Reshaping Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran

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By The Staff

After Sunday, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Mission will be no more. Its identity, which is shared with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe, will change.Rather than being a daughter mission of Immanuel, Redeemer Evangelical will become a sister congregation known as Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church. The difference between being a mission and a congregation, Rev. Brian Kachelmeier said, lies in church policy and structure. Right now, he explained, members of Redeemer Evangelical are actually members of Immanuel in Santa Fe.Becoming its own congregation allows Redeemer to be separate from the Santa Fe church, and as a separate entity, it can elect is own officials, such as president, vice president and secretary.Additionally, Kachelmeier said, in the past Redeemer and Immanuel worked together to make an annual joint work program and budget. He described it was “one big collection pot.” Now, as an independent congregation, Redeemer will be responsible for its own funding.To become a separate congregation, Kachelmeier said church members developed their own constitution and by-laws, which were sent to Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the national organization, for approval.To get to this point took eight years of planning and prayer. On Dec.

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