Ministry at Hope Church
We believe as Christians and members of a local church family it's part of our calling to serve each other, the community around us, and take the Gospel of Jesus to the ends of the earth! Below are some ministries that are really important to us - so much so that we put church time, resources, and finances into them. These aren't the only places we serve outside the Hope Church family (we're ALWAYS looking for ways to share the hope of Christ), but they are three that are regularly in our prayers, services, and budget.
WARM - Westerville Area Resource Ministry
WARM’s mission is to provide compassionate short-term assistance, educational services and spiritual support in order to encourage individuals to achieve a God-reliant, self-sufficient life while restoring dignity and hope with a ‘hand up, not a hand out.’ And they are rockstars at it!
Being close neighbors to WARM (they're just down the street from Hope Church!) means we try to be good neighbors- we regularly gather items for the food pantry, help deliver thanksgiving meals, and serve some of their clients more personally when we can!
We love serving here because we love the city of Westerville. We call Westerville our "Jerusalem" - the community we reside in and serve first!
LifeWise Academy (And the Big Red Bus in our Parking Lot)
If you've driven by our church, you've probably seen a big red bus in the parking lot. That bus belongs to our friends at LifeWise Academy - Westerville!
LifeWise Academy is a Released Time Religious Instruction (RTRI) program which provides Bible-based character education to public school students. Under RTRI laws, students can be released from public school during the school day to attend religious classes, provided the program is off school property, privately funded and parent-permitted.
There are LifeWise classes from Emerson and Hanby Elementary School, and we are so grateful to be their "parking lot partner" as we help bring Gospel-Centered Bible education to Westerville students! We consider LifeWise a "Jerusalem" ministry as we partner to serve our community here!
DELCO Alliance Church
We believe churches should be church-planting churches- discipling and raising up leaders who are ready to go into "Judea, Samaria and the ends of the earth" to share the good news about Jesus! (Acts 1:8) And it's because of that vision we love serving alongside DelCo Alliance Church whenever we can.
DelCo Alliance is a local church community in Delaware, OH. They see Delaware County as their area of accountability to Jesus, desiring to reach and embrace all of the 200,000 people in Delaware County by providing repeated access to the love and gospel of Jesus.
While we aren't their official sending church, we love them like family and are excited about the mission they have to share the gospel in Delaware County like we desire to share it in Westerville and Columbus! We'll often host joint events, seek service projects we can do together, and seek to serve each other's church family. We consider DelCo a "Judea" ministry- serving a place that's geographically close and culturally similar to our area of accountability.
Envision - Bangkok
If you're sensing a theme with these ministries, then you may have guessed an "ends of the earth ministry" is probably next... and you'd be right! We have partnered with Envision - Bangkok to help share the Gospel with the people of Thailand.
Envision identifies and develops missional leaders who innovate, establish, and strengthen communities of faith in key urban environments. They do this through short-term trips, internships, leadership development, and ministry opportunities in the Alliance family.
Envision - Bangkok is led by Tou Lee & Tang Thao, who have been serving there since 2011. They primarily operate in three spaces: serving women in the Red Light District of Bangkok, reaching university students in the city with the Gospel, and developing leaders from American churches through ministry internships and short-term missions opportunities.
We love serving the Thaos and Thai people through this partnership- we know the Gospel is meant for all "tribes, tongues and nations" and have learned much about international ministry through them!
These aren't the only places and ways we serve outside the Hope Church building... but they are three that highlight what's important to us at Hope... the great commission, meeting the needs of our neighbors, and making disciples who make disciples. If you have a question about any of these ministries, a suggestion on where we can serve, or just want to say hi, use the button below!