HOPE for all in 2020
In July Rachel Jordan Wolf joined HOPE after 10 years at the Church of England. Her appointment is part of the build up to catching the vision for 2020 and HOPE for all. Rachel along with HOPE's Roy Crowne and Associate Director Revd Yemi Adedeji are encouraging Christians of all denominations to pray for 20 minutes, on the 20th of every month at 20.20 (8.20pm).
HOPE is one of the major partners of Advance 2020. This evangelists movement exists to stir up the gift of the evangelist building towards a huge year of outreach through the UK in 2020. Advance 2020 are also pioneering training for young evangelists aged 11-18 with a programme called Amplify.
Describing HOPE as a catalyst for mission, Roy Crowne said, ‘Being together in mission has a great impact in our communities.’ Looking back to 2008, he explained that the original dream had been to mobilise the whole Church: ‘But we didn’t do it.’ Even in 2014, when many more churches worked together, the whole church in the UK was not mobilised for mission.
HOPE’s reach is growing: research report from Theos
Nick Spencer from the think-tank Theos, which published a review of HOPE 2008 and HOPE 2014, reported to delegates: ‘The HOPE network is broader and more diverse than in 2008. We were told that “HOPE has brought ecumenical connection into relationship and away from structure”. 67.5% of survey respondents who represented churches reported that they had collaborated with other churches through HOPE 2014. Of these, 85% were working with churches of different denominations.’
Talking Jesus: research on evangelism
To define the task ahead, HOPE, the Church of England and the Evangelical Alliance commissioned the Barna research group to survey people’s perceptions of Jesus. They asked people living in England what they know about Jesus? Do they know someone who actively follows Jesus? Have they ever had a conversation about Jesus?
HOPE is offering to:
help equip Christians so they are confident to share faith in words.
showcase best practice in mission – not either-or, action or word-based mission, but both.
support churches helping people on the journey to faith – a sowing, reaping, keeping journey that links with a rhythm of mission running through the church year.
HOPE founder Andy Hawthorne highlighted plans for ‘Higher’ - a Manchester-based youth-led schools mission event in 2016.
HOPE Revolution is providing the training already launched this summer as 70,000 young people were given copies of the Chatterbox and invited to try the Fun-size Mission Academy. The goal is to build towards 2018 with thousands of young people mobilised to share their Christian faith with words and action.
Roy Crowne outlined further key initiatives, which HOPE is developing to support churches in mission:
Try Praying (www.trypraying.org) - encouraging churches to ‘use and lose’ a simple seven-day practical guide to praying.
Care for the Family, in partnership with HOPE, is developing the Wisdom House book into eight discussion-starters for churches to use in conversation with people in their communities.
Sing Christmas. Following on from the success of Silent Night Carols, HOPE, Tearfund and Sports Chaplaincy UK are supporting churches holding Sing Christmas community carols events in stadia and pubs; karaoke carols are a new option for 2015 following a pattern tried and tested in Leicester and Lancashire with their local BBC radio stations. www.singchristmas.org
Contact the HOPE office (01788 542782 or email email@example.com) if churches in your area would like a HOPE presentation of the Talking Jesus research and HOPE’s vision of mission to 2018.
HOPE and Churches Together in England are working closely together, at national level and through many HOPE initiatives run by local Churches Together groups. For more information contact Ben Aldous