God’s faithfulness through the years
1996 – March
- As many connecting points as possible would be found with those who don’t believe in God showing the relevance of faith to daily living
- People would be welcomed wherever they were in their journey of faith and yet encouraged to go further
- Community was more than just their middle name – it was the experience of each person that became part of the Hope family
- The teachings of the Bible would be clearly communicated and made understandable to those who weren’t accustomed to its message
- The kingdom of God would be spread – building up others in their faith and starting new churches to do the same
- God would be number one in all that happened
1996 – October
In the fall of 1996, Hope Community Church held its first public service at Stadium Village Church across from the super block at University Minnesota – Twin Cities. Hope held services there for the next seven years.
Hope Community church started its Leadership Development Institute to raise up leaders and equip followers of Christ to grow their leadership skills for service both inside and outside of the church.
Hope Community Church planted its first church – St Paul Fellowship. In the coming years Hope would go on to plant 10 more churches: Missio Dei (2005), Hiawatha (2006), Providence Community Church (2007), Antioch Church (2008), Trinity City Church (2010), Revolution Church (2013), Grafted Community Church (2015), Hope Lowertown (2017), Resurrection City Church (2019), and Hope Heights (2020). Hope continues to connect, equip and raise up church planters through its church planting ministry Mission 1618.
With a growing church body space became an issue, after praying and searching for a new location, God miraculously gave Hope Community Church a building! The Central Evangelical Free Church had been meeting in the Elliot Park Neighborhood in downtown Minneapolis for 75 years and was closing its doors. In their closing they wanted to pass on their building to the next generation and gifted it to Hope in the spring of 2003.
We remain indebted to God, Tom Mouw, Dave Sulack, the members of Central Evangelical Free Church, and the Evangelical Free Church of America for this amazing gift. This building is known as Hope West today.
As God continued to grow His church at Hope, space became a struggle again. Space was crunched and renovation was not an option. Once again God’s timing amazed us – the church building directly next to Hope, Augustana Lutheran Church, went up for sale. They agreed to sell the property to Hope for their initial construction price and pay forward their equity to the next generation! We moved into the building on Thanksgiving of 2013. This building is known as Hope East today.
To him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen!