VISION FOR SMALL GROUPS
THE ANTIDOTE TO LIFE-THREATENING SIN
“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:12-13
Small groups are not about one member ministering to the rest, but all members ministering to one another.
“For I long to see you… that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12
SMALL GROUP CORE ELEMENTS
SMALL GROUP TYPES
When and where do groups meet?
What curriculum is used?
For most of the year, a pulpit curriculum is used. A pulpit curriculum consists of discussions questions tailored around the recent sermon preached at Hope Church Toronto West.
At various seasons of the year,
What happens in an average small group night?
This is a typical timeline of a small group:
7:00 to 7:15pm - Arrive and Connect
This is a time to have fellowship over light refreshments.
7:15 to 7:45 pm - Worship and Pray
This is a time to prepare our hearts for the study and meditation of God's word coming up next.
7:45 to 8:30 pm - Discuss God's Word
This time is has 3 key features
Discussion-driven. Rather than being a time where a single person teaches, it is a time where we can teach and exhort one another (Col 3:16).
Word-centred. Rather than drawing from extra-biblical sources, this is a time when we dig deep in God's very words (2 Tim 3:16).
Application-focused. Rather than bering a mere exchange of intellectual ideas, this is a time to make specific steps to apply God's word to our daily lives (James 1:22-25)
8:30 to 9:15pm - Break Out for Accountability
During this time, the group breaks out and the men and women gather separately. During this time, sin struggles are identified and accountability measures are established for the sake of victory over sin.
Note: For mens and womens groups, this time is combined with the discussion time