We like to say we’re not simply a church with community groups but a church of community groups.
What is a Community Group?
Our community groups are small groups of around 12-16 people who meet together regularly in each other’s homes. They are led by lay leaders who are appointed, trained, and supported by Hope’s elders and leadership.
A Hope community group is not what you might think of as a traditional “Bible study.” While those are great, our community groups are focused on applying the great truths of the Bible to our everyday lives with one another. They are more labs than classrooms. A place where we learn to do gospel community.
Why join a Community Group?
God’s plan has always been to redeem a people for himself. Through Christ, he has and is creating a new community of people to worship and serve him together.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of he who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” – 1 Peter 2:9 (ESV)
Joining a community group is a great practical way to pursue this. It’s difficult to experience the kind of intimacy and relationship we see described in the New Testament with hundreds and thousands of people. In a community group, you get to slow down, know and be known, and go deeper with a small group of people.
Our community groups are currently on a break for the summer, but if you have questions about community groups, or if you’d like info on finding a group when they start back in the Fall, please contact one of the following people:
Cotswold site: Gorden Fleming
OP site: Trip Smith
South End site: Aaron Ingle