our story

What are our origins?

The beginning of our community is just the continuation of decades of prayer devoted to seeing this church started. Hope Pres began as The Bloomington Project when, in the summer of 2012, a group of 4 of us gathered in a dining room in Southeast Bloomington. We began praying, discussing vision, needs around us, and imagining how God could build a church with only 2 families. 

So, we prayed for God to guide us and build us. We began hosting dinners, throwing parties, playing sports, and making friends. We started some Bible studies. We looked for ways to serve others and we received care and friendship from others as well. We kept throwing great parties, started more Local Communities, and began hosting a monthly private worship gathering in a loft above the downtown Subway. With smells of freshly baked bread and the music of "Eye of the Tiger" drifting up from the sandwich shop below, we sang together, prayed together, received God's word together, and celebrated the Lord's Supper together. We knew that God was shaping something sweet. 

A New Season

Since then, we started more communities, began weekly Sunday worship gatherings in the gym at Harmony School, established Brew the Cure (a home-brew Oktoberfest fundraiser to help locals in their battles with cancer), saw more leaders committed, and met more people looking to see what God is doing in this place.

And, now we continue to see Christ's church moving forward: helping lead the way in establishing Safe Families for Children of Monroe County, and transitioning our Sunday service to the Monroe County Convention Center to create better space to invite curious people. 

Connect with us to discover how you can be a part in what Jesus continues to do and to teach through his church.

our heart

What's Our Hope?

We want to be a church where we can share both our beauty and brokenness, where we can cling to the hope of the gospel of grace—that Christ can save and renew sinners like us. We want to be a church where no one is alone, where we can enjoy committed and secure friendship, where we can party and be a part of God’s mission together. 

We want to be a church that exists for the benefit of our place, not vice versa. This means that we want to learn what it means to have a listening, and not a telling disposition—listening closely to the needs and longings of our community so we can think creatively about how to join in with making this place flourish. 

We value historic church practices in our worship, yet see that they need to speak to Bloomington in our own language and style. We love human culture and the arts and want to find ways for the church to embrace and seek spiritual renewal on their behalf. 

We don't have it all figured out. We go for it and make corrections. We're learning to thrive in the messiness and grayness of real life. We love dialogue, asking questions, and listening. We share our own stories of hope as we live them. Some of these are just beginning, and some seem filled with grief, darkness, and unbelief. All of them share a longing for God’s renewal realized—having our glory restored. 

Still, we love to be together. We serve and are served. We sing and share silence. 

Still, we hope. 

We’re hospitable to all regardless of your religious or personal story. Hope is for the cynic and the devout, the faith-filled and the doubter, the conservative and liberal, the bored and the burned out. We invite you, wherever you are in the process, to Hope.