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At Redeemer East Side, we believe that the gospel makes its way deeper into our hearts and transforms our lives through:

  the ordinary practices we engage in, 
  the community we embrace, and 
  by living out the callings God has given us — in our work, relationships, and neighborhoods.


In each of these areas, every Christian is called to make disciples and bring renewal.

East Side Formation Classes are organized around practices that fuel gospel identity and around Christian callings — and you get to grow with others! To take a next step in your spiritual formation, we encourage everyone to participate in our core seminars and classes.

Please contact the Formation team with your questions at esformation@redeemer.com.


How to get started

  1. First attend core seminars (offered regularly):
  2. Next attend core classes for each calling (offered annually):
    • Neighborhood: Power, Privilege and Difference
    • Work: Wrestling with the Purpose of Work 
    • Relationships:
      • Relationships, a Mess Worth Making
      • Gospel Principles for Parenting
  3. Core practices classes are also offered throughout the year:
  4. When you have finished with the callings core classes, consider diving deeper through an experiential learning cohort:
    • Neighborhood: Neighborhood Advocacy Cohort
    • Work: Vocational Intensive
    • Relationships: MarriageWorks
    • Church Leadership: Discipleship Intensive

 

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Class Schedule

Winter 2019

Practices for Christian Formation
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Feb 3
Intro to Redeemer East Side
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Feb 10
Wrestling with the Purpose of Work
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Jan 6 - 27
Apologetics: Conversations about Faith
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Feb 3 - Feb 24
Galatians
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Mar 3 - 24
Relationships, a Mess Worth Making
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Feb 3 - Mar 24
MarriageWorks
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Jan 13 - Jun 7
Gospel Principles for Parenting
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Mar 10 - Apr 7
Hot Topics Seminar
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TBD

 

Spring 2019

Practices for Christian Formation
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Apr 7, May 11 or June 16
Intro to Redeemer East Side
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Apr 14, May 11 or June 23
Wrestling with the Purpose of Work
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Apr 7 - May 12
MarriageWorks (continued)
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Jan 13 - Jun 7 
Hot Topics Seminar
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TBD

 

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Class Description

Intro to Redeemer East Side
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Learn about the history and vision of Redeemer East Side, get acquainted with our ministries and opportunities, and dialogue with East Side staff and other congregants. This core seminar will be offered periodically during the year to help you get connected with our church and community.

Practices for Christian Formation
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A practice is a repeated activity that trains a Christian's instincts and impulses so that we are able to engage in all of life in the manner of and with the mission of Christ. How are we incorporating devotion, worship, accountability, hospitality, and rest into our everyday lives? This core seminar will be offered periodically during the year to deepen understanding of spiritual practices as a means of spiritual formation.

Love and Marriage
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Love and marriage, can they really go together? Most couples live with differering expectations and are unprepared to thrive in the midst of the life's realities. Come learn and discuss with others to cultivate a thriving, grace-based marriage in all circumstances and seasons.

Power, Privilege and Difference
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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?

Studying the Bible
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Many feel unsure, and sometimes ill-equipped, to properly interpret and apply the eternal truths found in the Bible. However, God’s Word is for you, as biblical interpretation is not only for the scholar or vocational minister. Through tried and true interpretive methods, this course will build your confidence in properly reading, studying, interpreting, and applying God's Word.

Apologetics: Conversations about Faith
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This course is designed to equip participants for meaningful conversations with people who do not believe or are skeptical of the claims of Christianity. Over the course of three weeks, and with the help of various guest speakers, we will explore three differing worldviews, Jewish, Muslim, and secular. The speaker bios are below:

Amer Olson has served with Jews for Jesus since 2000 in New York City, London, and Chicago. From the moment he gave his life to Jesus, Amer has felt the burden to share the Messiah with his Jewish people. Amer and his wife Paige attend Redeemer East Side with their five children, Abigail, Josiah, Zechariah, Samantha and Benjamin. 

Jim Romaine is an ordained PCA minister and a member of the Metro NY Presbytery. Currently he ministers with Mission to the World and City to City among Muslims in the NYC Metro area. Jim also travels to Turkey, India, and Uganda to train national pastors.

Aaron Bjerke is an Assistant Pastor at Redeemer East Side and has been involved in the Redeemer community since 2005. Aaron leads some of Redeemer's public faith initiatives, including Questioning Christianity groups. 

Wrestling with the Purpose of Work
How has God called us to be cultivators and care takers of his creation? How can we find joy in work that helps build God's creation, and what does it mean to do it well? This class will explore themes of creation, fall, redemption and restoration through the perspective of our vocation and calling.

Galatians
Study this incredible book of the Bible in a deep and intentional way through this mutli-part series. Let the Word of God transform you as you delve deeper into the content of this book.

Relationships, a Mess Worth Making
Relationships-we all want good ones. They fill us with joy and yet can disappoint us. This course explores what drives our reactions, choices and behaviors, and helps us turn to the unfathomable resources of God, which leads to hope, in all our relationships.

MarriageWorks
MarriageWorks will help you and your spouse create space, alongside other ES Redeemer couples, to strengthen your marriage in practical, interactive and community building ways.

Gospel Principles for Parenting
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Hot topics seminar series
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How to Talk to Kids about Sex
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