So, how do I get started?

Please know you are always welcome—no matter who you are, what you believe, or where you are from! With that said, please show up just as you are. People sometimes ask what they should wear. In Flagstaff, unless it’s a wedding or a funeral, people typically dress casual. At Hope, some ladies wear dresses, some don’t; some people wear jeans, some don’t. And once in a great while, our pastor wears a suit and tie!

Times:

Our Sunday service starts at 11:00 am. We typically end around 12:15 pm. On the second Sunday of the month we celebrate communion.

If you’d like to meet with our pastor before you attend for the first time, please call our office and leave a message or just drop in. We usually check the messages throughout the day, and will return your call promptly.

Hope

3700 N. Fanning Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ, 86004

Sunday Service at 11 AM

Bible Study at 9:45 AM

 
 
 

So, what’s this church about?

It’s about the God of the Bible, and his saving work in people’s lives. We believe life was created and designed by God to bring glory to himself and consequently blessings for us. He is the central focus of all creation; his purposes are/will be accomplished in each of our lives—that’s comforting! HCC is about discovering our place in history as well as God’s unfolding work today. Therefore, we believe God’s plan to restore the world to himself unfolds through the ministry of his Son and his Spirit through us his followers. Without God’s help, we believe none of us would have a chance of knowing him and living our lives entirely for him!  So we follow our Savior as a community of disciples who look forward to Jesus’ return as “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords”, and yet we celebrate our life now as citizens of God’s present and unfolding kingdom.


So, how does this church work?

The short answer is teams. We believe the best way to implement our mission is through collaborative teams. So we have identified six core teams that enable us to carry out the basic functions of our church—worship, education, outreach, fellowship, building and finance. Our team of elders and deacons (called the Council) oversees the teams as they seek the Lord through his Word and prayer. 

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When people begin to attend Hope and decide it’s the church the Lord has led them to, we encourage them to actively serve him. Their service could be at the church, but we understand it might be through their workplace, it might be focused on their home, or they may even need a season of rest in their lives. But when ready, we encourage them to serve as the Lord has S.H.A.P.E.’d them—their Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, and Experiences[1]. Since we follow a God who never wastes anything in our lives, we believe he seeks to redeem all of us, (including our failures and pain) for his glory. 

The way in which our church works towards its mission is important too. This is why we have identified four core values that guide how we treat one another in ministry. Therefore, we strive to foster a culture of integrity, collaboration, conflict management, and excellence. These qualities help create a safe culture for individuals and families to grow in the faith at Hope! 

We understand every one’s S.H.A.P.E. is going to influence how they see challenges and go about making decisions and solving problems. It is inevitable that misunderstandings will occur, mistakes will be made and at times we’ll fail one another as we strive together to follow Christ and his mission. How we address the conflict should be guided by biblical principles and promote unity. Therefore, we have identified those principles and have covenanted together to work through our conflict in peaceful ways.

Wow, this sounds like a lot of work! We don’t believe work is a result Adam’s sin (Though we sure wish the conditions would not have changed.) We work because we’re made in God’s image. Therefore, we see joining God’s work as a privilege and something we want to approach with all of our hearts (see Colossians 3:17 and 23). Actively depending upon God’s help, we believe serving him is the most fulfilling way of saying “Thank you” to the One who sacrificially loves us. It’s how we experience God’s grace as we build friendships and memories that matter for eternity.


[1] Our materials are based upon the model taught by Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA (www.saddleback.com).


Vision

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We desire to be and make disciples who grow in health and number for the sake of furthering God’s kingdom. Our focus is on developing leaders (who will lead the key ministry teams in our church for men, women, and children), small groups and discipleship relationships. It is our goal that all of ministry be led and empowered by prayer at its foundation. We want prayer to be more than an item on the agenda; we want it to be foundational to how we minister before the Lord and in His kingdom.

As we grow at Hope, we want to keep growing in our service to our community. We believe the best way to grow a church is to follow God’s work in our individual lives and the ways He moves us a church to serve others. Our culture is not a “go to church” culture. Therefore, our church seeks to nurture an “engage and love the community” culture.

Mission

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Bill Maher says the main reason people meet together in church is just to make each other feel good about believing in a nonsensical faith that only exists because they perpetuate it. I imagine Maher’s experience has included churches where the mission of becoming and making disciples has been replaced with a focus on relationships primarily within the church. When this happens, they function less as a church and more like a club; they just use God for the theme of their meetings and community involvement. Like a civic club, the members of a church club are the owners (even though Jesus owns the church). In a church club the longer your membership and/or the more dues you pay, the more power/influence you have over the organization’s direction (even though the Bible teaches that churches are to be led by teams of gifted, mature Christians). Decisions made in club churches come by consensus (versus shared times in prayer and the Word). They depend upon the resources of the members; reason and fear trumps faith. Clubs churches are common; disciple-making churches are not. Churches focused on Christ’s mission of discipleship have to work hard at engaging their community and world. They see past their differences to the lost world around them, pushing past their comfort levels into new levels of faith. This is the life we are called as believers to share. May our fellowship encourage one another to carry out Christ’s mission.

1) As a church family, we are here to love God by obeying him and loving others. We believe Jesus is God and we want his life and teachings to impact every area of our lives. The passage below is the reason why we believe this:

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(Matthew 22:34-40)

2) As a church family, we are here to help others follow Jesus. We do this by loving them in his name and telling them about his story and his faithfulness in our lives. The passage below is the reason why we believe this:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

We are convinced these two “commandments” to love God and make disciples should govern everything we do as a church—both when we’re gathered together corporately, and when we’re on our own individually.

History

We are a part of the Christian Reformed Church denomination (see www.crcna.org for more details). Historically, our churches came from the Netherlands. But today, although many of our members in the Midwest are still from Dutch backgrounds, we can’t honestly be called a Dutch church – unless we’re also called a Korean church, a Navajo church, a Southeast Asian church, a French-Canadian church, a Hispanic-American church, an African-American church, a melting pot church.

More important to us than such ethnic badges is our place as one branch of the tree that started growing on Pentecost, almost twenty centuries ago.

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The early Christian church was like the single trunk of that tree. After about 1,000 years of growth, the trunk divided into two major branches – the Eastern and the Western churches. In 1517 the Protestant Reformation divided the Western (or Roman) church into several new branches. One of these Reformation branches, formed under Martin Luther’s influence, was called the Lutheran church. Another branch developed under the influence of Ulrich Zwingli and later John Calvin. These churches were called “Presbyterian” in Scotland and “Reformed” in continental Europe. The Reformed churches flourished in the Netherlands. In the middle 1800s, some of these Dutch Reformed people moved to the United States, and in 1857 they started the Christian Reformed Church in North America.

The Christian Reformed Church (CRC) includes approximately one thousand congregations across the United States and Canada. About 75 percent of the churches are in the United States; 25 percent are in Canada. We’re one of only a few bi-national denominations: rather than split into different churches at the 49th parallel, we’re united.

In 1966, several families in Flagstaff joined together with the strong conviction that God was calling them to start a new church. Their first meetings were in the Thomas Elementary School. With help from the Denomination’s mission board and a lot of sacrifice, they moved into the present building in 1972, and added the educational wing in 1983. Approximately 20 families were in attendance at that time.

Several pastors have served Hope Community Church (It was called Flagstaff Christian Reformed Church up to 1993.)—Rev. William Heersink (1968-75), Rev. Stan DeVries (1976-78), Rev. Don Klop (1980-85), Rev. Fred Walhof (1986-2004), Rev. Randy Raak (2006-2010) and Rev. Dave Reynolds (2010 to present).

Hope

3700 N. Fanning Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ, 86004

 
 
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