Our time of worship and fellowship consists of the following elements necessary in the life of believers:
We sing songs to worship God, clear our minds and hearts from the cares and distractions of the world, and to prepare ourselves to listen to God’s Word.
After singing, we spend time praying about what we have just sung, and worshiping God in our hearts. Some will come forward to lead in prayer or share a testimony, and others will pray quietly in their hearts. The main goal is to get to know our God better through prayer and quiet, and to prepare our hearts to receive the Word of God.
The Bible is God’s Word, and at every service we will have a practical message centered on the truth contained therein.
Finally, we will spend time together getting to know each other and developing friendships. This is an informal time of undetermined length at the conclusion of the message.
Our Sunday morning service is from 9:30 until 11:00, and our Wednesday evening service is from 7:00 until 8:00.
Hope offers none of the above as people are encouraged to worship together as families. We do have quiet rooms where parents can take a child for special attention while still being able to hear the worship service. On occasion a family has sponsored special events and invited our youth and young adults.
Hope consists of families of all sizes and every member of each family is not only welcome, but is encouraged to take part in our worship services. For further discussion see “Why I Believe Children Should Be in Church” under “Topics”.
In the worship element of our service, we sing a mixture of hymns and worship choruses with the primary focus of worship being the acknowledgement and exaltation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The preaching style at Hope is predominately expository, that is, taking a passage of the Bible and expounding, explaining, and applying it in a practical way to our lives as believers. At times, we will use a topical style of preaching, but this, too, will be based on Bible passages.
For a discussion of this topic, click on the “Positional Papers ”link and then click on “An Opinion on the Various Translations of the Scripture” by Pastor Jeff Klick. Pastor Jeff is currently using the ESV translation.
One of the primary goals of Hope Family Fellowship is to promote and encourage relationships between believers. In addition to our extended time of fellowship at the conclusion of every worship service, we serve a meal before each Wednesday evening service, and share a pot-luck dinner after worship on the second Sunday of every month. In addition we offer additional opportunities for fellowship through our Dinners for Eight, home groups, men’s and women’s Bible studies, and special seminars.
Opportunities for service are also plentiful at Hope. We maintain and clean our facilities by families sharing that responsibility. Families also serve as greeters before worship services, as members of cooking crews for our Wednesday meals, as well as helping out on church work days - both at our building and at homes of our families. Hope also sent over 50 people to Mexico this year to build two houses, and we have another trip scheduled for 2009.
Hope operates with a plurality of elders. Regular opportunities are given for the men of Hope to discuss concerns of the church and give input into decisions.
We do not “pass the plate” at Hope, but instead have an offering box on the table at the rear of the sanctuary into which families can place their offerings. For further discussion, see “Pass the Plate?”, “God Loves a Cheerful Giver”, and “Should I Tithe” under “Topics”.
Formal accounting, monthly and yearly financial statements are done by an accounting firm not affiliated with Hope Family Fellowship. All offerings are counted by two people, checks are signed by two people, at least two people review monthly bank statements and financial statements, and our financial books are available for examination by any of our regular attending families.
Hope takes the scriptural position of Proverbs 22:7: “
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.” We do not interpret this as a Biblical prohibition regarding debt and credit, but rather a warning about the consequences of debt. We believe debt and credit are tools which can be properly used, but which also have severe consequences if used unwisely.
Hope Family Fellowship has chosen to use a “rifle” approach rather than a “shotgun” approach to missions giving. That is, rather than spread our giving over many missionaries at a small level, we support very few missionaries at a very significant level. We also prefer to “grow our own” missionaries, and currently we support two missionary families - one in China, and another in Mozambique.
In addition to our missions giving, we give liberally to alms to families in our church who are experiencing temporary difficult times.
Our goal for missions/alms is to give away at least 20% of our income, and typically this goal is greatly exceeded.
Hope Family Fellowship is not part of a denomination, but enjoys fellowship with many like-minded churches and pastors in the Kansas City area as well as across the nation. Pastor Jeff also serves on the board of The Council for Gospel Legacy Churches which is a group that promotes fellowship and the age-integrated approach to church life.
While there is no stated dress code for Hope Family Fellowship, we encourage all who come to dress modestly and in a way that would be pleasing to our Lord Jesus, and would not be distracting to others around them nor call undue attention to themselves. For further discussion, see “Modesty” under “Topics”.
The body of believers that gathers at Hope Family Fellowship is quite diverse and includes small families, large families, singles and young married couples. Overall, our population is probably weighted toward couples in their 30’s and 40’s with approximately 60% of our congregation being under twenty years old.