shifting from being a single large church with multiple congregations to becoming a family of smaller churches. Our West Side, East Side, and Downtown congregations will become distinct churches, with the outstanding pastors who have already been serving as their lead pastors becoming senior pastors with their own elder boards. As smaller churches, they will be better positioned to serve the neighborhoods they are a part of, raise up and train new leaders to serve the city, and send out members to plant additional sites and churches in more neighborhoods.
This means a new role for me, too—one I’m grateful keeps me right here in New York and part of the Redeemer family. I will be working full-time through Redeemer City to City to teach and train the next generation of leaders and pastors who will accelerate a movement of church planting and gospel renewal for the good of the city. Through the Rise Campaign we embarked on together last year, we laid out a strategy of hundreds of churches from various denominations starting over the next ten years—churches that exist not for themselves but for the city. I am honored to take my place in that strategy as a teacher and trainer, while also continuing to have a presence and teaching role in the three Redeemer churches. The gospel is a living force, always sending and giving—and as I am sent in a new way now, so is every member of Redeemer, to love and serve this great city.
Watch video of Tim's invitation to rise where you are
In the fall of 2016 Redeemer launched a new ministry year theme: rise where you are, which followed the Rise Campaign by inviting everyone to begin or increase their personal ministry. In the short video below, Sr. Pastor Tim Keller shares how the gospel is what called him to New York and what sends all of us into personal ministry.
Congregational Meeting - Saturday, May 20
Location - W83 Ministry Center (150 W. 83rd St. b/w Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.)
Time - 6:00 p.m.
Town Hall - Sunday, April 30
Location - The Salvation Army Auditorium (120 W. 14th St. b/w 6th and 7th Aves.)
Time - Immediately following the 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. services
Town Hall - Sunday, April 2
Location - Hunter College Auditorium (695 Park Ave. - enter on 69th Street)
Time - Immediately following the 10:30 am and 6 pm services
Town Hall - Saturday, April 29
Location - W83 Ministry Center 5th Floor (150 W. 83rd St. b/w Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.)
Time - 6:00-7:30 pm
Town Hall - Sunday, May 7th
Location - W83 Ministry Center Sanctuary (150 W. 83rd St. b/w Amsterdam and Columbus Aves.)
Time - Immediately following the 11:30 am service