Associate Pastor of Discipleship
- We have continued our recruiting efforts to fill the role of Associate Pastor of Discipleship.
- Many resumes and applications have been received, but very few of them have been viable candidates.
- We were in discussions with two candidates (not at the same time), and had two phone interviews with each,
followed by a weekend of face-to-face meetings with one.
- After bringing this candidate here for several days, our ministry leaders and elders agreed that this was not the
person God was leading us to, although he had good giftings and strengths.
- While there was disappointment on both sides that this didn’t work out, it was clear to our leadership team that
this was not the right decision for us.
- Please continue to pray as we assess applicants, this role, and where God may be leading us.
- Despite this role going unfilled, we are excited to be working together with some of our non-staff leaders, as we
seek to enhance our discipleship ministry with some specific steps, as well as beginning to work on more family
ministries, with our first step being a marriage conference in March.
- We announced in September that Jen Kuypers has decided to resign as Director of Kids Ministry.
- We are very thankful to God for providing Jen’s leadership to this ministry for almost seven years and wish her
all the best as she spends more time as a wife and mother.
- Our leadership team has begun to assess the Kids Ministry to see if we continue with the same structure or
make some adjustments. This is a necessary first step, before we begin to consider another hire in this ministry.
CHURCH PLANTING UPDATE
St. Thomas, Ontario
- There has been a lot of exciting progress with our re-plant of Gospel Fellowship Chapel to Redemption Bible
Chapel St. Thomas.
- The St. Thomas staff team is in place and going strong, with Jake Klassen as the Senior Pastor, Pete Bergen as
Director of Worship and Assimilation, and Natalie Paterson as Office Manager. Kim Unger is also serving in a
volunteer role, as the Director of Kids Ministry.
- Our team, in conjunction with the St. Thomas team, have been working hard through the summer and now into
the fall on the project plan – everything from facility renovations, tech upgrades, ministry changes, CRA
requirements, and financial changes. Things are progressing well, and we continue to see God moving.
- St. Thomas had their “soft launch” this fall – meaning they have made some of the critical changes to the
worship service, started Kids Ministry, assimilation, and a few other infrastructure changes. More changes will
be coming each week throughout the fall.
- Attendance is currently over 200 at their services (including about 40 kids), with many guests every week from
our church, other churches in the surrounding area, and those with no church affiliation.
- We are continuing to execute the project plan through the rest of the fall, with a goal of a hard launch, including
the official name change, as Redemption St. Thomas, early in December.
- We estimate that approximately 30-50 families from London have transitioned to Redemption St. Thomas. We
praise God for our people’s willingness to get involved in what He is doing in St. Thomas.
- While we rejoice for the eagerness of our people to support this church plant, this has put a bit of a strain on our
budget. We are investing about $200,000 into the transition costs and expect to be supplementing their
operating budget by up to $100,000 in each of the first two years. This, along with the donations of our people
who have transitioned from our church to St. Thomas, has meant extra pressure on our operating budget.
- We are thankful that God has provided for us and St. Thomas through the faithful giving of our people and some
capital funds we had been able to save. If you haven’t been giving biblically, faithfully, and generously, we would
urge you to put God first in your finances and help us fully fund both our ministry, and assistance to theirs until
they can become self-sufficient.
- The asbestos abatement in the gym was completed this summer, and the structure assessed.
- We have all the completed, detailed floor plans and specifications needed for a possible renovation to make the
back area of our first floor a large, open lobby, and turn our “gym” into two floors with much needed classrooms
on both floors. We have driven out all the engineering and architectural issues to help ensure we know all that
must be done and there will be no surprises when we tear out a wall or open up a ceiling. This was done to
reduce our risk, should we go forward.
- Our next step is to cost out all the work. We are working on this through the fall, with hopes of having some cost
estimates to present to the congregation early in 2020. We will then ask for your input and thoughts on the
need for this possible renovation, the plan, the cost, etc.
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
- We are very excited and thanking God that we will be celebrating our 20 th anniversary as a church this spring!
- As part of our celebration, we have some special things planned.
- Beginning in October, we challenged our church family to memorize one verse each week, for 20 weeks, leading
up to our 20 th anniversary celebration. We are a Bible church and felt this was a great way to celebrate who we
are, and God’s faithfulness to us.
- Our celebration Sunday will be on March 8. Come prepared to join with us in thanking God for His work, and
we’ll also have some cake and a special video celebrating much of what God has graciously done over these 20
years in the lives of our congregation!
- As part of our celebration, we’ll also have some special “20 th Anniversary” shirts available for sale. Watch for
details coming soon.
- We are pleased to inform our congregation that as of this October, Redemption Bible Chapel has been
incorporated in the province of Ontario.
- Our leadership felt this was a necessary step to take in order to provide protection to our elders, staff, and
congregants against legal action of any nature. Most churches have or are incorporating for these reasons.
- The incorporation provides legal and financial protection and satisfies government requirements, while still
enabling us to run the church in a biblical way.
- We are thankful that the incorporation will not result in more red tape or formalities, but rather will serve to
guard all our people from the financial implications of litigation.
Christmas Eve Services
Tuesday December 24th
2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm
Note: Kids Ministry available during 2:00pm and 4:00pm services only.
Town Hall Meeting
Sunday January 19th at 6:00pm
Free Indeed Men’s Conference
Friday February 7th – Saturday February 8th
20th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday March 8th