The most important way to get plugged into the life of our congregation is to become involved in a Community Group. These are places to both cultivate a relationship with God and friendships with others. Explore this page to learn more about our groups and options.
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Click on the image below to find a Downtown community group near you. You can use the filters to select a group that meets at a time/location that would be easy for you to attend regularly. Email [email protected] if you need further assistance.
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Community Groups are a place to cultivate a relationship with God and friendships with others. It is within these small communities that men and women can build personal relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives. The goal of each group is to experience Jesus Christ in its midst, enabling participants to be transformed through mutual ministry and to experience life in the family of God. Community Groups are also safe spaces for those exploring Christianity who would like to experience what community life within the church looks like. If you are interested in exploring Christianity more in depth, we also offer West Side Cafe as a space to engage with and process the Christian faith.
Composed of 6 to 12 people, groups meet in homes throughout the city. All groups are led by trained lay leaders from our congregation who receive continued oversight and support from our pastoral staff. Groups generally meet two to four times a month for worship, Bible study, fellowship and prayer. Many groups also participate in monthly service projects or social events in place of one regular meeting.
These groups provide sanctuary from the pressures and anxieties of life in the city and facilitate the formation of new friendships. Community Groups are places where we can be revitalized and strengthened as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ to our fellow New Yorkers. As God made us for community, we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. Our hope is that everyone who attends our church will be involved in a Community Group.
We have many groups that you are welcome to join at any time of the year. Find a group near you.
We invite you to “beta test” community life every fall by joining a Beta Group. Beta Groups are seven-week Community Groups that start in late September and are designed especially for those who are new to our church, new to Community Groups, or interested in exploring Christianity. Beta Groups feature the following:
Questioning Christianity Groups are informal discussion groups specifically for people who are curious about Christianity. They provide a forum for people to openly and respectfully discuss foundational topics about Christianity and explore deep questions. Here you can process your questions with like-minded people and learn how the claims of Christianity relate to everyday living. Questioning Christianity Groups are geared toward people who are in process with the Christian faith. They are designed to be a respectful, moderated dialogue.
What is the difference between a Beta Group and a Community Group?
Community Groups (CGs) are ongoing groups that tend to have a more established core membership but still welcome newcomers year-round. Beta Groups are new, short-term CGs that ask their members to make a seven-week commitment, and most, if not all, members will be new to each other. Beta Groups begin each year in late September. Both Beta Groups and CGs engage with the same study curriculum.
There are so many group choices. How should I go about deciding on one?
Start by choosing your church. At the top of the find a group map, filter by location, time and type of group. Regular group attendance is important and beneficial for community, so try to find a group that is convenient for you. If you need further guidance, contact [email protected].
Can I visit a few different groups before deciding on one?
Yes, we understand that you may want to visit more than one group before deciding on the best one for you. We do recommend that you visit a group more than once before making a decision.
Can I be a regular group member of more than one group at a time?
Yes, you are welcome to be member of more than one group, but we have found that with the typical New Yorker’s schedule, it is often difficult to participate fully in the life of more than one group at a time.
How can I find a group with people in the same work field as me?
We do not offer CGs for specific work fields. If you are interested in vocational training and programs please visit and explore Center for Faith & Work.
How can I start my own group?
If you are already a member of a CG, talk to your group leader about your interest in co-leading your group or in starting a new group. If you are interested in starting a new group, please email [email protected]. All CG leaders are required to attend New Leader Basics Training before leading. See lead a group for more information.
If I haven’t heard back from a group that I contacted, what should I do?
Please contact [email protected]. While our leaders do their best to contact you in a timely manner, things happen. If you have not heard back after a week, we will be happy to help contact the leader for you.
Am I allowed to join a group that is affiliated with a different congregation than mine?
While you are free to join any Community Group that is convenient for you, we highly recommend joining a CG that is affiliated with your church. Instead of seeing the members of your group just once a week at CG, you will see them again at worship services and other events, which provides the opportunity for deeper, stronger relationships with others in your church.