How Redeemer relies on Tether to live out their ‘Practices of PEACE’

Tether has been working with Redeemer over two years, and is now a core part of Redeemer’s integral operations
“We’re all being nudged toward something. Tether nudges us toward what matters, real relationships and rich spiritual practices“
Redeemer NYC was founded in 1989 by Dr. Timothy Keller. With multiple churches throughout the city and an influential church-planting network, Redeemer has helped lead the way in encouraging practical spiritual growth in post-Christian contexts.

How do you support robust spiritual formation in a context like New York City?

Lyn Cook and the team at Redeemer have been asking this question for years. In a place like New York (and increasingly most other major US cities) there are a million activities and ideas vying for one’s attention. Redeemer recognized the challenge of discipleship and spiritual formation early in their church’s lifecycle, and prioritized spiritual growth by building a team to support this area directly.

Redeemer realized they needed to give their people a very practical framework for living out their faith all over the city. Through this process, Redeemer’s Practices of PEACE were developed. The practices of PEACE include: Pause, Eat, Ask, Commune, and Examine.

These practices all have very practical exercises that Redeemer members are encouraged to practice on a routine basis. “Being able to activate our Practices of PEACE within Tether, to guide people step-by-step through the exercises and be able to share your growth with others, we knew Tether would be a great fit from the get-go” says Lyn Cook.

Starting small and growing over time

“Tether took a very hands-on and incremental approach to helping us adopt Tether, always looking for opportunities to support our people with creative experiences on the platform,” says Kyle Chen, Community Assistant Director. “Their team is great at thinking through experiences that will resonate with congregants, and their team has continued to support us semester-to-semester to think through engagement plans and ways to continually increase adoption.” At Tether, we recognize the need to “always be launching” and have made ongoing support a core piece of our product offering.

A key tool for spiritual growth

Redeemer is a great case study showcasing how, over time, Tether can become the resource for spiritual growth within a church. Here’s just a handful of feedback from real users at Redeemer East Side:

I’m a huge fan of tether. I need the daily reminders, and love starting my day on tether. Also love the reflection included in the evenings. This is the most useful app for my faith. - Evan M.
I love the mix of Tether-provided resources (suggested habits, practices) and the devotionals and practices provided by Redeemer. This diversity keeps my daily devotion diverse and fresh. - Mary E.
I like that I can share what I’m reading, what I’m learning, and where I need support with the rest of my Tuesday morning ladies group. We use Tether for keeping track of all of our prayer requests and sharing the day-to-day state of our hearts. - Sarah K.

What’s Next

Tether will continue working with Redeemer to consider how to increase their usage and create unique growth-experiences for their people. This next semester, the teaching team at Redeemer will be using Tether as a means to coach people on the application of sermons throughout the season.

Tether has been working with Redeemer over two years, and is now a core part of Redeemer’s integral operations.

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