We are a family of individuals who have been saved through the death and resurrection of Jesus into a vibrant relationship with God, and whom God has knit together in community. We know that Jesus is alive and active and that he desires us all to experience the fullness of abundant life that he offers us. Hope Community Church is a family of diverse ages, backgrounds and nationalities, and is welcoming of all.
History & Organisation
Hope Community Church was planted in 2008. We are part of a larger family of churches – Relational Mission – which is led by Mike Betts and his team of leaders who include Peter Vincent, Colin Potter and David Bareham. They oversee a cluster of churches in the Essex and Suffolk area. Relational Mission grew out of, and is part of, the New Frontiers network originally founded by Terry Virgo.
Throughout our time together God has spoken about us being a river of life-giving water, flowing into the community and transforming it for the better. It is our desire to bring life and hope in Jesus’ name to Brentwood, Billericay and the surrounding areas.
As well as seeking to do this individually by blessing our neighbours, friends and colleagues with acts of kindness and the good news of Jesus, we are involved in several initiatives together as a church.
We are led by elders, supported by a wider leadership team and accountable to the apostolic oversight in Relational Mission.
We strongly believe that God has gifted and anointed everyone in Hope Community Church to play a specific and vital role in the adventure He is taking us on, and we value everyone equally.
Our passion is to become a strong, close-knit community who see God save and free people into open, honest and ever deepening relationships with Himself and each other. We believe that as we are changed more and more into Jesus’ likeness we will experience His abundant life and extend His love to the world around us.
He has also kept reminding us about not participating in empty religion but living out His Kingdom values and seeing Him bless what we do as we align ourselves with Him.
We believe that God is challenging us to be a close family that increasingly experiences the fullness of life that Jesus has won for us, both in our individual lives and corporately. We encourage one another, and invite others into this Jesus way of life.
Our desire to live authentic Jesus-focused lives, and to align ourselves with His will, shapes our activity as a church. Many of our ministries and activities are borne out of God speaking prophetically to members of Hope and stirring people’s hearts to take a step of faith. More recently God has encouraged us by speaking to us about increasing what we do and being a fruitful branch. This has led to the launching of new church ministries and development of some existing ones.