Hope Church Mission Statement
As members of Hope United Church of Christ, affirming our Statement of Faith, we seek to be joyful participants in the mission of God in our world and to follow Jesus Christ in all that we do. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, believing that all will be provided we commit ourselves:
- To help ourselves, our children and the community know a loving God.
- To be welcoming and open to all people as we actively care and support each other.
- To provide for the needs of our community by supporting programs that feed people, nourish spirits and seek justice.
- To find creative ways to celebrate our hope in God, to gather joyfully each week and proclaim with courage the challenge of God’s word to all who seek fullness of life.
What United Churches of Christ Believe
Because faith can be expressed in many ways, the UCC has no creed that its members must follow. Instead, we share in covenants or promises to “walk together in the ways of the Lord.” Membership in the UCC challenges its members to discover for themselves a mature faith. As guides, we look to the traditional creeds of the historic protestant churches and to the UCC Statement of Faith.
The UCC is a Christian, Reformed, Congregational and Evangelical church–drawing together the four strands of tradition that came together to create the UCC in 1957. We are a united and uniting denomination–seeking to draw churches together in one witness to the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world.
Key phrases express our denominational commitments
- “That they may all be one” (John 17:21)
- In essentials unity, in non-essentials, diversity, in all things, charity.
- “There is yet more light and truth to break forth from God’s Holy word.” – John Robinson
- The priesthood of all believers
- Responsible freedom.