Where do we go from here?
For the last two years we’ve spent time in prayer and conversation trying to figure out what God has for New Hope Community Church in the future. Through Brown Bag Lunches, retreats, meetings, and casual conversations, we’ve sought a fresh vision for the next chapter in our story.
Over the course of the next two weeks, there will be a series of posts on our website that will recap our recent Brown Bag Lunch, and to share how these conversations and come together for a renewed understanding of who we are as a church. We are thankful that God has helped us imagine what the future can look like if we will choose to be faithful and trust in him.
To begin with, I would like to share the new vision for New Hope’s ministry going forward. This vision is meant to equip us for fulfilling the mission that God has for all of his churches and to give new shape to the original purpose of this congregation–to offer the hope of the good news of Jesus to the world while removing all unnecessary hinderances to the proclamation of that good news.
These statements will be the guideposts for our life together going forward. We will use them to empower people to engage in ministry however they can and to evaluate our decisions so that we are faithful to the lives that God has called us to in the world.
In the posts to follow we will look at each of these in more detail, and explain how each of these points will be lived out as New Hope moves forward. No matter what shape these things ultimately take, Let us pray that we are always a people who live by faith in God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that others may see and know that he is Lord, and who love God, love one another, and love our neighbors with everything we have.
Grace and peace,
Mission: The mission of New Hope Community Church is to live out the command of Jesus found in Matthew 28:19-20: to make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that Jesus has commanded us so that the world may see and know that Jesus is Lord and there is life in Him.
Purpose: To live in such a way that people see the unconventional new life that is possible in Jesus, to hear of the hope made possible in his kingdom, and to remove the barriers that keep people from trusting Jesus as Lord and finding life in him.
Vision: New Hope Community Church will accomplish our mission by…
- …being immersed in God as individuals, in community groups, and on Sunday mornings, through faith in Jesus as Lord as we are made new by the Holy Spirit so that our lives are transformed into lives of the Kingdom of God on earth.
- …working with our neighbors to offer the hope of the gospel to our neighborhood through sacrificial generosity and open hospitality so that people see the goodness of God’s love and are able to join in.
- …living in love together in community groups where people can give sacrificially for their neighbors and invite others to share in God’s goodness while helping one another follow Jesus more faithfully.
…we will gather every Sunday to worship, give thanks, and reorient ourselves for the mission of the coming week, and will connect in coummunity groups to dive deeper into our relationship with God together.
…we will partner with other churches and local organizaitons to show others that Jesus loves them.
…we will have community groups that serve and bless the neighborhood, have fun together and invite others to join in, and pray and learn from God regularly.