Life Group Ministry Spotlight
by: Jason and Kelly Whitener
We started attending Hope about ten years ago and one of the ways we immediately connected was by joining a Life Group. We had just gotten married and had only visited one or two Sundays when we were invited to come to a group with other young couples our age. It was one of the things that helped us instantly feel engaged and known in a new place…and also the main reason we kept coming back to Hope. As that original Life Group continued to grow, we eventually reached a point where we needed to split into two groups so we began leading a group. We have been leading a Life Group in some capacity ever since!
We have seen God at work through Life Groups as one of the primary ways to be connected to others in our church family in a deeper way. We first experienced Life Group on the receiving end – being invited and welcomed right away really helped us connect at Hope and ultimately make it our church home. More recently, as we’ve helped lead and start new groups, it has been fun to be able to invite new people into community and make space for people who are new to Hope and looking to plug in like we were at one time. We are now in our fourth unique group and each season has fostered new relationships and given us meaningful friendships as we’ve walked through life together. We have gone through hard things and also shared many joys in community with others and gotten to know people we otherwise would not have known on a deeper level. It was especially valuable these last few years to stay connected with our group when gathering in larger numbers was more difficult.
As Life Groups kick off this fall, we would love to see everyone at Hope find a home in a Life Group. It is such a valuable way to be connected to Hope as a whole and to be known individually in community. Please join us in praying for deeper connections within our existing groups and for new leaders as Hope continues to grow. If you are not currently in a group and have considered joining one, please know we have many groups with space for new members and we would love to help you connect with one of them. Life Groups meet at various times throughout the week and registration is available on the Church Center app. If you have further questions about Life Groups you can email me (Kelly Whitener) or Ethan Smith.