In the 1980′s, it became clear that the needs of the church and the needs of the community are inseparable. A new vision began to emerge, calling for a combination of meaningful worship and purposeful social outreach. The dream of Hope was to become a church which utilized expertise of social service agencies' to enhance the church's emphasis on providing sanctuary, peace and God's unconditional love.
Thanks to more than 3,500 hours of volunteer help, in 1990, this new vision took physical form when the new Community Ministry Center and sanctuary were dedicated. The Community Ministry Center has provided a home for not-for-profit social agencies at "less-than-market" rates and through the work of these agencies, many lives have been touched.
Today, Hope's ministry continues to evolve. In 2016 we will celebrate 50 years of ministry in Southwest Springfield. It seems like a long way off, but there are many roads to travel and much ministry to be done.
Some of the questions we are exploring include:
- What voices are crying out in need?
- What do we need for personal spiritual renewal?
- What gifts can we offer to meet the needs of neighbors and strangers?
One thing is certain. God is at work among us as we strive to follow Christ.
For our congregation, these things are essential:
- hope-filled worship that gives us courage to persevere in hard times.
- being in community with one another, treating everyone with dignity and respect.
- sharing what we have and caring for others... commitment to Christ's call to action.
- stepping out in faith to demonstrate our passion for sharing God's love.