HOPE caused a stir in 2008, and now the national mission movement has been re-launched and is springing up all over the country.
The goal is lasting spiritual change in the lives of individuals, as communities are transformed by churches working together in mission with practical action as well as words.
HOPE is distinctive because it doesn’t tell churches what to do! Leaders of all the Christian denominations are backing the initiative, describing it as ‘a gift’ to the Church. It costs nothing to sign up. In fact churches don’t need to sign anything to come under the umbrella of HOPE. All that is needed is a commitment to share Jesus.
The three hallmarks of HOPE are:
• Together – churches and ministries, from all traditions, uniting for the purpose of mission
• Action – local churches building community and investing in their town, village or city
• Words – sharing the Gospel through words as well as action, in culturally relevant ways
Roy Crowne, Hope’s Executive Director, says, "Momentum is already building towards a whole year of mission in 2014, when thousands of projects will be running to bless local communities as churches put their faith into action, living out God’s love, proclaiming the Gospel in word and action and doing it all in unity with other Christians."
HOPE is working with all the denominations across the cultural spectrum and dozens of Christian organisations, building towards a year of mission in 2014. Working together in mission under the HOPE banner offers national impact to local initiatives.
Here are some of the key calendar moments for a HOPE mission focus in the days ahead:
Find out more at www.hopetogether.org.uk