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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Session 1: Getting to Know You
SESSION 1: HELPFUL TOOLS
Sample Ground Rules – fillable
Session 2: Why Reach Out to the Community?
SESSION 2: HELPFUL TOOLS
Additional Resources (Suggested books):
When Helping Hurts – https://www.amazon.com/When-Helping-Hurts-Alleviating-Yourself/dp/0802457053
The Soloist – https://www.amazon.com/Soloist-Dream-Unlikely-Friendship-Redemptive/dp/0425238369/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+soloist&qid=1580345669&s=books&sr=1-1
Diamonds in the Dew – https://www.amazon.com/s?k=diamonds+in+the+dew&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
Same Kind of Different As Me – https://www.amazon.com/Same-Kind-Different-As-Me/dp/084991910X/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=same+kind+of+different+as+me+book&qid=1580345721&s=books&sr=1-1
Session 3: Perspective
SESSION 3: HELPFUL TOOLS
Session 4: Poverty Awareness
SESSION 4: HELPFUL TOOLS
Making Choices – FamilyMaking Choices – Older Couple
My Name is Child of God… Not Those People: A First-Person Look at Poverty (book) –https://www.amazon.com/Name-Child-God-Those-People/dp/0806656247/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=my+name+is+not+those+people&qid=1580346134&s=books&sr=1-1
My Name is Not Those People (video of poem being read) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQWbkVqZKeo
Session 5: Asset-Based Biblical Model
SESSION 5: HELPFUL TOOLS
Asset-Based Conversation Handout
Session 6: Assets
SESSION 6: HELPFUL TOOLS
Session 6 Asset Mapping Activity
The Power of Asset Mapping: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Asset-Mapping-Congregation-Gifts/dp/156699294X
Session 7: How to Move Forward
SESSION 7: HELPFUL TOOLS