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Shepherding Groups

Shepherding Groups at Redeemer exist to connect Redeemer members to the leadership, community and mission of Redeemer.

Among the many things that make Redeemer special are its commitments to joyful worship, God's freeing grace and serving our city in word and deed. These commitments are foundational to Redeemer's growth and the life-change many of us have experienced over the years. As a rapidly-growing church, it is especially important that we connect every member to the kind of genuine care in the Gospel that allows Redeemer to feel like home.

A Shepherding Group consists of two, three or four Community Groups joined under the oversight of one or more Redeemer Ruling Elder(s). As Shepherds, RPC ruling elders want to help members experience a personal connection in the church and encourage participation in Redeemer’s overall program of discipleship.

To fulfill their purpose, Shepherding Group leaders focus on four practices:

  • Care & Visitation: Shepherding Group leaders have primary responsibility for ensuring new members to their group are welcomed and integrated into a community group, visitation during hospitalizations or the death of a loved one, and guidance during times of crisis.
  • Community Group Visitation: Through periodic visitation, Shepherding Group leaders encourage strong community group participation, provide guidance to their leaders and ensure that group members are well informed about important church initiatives.
  • Prayer: Shepherding Group leaders exhibit their spiritual leadership by knowing their members well enough that they might be covered in prayer. It is hoped that Shepherding Groups will promote a greater practice and culture of prayer at Redeemer.
  • Gatherings: Two to three times per year, Shepherding Groups gather together to practice hospitality and celebrate our common life together.

You can contact your Community group leaders to find out who your Shepherding Elder is. If you are not part of a Community Group, we encourage you to join one. Contact Assistant Pastor of Congregational Life Brad Tubbesing, or learn more HERE.