HOPE Together, Communities Changed by the Gospel
‘Do more, do it together and do it in word and action’
HOPE Together is a massive grassroots movement to see communities changed by the Gospel. It is a continuation of Hope 08, founded by Mike Pilavachi, Roy Crowne and Andy Hawthorne back in 2006, with the same vision to see the whole nation reached by the whole church. HOPE Together will support and encourage the local church to speak and live its mission in word and action, in unity with other Christians.
"Just imagine all over the country, in communities large and small, Christians working together and setting the gospel loose in word and deed. Imagine life turned upside down and despair turned inside out. HOPE exists to make this dream possible by equipping the Church for joined-up mission."
Roy Crowne, Co-founder of HOPE 08
HOPE08 originally took place during 2008 and was set up to be a catalyst, to encourage and inspire churches in villages, towns and cities to do mission in order to demonstrate God's love by doing more, doing it together, and doing it in word and action, and working with government bodies, police and the media within communities. Overall, the vision of HOPE08 was to help Christians to impact individuals and communities in word and action.
“It is not up to us to tell you how to do mission because no-one knows your area’s needs like you do. What works for a village may not suit a city. But HOPE Together will encourage you to gradually build each year for the next four years. Come along with us on this journey!”
The results of a report on HOPE08 by Theos, an independent think tank far exceeded all expectations. It revealed that 85% of the 1, 500 areas that took part, including in the West of England, saw a definite change in their community. Of these, 70% have continued HOPE projects and ministries into 2009 and beyond.
HOPE Together will gain momentum over the next four years and will be focusing on high points in the Christian calendar for people to use as mission opportunities. In 2011, Easter is the high point, in 2012 Hope Together will express thankfulness and use Harvest as a time to be outward looking. 2013 will see a focus on summer fun days, bringing good news to the streets and evangelism opportunities at Christmas.
"Let’s raise the temperature as we work towards reaching the nation together with a year of holistic mission in 2014”
For more information contact Barrie on 07986 291760 or barrie.woodman a_t hopetogether d_o_t org d_o_t uk Read on for further information.