Hey church, we are so excited to update you that Redemption Church held their first in-person worship gathering ever on September 13, 2020! We’re so excited for Pastor Carter and the team as they take strides in their launch process.  We wanted to remind you of a blog that launch team member, Jacob Thomas, wrote about seating capacity over sending capacity.
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Watch Redemption Church’s first in-person worship gathering, and read Jacob’s blog below!

Sending, Not Seating

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “Sending capacity, not seating capacity.” I was at the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham. JD Greear said that we don’t judge the health of our church by our seating capacity, but by our sending capacity. Which at first was very odd to me because I had always judged the health of a church by how many people attended. But over the years at Summit and now Mercy Hill, I’ve come to realize that looking at the number of mature disciples willing to sacrifice and take the gospel to new places is a much more biblical way to measure the spiritual health of a congregation. If you look at Scripture, God is about sending His people out so that his name will be glorified throughout the earth. Even from the beginning, God called Adam and Eve to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” That denotes a filling of the whole earth, or a “going;” not staying still. We see in Jesus’ life and ministry that He gathered people to send them. From Genesis to Revelation, God commissions His people to live a “sent” life so that those around them can know the loving kindness of the One who created them. Jesus himself commands this directly to His disciples in Matthew 28:19 and Acts 1:8. So, if it was important to God since the creation of the world and commanded by Jesus before he ascended to heaven, then I and our church should take seriously our commitment to sending over seating.

I know this has impacted my family and my life. My wife Anne Marie and I moved from Raleigh to Greensboro to plant Mercy Hill and now we are moving from Greensboro to Roanoke to plant Redemption Church. We believe that the Lord is being patient towards us and wishes that none perish, but desires that all should repent of their sins and turn to the Him (2 Peter 3:9). This is impossible unless the people of God are willing to be sent. This sending has caused my family to give up deep friendships, good paying jobs, a house that we made our own, and a healthy church that we have loved… even to the point of tears. But we do that because we love our Savior, and His love for us fuels our love for others. It’s hard to give up what’s comfortable and good, but it also puts on display the gospel. Jesus left His home and Father so that He might die on the cross for us. Going to Roanoke is a much smaller sacrifice than Jesus’, but we are dying to our comforts here to put the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on display for the people of Roanoke. We hope that one day, many will also be sent from Redemption Church, because our health is measured by sending capacity, not seating capacity.

Jacob Thomas
Redemption Church Launch Team Member