Associate Pastor of Lowertown
“Hope Lowertown is still a relatively new church, and therefore this allows us as a church to be flexible as we grow older. I grew up in the church and was a strict follower of the rules and regulations of religion. It took many years for God to open my eyes to my own brokenness even though I ‘looked’ the part. Here at Hope, it is my prayer that you will see the Gospel of Jesus Christ first and foremost and that we won’t get caught up in pointless debates on religion. Wether church is part of who you are, or you are checking out what Hope has to offer, I do hope that we will search the Scriptures together, in community, as the church of God.” — Brian
One Vision, Many Expressions
The driving force behind locations is the desire to see more and more people become fully devoted followers of Christ. It’s not to meet preferences, increase comfort, or grow the HopeCC banner. We are hard-knuckled on making Christ’s name known where it isn’t. However, we know that Hope is limited to one cultural expression, and we need MANY different gospel community expressions to reach all the different cultural contexts in our city. This is why we have always been passionate about church planting. Locations are simply an added strategy in that.
There are many benefits to consider in doing a Location. First, as we remain as one church, there is a huge degree of unity and collegiality that locations share. There is a togetherness that strongly felt and experienced. Second, with that togetherness comes the practical ability to share resources. Whether that be common systems and structures or ministry efforts, it allows us to leverage each other for the sake of the gospel.
Where do I park?
Please park in the parking lot on the intersection of Wacouta & and 9th St. There will be posted signs directing people where to park. Please refer to this map for more information.
What Are Services Like?
A typical service consists of worship through song, the reading of Scripture, a message, and communion. It lasts about 75 minutes. We welcome people to participate in whatever way they feel comfortable. In other words, you are perfectly fine just sitting and observing.
What should I wear?
We invite you to simply come as you are. The culture here is very laid-back, so people wear their casual clothes.
What should I do with my kids?
Children are an important part of our church family. During the Sunday morning service at Lowertown, volunteers will be serving in the nursery/Sunday School to care for children so parents can participate in worship. Parents can follow the Hope Kids signs upstairs to check in their children prior to the start of the service. Babies and toddlers will have a safe space to play, participate in songs and enjoy a snack. The older kids will play games, participate in songs, learn a Bible lesson, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Our desire is that our children would experience Jesus from a young age while participating in our nursery and Sunday School.
Small Groups are 10-20 people who gather in homes across the Twin Cities throughout the week and focus on creating relationships, opening the Bible together, and challenging each other to walk with Christ. Their design is to help you live life with others at Hope beyond Sundays. Small Groups believe in life-on-life ministry, meaning that people are truly and significantly changed only as others come alongside of them in authentic community.
Men of Hope is an uncommon brotherhood centered on lasting growth and becoming men who advance the gospel to make disciples. No matter the background, we share and invest our lives with great care, encouraging one another as we collectively work for the good of the Twin Cities.
The New Year brings new excitement for what lies ahead. This sermon series will take a look at where we believe God is leading Hope Community Church. It will include asking and answering questions like, “How does the church function as home, welcoming people in, and as a mission, sending people out?” and “What aspects of Hope are foundational and fixed compared to what are malleable and must change?” It’ll be an exciting start to following God’s Spirit in 2020!