Communitas NYC

Be the Church! New York, NY
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC
Communitas NYC


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90 Lafayette St.
New York, NY 10013



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Who We Are

Communitas NYC exists to develop followers of Jesus by growing in our love for God and others, living in authentic community, and serving open-handedly with our lives. God revealed his plan to redeem the world by entering his creation and serving, teaching and loving within the context of the human experience. We refer to this as the incarnation. God's rescue operation required his own immersion into humanity, and we believe he invites us to follow this example. Our ultimate aim is that people would enter into and grow in a relationship with Jesus. To accomplish this, we focus on three things. First, we seek to make a priority what Jesus identified as the greatest commandment- to love God and others. Second, we purpose to live in authentic community. Third, we intend to follow Jesus' example of serving. Jesus said that he did not come to be served, but to serve.

About Us

Casual, Friendly, Young

Community Service, Social Justice

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Our Services

What are services like?
Communitas believes we are called to "be the church" rather than "go to church". We are active all week long being the church. So on Sundays we gather simply to celebrate the presence of Jesus in our lives, through music, teaching and interacting. We are very casual and friendly! We meet in the chapel of the NYC Rescue Mission. We are learning what it means to be in true and authentic community with homeless men and women of NYC.

What is the community like?
We long to be what our name means: "People on a dangerous mission" - giving our lives fully to Jesus! But that's a process! We are not perfect, but we are caring, genuine, supportive and fun!

What if I'm not a Christian?
We hope you'll find this a good place to ask questions and to explore faith and spirituality without intimidation. Others have!


Craig & Chris Mayes

Craig & Chris Mayes

We are originally from Michigan. We were called in 2005 to plant a church in New York City. In 2008 we moved here and Commuitas was born. We were both on staff at our previous church; Craig as a teaching pastor and Chris as a service director. Recently, Craig has assumed the position of Director of the New York City Rescue Mission, while Chris has assumed the role of full time pastor at Communitas. This makes for a very unique, exciting partnership! The church now meets in the renovated chapel of the mission on 90 Lafayette Street. It is an exciting and challenging venture as form a faith community in which the homeless can truly belong and fully participate. We have been married for almost 28 years. We have three grown children, all of whom live in the city and fortunately, we are still actively involved with!

What Members Say Add your voice

  • On my first visit to communitas everyone was very sweet and friendly, I felt very welcomed. I had been "church hopping" all over New York for almost a year when my husband and I finally tried Communitas. We were looking for community of believers we could get close to and grow in Christ with, and thats exactly what we found. After trying much larger churches, we ultimately are glad to be a part of a new and growing congregation. Everyone knows everyone, and in this large city its so nice to have a place where you can have real community.
  • This was the right church at the right time for me and my family at this point in our lives . A real Jesus church . No legalism and the people are real and genuine . They really care about people while building relationships and pointing people toward Jesus . I don`t feel enslaved any more by rules and regulations but feel free in Christ . Fear God , Love Jesus , and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling .
  • Communitas is a group of people who truly love God and love others. No pretense. Come as you are. You will feel welcome and completely free to ask questions. If you are looking for a place to remain anonymous, this probably isn't the best fit for you. If you hope to find a place where you feel loved rather than judged, you should visit. Come explore who Jesus is, what the bible seems to teach, and how that is relevant to your life today.
  • My faith journey began around the time I became a teen. I had so many questions and I attended several churches in my hometown. Back then my experience was not of openness and willingness to discuss the tough questions of life. After placing it on the back burner for several years and moving to NYC, I began to feel G-d pursuing me. I attended a megachurch but it was still not the right "fit". After surrendering my faith to Jesus anyway, Communitas was the first church I was "lead" to. My Jewish husband connected very quickly and within 2 weeks we were hooked. The people are genuine, the faith is real, they are open and welcoming. We feel that we are part of a big family and community is important in a big city like this!
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