A mission statement is biblical, determined by God and answers the question, “What are we supposed to do?” A vision statement clarifies the unique focus of our mission and answers the question, “What kind of church would we like to be?” Core values are unchanging biblical beliefs and values that shape who we are and help answer the question, “Why do we do what we do?” The Mennonite Brethren Church Confession of Faith is our denominational guide for faith and life and in that sense forms the core values for the Mennonite Brethren. The core values of HOPE describe how we as a church desire to live out our unique calling to be God’s people and participate in His mission to the world.
A. HOPE's Mission Statement: “We assemble together as followers of Jesus Christ to participate in His mission to the world.” Matt. 28:19-20; Luke 10:25-37.
B. HOPE’s Vision Statement:
K nowing God
M aking Christ known
B uilding relationships
C aring for people
C.HOPE’s Core Values:
Missions and Evangelism. We believe that God loves all people. We also believe that the answer to the human need to find meaning and purpose in life can only be found in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Through caring for the hurting, the poor, and the lost, and sharing the good news in personal and sensitive ways, we are committed to making disciples in our families, community, and the world. Matthew 28:19-20; 9:35-38; Luke 5:31-32; Luke 15; John 3:16.
Discipleship. We believe that Jesus calls people who have experienced the joy of new birth to follow him as disciples. Through inspired and relevant teaching of the living Word of God and its application, we can grow in spiritual maturity, learn to model the Christian faith, and be effectively prepared for service in the Kingdom of God. Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 3:10-16; Colossians 1:28, 3:15-17.
Prayer. We believe that God longs to be deeply involved in our daily lives, and we claim the promise that the prayers of God’s people are a powerful and effective form of ministry. Therefore, we are committed to be a praying people and believe prayer should under gird all aspects of our life and ministry. Proverbs 3:5-6; Luke 11:1-13; Philippians 4:4-7; James 5:13-18.
Worship. We believe that genuine worship delights the heart of God and restores and refreshes our lives. We believe that God actively seeks worshipers who will pour out their hearts in spirit and in truth. We also seek to center our lives on God and honor Him in every way and in all places, living our lives in faithful service. Matthew 22:37-40; John 4:21-24; Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 3:16-17.
Community. We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of our congregation’s life and ministry. Through caring relationships we seek to build each other up, become unified in spirit and purpose, and hold each other accountable for godly living. We seek to model peace and unity between generations, genders, socio-economic divisions, cultures and races. We honor marriage and families and are committed to the reconciliation of broken relationships. John 13:34-35; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 6:1-2.
Leadership. We believe every member of God’s family is called to serve. Some, however, have been given special gifts of leadership. We are committed to empower leaders to lead, to trust and respect them, to hold them accountable. We also pray for them, that they may be given wisdom and be guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit as they provide direction and guidance for our mission and ministry. Matthew 17:1-9; Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Timothy 3:1-10; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 13:17-21.
Stewardship. We believe that members of Christ’s body are to be faithful stewards of all that God has given us, time, spiritual gifts, and material possessions. We are committed to encourage one another to use our time and talents in service to God’s Kingdom, and to give financially as the Lord has prospered us. Malachi 3:12; 1 Corinthians 12; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 16:2-3; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7; 9:6-15.