The Center of Hope exists to walk alongside people, to bring spiritual and physical health, and ultimately change the community one life at a time.
The Center of Hope encourages and mentors people with the hope of redemption through Jesus Christ. Our focus is holistically addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of individuals that can only come through creating relationship and accountability. We work in partnership with community organizations to engage in a consistent and positive interaction with guests.
Our Principles of Ministry:
Center of Hope’s guiding principles, based entirely on Scripture, are key to determining program effectiveness and heavily influence any changes in program structure. Programs will reflect at least two values to remain part of ongoing outreach efforts.
Identity in Christ (Colossians 3:1-3): We are all made in God's image (Genesis 1:27), and as such, guests will be treated as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Self-Sufficiency (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12): To the greatest degree possible for an individual, and with every effort being made to build dignity, guests will be provided with opportunities to engage in an exchange for goods and services.
Holistic Ministry (1 Thessalonians 5:23): Staff and volunteers aim to address the guests’ whole spirit, soul, and body by caring for physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21): Programs are designed to help guests restore relationships with God, others, and themselves.
Partnering to Serve (Galatians 6:2, 1 Peter 4:10): As a people, God calls everyone to carry each other’s burdens. Partnership, community engagement, and shared resources will produce lasting change. The Center of Hope seeks to partner with local faith-based and secular organizations to provide our guests with the resources and assistance they need.
Statement of Faith:
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
Every person is made in the image of God and thus has worth and dignity. (Genesis 1:26-27)
There is to be spiritual unity of believers in Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences. (Galatians 3:28)
“Sowing Seeds of God’s love…physically and spiritually”
“I (apostle Paul) planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” I Corinthians 3:6
The Center of Hope opened its doors in July 2000 with the notion of sowing seeds of God's love, physically and spiritually. The Center strives to be Paul to it's guests, with Apollos represented by the community at large (churches, agencies, and individuals). It takes a village to bring health and restoration to the body.