The Core Values of Hope are applications of biblical truth expressed through the unique character and personality of Hope Church.
Biblical Truth: Hope Church is a place for people on every part of their spiritual journey, from those just investigating whether there is a God to those who have made following Christ the priority of their life. The Bible presents a dangerous message of life change. We don’t assume everyone believes, or even knows the Bible, but we do assume everyone who comes through our doors is open to exploring it. We believe the Bible is God’s inerrant truth and it’s the foundation to everything we do. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Authenticity: We believe we can’t be what God has called us to be if we play games with each other. Whether it’s what happens on stage, within our smaller communities, in serving teams or in our homes, we need to be able to share our faults and weaknesses and not fake it. That’s authenticity, just being real.(1 John 1:5-10)
Growth: We don’t expect anyone who walks into our church to be a committed Christ-follower, but we do expect everyone who is around our community for any length of time to be growing. We expect every person to be moving closer to reflecting the complete image of Christ in every area of life. This is a safe place for everyone. But safe doesn't mean comfortable. The answers aren't always comfortable. In fact, we often grow only when we are pushed out of our comfort zone. (Colossians 1:9 - 10)
Culturally Relevant Communication: Hope Church is a place that helps connect those who are exploring God’s love and truth. The challenge for us is that the Bible was written a long time ago for people in another culture. The fact that we live in 21st century America doesn't change the message that God gave 2000 years ago, but it does mean that we need to do some work to connect it to our lives today. Jesus did exactly the same thing when he was teaching. He used the current language and daily life experiences of those around him to communicate truth. That’s what we mean by “culturally current communication.” (Ecclesiastes 12:10)
Doing Life Together: We aren't interested in being a place where a lot of people get together for an inspiring service but never move beyond the casual, arm's distance relationships of an auditorium. We want to grow by really “doing life together.” People who grow in their relationship with God also grow in their friendships with each other, moving beyond the Auditorium in small groups and through serving. Real community is knowing and being known, loving and being loved, serving and being served. (Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47)
Excellence: We don’t believe in striving for unrealistic perfection. Real excellence is about bringing your best to God’s work and to life in general. We want to bring our “A-game” to everything that we do, whether it’s our communication and music, how we hold babies in the nursery or how we take care of the building, we want it to reflect excellence for Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Reproduction: Reproduction is about recognizing something that God has created and then reproducing it in his name. We want to send God’s message out into the world by reproducing everything from the weekend program to recordings of each message series. Hope Church wants to be a place where Christ-followers reproduce Christ-followers, leaders reproduce leaders and churches reproduce other churches. (Matthew 28:19-20)