Hope Bible Church embraces the call to worldwide evangelism in obedience to Christ’s commission for His Church by fulfilling the mandate that He has given to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). In response to this call, our Missions Ministry, Spreading Hope, has established four objectives: Partnering, Serving, Sending and Expanding.
We define our relationship with missionaries as a partnership, in that we intend to fully partner with them in ministry in every possible way, beyond mere financial support. To that end, we have intentionally limited the number of our missionaries to only a few in order to give more deliberate attention to developing and growing our partnerships with them. The Missions Ministry is tasked with helping to develop and encourage this partnership process in our congregation. Currently, HBC partners with four missionary couples and sends out one short-term missions team each year.
We currently support missions in Ecuador, Spain, Chile, Togo and the Philippines.
The Body of Christ is a serving body. Believers are commanded to love one another in tangible ways by using the gifts that Christ left for the building up of His Church. Thus, the Missions Ministry is committed to serving the body in the area of missions involvement. We do that by encouraging members to “think globally” and by providing opportunities for members to be practically involved in missions. Through our yearly Missions Emphasis Week, members are reminded of and can be actively involved in worldwide evangelism.
Obedience to the mandate which Christ has given to His Church (Matthew 28:18-20) necessarily involves a response to the command to “go.” Thus, it is the desire of the Missions Ministry to provide opportunities for members to “go.” We are in the process of developing opportunities for short-term missions teams to go out from our congregation, in conjunction with our missions partnerships.
A part of our Missions Ministry philosophy involves partnering with only a few missionaries, but partnering with those few very well. As such, we focus on sending out missionaries from among the members of Hope Bible Church. Therefore, we are not accepting applications for partnership with missionary ministries outside of HBC. Please pray for us as we endeavor to send “in a manner worthy” those willing to “go out for the sake of His name!” (3 John 6-7)