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Life Groups

Life Groups

LIFE GROUPS

“We’re better together!” We tend to say that a lot around here. And, we say it because it’s true. God created us to live in community with one another (not to try and figure it all out by ourselves). The purpose of Hope’s Connections Ministry is to bring people together in growing, Christ-centered relationships. This is accomplished through Life Groups—small groups of Christ-followers who meet regularly to grow relationships, study God’s Word, and serve the world around them.

Join a Group

Join an existing Life Group!
Request to join an existing group and we’ll do our best to match you with a group.

Here are other great ways for people to involved in a Life Group. We encourage you to check out one of the options below:


Start a Group

A Life Group is fairly easy to get started. If you’re interested in starting a group on your own, simply follow the five short steps below and you’ll be all ready to go!

  1. Invite 2 or 3 other people
    The Bible says that “where two or three gather” in Jesus’ name, He is with them. (Matt. 18:20) Ask some people around you if they’d be interested in starting a Life Group…I think you’ll be surprised how many people will say yes!
     
  2. Schedule a regular meeting time
    We encourage every Life Groups to meet at least twice per month (if not once a week) and to make their meeting time consistent (ex: every other Tuesday). This makes it easy for group members to plan and make the group time a priority.
     
  3. Pick a group study
    Part of being in a Life Group is growing in your relationships with God. As a group, select a sermon, book, or Bible study to go through together. We recommend that new groups check out “Community” by Andy Stanley to get started. You can borrow resources from our Library.

    » Sermon-based Study
     
  4. Select a leader (or 2)
    A leader is a person who helps the group go where God is calling them to go. But that doesn’t have to be intimidating! Once you fill out the Life Group information form in step 5, a staff member be in touch with the leader to help them lead well.

    Also, many groups find it helpful to discuss and agree upon the Life Group Covenant. This is not required, but often helps groups stay focused and committed to the purpose of their group.
     
  5. Submit Life Group info
    Once you’ve selected a group leader, have them fill out our Life Group info form with your new group’s info. A staff member will then be in touch with you shortly. They’ll be able to support your group in becoming all that God’s calling your group to be. Leaders are encouraged by a staff member regularly with prayer, tips, resources and information for leading the group well.


Group Resources

Use these links to help your group continue to grow.

"All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer."

Acts 2:42, NLT