Missions

Missions.  As a common buzzword today, it can be hard to define.   If you polled 10 people on how they define missions, you’ll likely get 11 different responses!  Is it evangelism, feeding the poor, or translating the Bible?  Does it happen across the ocean? Does it happen across the street?  Is it applicable for only those who are sent out to do it, or is it the call of every Christian?  Some advocate for the extremes—missions is all or nothing.

At Hope, we think that all believers are sent and should be “on mission;” however, for clarity of terms, we use “missions” to describe those who are pursuing being “on mission” in a cross-cultural manner.  We define missions as the advancement of the kingdom of God by starting cross-cultural, God-glorifying, cross-centered, gospel-focused, biblically-sound, culturally-relevant, impactful, reproducing churches (assemblies) to help as many people as possible become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  Hope is dedicated toward helping those who are called cross-culturally with the extra needs that accompany that call.

From Genesis to Revelation, God’s heart is clearly for the nations and all people.  We at Hope want to always be actively asking God how we can be involved in spreading the gospel cross-culturally to those who have not heard.  For more information or questions, fill out the form below.

For all current opportunities, make sure and join the Missions and Global Church Planting group on the City.

In light of the devastating earthquake in 2015, Hope has taken intentional efforts to develop longterm relationships in Nepal, one of the most unreached areas in the world.  We want to take seriously the call to care for those who are in need, to make the gospel known where it is not, and to continually plant churches around the world.

Though we’ve been excited to partner prayerfully and financially, I’m excited to share that Hope will be sending a team to Nepal with ES4M this coming summer, from June 1 to June 13!  The goal of this trip is to help bless and multiply leaders by conducting training conferences, participating in local church activities, and serving our brothers and sisters at the SARA Church and SARA Children’s Home.

See the information sheet for more information. We’re so excited for this opportunity, as we could help play a part in literally changing the spiritual landscape of a nation!  Space is limited, so we would encourage you to apply soon.

Apply HERE.

 

Othermissions

Many opportunities, updates, and conversations are posted on the City.  Make sure to join the Missions and Global Church Planting group for further information.  This is where you can hear about specific events, or just converse with other Hopesters who are already doing awesome things.

Missio Dei

“Missions” is actually never found in the Bible.  The term is derived from the phrase Missio Dei, which is a fancy Latin term for the “mission of God.”  In other words, what is God ultimately up to?  What is His mission?  As you read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, we would argue that the common threads woven throughout Scripture are God’s glory and God showing His greatness off to the world.  God’s ultimate mission is to glorify Himself by revealing Himself to us for our supreme enjoyment.

  • Exodus 7:5, 9:16, 14:4, 14:18
  • Joshua 4:23-24
  • 1 Samuel 12:22
  • Psalm 25:11, 79:9, 109:27, 143:11
  • Ephesians 3:8-10
  • Revelation 4-5

 

Christology

The next logical question is how is God’s glory revealed, or in what way is God ultimately showing Himself off?  Again, seeing the Bible as a whole, we find that it’s revealed through the culmination and climax of His grace and justice on the cross through Jesus Christ (The fancy word for this is Christology.).  We see that at the cross Jesus Christ, the Son of God, takes care of the world’s biggest problem that started in Genesis 3 – our sin and the consequential broken relationship between God and others.

  • John 3:16, John 17:3
  • Ephesians 2:1-10
  • Romans 3:23, 6:23
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9

 

Ecclesiology

What are we meant to do with this message of the gospel (or good news)?  We’re meant to share it!  A common section of Scripture that is often quoted is Matthew 28, also known as the Great Commission.  The passage calls us to make disciples of all nations, to baptize, and to teach what Jesus taught.  We’re meant to do this all in the name of the trinity with the promise that Jesus is with us.

This is generally where most Christians stop.  The question we need to ask ourselves is how did the original disciples understand the Great Commission?  If you read the beginning of Acts, which continues the story after the Great Commission, we see they even got it wrong and didn’t fully understand what it meant (Acts 1:6).  They needed more information to truly understand how God was going to unfold the Great Commission.  That is where the book of Acts comes in, as it frames and acts as a key for defining the Great Commission and revealing the works of the Holy Spirit.

From the books of Acts and other epistles, we see a pattern begin to form.  We see people, by the power and courage of the Holy Spirit, bring the message of the gospel into areas where it has not been shared, learn the culture to communicate it in a way that made sense to the audience, gather new believers into assemblies (churches) for continued growth, community, and encouragement, exhort the believers in the church to bring the gospel into their communities by word and deed, develop members of that body into leadership for the shepherding and care of that assembly, and commission others to bring the gospel to other areas that have not heard.  The theological term for this is Ecclesiology, or the study of the church, or what are we as Christians supposed to be about.   For our purposes, we also call this church planting.  See this helpful article as an additional resource.

  • Matthew 28:16-20, 16:16-19
  • Ephesians 3:10
  • Acts 13

 

Missiology

So, given all of the above, how does this apply to my life?  How does this look in my/our context?  The term for this is often called Missiology (or, that is, being “on mission” if you’re really hip).  This is the process of taking all the above and putting it into the blender of your life.  From the beginning to the end of the Bible, God specifically reveals His heart for not just a few individuals, but for all people, tribes, and nations.  From the covenant promise given to Abraham in Genesis, we see God’s desire to bless the nations.  In Acts, we see the story unfold by the astonishment of the Jews that God’s intention was for everyone, even Gentiles.  In the book of Ephesians, it’s referred to as “the mystery,” that “through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel.”  In Revelation, we see the climax, where people from every nation, tribe, people and language worship God.  Therefore, we heed the call to bring the gospel across cultural barriers to places where it hasn’t been before.

This can practically look very different from person to person, though the principles and calling remains the same.  Cultural barriers are evident in any context.  It could be the person of a different ethnicity, the classmate of a different social status, the kid who eats alone at lunch, the coworker who no one wants to talk to, or the neighbor everyone tries to avoid.  The gospel calls us to cross barriers most won’t in a hope to share the love of Christ.  We are all called to share the good news with those in our lives, to love people as Christ would, to help people get into community, to develop leaders, and to start new Christ communities (churches).  Everything we do needs to be considered in relation to the whole.  In other words, how is this endeavor helping foster the development of churches for the spreading of the gospel and the ultimate goal of glorifying God?  We believe all followers of Jesus should be “on mission” with God in this regard, and that every decision that you make should be filtered through that grand purpose.

For some, that means living ordinary life with gospel intentionality.  For others, we desire to heed the call to bring the gospel across cultural barriers to places where it hasn’t been.  We use the term “missions” to mean those who are called to live “on mission” in a cross-cultural context.  This calling comes with unique challenges and difficulties that warrant extra time and investment, and so it is our desire to come alongside those in the best way we can.

  • Romans 15:20-21
  • Acts 1:6-8, 11:18
  • Genesis 15
  • Ephesians 3:2-10
  • Romans 10:14
  • Revelation 7:9-10, 22:1-2

The Missions Team prayerfully and strategically aims to glorify God by exposing, educating, and equipping the people of Hope Community Church to move across cultural divides and help bring the gospel to the world and make disciples of all people through global church planting.

The key question we ask for each of those roles is as follows:

Expose – “How can we help move people from unaware to aware?”
Educate – “How can we help move people from aware to concerned?”
Equip – “How can we help move people from concerned to engaged?”

Interested in joining the Missions Team?

We’d love to have you join our team of missions advocates here at Hope.  Follow the below process for joining the Missions Team.

  1. Read the Missions Team document.  Though not in-depth, it will provide a good high level understanding of the Missions Team.
  2. Join the Missions and Global Church Planting group on the City.  This is where all Missions Team related communication will occur.  Though, it is open for others to join.
  3. Take part in a quarterly Missions Team meeting.  This will give you the opportunity to be a fly on the wall and hear more about missions at Hope, and ask any follow-up questions you may have.
  4. Contact Jon Neal for moving forward.

For some of you, God has laid it on your heart to go.  We’re so encouraged by that!  If you’re seeking to be sent by Hope, here is where to start.  Fill out the Contact Form at the bottom if you have any questions!

All prospective missionaries seeking Hope affiliation will self-select one of the three following categories (partner, support, or gift) to apply for through Mission1618, Hope’s ministry focused on church planting and expansion. These levels of support are provided to aid prospective missionaries in understanding Hope’s priorities in mission, funding, accountability, and review.  Often one of the biggest barriers for us in taking on more missionaries is our resource capacity.  If you are interested in filling out the application, we would highly suggest you send a message on the contact form below first in order to see if we are welcoming more applications.  We want to be respectful of your time.  Applications are often reviewed by members of the Missions Team on a quarterly basis.

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Gift/Encourage

Gift is the most common sending level at Hope.  All missionaries receiving gifts are non-staff positions, and will receive an annual encouragement by an assigned staff member.  Gifts will be given and decided annually (no commitment beyond).  Examples could include short-term missions trips, summer projects, one-time monetary requests, and so forth.

Expectations of Missionary:

  • Completion of the Sending Application (above)

Expectations of Hope:

  • A financial commitment (varies, depending on length of trip)
  • An annual encouragement

Support

All supported missionaries are non-staff positions, yet will still undergo an annual review.  They will still be asked to go through basic development material, such as training in Hope’s Currents.  Examples could include parachurch ministries, discipleship/evangelism organization, ministries of mercy, and so forth.

Expectations of Missionary:

  • Completion of the Sending Application (above)
  • Personally aligned with Hope’s Currents
  • Demonstrated a lifestyle of Christ-like character worthy of imitation, solid biblical thinking and theology, and proficiency in ministry skills
  • Willingness to complete a series of basic training material
  • Pursuing involvement with an approved sending agency or organization
  • Reapplication Process: 3 years at minimum

Expectations of Hope:

  • A financial commitment (varies)
  • Open communication and feedback as needed
  • An annual review for the purpose of encouragement

Partner

Partnership is the highest level of sending at Hope, including financial commitment, spiritual guidance and encouragement, and oversight.  All partner missionaries are considered HCC staff positions subject to the same oversight, accountability, and performance review (i.e. with assigned supervisor and agreed upon job description) as other Hope staff.  Applications will assess a missionary’s desires and alignment with Hope’s Currents.  In the case that the missionary’s role, organization, or sending agency doesn’t directly align with all Currents, the missionary’s personal alignment will be taken into consideration.  Examples could include global church planter, pastor, church planting network coordinator, pastoral/leadership development coordinator, and so forth.

Expectations of Missionary:

  • Completion of the Sending Application (above) and follow-up interviews/assessments
  • Involved in cross-cultural church planting, expansion, or support
  • Fully aligned with Hope’s Currents (Gospel in Community, Hopeified, Leadership Development, and Church Planting)
  • Demonstrated a lifestyle of Christ-like character worthy of imitation, solid biblical thinking and theology, and proficiency in ministry skills
  • Agreement with being viewed as a staff position at Hope Community Church (agreed upon job description, continued development and training, regular communication, etc.)
  • Pursuing involvement with an approved sending agency or organization
  • Reapplication Process: 5 years at minimum

Expectations of Hope:

  • A financial commitment (can be up to 20% of missionary’s total need)
  • Continual encouragement and communication
  • Spiritual guidance to ensure continued spiritual health and development
  • Oversight by an assigned supervisor for purposes of training, strategic planning, and evaluating

Here at Hope, one of our big values is collaboration.  It can be easy for some churches or organizations to think that we need to start something new and always “do our own thing”.  We think there is a great richness in seeing the full body of Christ in action, and we really love to link arms with others who are already doing amazing work.  We think its a visionary and strategically wise decision, in hopes to do more together than what we could do separately.  With that, we have three levels of collaboration: Partner, Support, and Encourage.

Partner is for those (organizations or individuals) that we link heavily with, and we see them as almost an extension of our own ministry.  Check our their information below for further opportunities.

Organizations

Pioneers

Acts29

ES4M

 

Individuals

Family serving in East Asia with ReachGlobal (not named for security reasons)

Kristie Weinberger

Family serving in East Africa with Pioneers (not named for security reasons)

Support is for those that are doing amazing work and overlap with Hope in a lot of ways.  We love to encourage the people of Hope to check them out and get connected with them!

Organizations

Perspectives

USA Homestays

Engage Global

GoCorps

Missions Moving Mountains: Uganda

 

Individuals

Denny DeBruyn family

Beth Behling

Danae Bye

Encourage is a really fun category!  This includes people of Hope who have been impassioned with the gospel and found great opportunities on their own to get connected to.  This also includes organizations that, though we might not have strong ties, are doing great gospel work.

Are you a member of Hope and interested in getting your opportunity posted here?  Fill out this form!

Organizations

City Vision

Somali Adult Literacy Training (SALT)

 

Individuals

JaNae Stynsberg

Glenda Owor

Allyson Yee

Luke Balhorn

Stephanie Stall

Melissa Glynn

Kayla Ball

Lacy Vollmuth

Jamie Vandenberg

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