Redeemer United Church is located in Zuehl, Texas (about twenty miles northeast of San Antonio). It is unique in that it has the feel of a “country church” while serving fast-growing surrounding areas. It is an independent-minded church, with conservative Lutheran roots, affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
Parishioners desire a spiritual leader who: (1) is emotionally mature, personable, and sincere in ministering to all age groups; (2) places an emphasis on delivering a strong sermon using storytelling and illustrations to teach biblical principles that are relevant to congregants’ everyday interactions with their families, co-workers and the community; and (3) will embrace Redeemer’s rich traditions while also developing a more dynamic, engaging, and spiritually-enriching worship service.
Redeemer is blessed with a strong foundation and a solid cohort of young families from which to build. A recent congregational survey reveals the desire for additional menu offerings to more effectively minister to parents of school-aged children. Congregants also long for a reawakening within the church such that it will make more of a difference in their everyday lives so they may, in turn, make more of a difference in the lives of others.
Redeemer has a remarkably stable past and deep roots in the community. Its surroundings are imbued with opportunity, as upper-middle-class families with largely traditional values are increasingly moving to the area to escape the city and enjoy country living. The new families seem to mesh well with the existing population.
Despite its country setting, Redeemer is surrounded by growth and opportunity. Several fast-growing municipalities are mere minutes away; the bourgeoning and culturally-rich city of New Braunfels is a short drive further north; and downtown San Antonio is less than a half-hour away—boasting a wealth of contemporary architecture, rich history, fine hotels and restaurants, and the world-renowned River Walk, where shoppers and sightseers stroll a 15-mile picturesque waterway that is America’s largest urban ecosystem.