SMALL GROUPS

Small groups are exhorting communities applying God’s truth to everyday life

SMALL GROUPS VISION

EXHORTING COMMUNITY

PRESCRIPTION FOR HEART-DECEIVING 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

NON-NEGOTIABLE #1:

MUTUAL MINISTRY

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

NON-NEGOTIABLE #2:

MULTIPLICATION

Small groups are not about maintaining the status quo, but multiplying disciples by teaching and entrusting the gospel.

“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” 1 Timothy 2:2

SMALL GROUP CHIEF END

GROWTH IN MATURITY

MOVING FROM MILK TO MEAT

“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14

PROCESS FOR GETTING INTO SMALL GROUPS

Our process for getting you into Small Group is super simple! Just follow the 3 steps below, or sign up to come to our next GroupLink event!

1. READ OUR DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Click here to read our Doctrinal Statement to ensure you align with our beliefs.

2. READ OUR SMALL GROUP COMMITMENT

Click here to download and read and commit to our Small Group Commitment.

3. SIGN UP FOR A GROUP

Click here and submit the small group commitment and sign up for a group.

FAQ

How big are small groups?

The typical size of a Small Group will be 10-16 people.

When and where do small groups meet?

Groups meet weekly all throughout the week (Sunday-Thursday).

Small groups typically meet in homes in the Etobicoke and Mississauga areas. However, amidst COVID-19 restrictions, groups are primarily meeting online-only via ZOOM. At their discretion, groups are free to select days to gather in-person.

What does a small group night typically look like? What are the primary elements?
There are 3 primary elements of a small group: Prayer, God's word and Accountability. Each of these elements is reflected in a typical small group night as outlined below:
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 together 
This is a time to fix our eyes on the study and meditation of God's word to come.
7:45 to 8:30 pm - Discussion of God's Word. 
This time is intentional in 3 ways. Firstly, this time is 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). Secondly, this time is 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). Thirdly, this is time is 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 - Accountability Break Out
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.
What is the small group curricula?

Our small groups go through 6 studies over the course of roughly 2 years. These are selected by the small group leader in consultation with an elder.  You can find out more at https://hopegroups.ca/milk-to-meat/

Got more questions on Small Groups?

Contact Andrew at andrew@hopechurchtw.ca, or call 416-521-9292 for more information about getting into Small Groups at Hope Church Toronto West.

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