Community Groups are the primary way we live life together at Door of Hope. Our groups take their cues from the early church described in the book of Acts, chapter 2: “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers…” Community groups exist for people to know one another and be known as we follow Jesus together.
Our groups typically meet weekly in homes across Portland, where we spend time together sharing food, discussing the Scriptures, praying, and looking for opportunities to serve one another and the city. The groups consist of around fifteen people. Our hope is that the relationships that form at group will grow to transcend the once-per-week, two-hour meeting and spill over into the ongoing rhythms of life.
The community group season runs from September through May, and groups with available space can be joined at any point during that season. We take summers off from formal community groups to gather in other ways, including summer book clubs and church in the park.
Door of Hope’s Summer Book Clubs are another way we facilitate relationship and grow together over the summer. They are small, informal gatherings of people that read, examine, and discuss a gospel-focused book (or work of fiction/non-fiction with underlying themes connected to the gospel). The groups meet publicly around Portland (in parks, coffee shops, etc.) and are made up of four to eight people. Book clubs run from June through August.