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Transplant’s Guide to San Antonio: Religious Groups and Organizations

First of all, we would like to congratulate you on moving to San Antonio! This city is incredibly diverse and unique, able to accommodate a variety of demographics, from families to singles to professionals, artists, and more. Because of the diversity in the city, there is a great variety when it comes to churches, places of worship, and communities of faith.

San Antonio is popularly known as one of the most religious cities in the US! Mostly known for the prominent Catholic culture, San Antonio also has a plethora of other denominations, beliefs, and faith communities. At Keller Williams, we believe that faith comes first...so this installment of the Transplants series is solely dedicated to helping you find a place where you feel comfortable worshiping and connecting. Below are several Christian churches, nonprofits, and youth/college groups that have a large following in the greater San Antonio area.

Christian Churches

Below are some communities of faith you may be interested in checking out. Many of them have multiple locations or televised services. No matter which corner of the city you live in, you should be able to find a place to worship!

-Oak Hills

-Locations: Oak Hills has 5 distinct locations: Crownridge (near La Cantera and The Rim), Fredericksburg, Journey Fellowship (North on 1-35 near Garden Ridge), North Central, Outer West, and Westside.

-Mission Statement: We are the Body of Christ called to be Jesus in every neighborhood in our city and beyond.

-General Information: Lead pastors Max Lucado and Randy Frazee have expressed that the church’s seven values are: Unity, Grace, Truth and Faith, Family, Inclusivity, Every Believer a Minister, Prayer, and Neighborhood. The church places heavy emphasis on community area involvement, and has an excellent children and youth ministry.

-Community Bible Church (CBC)

-Location: CBC’s main campus is located on the North side of San Antonio near the intersection of Hwy 281 and Loop 1604. Though no other campuses are currently operational, a new campus is in the works! This new location will be further north, near Borgfeld Rd and Hwy 281.

-“What We Believe”: We are a conservative, evangelical, interdenominational, Bible church. We believe the Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God and base all that we do off of what it says.

-General Information: Community Bible Church is constantly growing, currently one of the largest churches in Texas, and still growing! CBC has a great deal of programs, including children and student ministries, an on-campus bookstore, and a variety of adult ministries, including singles, prayer, and sports-focused groups! CBC places a heavy emphasis on small groups where members can connect on a more individual, personal level to other members of the church.

-Cathedral of San Fernando

-Location: Downtown San Antonio, 115 Main Plaza

-About: San Fernando Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church within the Archdiocese of San Antonio. As the oldest standing church building and longest continuous community of faith in the state of Texas, it serves the Archdiocese by acting as the mother church.

-General Information: The rich history of San Fernando Cathedral make it a vital, central part of the city. The Cathedral offers multiple Spanish, English, and bilingual masses. Televised mass can also be found on local channels. The beauty of the church itself makes it a popular tourist attraction and venue for weddings, etc.

-City Church

-Location: City Church’s main location is on Bandera Road between Loop 1604 and Loop 410. The church also has a “West Campus” on Westover Hills Blvd and a “Downtown Campus” that meets at the Historic Cameo Theatre.

-Mission Statement: Helping people far from God become catalysts of spiritual and social change.

-General Information: City Church has expressed that authentic love, radical acceptance, insane generosity, and empowerment are what matter most. They believe that smaller, more vibrant communities foster faith the best, hence why multiple campuses in different areas of the city are important. Social action is an important part of this church, and they offer outreach programs on the local and international level.

-Other notable churches in the city include:

-St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

-Concordia Lutheran Church

-First Presbyterian Church

-University United Methodist Church

-San Antonio Texas Temple (LDS)

Places to Volunteer:

Outreach and missions are an important part of the church! Below are a few organizations that you can give money, assistance, or volunteer hours to if you so choose.

-Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM)

-Mission Statement: To share the love of Christ by providing immediate assistance and encouragement to people in crisis

-General Information: CAM provides emergency assistance and relief in all kinds of situation. This network of churches within the city seeks to provide temporary financial assistance, spiritual services, homeless relief, etc. You can provide help through volunteering, donating goods, or assisting financially!

-Christian Hope Resource Center

-About: “Christian Hope Resource Center mission is a Christ-focused Westside resource center empowering individuals and families in crisis to become sustainable through individualized holistic services, accountability and grace.:

-General Information: CHRC seeks to impact families and individuals through empowerment. They have expressed that sustainability is incredibly important...they desire to see others identify the core issues of their poverty and address them in healthy ways. They offer services like financial literacy, nutrition classes, youth mentoring, spiritual development classes, among many others. They are also the largest single food distribution pantry of the San Antonio Food Bank.

Youth and Student Groups:

If you have students, youth groups can be extremely impactful by providing community, friendships, and spiritual development! Several groups within the city are popular for middle school and high school students.

-Young Life

Young Life is an evangelical Christian ministry that pairs students with mentors and leaders to provide fun, sustainable, long-term relationships that foster spiritual growth. Different areas of the city have their own Young Life chapters, such as Young Life Alamo Heights, Young Life San Antonio Metro, Young Life Northwest, etc.

-Youth for Christ (YFC)

Similar to Young Life, Youth for Christ pairs middle school and high school students with older mentors in order to establish solid friendships. YFC believes that young people are fertile soil for the love of Jesus, and they wish to help these students grow as leaders, friends, and family members. YFC desires to infuse teens with hope and establish a solid foundation in Christ as they prepare to go out into the world.

Other Communities of Faith:

There are many different belief systems and communities of faith within San Antonio! Below are several other places of worship in San Antonio.

-Islam

This Islamic community in San Antonio is made up of approximately 10,000 believers, served by over a dozen mosques! The largest, the Islamic Center of San Antonio, places an emphasis on hospitality, hosting many interfaith events and awareness opportunities throughout the year.

Other notable mosques include:

Masjed Beit El-Madges

Masjid Al-Ikhlas

Masjid Al-Madina

-Judaism

The Jewish community in San Antonio is certainly thriving! On the northwest side of the city, the Weinberg Campus of the San Jewish Community offers a community center, children’s services, a day school, and more.From conservative to orthodox, several major synagogues include:

Congregation Aguidas Achim

Temple Beth-El

Congregation Rodfei Sholom

Congregation Beth Am

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