Moments of uncharted faith have defined Redemption’s past. These moments have stood out throughout the years as evidences of God’s redemptive work.
Darrel Land and 12 people launch Christian Church of Jasper in a Days Inn meeting room. Shortly thereafter, the fledgeling church began meeting at the Jasper 8 Theaters.
In August 2001, Redemption (then known as Christian Church of Jasper), moved into its first facility on Cathy Lane, in an industrial area of Jasper. The church experienced many ups and downs from 2001 to 2006 in the building, but a young church began to take its first steps as a body.
In 2004, Redemption (then CCJ), heard from Haitian minister Leon DeOrleans for the first time. This time period was the spark of the church's outward focus, especially in the country of Haiti (where the church would later build an orphanage).
Easter Sunday 2006 was the church's largest Sunday attendance to-date (330-plus people). What made this Sunday a defining moment, however, was the decision to move services outside the church's walls and into the community. Jasper Middle School's auditorium was evidence of the church's uncharted effort to reach those outside our walls.
Redemption's (then CCJ's) move into its first building constructed from the ground, up, was an exercise of uncharted faith that God had greater things in store for the church. Built with the idea of several hundred people being able to attend at one time, the church quickly moved into multiple services in a multi-purpose space. Uncharted generosity allowed for the initial phase of the building to be paid off in one year, allowing for quick expansion to meet the needs of rapid growth.
In 2007, the church took its largest step of faith through the 99 Days Project. The goal was to raise enough money to begin an orphanage in Haiti. The church gave $5,000 (in small increments) to partners with instructions to imitate the parable of the talents and use what God had given them to multiply the initial money. Redemption (then CCJ), multiplied the original $5,000 to more than $40,000 simply by utilizing the gifts and talents God had given them. 99 Days was a pivotal moment in uncharted faith for the church.
The 24,000 Reasons campaign was an effort to finish out Redemption's (then CCJ's) worship center. Making room for the more than 24,000 regional people who didn't have a relationship with Jesus resulted in the church going, once again, into the uncharted waters of faith. The final Sunday of the campaign included worshipping in the shell of the room to help us better understand the goal.
Easter Sunday 2013 was a defining moment in Redemption's (then CCJ's) history as it was one of the few times, since the early days that the entire church was gathered under one roof, at one time, to worship together. Held in Jasper's historic Cabby O'Neill Gymnasium, the church made an extra effort to invite the community to the service to hear the gospel proclaimed in a service dubbed "Victory." More than 2,100 people gathered to worship — a milestone at the time.
The opening of Redemption's (then CCJ's) Worship Center A was a living example of the church's faith in what God has called us to do to make room for the more than 24,000 people within a reasonable driving distance who don't know Jesus. However, even on this day of celebration, it was made known this wasn't the finish line for the church.
Christian Church of Jasper was renamed Redemption Christian Church in mid-2016 as the church moved to become one church in multiple locations. In December 2016, Redemption's first multi-site location, in Loogootee, Ind., launched. The church moved into the uncharted once again, following God's call to reach more people in southern Indiana with the gospel of Jesus.
The Story of Redemption’s Growth
On May 21, 2000, 12 people who had agreed to partner with a church plant in Jasper, Ind., met for the first service of Christian Church of Jasper in Jasper’s Days Inn meeting room. There were several supporting churches who sent people along for encouragement on that first day, but the work of planting the church was an uncharted step of faith for the 12 and minister Darrel Land. From those, admittedly, rough first few years, CCJ took step after step of uncharted faith in what God was doing in our time and place. Through buying a warehouse to call our own to building a first building to expansion and multi-site, the work God has done through CCJ, and then Redemption Christian Church, has been nothing short of uncharted for a Christian church in our region. Numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they do provide an insight into what God has done here. With Uncharted, we are continuing to move forward in faith and stepping out into the unknown, depending completely on God.
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Commit: Church Planting & Sending Out
Redemption has always been a church focused on more than our own walls. We are a multi-site church (with two locations), however, we don’t want to be only about growing Redemption Christian Church, we also want to send people to plant churches. In August 2017, Redemption announced its support of a church plant in Boston, Mass., called Renaissance Christian Church. Renaissance, to be launched in late 2018, will be planted by current Redemption Executive Minister of Development Drew Thurman. Drew, along with his wife, Bre, his daughter Annie, and Redemption partners Jace and Catie Rasche, are being sent from Redemption as a part of the church plant in 2018.
Redemption will be financially supporting Renaissance via our missions budget and the Uncharted initiative.
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