Small groups at Hope exist to foster biblical community that makes Disciples of Christ and builds up His body.
We believe in life-on-life ministry, meaning that people are truly and significantly changed only as others come alongside them in authentic community. Therefore, Hope values small groups as an opportunity to interact with others on an intimate, life-changing level. We are pursuing God in the company of friends! Small groups are a safe environment for people wherever they are in their spiritual journey, but also a place for them to grow in their relationship with Christ and serve as they are enabled in his body (1 Corinthians 12).
1. Q: Why should I be in a small group?
A: Well, there are a couple reasons. First, Christian community is very important. Second, Hope is getting pretty big. As Hope grows, small groups have become the number way for people to make authentic, gospel friendships with other people at Hope Community Church. Being in a Hope small group is no longer just “extra” time with Hope people. It has become a necessary tool for finding community. We recommend ALL regular attenders of Hope become consistently involved in a small group.
2. Q: Who would I be in a small group with?
A: Have you seen the Simpsons? You know Homer’s next door neighbor, Flanders? Well, he’s not likely to be there. Hope small groups are made up of the people you see every Sunday at Hope. Anyone can be in a small group. Hope has over 40 Small Groups with nearly 500 people attending those groups on a weekly basis.
3. Q: What types of groups are there?
A: There are several types of small groups. Currently those are: Mixed groups (containing anyone of any age, gender, or marital status), college age groups (women’s, men’s, & co-ed groups), married & engaged couples groups, young-mid 20’s groups.
4. Q: What does a typical Hope Community Church small group look like?
A: Each Hope small group will have its own ‘personality’ based on the group leaders and those attending the group. However, all Hope small groups include elements of community building, prayer, study of God’s Word & service. The vast majority of Hope small groups meet homes around the metropolitan area.
5. Q: What is the City?
A: Go here to learn more about the City.
6. Q: What if I’m interested in leading a small group at Hope?
A: The first thing we ask of people interested in leading a small group is that they fill out our small group leaders application. You can fill that out by clicking here. If have specific questions or would like to talk through what it looks like to lead a small group at Hope please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I find a group?
A: Look at the map on this page. Different color markers are used to indicate the type of group and the location. Click on the marker to see the night of the week and meeting time. You can also click on the group name to contact the leaders of that group (via the City) with any specific question you have about that group. Clicking on the leader’s name will direct you to that group’s City page where you can request to join the group. (See FAQ page for more information on the City.)
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