In 2004, Hope Church began its ministry on the Arizona State University campus. The original team held our first church service in August 2004. Since then, we’ve trained over 70 staff and interns and developed a leadership team of over 200 students and graduates. Each Sunday, we welcome hundreds of students, parents and community guests to our Sunday service. Hope is an active member of the Grace Association, which also includes Living Streams Church, Pure Heart Church and Evident Life.
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According to a recent Harvard study, 7% of the world's population hold college degrees. Today's college students are the future leaders of America and these leaders hunger for influence, not just mere status quo. Research shows that 84% of students say that making a difference in the world is more important than professional recognition, and 61% of students are worried about the state of the world and feel personally responsible to make a difference.
While most students are passionate to lead, they're also reluctant. It can be a daunting task, wanting to make a difference, yet not knowing how. Students need a place to learn leadership skills. With this in mind, we reach college students with the Gospel so that they're equipped to change the world and fulfill their God-given destiny. Our community of leaders mentor students to help them reach their fullest potential. We host a weekly Sunday church service year-round, as well as weekly Connect Groups during the academic year and an annual spring break outreach trip. We also hold small groups for students, city members and married couples.
We believe our church is called to fulfill the Great Commission on college campuses, starting at ASU. Over the past 15 years, the staff and leadership team - made up of students and city members - at Hope has engaged over 120,000 people and had over 30,000 students attend our events. We’ve sent over 1,000 students on 30 different campus outreach trips to nearby states, and we’ve led over 1,000 people to repent and surrender their lives to Jesus.
With all that God has done in our ministry, local pastors and ministry leaders in the Body of Christ agreed: this needed to be reproduced on other campuses and in other cities. In July 2019, we sent a team to launch a Hope Site in Las Vegas reaching the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. We plan to start a new Hope site every year for the next 10 years at other universities.
In addition to our church activities, Hope developed the following impact events to empower students to lead in their giftings and develop their leadership skills.
In 2006, Pastor Brian did something untraditional: he enrolled in comedy school. Through that experience, he had a vision to bring people together to connect through comedy. In 2007, Outlaw Comedy was founded to bring clean comedy to students for free, and it produced its first shows in the residence halls. To date, we've produced shows for over 20,000 college students across 10 different college campuses.
BE Beautiful u
In 2010, Wendy Smith, Hope Church Creative Director, had a vision to inspire ASU women to reveal self-worth through personal style. Since then, we've hosted an annual signature fashion event, coached young women to learn their personal style and, most recently, created a video series to help freshmen transition their wardrobe from high school to college.
We’ve had an amazing time, and it's grown a lot over the past 8 years. So it was time to take it to the next level - say hello to Be Beautiful U - Doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it (1 Tim. 2:9-10 MSG)! We want to inspire every university woman to reveal self-worth through personal style because every woman belongs in beautiful.
College students want to have fun and make friends fast, so we host a trip called Survivor Weekend. We love adventure here at Hope! Over a weekend, students form tribes based off of their residence hall and participate in head-to-head competition out in the wilderness.
We've always believed that if you change the campus, you can change the world. Now, more than ever, our nation needs young leaders who know how to follow Jesus, the greatest leader of all time. As students graduate, they will be able to influence others and fulfill their God-given destiny. Each student has been uniquely created with specific giftings and abilities - they only need to be developed. In the coming years, we hope to plant local churches on other college campuses across the nation to continue to reach more leaders in the next generation.
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