Classes

West Side Classes are an important resource for spiritual growth at Redeemer. While we believe that life lived in the joys and challenges of robust Christian community is the primary place of spiritual formation, learning in a classroom setting remains an important part of our formation. Whether you are exploring Christianity or are a Christian seeking to grow in your faith, West Side Classes will lead you to a richer understanding of Jesus Christ.

 Class schedule | Class details | Previous classes

West Side Classes are an important resource for spiritual growth at Redeemer.

 


2019-2020 Class Schedule

Fall 2019

 
Sharing Your Faith Sun, Oct 6
Marriage Renewal 1 Thu, Oct 10
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making Tue, Oct 15, 22, and 29
How to Pray with the Bible Sun, Nov 3
Marriage Renewal 2 Tue, Nov 5
Power, Privilege, and Difference Sun, Nov 17


Winter 2020

 
Encountering Jesus starts Sun, Jan 12
Marriage Renewal 3 Tue, Jan 21
Power, Privilege, and Difference Thu, Jan 16, 23, and 30
How to Read the Bible Sun, Feb 2 and 9
Ruth: Providence Mon, Feb 3
Marriage Renewal 4 Thu, Feb 13


Lent 2020

 
Ruth: Friendship Mon, Mar 2
Marriage Renewal 5 Tue, Mar 10
How to Read the Old Testament Tue, Mar 10, 17, and 24
Ruth: Power Mon, Apr 6
Marriage Renewal 6 Tue, Apr 7

Spring 2020

 
How to Read the New Testament Tue, April 21, 28, and May 5
Marriage Renewal 7 Thu, May 14

 

 


 

Class details

Fall 2019

Sharing Your Faith
Sunday, October 6, 2019
1:15-3:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 412

How can you prepare to have meaningful conversations about your faith with people who do not believe or are skeptical of the claims of Christianity? In Sharing Your Faith, we will explore the basic biblical and practical foundations for how you can begin to present a persuasive, winsome argument for the truthfulness and relevance of the Christian faith.

Registration is open

Taught by Bijan Mirtolooi, Associate Pastor at Redeemer West Side.

 

Marriage Renewal Series 1
Thursday, October 10, 2019
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

 

Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
Tuesdays, October 15, 22, and 29, 2019
7:15 to 8:45 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 405

The gospel is all about reconciled relationships — first with God, then with one another. But living out the gospel by genuinely loving and living at peace with one another can be hard, sometimes painful and often messy work. This class will help us confront the messiness of relationships head on — and find the joy, life and hope that come from really knowing and being known by others. 

Registration is open

Taught by Ellen Boker, Director for Pastoral Counseling at Redeemer West Side.

 

Marriage Renewal Series 2
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

 

Power, Privilege, and Difference
Sunday, November 17, 2019
1:15-3:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 412

This course will explore themes of race, class, justice, and power through the perspective of the gospel. How does the reality of God's Kingdom transform and renew the places we live? How do we love the city through engaging our neighborhoods?

Registration is open

Taught by Bijan Mirtolooi, Associate Pastor at Redeemer West Side.

 

Winter 2020

Power, Privilege, and Difference
Thursday, January 16, 23, and, 30, 2020
7:15-8:45 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 412

This course will explore themes of race, class, justice, and power through the perspective of the gospel. How does the reality of God's Kingdom transform and renew the places we live? How do we love the city through engaging our neighborhoods?

Registration is not yet open

Taught by Bijan Mirtolooi, Associate Pastor at Redeemer West Side.

 

Marriage Renewal Series 3
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

 

How to Read the Bible
Sunday, February 2 and 9, 2020
1:15-2:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 412

Whether you’re considering Christianity, a newer Christian, or a seasoned believer, join us as we sharpen our interpretive skills and learn practical steps for reading, understanding and applying the Bible.

Registration is open

Taught by Bijan Mirtolooi, Associate Pastor at Redeemer West Side.

 

Marriage Renewal Series 4: Building Intimacy
Thursday, February 13, 2020
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

Taught by Brent Bounds, Ph.D. Brent is a Member of Redeemer West Side and works in private practice. He leads the premarital classes at Redeemer. His wife, Jenni, is the Children's Ministry Director for Redeemer Lincoln Square and they live on the Upper West Side with their 3 boys ages 12, 10, and 4. He and Jenni have been married since 2003.

 

Lent 2020

Marriage Renewal Series 5
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

 

How to Read the Old Testament
Tuesday, March 10, 17, and 24, 2020
7:15-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 407

When Jesus read the Bible, he read the Old Testament. The New Testament writers depend on the Old Testament on virtually every page. In order to understand Jesus and the New Testament, we have to understand the Old. Join us as we develop interpretive skills for understanding and making use of the vast and challenging Old Testament scriptures.

Registration is open

Taught by Rev. Joel Kady, Director of Content.

 

Marriage Renewal Series 6
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

 

Spring 2020

How to Read the New Testament
Tuesday, April 21, 28, and May 5, 2020
7:15-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 407

The goal of this class is to give you the tips and tools you need to be equipped to benefit from your reading of the New Testament. We will make our way through the major genres of the New Testament, some of their key elements, and how they fit into its grand narrative.

Registration is open

Taught by Rev. Joel Kady, Director of Content.

 

Marriage Renewal Series 7
Thursday, May 14, 2020
7:00-8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

Marriage Renewal is a series of 7 classes for couples married 2+ years that will help us understand, repair, and strengthen our marriages. Marriage is joyful, but hard work. Dealing with conflict, competing desires, drudgery and parenting is like repairing a house in the midst of a hurricane. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. Dinner is included.

Registration is open


Previous Classes

  • The Philip Series | Jonah: A Call to Witness
    That Jonah was swallowed up by a great fish is well known, but many of the story’s most important details are often overlooked. In Jonah’s story we see God’s heart for the world, the reluctance of God’s servant, and the challenges—and possible joys—of sharing the Gospel message with others.

  • The Philip Series | Haggai: A Call to Spiritual Renewal Tucked away at the end of the Old Testament, Haggai is a minor prophet with a major message. In the sixth century BC—when Haggai was writing—the people of God desperately needed spiritual renewal. Even though they were religious and knew about God, the reality of their day-to- day experience was a prioritizing of their own needs, concerns, agendas, and comfort. Writing to those people, Haggai said, “Consider your ways.” The message of Haggai is needed today as much as it was when it was first spoken. As we wrestle with the modern implications of this ancient message, we’ll not only discover what spiritual renewal is and why it matters, but what’s more, we’ll see how the message of Haggai climaxes in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  • God’s Mercy, Our Compassion
    Whether we realize it or not, there are opportunities every day to be an extension of God’s mercy to others around us. What are some practical ways we can be the hands and feet of Jesus? What can motivate us to do this? In this class, we will explore together a biblical survey and meaning of God’s mercy. A deeper understanding of God’s mercy can lead to a greater desire to cultivate a lifestyle of compassion for others.
  • The Philip Series | Amos: A Call to Justice
    In his most famous speech—“I have a dream”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” That line, a clarion call to pursue racial justice, was not original to Dr. King, but is a direct quote from the ancient biblical prophet, Amos. As Dr. King led the Civil Rights Movement he leaned on the biblical prophets for support, guidance, and encouragement.
    Dr. King’s call for justice is as urgent today as it has ever been. How are the prophets of ancient Israel shaping how you think about and pursue justice? Join us at the Philip Series on Thursday, 8 February as we explore together how the prophet Amos called—and is calling—God’s people to pursue true justice in the world.
  • Prayer: Putting It Into Practice
    Experience and be transformed by God through prayer. In this class, we will explore questions such as:
    What is prayer? What are the obstacles to prayer? How might our temperaments impact our prayer life? How do we pray for ourselves, others, and the world around us? How do we walk with God each day, for the rest of our lives?
    An essential, core component of the class is a four-week quiet time and prayer guide. It is designed to help us develop a daily rhythm of prayer, broaden and deepen our understanding of prayer and, most importantly, nurture our relationship with God. Each session includes teaching, individual/group prayer time, and a take-home quiet time and prayer guide.
  • Faith & Politics: An Evening with Michael Wear
    When it comes to thinking about the intersection of faith and politics, too often Christians veer to one extreme or another: identifying a political party with Christianity, or avoiding political engagement all together. What’s more, in our polarized political climate, many Christians can’t muster the strength to respect others who are on the other side of the political spectrum, let alone view them as brothers and sisters. For our fragmented and polarized society, can the gospel of Jesus Christ offer another way forward? Michael Wear, former White House staffer, founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and author of Reclaiming Hope will be joining us to help guide us in thinking through these important and timely questions. Video of the event here.
  • Prayer: Communing with God
    How might you hear God’s “voice” and discern what he is saying to you? How do you ask God for the true needs of your heart, and how might he be answering you? This class will explore the role of the Holy Spirit in your life and how God can transform you powerfully as you petition and hear from him. Sessions include teaching, individual and group prayer time, and devotionals that will help you foster your relationship with God day by day.
  • The Philip Series | Ruth: Friendship & Sacrifice
    Loving people is hard work. Sometimes the hardest people to love are the people you love the most and sometimes we're called to love people that are difficult to love. Ruth left her homeland and everything she knew to help her mother-in-law. Is it possible for us to have sacrificial love like Ruth? How do we see Christ present in the book of Ruth?
  • Prayer: Interceding for Others & the World
    Suffering. Injustice. Broken hearts and broken relationships. There is so much need—everywhere and all the time. How do you begin to faithfully pray for them, and where is God in the midst of all this need? This class will explore how you can listen for God's guidance as you figure out how to intercede for your family, friends, neighbors, church, and the systems of the world. Sessions include teaching, individual and group prayer time, practical tools to help you pray with and for others, and devotionals that will help you foster your relationship with God day by day. 
  • ​The Philip Series | Prophets & the Nations
    The Bible teaches that a Christian has their “citizenship in heaven” (Phil 3:20). But what does that mean for our life on earth? Does the Bible say anything about how a Christian should relate to and think about the particular countries, cities, and societies in which they live? Join us as we explore the ancient Biblical prophets and consider how their teachings reveal God’s heart for the nations, as well as how the people of God are called to inhabit the places in which they live.
  • Gospel Principles for Parenting
    In the midst of folding laundry, juggling careers, coordinating after school activities, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything 'right' and raise up 'good' children, it's easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas. Discipline can feel more like the law than grace, communicating condemnation instead of delight. It's with this in mind that Paul Tripp wrote his life-giving book, Parenting. He presents us with a big picture view of God's plan for us as parents. Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques. Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children's hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.
  • 7 Myths About Singleness: An Evening with Sam Allberry
    Often times we see singleness as a lack of good things, yet Jesus offers a totally different view on singleness. Join us for a night of teaching and fellowship as Sam Allberry shares some of the key findings of his latest book, 7 Myths About Singleness, followed by Q&A session where Sam and Milla Nieminen will take questions from the audience. 
  • The Early History of the Black Church in NYC
    The stories of the first black pastors and congregations in the Presbyterian and Episcopal traditions (late 18th-early 19th century) are often a neglected part of the history of the Afro-American church as a whole. In this class we’ll look at some of these antebellum figures, including Samuel Cornish and Peter Williams, Jr. How did they find their way into these traditions? Who were their allies? What obstacles did they face and overcome? What was the nature of their struggle for black uplift?