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Community Group Update: Matthews

We're excited to take the next few weeks to update our church body about our Community Groups across the city. Look forward to an update from each of our individual leaders about their groups' mission, service and activities.


This spring, we sought to test the waters for a new community group in the Matthews/SE Charlotte area. This “incubation group” brought together a few folks who are fairly new to Redemption (and the city of Charlotte), as well as existing members who were also a part of an existing community group. Over the past few months, two couples bought houses and moved, and numerous people had job transitions, while others in the group attended school to pursue professional degrees.

 

There was a lot of transition - work schedules, relocations, the demands of higher education. Amidst the busyness of life, we had some challenges in setting a consistent meeting day and location. However, community still happened! Through this season, new friendships were initiated and existing friendships were deepened. Several lunches, dinners, and hangouts occurred. A new discipleship pod began. Members of the group began serving the church in new and much needed ways.

 

I love that we called this an “incubation group” because community, as with all relationships, takes time to grow and develop in its own way and its own time. Community can’t be forced or contrived,

 

nor can it be hindered despite challenges and hurdles. The biblical word for “community” implies “relational participation.” And by God’s grace that is exactly what I see happening.

 

As relationships continue to develop over the summer, we hope to re-boot this fall, meeting more frequently and consistently. Ted Zimmer has taken great initiative in this group and has ideas for taking it to the next level. Stay tuned!


Jeremy Carr grew up in a creative arts community in Augusta, Georgia, involved with music and drama from an early age. After completing a Bachelors in Music, he attended seminary earning a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Theology. Jeremy became a church planter with the Acts 29 network in 2007 and founded Redemption Church in Augusta, GA. He is author of the book Sound Words: Listening to the Scriptures. Jeremy and his family moved to Charlotte in 2016 to join the Redemption team.