Jesus Christ holds all authority in and over His Church (Mt. 28:18). Therefore, Redeemer places all authority for our Church in Jesus Christ, “the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords” (1 Tim. 6:15; Rev. 17:14, 19:16). Along with the authority of Jesus Christ, we also affirm “Sola Scriptura”, these sixty-six canonical books, as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Mt. 5:17-20; 2 Tim. 3:14-17). The leadership team, made up of pastors and deacons (1 Tim. 3:1-13, Phil. 1:1), holds the responsibility of serving and overseeing the church body, as well as praying for and seeking first the Kingdom of God at Redeemer Church.
The Management Team is comprised of the initial board of directors. Once a minimum of four people on the leadership board have been elected, the management team will dissolve. The Management team serves to give oversight and accountability to pastoral staff and congregation.
In the book of Revelation, John paints the picture of heaven as a “great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.” This vision of the future should inform the kind of church we should strive to be here and now. Jesus teaches us not only to pray for, but to proactively partner with God to seek his Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
The word kainos is the Greek word Paul uses in Ephesians 2:15 to describe the new multi-ethnic community that Jesus created bringing together Jews and Gentiles. This word means something new of its kind, which implies that Paul was expressing that this multi-ethnic community was something completely new and foreign in the 1st century world to which Paul was writing. Dr. Derwin Gray says, “ the New Testament knows nothing of a homogenous local church other than the churches in Jerusalem.” Therefore, in the first century multiethnic churches were not anomalies, but the norm. We believe that Jesus breaks down barriers and transcends differences to create a beautiful, diverse, unified family. We desire to be a foretaste of heaven here on earth in Wichita, KS.
At Redeemer, we are committed to see every person flourish regardless of your ethnicity, culture, age, gender, or class. The Kainos Kommittee is a team made up of diverse believers from Redeemer commissioned to help create a culture where all feel welcome, empowered, and challenged. This team meets regularly to pray, dialogue, and strategize in order to implement and embody our vision of being multiethnic in the life of our church.