The Remedy church body gathered together for Family Matters on Sunday, November 9. We call it Family Matters because we are a family and the topics discussed impact the family. The purpose of this Family Matters was to celebrate what God has done in 2014 and update the Remedy Body.
We used our ministry grid of theological, missional and relational to celebrate the things that God has done corporately.
Theological: We continue to be about Jesus.
- “In Him For Him” sermon series – a study of Ephesians
- “Jesus the Greater” sermon series – a look at Jesus in the Old Testament
- “Follow Me” – Gospel of Mark series and workbook encouraging daily study of the Word
- Developed a resource table that points people to Jesus through the opportunities presented at Remedy and a variety of Gospel-centered books
- Offered two Bible study series – a four-week study on Philippians and a four-week study on Biblical foundations
- We continue to meet for prayer Sunday mornings, Tuesday mornings and Sunday nights
- Remedy Youth has covered a series on apologetics, the Gospel, and is studying James
- “Restless” series – an eight-week study for women from the life of Joseph
Missional: We live intentionally, taking Jesus wherever we go, responding to His call.
- We continue to encourage the Body to be about Jesus wherever God has us – Jesus is the priority, not a priority
- Sent outreach teams to Mexico and Honduras
- Sent out individuals to London and Ireland
- Locally engaged with the Salvation Army, Crescent Ministries and Redemption Church
- Remedy Youth traveled to Portland to help with a church plant
- Community Groups have served at a school, cared for coworkers, and helped with moves
- Monthly leadership trainings for Community Group leaders and ministry leads – raising up leaders to raise up leaders
Relational: Living life in community.
- Community Groups – more than 80% of our Body is regularly involved in CGs. We have 8 CGs and about 100 regularly attend
- We have a solid staff in Youth ministry for the purpose of developing relationships on Tuesday nights
- We have 30 children’s staff serving at all different levels with an emphasis on loving kids and families
- We have developed teams to better serve and develop relationships through ushering, greeting, sound, worship, and words
- Glorify God by making disciples
- Gather in large and small groups to equip the disciples
- Scatter to share the good news so that disciples can make disciples
The vision has always been to share the Gospel, people to people, sending people near and far to spread the gospel. Relational ministry takes time. We do not send people to a program on how to raise kids, but we mix up the Body in Community Groups with the goal that the younger and older will learn from each other and be stirred up by one another. We invest time in one another; it is the work of the ministry. The pastors and staff of Remedy are charged to facilitate this in all ministries. For a full listing of staff and responsibility, see our Staff page.
Financial decisions of Remedy are made by the Board of elders (Pastor Tim, Pastor Sam and Pastor Mark). We have built in varying levels of accountability by approval levels and by one of the pastors who is a lay pastor, providing outside perspective. In addition we have recently established a Gospel Finance Group. This group will meet at various times to provide counsel to the pastors regarding financial decisions. These will include things like long-term commitments (lease, staffing), large purchases and salaries.
Our finances: Total expenses (mission/personnel/operations) are projected to increase in 2015 by 15-20%. Current expenses fall slightly below income for 2014. We are praying for an increase of $5,000 per month in 2015. We are asking the Remedy Body to consider how they may participate in that increase. The staff is faithfully praying through their participation.
We are thankful to Jesus, the Chief Shepherd of the Church, for His faithfulness, grace and guidance. All glory to Him and Him alone!