The history of Hope Community Church begins in a living room with 14 people dreaming of the ways by which God could become known to the people of Minneapolis who were just “kicking the tires” of Christianity, specifically those near the University of Minnesota. They dreamed of a church that would aim to find as many connecting points as possible with those who don’t believe in God showing the relevance of faith to daily living. They dreamed of a church where people would be welcomed wherever they were in their journey of faith and yet encouraged to go further. They dreamed of a church where community was more than just their middle name – it was the experience of each person that became part of the Hope family. They dreamed of a church where the teachings of the Bible would be clearly communicated and made understandable to those who weren’t accustomed to its message. They dreamed of a church where God would be number one in all that happened. They dreamed of a church that would play a role in spreading the kingdom of God – building up others in their faith and starting new churches to do the same.
Could these dreams become a reality? Could God take 14 people and by His power and direction make all of this happen? In 1996, the people of Hope Community Church began to meet regularly and held their first public service with great faith that God would make their dreams a reality. Since that time God has done much to both bring to fruition many of those dreams as well as expand them even further. Since it began, the people of Hope have consistently pursued helping as many people as possible become fully devoted followers of Christ through local and global missions work, blessing our city, leadership development, church planting, small group communities, learning opportunities, adding Hope locations, and celebrating God’s faithfulness in so many other ways.