“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” -1 John 1:3 (NIV)
A cell group is a group of believers who meet for the purpose of worshipping and experiencing God and serving each other and the surrounding community. Cell groups are neither merely events nor weekly activities; they are the basic unit of life in the Church.
The four major functions and characteristics of cell groups are to:
1) Build and encourage one another
2) Equip and teach members for works of ministry
3) Share the gospel
4) Raise up leaders for Christ
Each cell group has about 10-12 members of both genders of all ages. Cell groups meet weekly on Fridays at Hope Center from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and do a variety of activities together including: worship, prayer, Bible study, games, have dinner together, etc.
Our cell groups congregate together for combined programs on Friday nights such as on: Holidays (Thanksgiving Banquet, Christmas Banquet, New Year’s Eve Celebration, Good Friday/Easter), Fundraising Specials (for our ministries such as: YUGO, Urbana, Retreats), or Team Building (Battle of the Cell Groups) activities.
At Hope Center, we currently have the following cell groups: