Jesus Christ had a mission. He came to earth from heaven knowing His purpose. Even at the age of 12, He told his parents, “Did you not know I had to be about My Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49). His single-mindedness, determination, and reliance on His heavenly Father’s guidance ensured that at the end of His ministry, He could pray confidently. “I have accomplished the work which you gave me to do.” (John 17:4)
He also had a vision. He saw the preferable future, the transformed humanity His mission would make. He knew what He had to be like ~ and what His followers had to be like ~ if the world was to sit up and take notice. He built a community of believers ~ only twelve at first ~ that would be the foundation of a vast network of followers who would fulfill His vision.
Jesus also had a plan. His ministry unfolded in stages. He had to be selective about the people and the possibilities in which He invested. Disciples had to be chosen from among many people who were interested. Workers needed to be trained. Jesus sometimes moved on to a new ministry opportunity even when people wanted Him to stay. He recognized the need to be selective about “ministry growth” and choose what fit His long-range plan.
We who call ourselves Jesus’ followers at Redeemer Church desire to carry on His mission. We also want to identify our core values and act consistently with them. While the message of Jesus Christ is timeless, the forms and programs we use to further His work are flexible. At Redeemer, we’ve concluded that if our church is going to be vital, dynamic, and have something to say to this generation, we need to determine what the core values are that do not change and what the changeable methods are for communicating those values to the world.
The Mission of Redeemer Church is to “Connect people with the love and life of Jesus Christ.” Through various ministries of our church, we desire that people not only meet Jesus but also over time, grow in their faith so that they live obediently to His commands and become conformed to His character.
Our vision (1) We believe that God has called us to focus on being a church in this community that churched and unchurched people alike love to attend; (2) We believe that our outreach and presence in DeWitt and St. Johns should transform the values and culture of our communities; (3) We believe that God will use Redeemer Church as a catalyst for renewal and transformation. Our passion is to assist other churches in becoming healthy and vital congregations.
Redeemer Church is a collection of individuals who have diverse theological and cultural perspectives and differing values with regard to serving Christ. Yet certain common values unify our efforts and define our distinctiveness. These are the guiding principles – or core values – which define who we are:Jesus
- Jesus Christ is Lord. He is the center of our lives and His Spirit lives in us.
- The Bible is God’s Word. It is our authority and guide.
- Worship is a celebration of our faith.
- Participating membership is a covenant where members support Redeemer with prayers, presence, gifts and service.
- Every believer is called to ministry. Spiritual gifts are given to us by God for us to use in His service.
- All people matter to God. We have a deep concern for all people – the churched and un-churched.
- Family-based ministries are a priority. Ministry to the whole family is a priority.
- Excellence is strived for in all things. Excellence honors God and inspires people.
- Growth occurs best in small groups. Small groups encourage accountability, discipleship, and fellowship among believers.
- Prayer is the cornerstone of all we do. We believe in the power of God to hear our prayer and answer according to His plan.
Redeemer Church History
Redeemer United Methodist Church was formed by the merger in 1970 of the DeWitt Methodist Church and Emanuel Methodist Church. The new congregation built a multi-purpose unit on land owned by Emanuel Methodist Church at the corner of Schavey and Clark roads in 1977. On May 15, 1994, the new sanctuary, education wing and offices were consecrated. In 2004, work was done to add classrooms for the Children’s Ministry, and the original section of the church was renovated into a Student Center. In July 2018, Redeemer adopted First UMC of St. Johns and Redeemer became one church with two locations.