Our Vision and PartnersAt Redeemer Church, we believe in living our faith both in Lubbock and beyond. We're inspired by the call to be "the light of the world" (Matt 5:14) and to spread God's message (Matt 28:18-20; John 20:21; Acts 1:8). Our goal? Equip every member to make disciples, support our 'For the City' partners, and serve the vulnerable in our community.
Service transforms us. As we bring positive change to our city, we also grow spiritually. Isaiah's call to "seek justice, correct oppression" (Isa 1:16-17) reminds us that true faith leads to action. From the start, the church has championed the vulnerable (James 1:27). At Redeemer, we're committed to being active disciples, serving with joy, and giving generously. Read on for more about the ministries we partner with in Lubbock. Fill out the Interest Form to learn more and get connected.
Homelessness and Economic Needs
Why we partner: The Bible teaches that every person is uniquely created in the image of God (Gen 1:27), making them worthy of our utmost respect and honor. God demonstrates a special concern for those who are economically disadvantaged or struggling. In the Old Testament, God provided special provisions for the poor, commanding his people to leave some of the gleanings of the harvest “for the poor and for the sojourner” (Lev 19:9-10). God’s heart for the poor is so great that Proverbs tells us, “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him” (Prov 14:31)
Jesus similarly spoke of his people feeding and clothing those in need, saying, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). James likewise spoke so strongly of the need to care for the poor that he said someone who merely says words of blessing but does not provide the things needed for the body has a dead faith (James 2:14-17). Keeping all of this in mind, along with our Lord’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), we seek to partner with local organizations that are actively seeking to meet the needs of the homeless and otherwise economically disadvantaged people of Lubbock. We desire to not only see immediate physical needs met, but also see people given the tools they need to thrive and provide for themselves and their families.
References: Exod 22:25-27; Lev 19:9-10; 23:22; Deut 15:7-11; 24:19-21; Ps 9:18; 12:5; 35:10; 40:17; Prov 14:31; Isa 3:13-15; 10:1-2; Amos 8:4-6; Luke 4:18-19; 6:20; Rom 15:25-27; Gal 2:10; James 2:1-7, 14-17
Care for Unintended Pregnancies
Why we partner: At the heart of our mission lies a profound respect for the sanctity of life. As the Bible teaches, we believe every individual, even before birth, is a unique creation, crafted in the image of God (Gen 1:27). This conviction drives our commitment to stand against the tragedy of abortion and to support those in Lubbock facing unintended pregnancies. Through our collaboration with local ministries, we aim to empower individuals with the knowledge and resources they need during these challenging times.
Our mission doesn't stop at birth. We're dedicated to ensuring mothers and families have the tools to nurture, provide for, and educate their children. By partnering with like-minded organizations, we strive to address these concerns holistically, ensuring every child is given the love, care, and opportunities they deserve.
References: Gen 1:27; Exo 20:13; Job 31:15; Ps 22:10; 127:3-5; 139:13-16; Prov 6:16-19; Jer 1:5.
Why we partner: Human trafficking, which is the use of improper means to acquire people for the purpose of exploiting them, is a problem significantly greater than many Americans realize. A report found that in 2016 there were approximately 313,000 people who had been victims of human trafficking in Texas, with about 79,000 minors and youth being victims of sex trafficking in our state and 234,000 victims of labor trafficking. The Bible strongly condemns human trafficking, so strongly in fact that it was a capital crime in ancient Israel (Ex 21:16; Deut 24:7) and likewise condemned in the New Testament (1 Tim 1:9-11).
The principle of loving our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31) and caring for the most vulnerable among us demands that we stand up against the horror that is human trafficking, from which less than 1% of victims are currently ever rescued. To that end, we partner with local organizations that seek to rescue, rehabilitate, and restore victims of human trafficking.
Partnership: One Voice
References: Gen 1:27; Exo 21:16; Deut 10:18; 24:7; 27:19; Ps 35:10; 68:5-6; 82:3-4; 146:9; Prov 31:8-9; Isa 1:17; 58:6-7; 61:1; Eze 34:16; Zech 7:10; Matt 25:40; Mark 12:31; 1 Tim 1:9-11; James 1:27
Foster, Adoption, and Orphan Care
Why we partner: The Bible emphasizes the significance of families (see Ep. 5:24-6:4; Co. 3:18-25) and underscores the importance of supporting them, especially when they face challenges. At the heart of the gospel is a beautiful picture of adoption: God graciously brings us into His family, displaying His love and mercy. Recognizing this, we collaborate with local organizations that aid single-parent families, offer foster care resources, and establish homes for children in need. Jesus' deep compassion for children (Mt. 18:5-6; Mk. 10:13-16) and the Old Testament's call to protect orphans (Ex. 22:22; Dt. 27:19) highlight God's heart for the vulnerable.
In partnership with these organizations, we work to strengthen families, safeguard children, and support foster care and adoption initiatives, reflecting the very heart of the gospel.
References: Exo 22:22-24; Deut 10:18; 14:28-29; 24:17-22; 26:12-13; 27:19; Job 24:3-4; 29:12-13; 31:17-18; Ps 10:14, 18; 72:4; 68:4-6; 82:3-4; 146:9; Isa 1:17, 23; 10:1-3; Jere 5:28; 7:5-7; 22:3; Mal 3:5; Matt 18:5-6; Mark 10:13-16; Eph 5:24-6:4; Col 3:18-25; James 1:27
Cultural Exchange Program
Why we partner: Our church is proud to partner with the Cultural Exchange (CulEx) program, an initiative designed to support international students as they integrate into the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities. This program offers a dual benefit: it allows international students and Lubbock families to mutually share and celebrate their distinct cultures, and it provides a local support network for students who might otherwise feel isolated, miles away from their primary support systems.
The CulEx program offers a wealth of benefits, enriching both students and host families alike. Engaging in this program fosters a deeper understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures, dispelling stereotypes and promoting unity. It's more than just an academic experience; it's an opportunity to truly immerse in the West Texas culture, known for its hospitality and warmth. By joining a Lubbock family, students can fully embrace the local culture, while families gain insights into the rich traditions and perspectives of their international guests. Join us, and let's make the world a little smaller, one friendship at a time.
Partnership: Texas Tech University Cultural Exchange program