We have Community Groups that meet at on different days throughout the City of Pittsburgh. While each group is committed to sharing life together through Bible study, community, eating together, prayer and service, they all have their own character and particular emphases. You can view our COMMUNITY GROUP MAP, available HERE.
Please click the SIGN UP link to get connected to a group. You may also be in touch with our Director of Ministry, Marilyn Chislaghi. She’ll be happy to help you find a group and connect to its leader. We are adding groups all of the time and sometimes it’s difficult to find the right fit. So, please reach out.
What’s the Vision for Community Groups?
The vision for Community Groups comes from the New Testament’s description of the earliest Christian community, in Acts 2:42–47. In this passage, we learn that the earliest Christian community was devoted to five things: Bible study, community, sharing meals, praying, and reaching out. These five characteristics form the backbone of the vision for Community Groups at Church of the Ascension.
It is our hope that Community Groups will become the primary place where you are known and cared for at Church of the Ascension. It is within these smaller communities that men and women can build deep relationships and practice applying the gospel to their lives.
Composed of six to twenty people, groups can meet anywhere: homes, offices, coffee shops, dorm rooms, or church buildings. All groups are led by trained lay-leaders from the congregation who receive continued oversight and support from pastoral staff. Groups generally meet two to four times a month for Bible study, fellowship, prayer, and mission. Groups participate in monthly or quarterly service projects or outreach events, in place of a regular meeting. Groups may also occasionally share a meal together.
These groups provide a sanctuary and facilitate the formation of new friendships. Community groups are places where we can be revitalized and strengthened as we seek to reflect the love of Jesus Christ. Our hope is that everyone who attends our church will be involved in a Community Group.
Community Groups typically meet for 10 months with a break in the summer. Every Community Group will meet for a limited duration of time to encourage growth and multiplication, but some may reconvene the next year after a short break.