Values are important because values determine how we behave. Values dictate what we do and don’t do as a body of believers. Being the church is more than simply meeting on Sunday. We want to be a church for the city. In order to be that kind of church, we need the help of others who share our passion for leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
Hope Finds People
Jesus doesn’t want the church to be a exclusive club. He wants everyone to know Him and to follow Him. We think it’s vital that as we become fully engaged in church; we invest and invite unchurched people to become part of our story, too. This doesn’t mean we treat people like projects; it means we genuinely care about them, get to know them, and when the time is right, invite them to take a step towards faith in Jesus.
Hope Builds Community
Growing spiritually doesn’t just happen automatically. It happens when we understand what the Scriptures say and then apply that to our lives. Therefore, application happens best within the context of community. To grow spiritually, you have to be connected relationally; first to God, then to other believers. As we like to say around here: “life is better connected.”
Hope Serves Others
We believe that as people choose to serve, whether in our church, in the local community, or around the world, the impact of that service will change lives — for those serving, for the people they serve and even for those who see them giving their time to help someone else. Jesus said it best, “I didn’t come to be served, but to serve.”
Hope Gives Extravagantly
One of the main principles we teach at our church is that you can’t out give God. Whether that is your time, talent or treasures. God is faithful! As a part of this core value, every November our compassion offering gets replaced with what we call our “Give Extravagant Offering.” This is the one time a year that we ask everyone to pray big and give even bigger; to give extravagantly! Our first year, with all of our compassion offerings, we ended up giving away $13,177 to several different non-profits, both locally, and internationally.
Hope Brings Change
When you begin following Jesus, change happens. The Apostle Paul says,Â “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!”We believe that it is impossible to be a follower of Jesus Christ and remain the same. At Hope City we celebrate “life change.”