Local. community.

You're not meant to be alone

The supportive “bones” of our church are 8–12 person Local Communities.

We desire these to become a network of localized “outposts” of the church in the various areas of our place where face-to-face friendships of enjoyment and caring develop, where we read and wrestle with Scripture and its life implications together, where we pray with and for one another, where we consider and act on ways to love others and serve our community together. Where we become friends.

Because we see our Local Communities as an incubator for new leaders, our vision is to see God raise up small teams of Local Community planters to multiply into new areas as we're called. This is how we engage in "church-planting" in an internal way.

Our Communities all meet every other week. We do this so that our schedules aren't loaded with church programs so that we have time and energy to engage in the life of our neighbors and city, and so that we can join with more people in the church as we seek Christ together.

With this being the summer season, our church will be taking a break from formal community gatherings in order to rest and just enjoy time together. We'll start our communities up again in the Fall.

  • Northeast Side

    Dessert, gospel application discussion, and prayer, kids invited (bi-weekly, Thursday evenings, led and hosted at the Childress's place near University Elementary School).

    Contact us for more details: etjchildress@gmail.com

  • Bryan Park Area

    Dessert, gospel application discussion, and prayer, kids invited (bi-weekly Wednesday evenings, led and hosted at the Elliott's place near the corner of Hillside and Henderson).

    Contact us for more details: colin.peter.elliott@gmail.com

  • southside

    Dessert, gospel application discussion, and prayer, kids invited (bi-weekly Thursdays 6:30-8:00, led by and hosted at the Herron's in the Sherwood Oaks neighborhood).

    Contact us for more details: dan@hopebtown.org

  • women's Community

    Moving through Tim Keller's study of Galatians, growing in relationship with the other women of Hope, and prayer for one another. Bi-weekly Wednesday evenings from 8-9:30 at the Moody's. 

    Contact Erica Herron at erica@hopebtown.org

  • men's community

    Pursuit of Christian Virtue, Scripture study and discussion, sharing life experience, wrestling in prayer for one another. Bi-weekly Tuesday nights  at the Childress Abode, 8:30-10:30.

    Contact Dan Herron at dan@hopebtown.org

Reformed University fellowship (RUF)

Students: Check out Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at IU. For info on Small Groups, events, & other stuff happening in RUF check out our website or social media:

www.iuruf.org FB group: IU RUF Twitter: @IURUF Instagram: IU RUF

This is a place for students to meet up on a regular basis to discuss Jesus, the Bible, theology, faith & doubt, and to experience life in community.

RUF currently has a variety of groups for freshmen, upperclassmen, and men and women. These are led by both staff and student leaders.

Brad & Caroline also host Sunday night dinners every other Sunday evening, get a taste of home.

To find out more, contact Brad, our RUF campus minister:


Or one of our interns: