Awana will only be open to HBC members from fall 2015-summer 2016.
The ministry philosophy of Hope Bible Church is to glorify our Lord Jesus Christ through the active pursuit of worship, discipleship, and evangelism. It is the desire of the Awana Ministry that our children and youth come to know, love, and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. To see this desire realized in our children, the Awana Ministry will pursue worship, discipleship, and evangelism through the use of curriculum, Bible lessons and games. These tools build upon each other year after year starting from the age of 2 to 18. During this first proposed year of Awana at Hope Bible Church, we plan to serve children between the ages of 3 and 11. Although the focus of Awana is primarily upon the children, we also see this ministry as a means of encouraging the parents to be greater spiritual leaders in the home.
In order to worship God in spirit and truth, we must know Him as He has revealed Himself within the Scriptures. The Bible is therefore central to all activities of Awana. The foundational truths of God will be especially evident in the Bible lessons, songs, games, memory verses, and small group discussions.
Discipleship is the maturing process where we find Biblical teachings are now being applied to the Christian life. It is the goal of Awana to also disciple children, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, for the purpose of displaying Christ-like character in their lives.
Awana also contributes to the purpose of evangelism. It provides children with the unique opportunity to reach out to unsaved friends by offering a safe and fun environment where they will hear the gospel.
For more information about the Awana Ministry at Hope Bible Church, please contact Jeff Fein.
Our baptism class, where the meaning of baptism is investigated and taught, is offered over two Wednesday evenings. Upon completion of the course, baptism candidates are coached in how to prepare a brief testimony, which they are then invited to share during a Sunday morning baptism service.
Who should take this class?
Any believer in Jesus Christ who has not been baptized by immersion since becoming a believer, including those who received what some call an “infant baptism.” It is a joy and a privilege to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ in the manner that Scripture requires! This is a very helpful and encouraging class that helps each person evaluate their relationship with Jesus Christ and their understanding of the gospel. It allows a student to ask all of their questions about the true meaning of baptism.
*Note: Children under age 12 will require special permission to take the class. All candidates desiring baptism must pass an interview by a church leader.
How can I participate in this class?
Baptism classes are usually held in two sessions on Wednesday evenings. You must attend both sessions. Contact Sean Mornan for more information or to find out when the next class will be held.
Your child(ren)’s care is a very important ministry at Hope Bible Church as we strive to provide them with solid Biblical teaching. In addition to nurseries for newborns and toddlers, we also offer the following classes:
Classes for babies and younger children meet during both the first hour Communities and the worship service. Children eight years and older (the Bible Explorers, Young Disciples and Apologetics classes) meet in their classes during first hour and worship with their parents in the worship service.
It is our desire to instill into our children a high view of God and His Word through the use of doctrinally-sound, biblical materials. It is our goal to teach our children how to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus and to live in a manner that is pleasing to the Lord. Our teachers are carefully selected and trained to provide a safe, cheerful and disciplined environment.
Meeting during both hours:
Meeting during first hour only:
For more information about the HBC Children’s Ministry, please contact Brian Wilson.
The FOCUSeD ministry seeks to provide discipleship for college and career-oriented singles in areas unique to their Christian walk by applying Scripture, regularly committing to prayer and fostering healthy Christian relationships in a shepherding environment.The name FOCUSeD (Fellowship, Outreach, Christ, Unity, Service, Discipleship) represents that we are focused on Christ and pursuing Him. Like the author of Hebrews writes, we are running the race of the Christian life with our eyes fixed (focused) on Jesus Christ who is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Regular meetings take place every other Friday from 7-9 pm. For more information, please contact Bruce Sabath.
The Family Discipleship Ministry seeks to foster strong families within the church through Biblical training, encouragement, and accountability.
For more information about our Family Discipleship Ministry, please contact Pastor Alan Plumley.
The early church was excited to meet together regularly and encourage each other in the Christian faith. The New Testament lets us know that the leaders of the church, called shepherds and pastors, willingly and actively watched over their flocks. Because of this, we encourage every professing Christian to join a local church where they can be cared for and also minister to others. With this in mind, we offer a membership class to orient visitors and frequent attenders about how to be a joyful and productive member of a local church to the glory of God. The eight classes will acquaint you with the biblical basis for church membership, with the doctrines and ministry philosophy of Hope Bible Church, with the pastors and other leaders of the church, and with other people considering membership.
Who should take this class?
If you have been our guest for more than a few weeks, we strongly encourage you to take this class so that you can discern whether this is the church that God would have you to join.
How can I participate in this class?
Please contact Pastor Plumley for more information or to find out when the next class will be held.
Join us at our 2018 Men’s Retreat at the Sandy Cove Ministries Christian Retreat and Conference Center in North East, MD on January 14th & 15th
(Martin Luther King birthday – federal holiday)
This year our featured speaker is Pastor Kirby Myers. Having been the church planter and Senior Pastor of the Bible Church of Brownsburg in Brownsburg, IN for almost 12 years, the Lord opened the door to enable Kirby to pursue his passion of working with young athletes in their walks with Christ. He has served for the last 3 1/2 years as the Campus Director at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
Pastor Myers holds an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, CA and is a D.Min. candidate in Pastoral Ministry at the Ligonier Academy in Sanford, FL. He is married to Sally and has 3 boys, Jonathan, Matthew and Andre.
Your registration includes outstanding teaching and fellowship with men from various like-minded churches in the mid-Atlantic region, one night’s lodging, and three meals! You’ll also have the opportunity to find a quiet nook for your quiet time, relax by a cozy fire, walk along the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, or engage in a friendly sporting competition. It’ll be a wonderful time to refresh your soul!
Our Men’s Ministry exists to instruct, encourage, and exhort men to follow the Lord Jesus Christ and live lives that are pleasing and glorifying to Him.
We accomplish these objectives through:
If you have questions about this ministry or its events, please contact Steve Kirchner.
Hope Bible Church actively pursues worldwide evangelism, in accordance with Christ’s commission for His Church in fulfilling the mandate that He has given to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). In order to accomplish this task, the Missions Ministry of Hope Bible Church, Spreading Hope, has established four objectives for the ministry: 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, 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 three missionary couples and sends out one short term missions team each year.
Click on one of the missionaries below to learn more about their ministries and their current prayer requests:
The Body of Christ is a serving body. Believers are commanded to love one another in tangible ways and 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 Small Group Mission Liaison Program and a yearly Missions Conference, 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.
Part of our Missions Ministry philosophy involves partnering with fewer ministries well. As a goal, we desire to set our focus on sending out missionaries from among the members of Hope Bible Church. Therefore, at this time we are not accepting applications for partnering with new ministries. 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)
The Music Ministry of Hope Bible Church exists to bring glory to God by leading and drawing His people into “spirit and truth” worship of Him (John 4:24) through the skillful and careful use of music. In addition, the music ministry also supports other ministries at Hope with audio and video technical expertise.
The Music Ministry strives to achieve the following objectives:
The various groups that perform the above objectives include:
All members of the above teams must be a baptized member of Hope Bible Church in good standing, or a baptized child of a member family at least 14 years old.
For more information about the HBC Music Ministry, please contact Doug Baldridge.
The Small Group Ministry at Hope Bible Church is provided for the application of God’s Word, the building of Christian friendships, and prayer with other believers for the needs of the church family. The various small groups are spread throughout the greater Columbia area. Some small groups include children (Family Discipleship Groups), some emphasize personal discipleship, some emphasize shepherding of adults and some have a more particular focus. Though not required, it is the desire of the elders that every member of Hope find the joy of participating in one of our small groups.
Small group leaders are dedicated to shepherding and praying for each member in their small group. Many of our members have found small group participation to be one of their sources of greatest joy and encouragement. Small group membership is for members of HBC only. However visitors are encouraged to visit the groups after contacting the group leader. If you would like to join a small group or have any additional questions about small groups at Hope, please contact Bruce Colkitt.
Only the following persons shall be eligible to use HBC’s facilities for their wedding:
All engaged couples to be married at HBC are required to have pre-marital counseling at least six months prior to the wedding date. Therefore, the bride and groom shall arrange for such counseling with a pastor, preferably from HBC, in advance of the counseling time. If someone outside of HBC is providing counseling, you MUST get approval from the pastors of HBC. The pastors of HBC will not marry people without counseling. Counseling is not currently provided to any couples who are not HBC members.
Please contact our Wedding Coordinator, Robin Zeender, for more information.
As women who trust in the God of hope, we desire to study His sufficient and life-changing Word, to serve His glorious person, and to enjoy rich fellowship with other women of like faith and hope. With these desires in our hearts, the Women of Hope Ministry exists to supplement and extend the instruction of Hope Bible Church by teaching the Word of God on relevant women’s issues, by building godly relationships among our women and by increasing the quality and effectiveness of our women’s Christian service.
We provide women opportunities to get connected, study God’s word, and encourage one another in their walk with Christ. Our 2017 schedule of classes and events include a weekly Tuesday morning Bible Study, a biweekly Precepts Upon Precepts class, a monthly Titus 2 class, monthly Saturday Women’s Breakfasts, and an annual September Women’s Retreat.
Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. Ephesians 4:15-16
Click here for the audio archive from Women’s Breakfasts and the 2016 retreat.
For answers to questions about this ministry and/or its events, please contact Belinda Fyfe.
The HBC Youth Ministry is here to provide a resource to parents to help challenge their youth to become more mature in their relationship with Jesus Christ, propelling them to become healthy, active members of the church body. Any youth from grades 7th – 12th (but need to be at least 12 years old) are welcome to participate in all activities.
Most Friday nights from 7 – 9 p.m., we meet for a time of Bible study, prayer, fellowship and games. From September 2014 to early summer 2015, the HBC Youth Ministry will be studying the book of Proverbs with a rotating teacher schedule of various men from HBC.
Each month, the HBC Youth Ministry organizes a ministry event to assist various ministries at HBC. These ministry events range from cleaning the church to helping set up for activities at HBC with the same goal in mind: to serve the body.
Most months, the HBC Youth Ministry has a Friday Night Hang Out at various homes of youth families. These hang out times are designed to help foster relationships within the youth ministry.
Each year, the HBC Youth Ministry hosts a Youth Conference and Youth Retreat. The Youth Conference is typically in January and the Youth Retreat is typically in May. Both events provide opportunities for the youth to grow in their understanding of God’s Word.
Sign up now for our 2015 Youth Retreat, May 1-3, 2015.
For more information about the HBC Youth Ministry, please contact Jason Lebo.