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Starting a small group may sound a little intimidating. We work hard to lower the hurdles in place so it’s as easy as possible for you to get your group off the ground. We provide training and coaching along the way as well as a message-based curriculum so you don’t have to be concerned with preparing a study every week. Of course you have freedom as a leader but we want you as a leader/facilitator to be able to focus on building into your group in the areas of community (connecting with others) and mission (loving others and encouraging them). Whether you have a group of people already with whom you’d like to start a group or you just want to get started to provide a place for those who are looking to connect, you’re at the right place. Questions? Email Us. Learn more at one of our small group leader orientations. You can take them two different ways: – As part of our quarterly Equipping Sessions.  In addition to small group leader orientations, these offer various breakout sessions valuable to any small group member. – We also offer standalone small group leader orientations throughout the year. Registration will be available as upcoming dates are set.

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At Hope our mission is to love people where they are and  encourage them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe this happens best in the small group environment. The truth is, God created us for relationships – with Him and others. Since Hope is a big church it can be difficult to find those necessary relationships. Small groups help you connect with others in your area so you can “do life” together.

The word “small groups” means different things to different people. We hope the following FAQs help you sort out the “why” and “what” of small groups at Hope. Do you have a question about small groups not listed below? Feel free to send it over to smallgroups@gethope.net.

Why should I be in a small group?

We were made to live in community (connected with others.)

Our mission as a church is to love people where they are and encourage them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. We believe small groups is the most practical way to see that happen. This is where we are the Church.


How can I find a small group?

Go to our Small Group Information form to let us know more about you and what you might be looking for in a group.


What if I don’t find a group?

Our team is committed to helping you get connected. If you can’t find a group right away we will work with you to find the best group or to help you start your own group.


Do all groups multiply/start other groups?

In short – most groups do.

We see in the Bible that healthy things grow. As a result we ask all of our small group leaders to be aware of those group members who may have the interest and aptitude to lead their own group. By providing more and more opportunities for involvement, we encourage and reach our friends and neighbors with the message of Jesus Christ.

Are groups a good place to invite unbelieving friends?

If someone doesn’t believe the gospel but is open to investigating it, there are few better places than a community where they can see it in action, get to know believers, and feel safe enough to ask questions. So yes, small groups are generally a great place to invite unbelieving friends.


What about childcare?

It’s important our children learn we value other people in our lives. Small groups handle childcare in many different ways. Here is a list of some of the different options.

  • Group members hire a babysitter together.
  • Group members rotate individually watching the children.
  • Teams of group members supervise the kids in shifts on same night.
  • Men/Women meet on different nights. Social gatherings are planned.

Do you have group serving opportunities?

We urge each small group to designate someone as its ‘mission advocate’ to help the group stay focused on mission outside the group. The focus can be your own neighborhood, people of your choice, Local Hope or even Global Hope.

There are a host of opportunities both inside and outside the doors of our church. You can find internal serving opportunities on our Local Hope page or our Global Hope page.


Why are groups encouraged to use sermon-based discussion guides?

Rather than just hear a message on the weekend, message-based groups allow us to live what we learn and really “work out” the practical implications of our lives in a community where we can ask questions, express opinions, and see lives change.


Are there other curriculum options besides message-based?

Yes. We hope that all groups will consider participating in message-based curriculum. If your group is taking a break or looking for other options, we will be posting other resources soon.


Can I be part of a group if I don’t attend Hope?

Yes. You don’t have to attend Hope or even be a Christian to attend a small group here.

Getting Started

We have an online tool called InFellowship we use to help you manage your group. Login to view your group > Many of you already have an account through InFellowship since this is also where you can view your contribution statement and update personal information. If you do not yet have an account, click the blue “Sign Up!” link in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. If you don’t have an account, you will need to enter your first and last name, the email you want associated with your account and create a password. InFellowship will email you a link to verify that you are really you (if you can’t find it, check your junk or spam folder) before it finalizes your account. Once you verify you are a real person, you will be able to log in. Watch a video about this >


Logging in

Go here to log in. Enter the email associated with your account in the Login box. Enter your chosen password in the password box and you will be logged into your account. From here you can see your profile, adjust your privacy settings, manage your groups, find a new group and see your giving statement.


Editing your group profile

Click on “Your Groups” to manage information for your small group. You will see three main fields: Schedule, Location and Information. You can edit any of these fields by clicking the blue “view settings” link under the word “Actions” on the right side of the page. Once you click this, you will be able to edit details for your group, change your schedule and change your location information. Watch a video about this >


Adding Members

To add someone who attends Hope, simply click Add someone to join under Actions.  Type in their name and click next.  You should see their name pop up on the next screen.  If the information is correct and it is the right profile, click the “Add to group” button. If you cannot find the person you are trying to add or you know that person does not attend Hope, please email your area pastor and they will send you further instructions. Watch a video about this >


Removing members

To remove someone who is no longer attending your group, click on the Roster tab at the top of the page.  Click on the person you would like to remove from your group.  Under actions, click the red “Remove from group” link.


To see those who are seeking to join your group

Click “Prospects” at the top of the page. You will see everyone who has indicated interest in your group in the last two weeks. To see those who have ever expressed interest in your group, click on “show closed prospects” and you will see everyone. It is important that those who are interested in joining your group be responded to promptly. You can email them directly from InFellowship. Watch a video about this >


Emailing your group

Click on the gear icon at the top of the page.  Select “Send an email” from the dropdown menu.  You can either email everyone in the group or select specific people to send an email to. Watch a video about this >


Multiplying

Your coach and Area Pastor will walk you through this process. When the new group forms, the new leader will fill out the profile form to be entered into the database and they will add new members to their group. You can then remove members who have gone to the new group.


Ending your group

This will only occur after you have had a conversation with your coach and/or Area Pastor. They will do what is necessary in the database to have your group removed. DOWNLOAD THIS FAQ