In 2013 City on a Hill launched a new initiative – a church planting internship called PlantED. One of its inaugural interns, Sam Wright, is now stepping up to plant a church in Melbourne’s east. City on a Hill is blessed to be supporting Sam as he plants Redemption Church, which will be the very first independent church within the City on a Hill Movement.
Before their launch we wanted to get an insight into what’s happening, and what’s ahead for Redemption Church. The following is an interview with Pastor Sam.
Q: Sam, can you start by telling us a little about the vision you have for Redemption Church?
It is really summed up in three words. Jesus. Community. Mission. We are seeking to be a Jesus-centered community on mission together – and the mission is simply that people would meet and be saved by Jesus.
On Sunday’s we will be meeting in Ringwood. We’re located on the corner of Eastlink, which heads into the city one way and right down to the Peninsula the other. That puts us within a 10 minute drive of over 600, 000 people. We desire to saturate this area with small missional communities who come together on Sundays for worship and to listen to the word of God preached.
Q: What is on the horizon for Redemption Church?
We are going to be launching weekly Sunday gatherings on March 2nd! We will have a big launch service where we will share our vision, preach the word, sing praises to God, hear testimonies of how God has been working already and pray that He would continue working through us. We are really excited about this new season for us as a church and cannot imagine what God will do in and through us this year as we weekly praise and proclaim the grace of God to believer and unbeliever alike.
Q: Where have you seen evidences of God’s grace in the journey so far?
God has been so good to us in so many different ways. Within our community we have moved from mostly strangers to feeling like a growing family. We have developed in our understanding of the gospel and its implications for all of our lives. We have become more sacrificial with our time and money to get on board with the mission of God. God continues to add to the number in our community. We have had sweet times experiencing fellowship with God. We have seen some people come to church who have never stepped foot inside a church before. So we really do enter into this new season full of thanks to God for the past season we have had.
Q: What are the details of where and when you meet?
We meet upstairs at the Coach and Horses: 33 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood at 10:30am.
As mentioned, we’ll be launching Sunday March 2nd.
Q: How can we pray for you?
A few things:
- That we would begin well and continue well for Jesus’ glory.
- For protection. Our first sermon series is in the book of Ephesians which is chock full of language to do with spiritual war, so I am keenly aware that Satan does not want churches planted. If we are weak and impotent then he will leave us alone but as we do engage in the mission of God of course there will be opposition.
- For people to be saved. This is a work of God so please join us in praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in seeing many saved.
- For more Christians to join us. We want more believers who love Jesus and who love the lost to perhaps take a risk, feel uncomfortable, and join our mission.