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Want To Lead A Group?
Starting a small group may sound intimidating, but we provide training and coaching to help you feel prepared to lead. We also offer weekly message-based curriculum to set you up for success. Of course, as a leader, you have the freedom to use different materials, but we want to enable you to focus on building community within your group, instead of preparing weekly talking points.
Whether you already have a group of people in mind or not, you’re in the right place. Sign up to lead a group
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We use an online tool called InFellowship 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. Once you start the registration process, InFellowship will email you a verification link (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 >
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 >
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, 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 >
To remove someone, click on the Roster tab at the top of the page. Click on the person you’d like to remove. 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’ll 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.” It’s important to respond promptly to people interested in joining your group. 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. Watch a video about this >
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.
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Why should I be in a small group?
Life is not meant to be lived alone. God made us to connect intentionally with others in community.
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 are the best environment for this to happen.
What are small groups like?
A small group is typically 6-15 people who gather each week in a home, workplace or other space. You will get to know others who live in your area, grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ and be a part of helping reach the Triangle.
There are college, coed, singles, young pros, men’s, and women’s groups to choose from.
Will I fit in?
Yes! Regardless of your background or experience, Hope small groups are for you. Groups are a mix of people, some just starting to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ and others who are seasoned in their walk with Him. That’s one of the best parts of group life.
How can I find a small group?
You can stop by the Next Steps area at your Hope campus after the service, or you can click here to find a small group near you.
What about childcare?
Some groups offer childcare. Those small groups handle childcare in several different ways, such as:
• Group members hire a babysitter together
• Pairs of group members rotate watching the children
Your group leader will let you know their plan.
Will I be put on the spot or made to pray out loud?
Groups are a safe place. Typically groups take prayer requests, then those who want to pray for those requests can. No, you won’t be required to talk about yourself at length, or asked to pray out loud (though, of course, you’re welcome to do either, if you want).
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.
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.
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 the weekend messages on our lives.
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.
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 missions outside the group. The focus can be your own community, people of your choice, Local Hope or even Global Hope.