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Small Groups

Hope's small groups create an environment where people can connect, support one another—and share life—all while growing in their faith. Small groups include a range of activities, from Bible studies to a common interest group where members connect outside of the church, such as in coffee shops, sporting events and members homes. No matter where you may be on your faith journey, having close relationships with others can be beneficial. At Hope Church, small groups are comprised of loving people committed to sharing their faith and their lives together. 

"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together... but let us encourage one another." Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)


Sermon Based Small Groups
A Sermon Based Small Group is (1) a small group of people who (2) meet weekly (3) to discuss the previous week’s sermon (and other interests of life). Participants should have listened to the sermon and read through the Sermon Study Guide before attending their weekly meeting.

What am I committing to?
Those who join a Sermon Based Small Group should be able to meet weekly for the full length of the session (typically 8-10 weeks). If you join a small group but aren’t able to meet regularly, it can be harmful to the health of your small group. (Perfect attendance is not expected. Ideally, each member would be able to attend 70-75% of the meetings).

Why should I join a group?
We all enjoy a big group worship gathering (or we probably wouldn’t be worshipping at Hope). As wonderful as those times together are, they do not allow for an individualized learning experience. Meeting with a small group allows:

  • an extended time to process the message from the weekend (and additional content through the study guide)the opportunity to articulate your faith
    amongst a trusted group of believers
  • consistent meetings with intentional faith-building conversations
  • natural accountability and honest, loving feedback
  • valuable perspectives and thoughts from like-minded brothers and sisters as they share their unique life experiences
  • a safe atmosphere of friendship to share life's joys and pains

How to join a group…

  1. Creat your own group
    • Look around your friend group, coworkers, neighbors, or people who sit around you at church and ask if they would be intersted in a
      small group.
    • Identify a "leader" or "host" to consolidate communication efforts.
    • Find a time and place to meet and make it happen.
  2. Join an existing small group
    • Do you know someone who is currently in a small group? Ask them if their small group is "open to new people?"
  3. Let the Hope Staff help you find a group for you
    • Fill out the small group survey (located below)
    • Staff will pair you with people of similar interests 

Ideal small group size…

  • Group A — meets for one hour and has 3 people. (If time is broken up evenly, each person will get to share for about 20 minutes).
  • Group B — meets for one hour and has 6 people. (If time is broken up evenly, each person will get to share for about 10 minutes).
  • Group C — meets for one hour and has 15 people. (If time is broken up evenly, each person will get to share for about 4 minutes.) Larger groups typically have several smaller groups within them.

Types of groups…

  • New Believers: These groups are made of mostly new believers — people who are newer to the faith and want to learn more. These groups should be sure to have a leader who is mature in the faith.
  • New Members at Hope: There is no better way to enter the family of Hope than with a small group. With this group, you will get to share many of your first-time Hope experiences together — first Easter service, first Go & Do Weekend, first Christmas service.
  • Stage-of-Life Groups: Many small groups form around stage-of-life. Examples of these groups include students, college, newly married, new mom/dad, couples without kids, couples with kids, empty-nesters, retirees, etc.
  • Affinity Groups: These groups are formed around a common interest. These interests include music, sports, military, nature, arts, history, cars and more. These groups often attend events together along the lines of their common interests.
  • Mature Believers — Discipleship Groups: These groups are eager to challenge each other and be challenged themselves. 

Click below to take our Small Group Survey.

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Want to join a small group or start and lead your own? Please contact Matt Tubinis (Director of Adult Christian Education) so we can help you throughout the process with resources and support, and plug you in with people who are interested in living authentically and growing spiritually together!