Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Beta Group and a Community Group?
Community Groups (CGs) are ongoing groups that tend to have a more established core membership but still welcome newcomers year-round. Beta Groups are new, short-term CGs that ask their members to make a seven-week commitment, and most, if not all, members will be new to each other. Beta Groups begin each year in late September. Both Betas and CGs engage with the same study curriculum.
There are so many group choices. How should I go about deciding on one?
Start by choosing your congregation. At the top of the find a group map, filter by location, time and type of group. Regular group attendance is important and beneficial for community, so try to find a group that is convenient for you. If you need further guidance, contact eastsideCG@redeemer.com
Can I visit a few different groups before deciding on one?
Yes, we understand that you may want to visit more than one group before deciding on the best one for you. We do recommend that you visit a group more than once before making a decision.
Can I be a regular group member of more than one group at a time?
Yes, you are welcome to be member of more than one group, but we have found that with the typical New Yorker’s schedule, it is often difficult to participate fully in the life of more than one group at a time.
How can I find a group with people in the same work field as me?
We do not offer CGs for specific work fields. If you are interested in vocational training and programs please visit and explore Center for Faith & Work. If you are a musician, you can join the Hang which is a community of fellow professional musicians within Redeemer. If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I start my own group?
If you are already a member of a CG, talk to your group leader about your interest in co-leading your group or in starting a new group. If you are interested in starting a new group, please contact eastsideCG@redeemer.com. All CG leaders are required to attend New Leader Basics Training before leading. See lead a group for more information.
If I haven’t heard back from a group that I contacted, what should I do?
Please eastsideCG@redeemer.com. While our leaders do their best to contact you in a timely manner, things happen. If you have not heard back after a week, we will be happy to help contact the leader for you.
Am I allowed to join a group that is affiliated with a different congregation/church than mine?
While you are free to join any Community Group that is convenient for you, we highly recommend joining a CG that is affiliated with your church. Instead of seeing the members of your group just once a week at CG, you will see them again at worship services and other events, which provides the opportunity for deeper, stronger relationships with others in your church.
Is childcare provided for families with children?
Some of our groups have childcare provided, where the expense is shared by the group members. The groups like this are typically women's groups that meet mid-week in the morning and family or couples groups.