In October 2007, while pastoring a church plant in Birmingham, Ronnie Rothe felt God calling him to plant a church in his home state of Nebraska, specifically in Omaha. After eight months of dedicated prayer, investigation, and surrender, God made it clear to Ronnie and his wife Kristy that He truly was calling them to plant a church in Omaha. Even though they were unsure of what the future would hold, they accepted God's calling on their lives, Ronnie resigned, and they relocated their family to Omaha in November 2008.
After spending months assembling a launch team, praying together, and laying the groundwork, Relevant Community Church had our first official worship service on Easter Sunday 2009. From April through August that year, Relevant conducted five monthly worship services at Indian Creek Golf Course in Elkhorn. On September 13, 2009, Relevant officially launched weekly worship services and embarked on a mission to transform lives, transform our community, and to do our part in transforming the world.
Our Name: Why "Relevant"?
Following Jesus was meant to be an adventure. Church was meant to be exciting, transforming, and relevant; a place where people connect with God, no matter where they are in life. After surveying the spiritual culture of Omaha, it became clear that a large majority of people don't engage with a church because they haven't experienced what God created church to be. For many people church is boring, confusing, and not applicable to their lives. For this reason, we decided on the name Relevant Community Church.
We exist to transform people, so we live as a transforming church, that is part of transforming the world.
Relevant Community Church exists for one purpose: TRANSFORMATION. Jesus came on a mission to transform the world and He has called the Church to carry on this mission. We do this by leading people to live a transformed life (T-Life) and working together as a church to transform the world (T-World).
We talk a lot about "T-Life" at Relevant. T-Life is simply how we categorize 3 elements for how a person lives in order to be continually transformed by Jesus.
- GROWING in a relationship with Jesus: because Jesus is the only One who can transform our lives.
- CONNECTING in authentic relationships within the church: because our lives are not transformed in isolation.
- IMPACTING the world: because our mission of sharing Jesus' love transforms us too.
Our "T-World" focus includes 3 initiatives for how Relevant impacts the world together.
- Community Impact: because the world is transformed one local community at a time.
- Global Impact: because Jesus calls us to go to "the ends of the earth".
- Church Multiplication: because starting new churches in new communities is how new people are reached.
Our dream is to reach people who are far from Jesus and the church, and to see their lives transformed by Jesus through Relevant. So we are committed to be a church that unchurched people love to be part of.
Our strategy is to create irresistible and relevant environments that lead people to GROW, CONNECT, and IMPACT (T-Life).
5 Years of Relevant Video
We produced this video for our 5 year anniversary. It dives deeper into our beginning and what God did through Relevant in our first five years.