Community Life is the primary means by which we make disciples, and exists to help people learn the Bible and live out the practical Christian life together.
What exactly is Community Life? It's fellowship, it's eating, it's serving, it's studying, it's sharing, it's growing, it's becoming, it's praying, it's caring, it's loving, it's meeting the needs of a friend and having friends who can help you when you're in need. Simply put, Community Life is beautiful because it is Christians living the Christian life together.
Community Life is a lot like a river, it flows. There isn't a one size fits all approach. There isn't even one geographical location or one gathering opportunity where everyone meets, but instead there are various times, places, and opportunities that best meet the needs of your specific group.
The hope is that as many people as possible would experience the life changing power of Biblical community.
Community Life is a radical call amid a culture of mere attendance and casual involvement. It involves mutual love, care, consistency and authenticity as we seek to adorn the person and work of Christ with our lives.
Is There A Place For Me In Community Life?
GET PLUGGED IN TO COMMUNITY LIFE
Connection Groups (8-14 people who gather at a specific time)
Experience great conversations that give you the opportunity to share your highs and lows. Then there will be a time in God's Word or watching a video resource, prayer time, and an opportunity to connect as friends.
Organic Groups (groups based on existing friendships and relationships)
Almost everyone has a group of friends, but rarely do those friends meet for the purpose of Christian fellowship and Gospel conversations. Organic Connection Groups are an opportunity for you take some time with your existing friends for the purpose of investing in one another spiritually. You provide the friends, and Hope Church will provide the resources.
Wednesday Night Bible Study
Our weekly Bible Study is available each week from 7:00-8:00pm, and requires no sign up other than just showing up. Each week a different topic or section of the Bible is a taught in a relaxed, encouraging environment.
Men's / Women's Ministry
We strongly desire to see men and women grow in their walk with God. By having men's and women's ministry, we are able to minister with greater intentionality, because we all know the spiritual needs of men and women are different. Our men's and women's ministry encourages strong relationships with God, as well as with one another.
Intentional Friendships (meeting at a local restaurant or coffee shop)
Why not connect once a week at a time that suits you and three or four of your friends best? You may enjoy connecting over lunch or coffee, and that time could be used for you to spiritually invest, and for you to be spiritually invested in. Intentional friendships allow for your meeting times and locations to be more fluid. It's all about great friends making great disciples.
This is a gender specific opportunity for men to disciple men and women to disciple women. This could mean a weekly meeting with a Hope Church pastor, elder, church leader, or being connected with a trusted mentor who will help you learn to understand God's Word and grow spiritually.
These are opportunities for individuals or groups of people to serve together by meeting needs in our own local community.
If you are looking to get plugged into Community Life, please fill out the form below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does Community Life happen?
We have many different groups at Hope Church that meet in several different locations across the area. Some groups meet on the church campus, others meet in homes, restaurants, and coffee shops. Community Life is less about the location, and more about the connection.
What do the groups study?
The leadership of Hope Church believes community shouldn’t be controlled, but should be resourced. Whether a group meets in a home or in a classroom, we want to provide the best resources we possibly can. That’s why we offer Right Now Media, small group studies, books, and sermon-based discussion.
What do the groups do for childcare?
A few of our groups do offer childcare, especially those that meet on Wednesday night at the church campus. We do encourage people to get a babysitter and make their connection group night a “date night.” Please feel free to contact the office of your specific location, or speak with a pastor to find out more about childcare.
Is there Community Life for teenagers?
The best way for your teenager to connect to Christian community is through Hope Students. Our church believes in groups so strongly, we promote community in every ministry we offer. This means your student will have an opportunity to connect with other people their own age to grow in their faith.
How do I become a Group Leader?
At Hope Church, we take Community Life leadership very seriously because Community Life leaders function as the primary disciple makers in the church. If you would like to find out more about becoming a leader, then, please contact the church office.