Why do we serve?
Hope’s theological approach to outreach:
- Hope believes deeply in impacting our city, our state, and the world. The church is not a bomb-shelter to hide in from the “dangers” of the world; it is a forward-moving, living body, called to storm the gates of Hell with the Gospel. (Matthew 16:18, Genesis 12:2-3, Jeremiah 29:1-11)
- As the body of Christ we are called to bring the Gospel in all its fullness to those around us. The Gospel is not an intellectual assent to a list of doctrinal truths; the Gospel, rather, is the all-powerful, wholly transforming person and work of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
- The purpose of outreach through Hope then is to see people impacted and transformed by the person of Jesus Christ, displayed through his body, the church, in word and in deed. (Colossians 1:3-14; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10; 1 Peter 3:15-16)
Hope exists as a family of Christ followers who worship together weekly in downtown Minneapolis and then live as the body of Christ individually and in small groups all over the Twin Cities area. This is our most important method of being a blessing to our city.
Serve on a Hospitality or Treats Team:
Serving on a treats or hospitality team is a practical way to serve the church on a Sunday morning. The teams serve once a month helping to create a welcoming community at Hope. Help make coffee, wave people into the parking lot, hand out worship folders or simply greet people as they come to Hope.
Contact Rachel Larson: email@example.com
Every December and May Hope opens the entire building for a day to students who need a place to study, some decent food, and some love from their church family. Small groups can help by bringing food, serving in the kitchen, and doing set-up and clean-up.
Contact Shannon Martin to help: Shannon@hopecc.com
Serve LDIers a meal:
The interns at Hope work really hard, sometimes keep late hours, and can often be seen scavenging leftover food from Hope’s fridges. A good, home-cooked meal is a huge blessing to them. Bring some food to Hope, prepare it together, and serve the LDIers – they will be incredibly grateful.
Contact Laura Steinhorst: Laura@hopecc.com
Help Jon or Gabe on a project:
Jon Belleau (Hope’s maintenance guy) and Gabe Christensen (Hope’s custodian) can sometimes use help on larger projects. Many hands make light work! Feel free to email either one of them and ask if your group could help out sometime.
Jon Belleau: firstname.lastname@example.org Gabe Christensen: email@example.com
Clean the nurseries/toys:
Our Sunday School teachers and nursery workers work very hard to keep the nurseries clean and the toys in order. But a more thorough cleaning/organization always goes a long way in helping them do this.
Contact Brooke Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Through Hope’s partner ministries:
Being a friend and a voice of God’s love to homeless youth, marginalized, at-risk young people, rainbow kids/travelers, urban poor, artists, and music scene-sters; young people trying to break away from broken pasts of abuse, prostitution, and drugs.
Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, Source has an urban art center/coop, community homes, a transitional home for sex-trafficking victims, and a church plant. These exist so that followers of Christ can be a friend by providing physical needs, safe environments, and advocacy, and a voice of God’s hope, love, and forgiveness.
Peter Wohler – email@example.com
Volunteer Opportunities: construction projects, Fallout Arts Fest, May Day Parade, care for women living at the Source Annex
The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development that produces dignified housing for low income families, a strategic network of good neighbors and the redemptive development of real estate.
Jon Lundberg (volunteering) – firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody Schimelpfenig (Urban Neighbors) – email@example.com
Volunteer Opportunities: construction projects, Urban Neighbor program
New Life/First Care Pregnancy Center:
At New Life Family Services, we compassionately open our doors and our hearts to women and men who believe abortion is the “only” solution to an unplanned pregnancy. Through practical and spiritual counsel, we provide education and support with the hope each client will make a life-affirming decision for their unborn child. The First Care Pregnancy Center is located in the heart of Stadium Village on the U of M campus, on Oak Street across from Chipotle. We offer free pregnancy tests, counseling, sonograms, and personal care, showing the love of Christ to those in crisis.
Main contact: Jennifer Meade – firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Opportunities: cleaning days, ornament assembly for Christmas fundraisers, help with advertising
Through Hope’s Recommended ministries:
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf – South Metro Vineyard Church:
Fruit of the Vine is a ministry of South Metro Vineyard Church of Burnsville, Minnesota to people in need. Some people say it’s about social justice, racial reconciliation, ending hunger and seeing every person treated with the dignity they deserve. We believe that if we follow Jesus in what he is doing that we will see all of those things addressed and even more. Our greatest joy is in seeing God draw people to himself as they come to know and follow Jesus. Each week we serve around 400 families, or 1,600 per month (this amounts to around 90,000 pounds of food.) Volunteers are needed at the Food Pantry each and every week to help welcome guests, pray for them, and package groceries.
Contact: Brian Geraty – 952-892-1000
International Teams Refugee Ministry:
We long to see refugees in the Twin Cities embrace the hope of Christ and to see the local body of Christ actively engaged in demonstrating and sharing this hope with refugees. We are a team of several individuals in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area from various denominational backgrounds working together in our common call to love the refugee. We work in partnership with local churches and other organizations to help meet the spiritual and practical needs of refugee families. We welcome them to our country and neighborhoods through such activities as: ESL tutoring, mentoring, furniture delivery, language & culture exchange, special outreach events, mobilizing the local church, short-term teams and raising awareness. We are constantly seeking for new ways to welcome refugees, meet their needs and share the love of Christ with them.
Contact: Sarah Miller – email@example.com
Cedar 4-2-5 Youth Center:
On Cedar Avenue on the West Bank, there are many young Somali men loitering in the streets. These young men desperately need a place where they are unequivocally welcome – not only to get them off the streets, but also to give them the opportunity to be seen in a new light. That is what Cedar 4-2-5 is: They can find a safe, warm, and comfortable place where they can play pool, foosball, air hockey, or video games without any expectations or demands. They will also find people who see the image of God in them, showing these young men that there are other possibilities in life and encouraging them toward healthy and whole lives.
Contact: Molly Waggoner – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jesus Kitchen is a Saturday night street outreach on the West Bank in Minneapolis. We feed the street kids, punks, West Bank locals, and anyone who is hungry. As they sit down on the sidewalk and eat we listen to them, love them, pray with or for them and try to point them to Jesus. They also give away Bibles, warm clothes, and blankets. The team meets to pray together at 6:00pm on Saturday nights and is out on the street from 7:00-9:00pm. New team members need to go through a 2-hour training.
Contact: Molly Waggoner – email@example.com
Feed My Starving Children:
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and the meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Safe Families for Children is a movement of hundreds of families of faith who have opened their homes to care for children whose parents are struggling. By demonstrating Biblical Hospitality, Safe Families returns the church to the forefront of caring for orphans and widows. Churches of all sizes are necessary to provide for vulnerable children within our communities.
Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. Before Christmas Hope collects gifts to support this ministry. They also need volunteers year round, including those wishing to show the love of Christ to inmates.
Contact: Stacy Kline – firstname.lastname@example.org