Why Small Groups?
Here at Hope we believe church is not a brick-and-mortar building but is a community of believers. So, we are committed to living life together--sharing our joys, struggles, laughter, pain, and love as we journey together to become more like Christ. Grow Groups are where this community happens. They’re a “safe place” to ask questions, share prayer requests, cultivate friendships, and dig into the Scriptures. They are a “greenhouse” for growth in your relationship with Christ and others. This is why we believe everyone who calls Hope their home should be connected to a Small Group.
When it comes to small groups there are three options:
- Grow Groups: These are the heart and soul of our small group ministry. Grow Groups are our most popular groups and aim to foster "Christ-centered" community. These are sermon-based groups, which means they discuss the Sunday sermon and go deeper into relevant Scriptures and personal application. The groups meet all over the East Valley on a quarterly basis (12-weeks at a time), which allows for on-ramps (for new people) and off-ramps (for those who need a break).
- Bible Groups: These are ongoing, year-round, groups that dig into the Scriptures. We offer one on Sunday morning that meets during a service, as well as a men's Bible group (Fridays 6am), and women's groups.
- Affinity Groups: These are seasonal groups that focus on a topic, theme, or popular study.
If you are new to Hope, we strongly recommend taking The Starting Point Class, which is an introduction to our story, beliefs, and vision. It is a great way to meet new people and see how you can fit into Hope. The Core Class is typically held on five consecutive Sundays from 9am - 10:15am at Hope. Alternatively, the class is occasionally offered as a intensive Saturday class.
How Do I Get Connected?
If you’re interested in joining a Grow Group, check the "Small Group" box in your Connection Card in the Sunday bulletin. Or you can contact the office to find one that might be a good fit for you.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching....and speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the head, that is, Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25 & Ephesians 4:15