Learning about and following Jesus doesn’t always come easily living in our city. Community Groups (CGs) provide an encouraging space to wrestle with who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. God made us to be in community, so we need others to help us apply the gospel to our lives. Community Groups are also a key way that our church ensures you are known and cared for.
We currently have more than 25 Community Groups, and all are led by trained leaders from our congregation. Groups of 10-12 people come together for Bible study, fellowship, and prayer (food is also often involved). Many groups also serve together in Harlem or get together for social events.
While we hope--and certainly expect--you to form friendships with people in your group, Community Groups are not social clubs. We intentionally place everyone in groups where they'll interact with people who have different backgrounds. We believe these diverse perspectives help us get more out of our scripture reading and give us more opportunities to put our faith into action. The ultimate goal is for us all to grow in the way we follow Jesus.
Renaissance Community Groups meet in homes around Harlem. Groups meet weekly for eight - 10 weeks in the spring (Feb-Apr) and for another eight - 10 weeks in the fall (Oct-Dec). You can choose to join a group the meets on Sunday afternoons, Tuesday evenings or Wednesday evenings.
The cool thing about Community Groups is that whether you’ve never picked up a Bible or you’ve earned a masters degree in divinity, your life will be enriched by meeting with the 10 to 12 people in your group. We ask people to sign up for a group only if they can commit to attending 75% of the group's weekly gatherings. The more you commit to your group, the more you'll get out of the experience.
Registration for our spring 2020 groups is closed. If you registered before the February 17 deadline, you'll receive an email with a confirmation of your registration status and instructions about your group.
Groups will start the week of March 1, and you'll get the best experience out of Community Groups when you understand how they work and what you can expect. Watch the Community Group Orientation Video below.
Do you have a living room that could hold a group of 10-12 people? If so, we'd ask you to think about hosting a Community Group. Hosting is all about opening up your space (and maybe making sure the bathroom is clean?).
If you're interested in leading and encouraging weekly group discussions, with the help of a provided guide and training, you should consider leading a Community Group.
Fill out the form linked below if you're interested in Hosting or Leading a Community Group: