our calling

Who are we?

Nearly every organization has a mission statement focused on what they do. We want to begin the purpose of our community, not with what we do, but with who we are. 

Hope Pres is a community of people made for glory, 

yet now broken, a community of need... 

This is where our purpose as a community begins—seeing ourselves for who we really are, with all of our resumes, distractions, and self-assertions set aside. We believe there’s great value in such stark appraisal because it’s in our need where we most identify with others. We may catch glimpses of human glory, but it’s a glory that hasn’t yet been filled up, is even tainted and fragile. And, it’s seeing this stark fragility that makes us receptive to a strength beyond our strength—something that comes through God’s love alone.  

What has God done?

We are spiritually renewed by the Triune God, purely by the Father's grace,  
Connected and formed together in the church of Christ the Son,
Sent out as servants in the mission of global renewal by the Holy Spirit.

God does not leave his objects of love as orphans- he adopts us into his very family because of the grace he has chosen to lavish upon us through Christ, even while we are undeserving, kicking and screaming even against his mercy. And, there is nothing we have done or could ever do to warrant this forgiving, renewing love entering and remaining in our lives through the gospel. 

What do we do?

Only after we gain the security, freedom, and rest that comes from our identity being non-contingent on our works, and solely contingent on Christ's finished work, can we describe what we seek to do. It’s this grace alone that motivates us to know God, love people, and seek renewal for our place beginning with ourselves and expanding out to the realms of social connections and culture-making.

One beginning point for our mission is to see how, in the gospel, God is re-weaving people together from every tribe, language, color, socio-economic status, generation, education level... The divisions that exist in American culture are mended through Jesus...  "through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations," (Rev. 22:2).

This is a beautiful and powerful dynamic of gospel community:

the church does not mirror McDonald's.

We are not monolithic and homogeneous in our practices and culture. Instead, the church sees God's original Genesis intention and his restorative Revelation intention for his church to be a cross-cultural community of hope in Christ.

As churches build cross-cultural relationships, serve, participate in forming, and are formed by those from diverse backgrounds, we join in God's mission of the healing of the nations in the gospel. This is vital in every city, including Bloomington, Indiana where, despite the "high culture" and "progressive atmosphere" that comes with the university, there still remains much cultural division, political polarization, and even frequent sightings of the Southern Rebel "Stars n'Bars" battle flag.

To move toward this vision, our primary focus is toward radical neighbor love. This includes learning the stories of the cultures represented in our midst, being relationally hospitable with those from different backgrounds, and being maleable and inviting toward our own church being shaped by the people God brings to stand side-by-side with us in true gospel partnership.      

This cross-cultural community of hope exists to: 

Know God,  

Love People,

Seek Renewal for Our Place, 
Spiritually, Socially, Culturally.

If this interests you at all, drop us a line. We'd love to get to know you.