Ministries

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. 

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. 

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. 


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Men

Monthly Breakfast      The first Saturday of each month our men gather for breakfast, training, and prayer (7:00-8:00).

Discipleship                 One-on-one and small group discipleship sessions are offered based upon interest and scheduling.

Retreats                        Retreats are offered based upon interest and scheduling.

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Women

Ladies Night Out         On the second Monday of each month ladies gather at a local restaurant for a time of food, fellowship and testimony (5:30-7:00 pm, See calendar for current location.)

Discipleship                 One-on-one and small group discipleship sessions are offered based upon interest and scheduling.

Retreats                        Retreats are offered based upon interest and scheduling.

Teens

Sundays:                Sunday school provided as families attend (9:45-10:30).

Youth (6th grade and up) participate in the service.

Weekday TBD:     Offer two youth gatherings per month—one focused on training and the other focused on service.

Retreats:               Based upon interest and volunteers, it is our goal to go on at least one retreat per year.

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Children

Sundays:                    Sunday school provided as families attend (9:45-10:30).

Children’s Church (for children up through 5th grade)

Events:                      We seek to offer ongoing events for children based upon interest and available workers.

Monday-Friday:      Kids Hope mentoring at Thomas Elementary school (Trained mentors are assigned to an at-risk child for one hour each week.)  See www.kidshopeusa.org for more information regarding this program.

Congregational Ministries

Weekly Services:     Sunday worship at 11:00 am and Wednesday prayer at 5:30 pm.

Special Services:     Thematic services based upon holidays and the church calendar are offered throughout the year

Dinners:                   Fellowship dinners and holiday banquets are offered throughout the year.

Trainings:                Adult Sunday school, small groups and various thematic studies are offered throughout the year.

Counseling:             Pastoral counseling available as needed. HCC hosts the NAMI mental health support group on Thursdays 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Outreach:                Throughout the year, opportunities to serve people in our church and community are promoted and sometimes facilitated by the church.

NOTE: Our primary emphasis is on developing relationships with those yet to follow Christ that we see throughout the week (neighbors, coworkers, clubs etc.). We seek to encourage our congregation to set aside time for community events while incorporating their times of “Worship + 2” (daily worship plus one ministry where they are built up in the faith and one ministry where they serve others).

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Membership

Membership

We always encourage people to get involved at Hope without feeling pressured to join the membership. Yet, we are an Arizona 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which is structured for membership; so we are required to have members (as well as officers.) But there’s more to church membership than the legal requirements. Often in the Bible the faith community are described in terms of members—members of a community, members of a local gathering, even in a figurative sense as members of a family, body, or priesthood. Our identity is described corporately first and individually second in Scripture. Membership has a place both legally and biblically; therefore it has practical ramifications:

1—It helps us as individuals. It deepens our accountability and commitment to serve the “church that meets at…” (1 Cor. 12).

2—It helps us as a church. It brings stability and security as we partner together to carry out the mission of the church (Phil. 1:5).

3—It helps our community. It provides a diverse, corporate and public witness of the gospel’s power to change lives. It brings unity, fosters public health, and testifies that there is hope for the future (2 Peter 1:3-8).