Community Groups

Fostering friendship through gospel-centered discussion, prayer and fellowship.

Community groups are our primary avenue for building relational connections and providing spiritual care. All groups meet on the Westside, but they are always open to members, attenders and guests, no matter where you live. If you are looking to get to know others in the church, we would love to help you find a community group that fits you and your availability.

Ready to Find Community?

Whether you are new to Atlanta Westside, or have been attending for some time, and you are looking for opportunity to meet and know others, we would love to help you find a community group that fits you and your availability.

Got Questions?

Read our Westside Community Group FAQ or email our CG staff.

Membership

Why Membership?

Most people today think of membership as an empty formality, like joining a club or association. At Westside, we believe it’s impossible to follow the Bible’s teaching without it. In fact, the New Testament teaches that every believing Christian is already a member, or “body part” of the wider Body of Christ.

Formal church membership makes your relationship to a local body explicit, including commitments that you make to the church, and commitments that church leaders make to you. To read a fuller argument for membership, check out this article written by our senior pastor.

 What about Baptism?

We believe baptism is God's sign that a person is included among the people of God. As such, we will baptize new believers who have never been baptized, as well as the children of believers who are raised in the church. Baptism is an act of obedience to Jesus' command, but it does not guarantee anyone's salvation. For more information, check out our Baptism FAQ page.

Westside 101

If you’re interested in membership or just curious about our church, we encourage you to attend our Westside 101 seminar, which we offer regularly throughout the year. It is not a requirement for membership, but it will help you set healthy expectations if you do join.

How Do I Join?

Members don’t have to agree with every doctrinal position of our church. You just have to believe some basic truths of the Christian faith and agree to some basic commitments about being a member. To confirm that you do, our church administrator will set up a meeting with you and two of our elders to talk about your faith and begin to get to know you.

If you have questions or would like to initiate the membership process, please contact us.

Discipleship

Bible Studies

Bible Studies equip women and men with tools to make studying the Bible a transforming, lifelong pursuit. Most of our Bible studies are open to anyone, including those who currently attend Westside, those who are exploring the Christian faith, and those who are without a home church. The more time we spend with Jesus in his Word, the better we will know and love him.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is a discipleship curriculum that uses key biblical themes to integrate emotional health with spiritual maturity. EHS will help you discover a slowed-down life and cultivate a deep, personal relationship with Jesus.

Quads

Quads are in-depth discipleship groups of four people who commit to met weekly for a year. Quads are built on what the Bible teaches about how Christians grow, with a trajectory toward becoming more effective instruments of God’s love in the lives of others. Because of the limited number of trained leaders, Quads are only for Westside members who have attended the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course.

Adult Sunday School

Join with men and women, married and singles, young and old(er) to study the Bible together. Groups meet in (and around) the church campus on Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM - 10:00.

Christian Counseling

When you need someone to listen. 

Westside Church believes in the value of Christian counseling, both in the interactions within the Body and through professionals. As such, Westside has allowed three professional counselors to lease space in the church in order to support our community and operate their business. 

These counselors can also connect you with other mental health professionals and services in the Atlanta area. You are welcome to contact them directly with any questions and they would be happy to assist you. Their practices are independent; they are not operated in any way by the church (although Christie and Mecall are Westside members and Tim often preaches at Westside).

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Christie Pettit

Christie Pettit, MTS, MA, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in
the integration of psychology and theology into wellness care and counseling for
caregivers (those working in emotionally demanding professions, such as
counseling, social work, ministry, parents).

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Mecall Pearson

Mecall Pearson, MA is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been in practice
for 13 years. Her work focuses on the integration of psychology and theology with
individual adults and couples in the areas of premarital, marital, and sex therapy;
anxiety and depression; life transitions; and spiritual formation, among others.

Tim Lane

Tim Lane, M.Div, D.Min. Counseling. Tim has been in pastoral ministry and counseling for nearly 30 years. His approach is holistic in that he engages both the study of theology and psychology to help those he counsels. Tim enjoys working with individuals, as well as couples.