These are the core markers of our church. If you spend any amount of time with us, these things should be clearly evident in all we do. And, as in life, our DNA will not change.
Joy - Joy comes in knowing that we are loved unconditionally by the God of the universe. That simple fact can change a time of hurt and struggle into a promise of hope and joy everlasting. Therefore, in this world we laugh often, and often at ourselves, recognizing that God's grace and love covers our mistakes, our hurts, and our sins.
Honesty - Hope is meant to be a place without masks and without walls. Hope is a place lived in the real world, not removed from it. And so we commit to being honest with one another about our joys and our sorrows, our successes and our failures. Recognizing the sensitivity of our work, we choose to be raving fans of one another publicly and honest critics privately.
Simplicity - We choose to live and act as Jesus did, which was surprisingly simple. Jesus emphasized a few key ideas: Grace, Hope, Forgiveness, Repentance. We choose to do the same in our work. Our church will be structured simply, regardless of size. We will choose a simple worship format. We will advocate for simple living from all involved with Hope.
Generosity - God has blessed us extravagantly with 100% of all that we have. And He blesses us further by asking us to give back to Him so that we too can experience the joy of being a blessing to others. We know we can't out-give God, but we are humbled by the opportunity to be His hands and feet in a world that is desperate for Him.
Compassion - We are broken people living in a broken world. Although there is hope in Jesus Christ, there is also compassion for the pain caused by our brokenness. We choose to share that compassion through our words, actions, and finances with all who need to hear the word of hope and promise found in Christ alone.
In all this we are reminded of the great challenge:
Don't go to church, Be the Church!