Our Model


Our Transformation Model

Our model is designed to provide long term truth, instruction, guidance, encouragement, support, and spiritual and emotional growth (all in a healthy environment).

It takes almost a year to go through our program to meet the needs of long term emotional issues. Plus, we want to empower people to experience a transformation for their entire life, not just help them deal with their current issues.
H.O.P.E. groups generally meet once a week for two hours. That time is roughly divided in half between the lesson and Checking In (a time for members to share what he or she is going through and how they feel about it).
The following provides an overview of our model.

What Curriculum We Follow

These groups follow the book, Names of H.O.P.E., which is a Bible study focused on God’s principles and purpose for pain using the Names of God that meet the needs of people encountering painful experiences. The lessons are presented by the group leader to the entire group and then break into smaller groups of 6-8 people for Checking in.

The transforming power of our groups can be clearly seen when one considers the various levels that any small group can reach. There are five levels of small groups that have been described.

The 5 Levels of Small Groups

Superficial, patented, non-personal, rehearsed responses.
Ideas & Facts
Sharing of personal statistics and information.
Ideas & Opinions
Sharing becomes more honest and more personal to include ideas and opinions.
Honest sharing of feelings.
Honest sharing of insights, members are teachable, they invite input and they receive feedback well, there is full trust of others and things are done and said with the appropriate attitude and motives within a loving, truthful and honest community.

In a typical small group setting, it takes 9-18 months to attain the level of Feelings and 18-24 months to achieve the level of Peak. But we have consistently experienced that our H.O.P.E. small groups can start at the Feelings level and arrive at the Peak level in only a few weeks.

Therefore, our model for small groups enables our members to fully experience the wonderful transforming power of God’s word.

Introductory Level

We also offer the Doorway to H.O.P.E. book as an entry point into our model. Most locations go directly to using the Names of H.O.P.E. book, however, some locations choose to use the Doorway book.

The Doorway book follows the same format as the Names book.

Some people who come to us are not ready to commit to a program like ours because they are not ready to ask for help and fully surrender their issues and needs to the Lord. This book is designed to resurrect hope, expose needs and lies, tear down barriers to making healthy changes and “wet appetites” for experiencing how God can transform us through our pain.

This book is designed as a “warm-up” period and takes 12 weeks to complete.

Other Books

During our program, we pair our members with a Spiritual and Emotional Coach (SPEC). SPECs allow us to extend our ministry by providing additional support for our members through a one-on-one mentoring relationship outside their small group. The analogy used for our member’s need of a SPEC is that of a contractor who can help them with their emotional and spiritual “construction”. Our members need a contractor (SPEC) who follows the plan of the Architect (Jesus Christ) in their life and who can help them rebuild by doing the same thing. Our members need a contractor (SPEC) who can coach them using their own experiences with the spiritual and emotional rebuilding process.

Therefore, this book was designed to empower and equip our SPECs by helping them realize and tap into the knowledge and tools available to them in this role. This book also contains a topical Scripture reference guide for convenient access to verses that can be applied to a variety of issues. In addition, this book was designed to help familiarize SPECs with our organization and what their member is going through.

The Spiritual & Emotional Coach's Guide

This book was primarily designed for use by fathers of sons in Level 3 of our model. It centers on seven “statements of truth” that encompass what David wanted to teach his two sons about becoming and living as a man, an authentic man, the kind of godly man described in the Bible. He began telling his sons these truths every night at an early age so they would become engrained in them, as part of their very essence, and his boys would never doubt them. He also spent years preparing for the time when he would elaborate on the full meaning of each truth with his sons, as part of a day of celebration of their entry into manhood.

Those years of preparation became this book, which David published to help other fathers (or father-figures/mentors) train their sons (or any boy) how to become a real man. The hope is that this book will be a blessing and an encouragement to every boy who receives it as he enters into (and lives out) authentic manhood.

The Passage From Boyhood to Manhood: Seven Truths Fathers Need to Tell Their Sons