Sunday School & Small Group Curriculum for Local Churches

Cultivating Hope (Where You’re Planted) is a seven-week study to help us grow inwardly, so that we can share the light and love of Christ with our neighbors. Each session has components that focus on loving God, ourselves, and our neighbor as we Cultivate Hope.

Hinton Rural Life Center has hosted work mission groups for more than 50 years. It’s our hope and prayer that teams don’t just “come on a mission trip,” but that they take a part Hinton Center home with them. Through this study, we will explore individual spiritual discipline practices, take an honest look at poverty and perspective, and then see what resources you already have in your community.

Cultivating Hope was developed thanks to funding from The Duke Endowment. 

Cultivating Hope: Full Introduction

Leader Guide – Cultivating Hope

For a small donation, Hinton Center can provide your church or group a copy of this curriculum (including videos) on a USB drive. Please contact Dawn at

Cultivating Hope Feedback Form

Session 1: Getting to Know You

Session 2: Why Reach Out to the Community?

Session 3: Perspective


Session 3 Participant Handout

Perspective Handout












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Session 4: Poverty Awareness

Session 5: Asset-Based Biblical Model

Session 6: Assets

Session 7: How to Move Forward