Westside Communities have three foundational identities:
Family | We live alongside each other. We share meals, resources, joy and hardships while we care for one another as the family of God.
Missionary | We live out our faith and love for God by loving and serving others. We join in Jesus’ kingdom work in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and cities by engaging in areas of injustice to bring Jesus’ love, peace, and reconciliation.
Disciple | Communities actively encourage each other in the study of Scripture, learning the teachings of Jesus, becoming more like him, and living as his disciples in the world.
COMMUNITY GIVING – RESTART
As the body of Christ we are called to give to those around us. This Christmas season we want to challenge you to focus on compassion instead of consumption. Here are a couple ways to give back to our community.
Restart Kits For Refugee Families
Restart kits are plastic tubs filled with the essential household items that refugees need after moving to Portland. Pots and pans, toothbrushes, blankets, a teapot, and more. Refugee Care Collective especially needs bedding kits and cleaning kits to welcome newly arriving families, but will use any of the kits you bring. Follow the link for more information, and to help welcome our newest neighbors!
CASA - Gift Cards For Teens In Foster Care
CASA is an organization of advocates working on behalf of kids in the foster care system.
Each year before Christmas, the local CASA chapter gives us a list of families most in need. We've had a generous amount of toys donated from local news stations for children under 12, but are still in need of gift cards for older kids. This is where you can help. We need gift cards in $20 to $25 dollar amounts from places like Target or Fred Meyer. If you'd like to donate money, then please have a check made out to CASA for Children. 100% of the money will go to purchasing the gift cards. You can drop the cards or checks off at the Info Desk at Westside. If you would like to learn more about the CASA Toy drive, please contact Mark Boeck at 503-913-2350
Frequently asked questions
What is a Westside Community?
We define Westside Communities as “families of missionary disciples.” These communities are groups of people that live as brothers and sisters, eating, praying, and living life together. Living as “missionaries,” we join in Jesus’ kingdom work in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and cities. And finally, as disciples, we study and encourage each other to grow in knowing and following Jesus.
What does a Westside Community look like?
Like families, all Westside communities look a little different, and that’s great! The three core elements of Westside communities are family, mission and discipleship. Whether you start with three people or twelve, the important thing is to start with a foundation of folks who are following Jesus by living life together, like sharing meals and caring for each other (family), partnering to share Jesus and serve their community in some way (mission), and intentionally pursuing deeper relationship with Jesus, together through scripture study, prayer and conversation (discipleship).
Am I required to be in a Westside Community as part of Westside?
Regardless of your status within community, you are welcome and accepted at Westside. We talk about community a lot because the elements of family, mission, and discipleship are absolutely central to the teachings of Jesus. We want to experience and share the fullness of life that comes from following Him as missional families. Because we care deeply about the church and the city, we regularly encourage the church to live as a bunch of unique missional families that invite the kingdom of God into our homes, workplaces, shops, and anywhere we go where people need the love of Jesus. That’s everywhere!
Why are Westside Communities so important to Westside Church?
Living in community is a response to Jesus’ instruction to make disciples and do life together. That’s why being part of an intentional community is Westside’s earnest invitation for each member of the church to participate in a collective kingdom vision. We believe that Jesus came to offer life for all. While the people of Jesus experience richness and growth in Westside community, they also partner in sharing the love of Jesus with those who don’t know him yet.