Being the Church

Throughout Scripture, God has claimed a chosen people for Him, lavishing the promise of eternal life upon them. For centuries, that chosen people was Israel; but, through Jesus' death and resurrection, the church—Christ's bride—has been made God's chosen people!

As such, it's our responsibility, as the body and bride, to cary God's kingdom to every nation and tongue—and that includes the unreached right here in Santa Rosa Beach!

 
 

Current Local Missions

As a church, we want to have a servant heart like Christ.  Please prayerfully consider volunteering in one of these programs and reach out if you feel that God is placing it on your heart to serve.

 
 

Habitat for humanity

Habitat for Humanity is building 3 homes in Santa Rosa Beach this fall. As such, we've partnered with them to capitalize on an amazing opportunity to reflect Christ to members of our immediate community through selfless service.

 
 

Missional Communities

Witnessing through Fellowship, Discipleship and Service

The traditional, inwardly-focused Bible study model does a poor job of creating opportunities for believers to build relationships with and minister to unbelievers.

“We exist to see Jesus Christ be Lord of all people by making disciples through clearly declaring and sacrificially displaying his good news in South Walton and to the ends of the earth.”

Which begs the question, how can we accomplish our mission without intentionally creating as many opportunities as possible to build relationships with and minister to unbelievers?

We don't believe we can; which is why rather than embracing the traditional Bible study model, we have decided—as a church—to embrace a new, ancient model put into practice by the church of Acts: missional communities.

Don't mistake our heart in this! Missional communities is not an attempt to innovate a trendy new way to fellowship as believers; rather, it's a conscious decision to forego the familiarity of "Bible study" for a return to the foundations of the church that most effectively proclaimed the name of Christ to the lost: believers ministering to each other, and the unbelievers in their midst, through fellowship, discipleship and service.

As this is a marked departure from church-as-usual, we've committed to taking the summer to train members on the logistics of establishing an effective missional community in one of three geographic divisions spanning the whole of Santa Rosa Beach.

As we continue to walk through corporate training in preparation for the official launch of our three initial missional communities this September, continue to develop relationships with unbelievers at home, at work and in the community at large, and to pray that God would continue to open doors for us to glorify His name in word and deed!

 
 

Missional Community Trainings

Preparing Our Hearts and Minds for Impact

Leading up to our official missional community launch in September, we've chosen to meet every other Thursday to learn how to effectively launch, grow and replicate Christian communities that impact our neighborhoods, workplaces and businesses with the Gospel!

 

Training Video Archive

How to Create a Missional Community

Courtesy of SOMA Ministries

Session One

How we are going to become a church that produces disciples who make disciples, saturating our neighborhoods, communities, and the region with the Gospel. 

Session Two

How our missional communities will be founded on a discipleship model that includes worship, transformation, obedience, and—ultimately—replication.

Session Three

How discipleship will be at the center of Redeemer's efforts to reach the lost in Santa Rosa Beach through it's missional community structure.

Session 4

How to translate community engagement into community transformation by putting the Gospel at the center of everything your missional communities do.

Session 5

How to keep our focus on what matters for eternity: the heart! Christ condemned the Pharisees for focusing outwardly, rather than inwardly toward the heart.

Session 6

How to overcome old thinking that says "you are what you do," and instead embrace the Gospel proclamation that we are all children of God in need of salvation.

 

What is a Missional Community?

living out the mission of god as a family

When asking “What is a missional community?” we acknowledge that definitions are limited in conveying the fullness of an idea. However in summary a missional community, as we would define it, is:

A gospel community (FAMILY) that lives out the mission of God together (MISSIONARIES) in a specific area and to a particular pocket of people by demonstrating the gospel in tangible forms (SERVANTS) and declaring the gospel to others – both those who believe it and those who are being exposed to it (LEARNERS).

Because it’s impossible to capture everything we mean into a sentence, lets take some time to expand on what we mean by this statement.

A GOSPEL COMMUNITY OF CHRISTIANS (FAMILY)

The first piece of our definition that I want to highlight is this: “A Gospel Community”.
In the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, God has redeemed a people for himself whom He empowers and sends to be His witnesses, as we see in John 20:21 and Matthew 28:16-20.

Additionally, as Jesus indicates in John 13 and John 17, the community of God is sent for a purpose. We are called and sent to show a hurting, broken, and dying world that Jesus is who he says he is and did what he said he did.

The purpose of Christian community has always been to demonstrate God’s character to the world. We do this as individuals for sure, but our communities are to be defined in this way too. This leads us to our next point.

ON MISSION OF GOD

When we say, “On Mission of God”, we want to be clear about something. God is about bringing glory to His name and establishing His kingdom and reign in the world...it’s what He’s always been up to throughout redemptive history!

He is saving and blessing a people through the finished work of Jesus that they would make disciples and bring his kingdom to the world around them. The life of the community is bound up in participating in God’s mission in the world and making disciples of Jesus.

Most churches would not disagree with us on this particular issue, but when it comes to practically working out what it means to make disciples, everyone has a different definition and strategy. We believe that mission of making disciples should play out in two primary ways in every community (from large to small) and in every individual.

DEMONSTRATE THE GOSPEL TANGIBLY

Just as Jesus came demonstrating the kingdom through selfless acts of service, we actively look for opportunities to meet the felt and real needs of our neighbors. We seek to become a blessing to our neighbors, and demonstrate the reality of God’s new kingdom.

When you look at Jesus, however, he did not simply stop at healing and meeting needs. He consistently spoke a true message of great hope to those whom he encountered. Just look at the story of the woman at the well: He met her where she was, but through her expressed need he spoke of the true needs of her heart.

DECLARE THE GOSPEL

As communities patterned after Jesus’ life, we must declare the Gospel to others! A missional community listens to and understands the stories of their neighbors in order to be able to tell the Gospel story in ways that make it Good News to those specific people.

We want our communities to wrestle with and understand how to speak the good news of Jesus’ perfect life, his sacrificial death, and his resurrection in power are indeed good news to their neighbors.

A POCKET OF PEOPLE

Finally, we turn to whom the community exists for: a specific pocket of people. God’s grace in Jesus is good news for those in the church and those outside the church—we all need the gospel! Just as the Father sent the Son to a specific time, place, and people, so the Spirit does with the church, sending us to specific groups of neighbors.

A missional community is seeking to wrap their lives up with the pocket of people that God has placed them in. For us, a “neighbor” is anyone you cannot avoid or anyone who has needs that you have the resources to meet.

Your neighbor may be those who live next-door, those you work with, those you play with, or those with whom you share some sort of affinity. Your neighbor may also be someone you have little in common with but whom God has placed squarely in your path or specifically called or commanded you to care for.

A missional community is a group of people who have a common set of neighbors and are intentionally living lives among them.

MORE THAN A BIBLE STUDY

We could probably expand several volumes on those simple statements above on theological, philosophical and practical levels, but we want to highlight one distinction that is important for us in pursuing these kind of communities at Redeemer.

A missional community by nature is intended to be more than a typical bible study.

For us, a missional community is not just a bible study, it’s not just a fellowship group, it’s not just a social action club, it’s not just a support group, and it’s certainly not just a weekly meeting. Healthy missional communities include all of those things over time, but it’s a family of missionaries learning to follow Jesus in every area of their lives.

A missional community is a group of people asking “What does loving my city and neighbor really look like?” And realizing Jesus may ask far more of me than I ever thought. The great news though, is that we are experiencing and knowing Jesus where He is: on mission to the broken and lost.