Subject: West Side Update — Faith & Work (Rise Campaign, April 11)

Redeemer West Side
11 April 2016
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Hello ,

Several years ago Tony Schwartz wrote the following in FastCompany:

Any culture inevitably pulls people toward its norms. Ours elevates those who work relentlessly and disdains those who are more laid-back.... Those who embrace long hours and devotion to the workplace not only earn a special place in the ranks of the company, but they also frequently earn more money—which translates into even more approval in our culture.

Schwartz’s insight reminds us that just because something becomes a cultural norm doesn’t mean it’s in the best interest of the community at large. Redeemer’s emphasis on cultural renewal, particularly as it relates to the intersection between our faith and work, is critical to re-narrating how we approach our vocations.

For us to continue to be a church not for ourselves but for the city, we need to view our various jobs as not for ourselves. Our work is an extension of God’s redemption in the world and must be filtered through his word and empowered by his Spirit. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. —Colossians 3:23

In Christ,

David Bisgrove
West Side Congregation Lead Pastor

We are in a unique position because the ideas, beliefs and trends that start in New York City reach the world and the tide of culture rising from NYC shapes the world. What if the culture rising from our city had the gospel in its DNA? If more people embodied the gospel in their lives and work, it could catalyze growing philanthropy, mercy, justice, racial reconciliation, more humane workplaces, art that promotes hope, and less institutional corruption. Please pray that God would help us embody the hope-giving power of the gospel in our vocations and industries.
  • Lord, teach me to discover, maintain and sharpen my purpose in my work so that it honors you.
  • Lord, help our church community be a place where people are encouraged to influence the culture and the marketplace with the hope, truth and grace of the gospel.
  • Lord, raise our expectations for how the power of the gospel can transform every industry in New York City.
  • Rise & Pray on April 16 
    During the Rise season, we’re praying that God would accelerate the gospel movement in NYC for the good of everyone. On April 16, join thousands of people from Redeemer's community and around the world to pray for this vision. You can sign up at After signing up, you will receive specific things to pray for and an opportunity to sign up for a dawn to dusk prayer chain of thirty-minute intervals.
  • Rise Commitment Guide
    Next Sunday, April 17, is the beginning of Commitment Week. As you prepare to make your commitment to Rise, please use this Commitment Guide as a tool that can help each of us determine our financial involvement. We pray that it is helpful as you take some time to reflect and pray on how God might uniquely use you. 
  • Rise: Professional Women's Gathering
    Are you a professional woman who wants to connect with other working women in Redeemer? Come hear from Katherine Leary Alsdorf on 'leaning in' at work while also keeping Christ at the center. A panel will also share their experiences. Join us on Monday, April 25, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the W83 Ministry Center. Register at
Stories “I want to lean into what it means to live a public faith and 
practice hospitality, all as part of the gospel working in my life.–Megan Ksionda
Redeemer's Vision
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
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