Community Groups

Community Groups

Redeemer West Side Community Groups follow Jesus together to be a blessing to others.

Community Groups (CGs) are small groups that gather regularly to share about life, support each other, pray, reflect on the Bible, and serve others. CGs have been a central part of Redeemer’s life for decades. The Bible says we are created to be in caring communities that also seek to bless those outside the church. We aim for all our groups to find creative ways of contributing to the life of others, their neighborhoods, and the city.

Find a group here.

Most of our groups are co-ed, designed for anyone to join. We also have West Side Women and West Side Men ministries, as well as groups to support moms (with on-site childcare) and dads.

For questions reach out to [email protected], and our teammates Joel Kady and Susana Gough will be happy to help out.

Every community has a mission, every mission has a community.

Philosophy of ministry
We embrace the church’s identity as sent. Jesus told the earliest leaders of the church, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). Jesus sends a community. So every expression of the church should be missional, and every missional effort should have a core of Jesus-followers behind it.

What is the church’s mission? In their book The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch write, “Mission is the practical demonstration, whether by speech or by action, of the glorious lordship of Jesus. It is where we get to create little foretastes of the kingdom of Jesus, which has come and is still yet to fully come.” The kingdom of Jesus is an alternative way of living in the world marked by devotion to God and sacrificial love of our neighbors.

We believe mission is the greatest crucible for both community and individual formation. Mission bonds us together as we pursue common causes with each other in service to others. Mission stretches our faith to believe God can and will bring new life and hope to the world. 

Interested in reading more?
Check out these books on community and the church’s mission. These books have helped shape our Community Group ministries. 

  • Discipleship That Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships God Uses to Help Us Grow by Bobby William Harrington, Alex Absalom
  • The Search to Belong: Rethinking Intimacy, Community, and Small Groups by Joseph R. Myers
  • The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities by JR Woodward and Dan White Jr.
  • Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship by Alan Hirsch and Debra Hirsch 
  • The Faith of Leap: Embracing a Theology of Risk, Adventure & Courage by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch