HOPE models what mission can look like, working with Christians of all ages, ethnicities, worship styles, genders and theological perspectives – together achieving much more than can be achieved apart. This lines up with Jesus’ prayer that his followers would be ‘brought to complete unity’ so that the world will know about God and his love for humanity (John 17:23).
HOPE focuses on key mission moments - a rhythm of mission through the church calendar where churches can reach out into their communities:
A few simple principles undergird HOPE’s ethos:
- demonstrating God’s love as local churches work together, meeting needs in our communities
- continuing to love and serve people whatever they choose to believe
- inviting people to become followers of Jesus by sharing the gospel with words in culturally relevant ways
- giving people opportunities to respond to the gospel, then connecting people who do respond into church life