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.

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

Class types

Core classes

Core classes are offered seasonally with regular one-time seminars at the W83 Ministry Center. Classes vary in number of weeks and skip some dates due to holiday weekends.

The Philip Series

The Philip Series is a course developed to explain the presence of Jesus and the gospel throughout Scripture.

"Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. And the Ethiopian said, "How can I unless someone explains it to me?" ... Then Philip begain with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
— Acts 8:30, 31, 35

Special Topic

Taught by either members of our staff or guests, these classes can cover a variety of topics such as prayer, family or cultural issues.

2018-2019 Class Schedule

Fall 2018

How to Read the Bible Seminar Thu, Sep 20
Prayer: Cultivating a Praying Life Sun, Sep 23 and 30
Power, Privilege, and Difference Wed, Sep 26, Oct 3, 10
Faith & Politics: An Evening with Michael Wear Thu, Oct 11
Prayer: Communing with God Sun, Oct 14 and 21
The Philip Series | Ruth Thu, Oct 18
Marriage Renewal Series 1 Thu, Oct 25
Faith & Work Class Wed, Oct 31, Nov 7, 14, 28, Dec 5, and 12
Prayer: Interceding for Others & the World Sun, Nov 4 and 11
Marriage Renewal Series 2 Tue, Nov 27

Winter 2019

Marriage Renewal Series 3 Thu, Jan 24
The Philip Series | Prophets & the Nations Thu, Jan 31
Sharing Your Faith Sun, Feb 3
Marriage Renewal Series 4 Wed, Feb 20
How to Read the Bible Sun, Feb 24, Mar 3, 10

Lent 2019

Gospel Principles for Parenting Sat, Mar 2, 9, 16, 23
Relationships: A Mess Worth Making Wed, Mar 13, 20, 27, Apr 3
How to Read the Old Testament Tue, Mar 19, 26, Apr 2
Marriage Renewal Series 5 Tue, Mar 26  
7 Myths About Singleness: An Evening with Sam Allberry Wed, Apr 10

Spring 2019

How to Read the New Testament Tue, April 16, 23, 30
Marriage Renewal Series 6 Wed, Apr 24
The Early History of the Black Church in NYC Wed, May 8
The Philip Series | Job Thu, May 9
Marriage Renewal Series 7 Wed, May 15


Class details

Spring 2019

How to Read the New Testament
Three Tuesdays: April 16, 23, and 30, 2019
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 405

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 at Redeemer West Side. 


Marriage Renewal Series 6: Part of a Larger Community
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
7:00 to 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. During this session we’ll be looking at how our marriages are made to flourish within community. We know we are called to co-carry each others burden. But, we often interpret that by unloading all our burdens on our spouse. We know we are to live life in community. But we tend to self-select certain people to welcome into our lives instead of asking God to lead us to the community He has for us. The story of our personal lives and the life of our family is meant to serve the broader and more beautiful story of God’s redemption of the world.

Dinner is included.

Registration is open

Taught by Milla Nieminen, Senior Director for Faith & Work at Redeemer West Side. Milla holds an M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary.


The Early History of the Black Church in NYC
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 412

The stories of the first black pastors and congregations in the Presbyterian and Episcopal traditions (late 18th-early 19th century) are an oft-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?

Registration is open

Taught by TJ Stokes, West Side Community Group Intern. TJ is studying at Princeton Theological Seminary and pursuing ordination in the Episcopal Church.


The Philip Series | Job: Suffering
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:30 to 8:45 p.m.
W83 Ministry Center, Room 406

The book of Job presents a bothersome view of God that is often confusing. During Job's loss and suffering, he comes to resent God. This often happens to people in the midst of inexplicable circumstances. How do you trust God even when life isn't fair and you suffer? How do we make sense of Job in light of Christ? 

Registration is open

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


Marriage Renewal Series 7: Purpose in Paradox
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7:00 to 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. Our time together will be practical and interactive, with new approaches on how to share disappointment well and grow in connection, communication, and forgiveness. 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. Dinner is included.

Registration is open

Taught by Rev. David Bisgrove, Senior Pastor at Redeemer West Side.




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.
  • Power, Privilege, and Difference
    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?
  • 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.
  • Sharing Your Faith
    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.\
  • How to Read the Bible
    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.
  • 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.
  • How to Read the Old Testament
    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.
  • Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
    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.
  • 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.