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HOPE is a catalyst bringing churches together to transform communities. Momentum is building towards a year of mission in 2014 – the whole church, reaching the whole nation, for a whole year. The mix of denominations, churches, ages and cultures – and the number of ministries involved -- is unprecedented.
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What does HOPE 2014 look like?
All over the country churches are beginning to grow. New churches and fresh expressions of church are springing up country-wide. Churches are coming together in new ways. The spiritual climate in the UK is changing. Hearts are open to receive the hope Jesus gives. Roy Crowne, HOPE’s Executive Director, says: ‘Let’s embrace the moment – the time is now. Imagine what can happen in 2014 as churches across the country pray and act together. We are stronger together than apart. Yes, we’ve got to demonstrate the love of God, but we are also committed to telling the story of what Jesus Christ has done and our own faith story.’
Local churches - national impact
Local churches linked by HOPE’s distinctive branding are:
"We’re seeing more churches reach out into their communities than ever before, and seeing communities changed as a result."
demonstrating God’s love by meeting needs in our communities; finding ways to build authentic local relationships and friendships.
continuing to love and serve people regardless of what they choose to believe
inviting people to go further in their spiritual journey, sharing the gospel with words in culturally relevant ways.
giving people a chance to respond to the gospel then connecting people who do respond into church life
Roy Crowne, HOPE’s executive director
"Over the centuries, Christians have asked what our priorities should be - unashamed gospel proclamation or serving the most vulnerable and marginalised. It’s exciting to be part of the generation that’s discovered the answer is both." Andy Hawthorne, Message Trust