Life Groups at Hope Church
The primary way in which we “love others” is through Life Groups. Life Groups are groups of 5 to 15 people who gather together to learn about God, pray for one another, and encourage one another in their faith. These groups typically meet one evening per week in homes across central Ohio.
What you can expect in a Life Group
Life Groups are very casual in nature, and they are multi-generational. We believe the church is supposed to be diverse- so instead of having a "Singles" group or a "Parenting" group, we have a Life Group- a group of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and wisdom from different stages of life.
The primary objective during our time together is relational: to love one another as we grower closer to Christ. Though there will be material that each group will be studying, our small groups are not classroom environments. Instead, they happen in living rooms, kitchens, and backyards. Life Groups happen where life happens!
At Hope Church Life Groups you can expect to meet other people just like yourself: imperfect people who don’t always have the right answer, and who don’t always do the right thing. We all struggle. We all suffer. None of us gets it right all the time. Together, though, we can love each other, and encourage one another to follow Jesus well.
We know that life creates busyness- so we build in breaks for life groups to take some sabbath rest. These breaks usually are Thanksgiving through New Year, a 2-3 week “spring break” near Easter, and a longer “summer break” around June and July. That summer break also allows planning time for our leaders to prep for a new season in fall. But don’t worry about joining a group during a break or whether you stay plugged in- our life groups host meals and special events often during breaks!
What are Life Groups Studying?
All our Life Groups try to stick to the same study content, that way you can visit different Life Groups without missing any content. More importantly, we believe this helps us share and encourage the whole church family with the things God teaches us in our Life Groups!
This season, our life groups are diving deep into the story of Scripture- celebrating and mediating on the themes, covenants and truth God reveals in His Word through a study called Fulfilled: the Story of Scripture. But the key emphasis is to share what we study- asking "How can we share this with the people God placed in our lives?" We celebrate the story of Scripture to actively share the story of Scripture.
Later (starting in early 2023), we'll start studying the different genres in the Bible- like why Deuteronomy reads differently than Proverbs, and why the Gospels are read differently than Revelation. This will be practice for studying God's Word in smaller groups of twos and threes, and being missional with our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends to start Bible studies for those who don't know Jesus. We'll be using content from the The Bible Project for this half of the study time.
How to get started
The best way to get started in a Life Group is... to visit a Life Group! We promise to host you and love you well no matter what group you start with or when you visit. Our Life Group leaders are some of the best trained and most welcoming people you can meet at Hope Church- and they have a team approach to making sure you find the place and the group that is the best fit for you. Below are all of our groups- check them out and schedule a time to meet the leaders!
We believe Life Groups are vital to a healthy church family. We're grateful to be able to offer childcare scholarships to families who have difficulty participating otherwise! Click the button below for more details.
Other groups at Hope Church
Life Groups are the community-building ministry at Hope- but they aren't the only groups you can participate with! These other groups listed below all meet for a very specific purpose (like confession and accountability, a special serve project, or a financial literacy course), and sometimes are ongoing and sometimes for only a season.
If you have further questions concerning our Life Groups or anything else about Hope Church, simply click the button below and get in touch with us!