Gospel Communities gather to practice the way of Jesus together. These communities meet throughout the city during the week. You can click the link below to explore the different groups and can sort by neighbourhood and weeknight.
Other opportunities to connect:
- We also encourage you to check out some of our community events and classes as a way to connect with the Westside body.
- If you are unable to find an open group or one that suits your schedule, please take a moment to let us know HERE.
What is Gospel Community?
We were created to thrive and grow in community. It’s no wonder then that when God rescues us and renews us, he does so by bringing us into a new community—a new family. It is there that we come to know and be known by others. Together, we learn, practice, and grow in what it means to become like Jesus as we become agents of gospel renewal in our city.
At Westside, this means not just attending on Sunday mornings, but being a committed member of a Gospel Community—a small group of people meeting together to practice following Jesus in Vancouver.
Our Gospel Communities are centred around three core commitments:
- Committed to being present with God and with others.
- Committed to intentional formation into the image of Jesus for the sake of others.
- Committed to seeking renewal in our families, our workplaces, our relationships, and our city.
“Christianity means community through Jesus Christ
and in Jesus Christ.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Gospel Communities seek to take hold of this gift of Christian community that God has so graciously brought us into. This gift is not optional since our identity as Christians inherently involves our belonging to the group that is the church. We are joined with all believers as the people of God and united with a local expression of that family.
This family identity provides the foundation on which the community grows. As a result, we participate in Gospel Community, not simply because it is beneficial for us as individuals, but also because we are there for the edification of the group. Others in our community need us as much as we need them.
As we interact in community and personalities or gifts clash, people confess sin, and we worship and pray together, Jesus works in and through the community to form each member into His image. By the power of the Spirit working in each member and in the community as a whole, we begin to look more and more like the One we are following. It’s not easy work, but it is the way to the blessed life.
At the very centre of Gospel Community is the person and work of Jesus Christ. Having been baptized into this new community, we are to grow together into the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We’re to operate as his body and reach those around us with the Gospel as it takes hold of our lives. This means that we are to humbly pursue and engage with the presence of Jesus; participate in our formation into the image of Jesus; and seek to become agents of gospel renewal in our city as Jesus’ Kingdom comes in and through us.
What about kids?
Our biggest desire is that everyone, regardless of age, is being discipled in a Gospel Community, including your kids. In other words, we desire that they grow up with a community of believers pouring into their lives. What this looks like practically is up to you.
A Gospel Community is the people—not the weekly meetings of your group. Discipling your kids doesn’t necessarily mean your kids are a part of all of your group's official meeting times, but that they are a part of your Gospel Community in some form. How you involve them in those meetings is up to you!
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