Ryan is the Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Hickory, NC. He is the host of the "In The Room" podcast, and the author of 8 Hours, Or Less: Writing Faithful Sermons Faster.  

The Redemption Move

Wow! I'm not sure what to say other than that. By God's great grace, Redemption had an amazing first Sunday at Prospect High School and I grabbed a few iPhone shots during our set up...

Our entire leadership and production teams showed up at 6am as we had a good amount of new equipment we'd never used and had to figure out on the fly. They were amazing and we had no major problems!

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We've moved to utilizing three screens in our main auditorium which we also had never done. Our biggest question mark was around whether or not this would all work, but our guys killed it and it ended up coming together.

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Like most churches, each of our ministries used to have their own tables in the lobby people could stop by for information. Unfortunately, this lead to confusion for guests as we were trying to communicate all the places people needed to go to get the information they needed. As a result, we killed all the tables and now have one Guest Services kiosk. They have all the info anyone could possibly need, so we simply tell people to stop by guest services for everything and anything.

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The team I was most impressed with was Redemption Kids. They transformed three boring classrooms into beautiful spaces to tell kids about Jesus. So impressed by their efforts!

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We have a number of little issues to tweak and get better at, but I have never been more blessed, or humbled to lead Redemption. Our team served long and hard and they have never complained once. The result:

  • We moved our entire church in a matter of weeks
  • We had 276 people in worship yesterday (record high)
  • We saw 4 more people make a public profession of faith

Tyler Drewitz, our Executive Pastor, has done an incredible job of managing this transition and if you call Redemption home it would bless me if you took a second to thank him for his hard work and service towards our team.

The best is yet to come and we can't wait to see what God does next!

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