January Giving Update!
Financial giving can be done through the City. However, if you don’t have a City account, feel free to use the links below to give online. Payments are made securely. Please note that you will need to create separate accounts if you wish to donate to both Hope Community Church and the Leadership Development Institute.
If you have questions about giving, email email@example.com.
Giving is a worshipful response to God. All of life is in response to how God has already given. Christ has freed us to truly live. We give not because we have to, but because we get to. This God who frees us is also the Creator and true owner of everything. We are simply His stewards, and are called to be intentionally mindful with how we steward His resources.
Giving cheerfully and sacrificially is a part of our worship. Hope believes there are endless ways to give and therefore bless others. This includes your:
There are only so many hours in a day. How is God leading you to use your time? How can you use it better to focus on eternal things rather than temporal things? What are you investing your time in?
We believe God has gifted you in a unique and awesome way! You were specifically created to be a part of the larger body, so that it functions as a complete and healthy organism. How are you utilizing the ways God has wired you? How are you using your skills to be a blessing to those around you?
God also gives us tangible resources that we are to steward. Let us never forget that God owns 100% of everything. It’s His to begin with. Often your heart will follow where your money is. Giving generously is a way to worship God.
Matt moved up from Madison, WI to go to the University of Minnesota and started attending Hope during his college years. After college, he decided to do LDI Trek II to pursue being a worship pastor. Along with LDI, Matt enjoys teaching music lessons.
Julia was born and raised in Ohio, and moved to the Twin Cities in 2012 to be closer to family and to pursue a career in marketing. She also began attending Hope that summer and never left! Last fall, she decided to take a break from business to try full-time ministry through LDI. Julia is in her second year of LDI and hopes to grow as a disciple of Jesus and learn how her gifts can help further the kingdom of God. In her free time, she loves going for runs around the lakes, reading, and hanging out with family (especially her nieces and nephew).
Meg was raised in Moorhead, MN. She migrated to the cities to attend college at the University of St. Thomas, where she came to know Jesus and studied Sociology and Women’s studies. Before starting LDI she worked (and continues to work part time) at a Dog Daycare in Saint Paul. She is always willing to look at pictures of your dog, so feel free to discuss them at length with her. Meg is a proud nerd who loves to intersect her faith with the larger culture. She chose to participate in Trek 2 of LDI to hone her ministry skills and to develop stronger character, having started that journey in Trek 1.
Aaron, a native of Oregon, moved to the Twins Cities in 2006 and later stayed to attend the University of Minnesota in 2011. Aaron was hungry to find a rad church in December 2013 but couldn't find one close enough to walk to because he didn't have a car. So he stumbled into Hope as a last resort. Soon after, Aaron made Hope his home. In 2015, Aaron graduated with his Bachelor’s degree and was hired by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing to do research. After a 3 month stint in the medical field, Aaron joined Hope as an LDI intern in hopes to figure out what kind of ministry he wanted to pursue. At the end of his first year, Aaron was brought on staff as the Hospitality Ministry Associate. Aaron is currently in his 3rd and final year of the LDI program and desires to graduate and become a pastor and church planter. In Aaron's free time outside of LDI, ministry, and seminary classes, he rides his bike, goes for runs, starts reading books (but struggles to finish them), hangs out with friends, cheers on the Minnesota Wild, eats pizza, drinks coffee, and is obsessed with traveling on airplanes.
Allison hails from a farm in southeastern Minnesota. She recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management emphasizing in soil science.
Her first perception of LDI was, "I'm probably not 'Christian' enough to do that." However, having grown leaps and bounds in her faith during college, God worked in her heart and she realized there's no standard for Christianity. She instead is pursuing LDI to deepen her relationship with God and understand how she can use her life to serve him.
On another note, here are some fun facts: her sense of humor has been heavily influenced by Will Ferrell, she has a co-redhead border collie named Nieva, and she is an aspiring guitar/viola player. Emphasis on the aspiring.
Helen grew up in Green Bay, WI but hopped over the Mighty Mississippi to attend college at the U of M. During her freshman year, she chose to call Hope her home. During her senior year, she decided to plunge into LDI after graduation. She is excited about what God has in store for her this next year and beyond!
I was born and raised in Minneapolis but moved to Dallas, Texas in 2014 when my dad got a new job. After graduating high school in Texas, I moved back home to be a part-time intern at New Hope Church. I plan on attending the U of M but chose to postpone this to get involved in LDI because I want to learn about the Bible in a classroom environment, serve at church and be a part of a strong community. Besides doing internships I enjoy hiking and camping, making coffee, playing guitar, reading, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Maddie grew up in the little Swedish town of Lindstrom, MN. She started attending Hope in the spring of 2014 during her freshman year at the University of St. Thomas. Maddie graduated from UST with a degree in Business Communications in May 2017. Some of her hobbies include being in the great outdoors, exploring new restaurants, reading, spending time with friends and drinking LOTS of coffee. Her combined passion for church planting/unreached people groups and growth/development led her to join Hope's Leadership Development Institute.
Mallory is a product of the great state of Wisconsin. As a Wisconsinite she studied Business Administration at UW- Eau Claire and eventually made her way to Minnesota to complete a year long internship. With short-term intention, she began attending Hope in 2015. Since then, she met and married her now husband, Chris, and together they cherish the community they have found at Hope. Mallory is happiest when drinking a cup of coffee, cuddling with her cat, and watching Parks and Recreation. As she begins her internship in LDI, Mallory is excited to discover how the Lord can use the gifts and talents he created her with to both strengthen and further His Kingdom.
Michael grew up staring at the Minneapolis skyline from his hometown in Burnsville, dreaming of being in the city. The first steps of these dreams being realized were met when he began attending the University of Minnesota in the Fall of 2011. His first time ever coming to Hope was in the Fall of 2012. Now, he's entering LDI TREK One to explore pastoral ministry. If you ever need a buddy to play billiards with, Michael is a great friend to that end.
Paul grew up in small town Wisconsin and came to Minnesota to attend the U of M in 2005. He stayed in MN after graduation and began attending Hope in early 2015. After experiencing discipleship through his Small Group, Hope Ed Hours, and Off-Road LDI, he decided to do LDI full-time, becoming an intern in 2017. He and his wife (and dream girl) Allison live in Saint Paul with their dog Sage. Some of his passions include writing, football (Go Packers!), games, MN breweries, and discipleship.
Though born and raised in MN, Sarah bleeds green & gold for the best football team around! She attended the University of Minnesota and holds a degree in Human Resources Development. Hope has been her home for 6 years, and LDI was in the back of her mind for at least 5 of those years. A winter wedding helped cure some of her dread of blah MN winters, though she can still be found fighting for green the whole year round by attempting to grow things like lemon trees in her apartment. (Shout-out to the husband for that grand plan. So far they're coming along nicely, in case you were wondering.) When she's not buried in a book, she can often be found at a lake or in a coffee shop!
I'm from Cedarburg, WI. It's a small historic town north of Milwaukee so yes, I am a die hard Packers fan! Beyond the football season though, I'm usually doing artwork, playing/writing music, or going on a spontaneous adventure, most of the time including my hammock and a new coffee shop.
I just graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2017 with a degree in Youth Studies and a minor in Religious Studies (and a certificate in French that I only use to impress people at restaurants.) God called me to go into youth ministry as a freshman in college but after graduating, I was convicted that if I was going to serve young people well, I needed to know the Bible in a more intimate way and I needed to find myself more in Christ than I found my identity in youth ministry. And thus began my adventure that led me to LDI. I could not be more excited to learn and grow in this amazing family we call Hope Community Church!