So, how does this church do ministry?
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. –Colossians 3:16
We believe our people and their relationships in the community are our main ministry. We also believe prayer is how God unites, empowers, and leads his people. As our congregation grows in their love for God, their love for others will increase, and the Spirit of Christ living in them will use their relationships to help people come to faith. This is what a healthy church looks like! Therefore the main ministry of Hope Community Church is to help people strengthen these vital relationships. We do this by both serving the people who attend, and encouraging those people to serve others. (Please see the sidebar or below for articles describing how our ministries are organized.)
Serving people without turning them into “Christian consumers” is every church’s challenge. In response to this, we challenge our congregation to be disciples and help others become disciples too. We follow the formula, “Worship + 2”. We believe each person should be active worshippers throughout the week plus be active in 1) a ministry where they have authentic relationships with others who will encourage them and hold them accountable in their walk with God, and 2) be active in a ministry where they are serving according to their S.H.A.P.E. (see “About” tab/“How does this church work?”)
Since churches are made up of all kinds of people in all stages of life, who are going in and out of all kinds of circumstances, ministries at Hope will continue to change too. Yet, it is our goal to provide opportunities to worship, learn and serve for men, women, and children both as families and as individuals. (Please see the sidebar or below for our current opportunities.)