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Houses of Hope

Take part in a new initiative for small town and rural congregations longing to discover hope in changing times.

Every congregation who becomes part of the Houses of Hope will enter a year-long process of engaging with the Christian practices of forgiveness and gratitude, first with a congregational leadership team and then with the church and broader community. We believe these two timeless Christian practices are fundamental to reigniting hope. During their year in Houses of Hope, members will be guided by a curriculum that includes small group discussion and individual and group practices. Each congregation will be accompanied by a coach experienced in working with churches.  

A House of Hope is ...

• a place of joy and fulfillment rather than obligation and responsibility

• a community shaped by different abilities, where people share leadership

• a hope-bearer for the entire community, looked to in times of need or crisis

• a place of deep listening to those within and without

• a community of wholeness, where people live out of an abundance of hope

• a worshipping community not bound by the doors of the church

Want to know more?

Visit the Houses of Hope website for more information.

Join the online community Our Houses of Hope to begin a process of discernment with your congregation to see if this initiative is a good fit for your community.