Mission of Center of Hope
What follows is a summary of who we are and what we hope to accomplish as an outreach ministry.
Ministry Motto: “Sowing Seeds of God’s love…physically and spiritually”
Mission Statement: Center of Hope exists to share hope and peace in Jesus, physically and spiritually.
We seek to follow Christian Community Development principles:
- Relocation - go to the people we serve
- Reconciliation - to reconcile people to God, and each other
- Redistribution - a just redistribution of wealth
- Leadership Development - raise up leaders within the community
- Listening to the Community - concerning issues, solutions, dreams
- Church Based - the community of believers are uniquely capable to affirm and empower those in need
- Wholistic - address the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs
- Empowerment - empower people to meet their needs
- Non-duplication of services - to work with others to meet needs
Vision Statement: To embody the life of Jesus Christ in Sioux Falls and beyond.
Ministry Verse: I Corinthians 3:6 --- “I (apostle Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”
Staff and Volunteer Verse: I Peter 3:15 --- “…in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Statement of Faith:
1. The Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God, therefore it is the foundation of our faith. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
2. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:5-15; 2 Corinthians 13:14)
· God the Father is the Creator of all things. God is perfect in every way and He is sovereign.
· God the Son, Jesus Christ, is God incarnate (God as a human person), existing from the beginning with God the Father and Holy Spirit.
· God the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Living God.
3. All people, since the beginning of time when the first people, Adam and Eve, lived, struggle with sin. Sin is anything that dishonors God. Sin hurts everyone. (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23)
4. Jesus Christ is the only worthy sacrifice to pay for the sins of people. (John 3:16; John 14:6; Romans 6:23)
· This is through the following: fully divine and fully human, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His atoning death through His shed blood which offers forgiveness, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
· As a result: He is Head of the Church; and He will return in power and glory.
5. People cannot earn their salvation. Salvation, or the forgiveness of sins, is available only by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. As a person receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, they receive salvation. (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:9)
6. The salvation from sin, secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to people by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for godly living and service. (John 15:26—16:15; Acts 1:8; Acts 2:5; I Corinthians 12:1-11)
7. Every person is made in the image of God and thus has worth and dignity. (Genesis 1:26-27)
8. There is to be spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences. (Galatians 3:28)
1. We value every person, because we believe in God.
* based on points 5-7 of our Statement of Faith.
2. We seek to empower people rather than to enable dependency.
* empowerment is not contrary to being compassionate and generous.
* As well, giving-for-free is not necessarily enabling dependency.
3. We offer holistic Gospel ministry
* This follows Jesus’ model of ministry of caring about and restoring the whole person. He dealt with people’s brokenness as it was presented, making him relevant to them.
4. We work to be attentive to speaking of God to people as God is always the best answer to a person’s life.
* for example: Offer to pray with people. Say things like, “God cares about you.” Encourage faith. Share the Gospel. Encourage people to be connected to a church.
5. We seek to build relationships with guests and volunteers because personal care and interest are often lacking for people.
6. We value volunteers by seeking opportunities for them and appreciating them.