Focus, Philosophy & Goals

Our Focus

The focus of Hope’s Mercy Ministry is to bring glory to God by non-verbally proclaiming the heart of God by becoming a community of people characterized by selfless service and bold engagement. Our desire is to eradicate poverty and injustice within our church and alleviate poverty and injustice in the city of Charlotte and around the globe. To that end, we direct 7% of our weekly giving to mercy needs both within and without the church. Our Mercy Team is led by our Deacons. This team is charged with discerning the needs of our neighbors, equipping the congregation to meet those needs, and mobilizing us to do so. We also partner with other organizations within the city as we seek to address the needs of our city.

Our Philosophy

Foster a culture at Hope that proclaims the heart of God in acts of selfless service.

God’s heart is passionate about both mercy and justice for those oppressed by sin and its consequences. When rightly understood the Gospel naturally produces a desire to show to others the same mercy and deliverance that you have received from God in Christ Jesus (Galatians 2:10). The first job of the Mercy ministry of the church is to facilitate and develop this desire in the congregation of Hope Community Church.
We want people to feel God’s grace when they ask us for mercy. So no matter how much they’ve screwed up we want their first encounter with us to be a mixture of truth and grace. We’ll try to address how they got into their current situation but then we will give them more than they deserve.
God’s grace transforms those it touches. In expressing this grace we’re going to focus more on long-term solutions than we are on short-term fixes. We’re going to want to facilitate life changes in the persons we’re ministering to.

Foster a culture at Hope that proclaims the heart of God in acts of bold engagement.

God is clearly passionate about justice for the oppressed. He is not only opposed to individual sin and its consequences. He is also deeply concerned about corporate sin and its consequences. In the book of James God makes it clear that a true understanding of the Gospel always results in a compassionate defense of victims of injustice (James 1:27).
On an individual level we want to care for and restore to wholeness victims of injustice. On a corporate level we want to function as salt and light in the city by actively opposing corporate systems of injustice and defending the least of these in the city of Charlotte (Matthew 25:40).

Our Goals

The eradication of poverty and injustice within Hope Community Church.

Acts 4:32-35 teaches that the normal response of Christian community to the Gospel is the eradication of poverty in each particular congregation through the sharing of property and distribution of wealth within the body of Christ.

The alleviation of poverty and injustice within the extended family of faith.

Galatians 6:10 teaches that the needs of believer take priority over the needs of non-believers. So whenever there is a financial need within our community of churches it will take priority over an external mercy opportunity.

The alleviation of poverty and injustice amongst our Charlotte neighbors.

The great commandment calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Christ taught that the question who is my neighbor is actually missing the point. Jesus modeled being a neighbor for us by leaving heaven and entering our misery to rescue us. We are to non-verbally proclaim this in our city by meeting our neighbor’s needs in a self-sacrificial fashion.
Galatians 2:10 teaches that God doesn’t just want us to take care of our brothers and sisters in Christ but he also wants us to take care of the poor in general. We are called to love our neighbors with both word and deed ministry. The Mercy Ministry of Hope will seek to provide the members of Hope with opportunities to build relationship with their neighbors in Charlotte and around the globe who struggle financially. Corporately we will participate financially and as volunteers with organizations that take up the cause of the poor in Charlotte and around the world.

Local Partners

Apartment Life

Apartment Life‘s mission is to transform the lives of apartment residents by fostering environments where residents can build authentic friendships and develop lasting community.

Breakfast of Angels

Hope partners with Breakfast of Angels at Westminster Presbyterian Church, serving breakfast to homeless men (and occasionally women) every third Wednesday of the month from roughly 6-7 a.m. The ministry started well over 20 years ago, and is one of the longest running mission projects of Westminster Pres. It is an honor to serve, encourage, and meet guests. The name of the breakfast comes from Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”

Brookstone Schools

In 1996, a diverse group of concerned citizens came together with a vision to found a non-profit, Christ-centered school in Charlotte’s urban core. Their task was to provide quality education and moral teaching to low-income urban children; their hope was in God’s protection and provision to make it happen. Brookstone opened its doors in 2001 and has grown steadily to become the flourishing ministry it is today.

Charlotte Fellows

Spend a year with the Charlotte Fellows and discover how the Gospel helps you answer critical, life-defining questions and shapes the way you think about and engage your city, your career, your local church, and your personal relationships.

Charlotte Rescue Mission

Founded in 1938, the Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and those battling addictions. Over the years, the Mission has been located in several different uptown Charlotte buildings and has been called several different names, but their commitment to serving the homeless and sharing the gospel of Christ has never changed.

Habitat for Humanity

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Men's Shelter

The Men’s Shelter is dedicated to providing safe emergency shelter while working to end homelessness for each man. Their vision is to serve as the catalyst for systemic change to end homelessness in our community.

one7

One7‘s vision is to reach and transform inner city communities and families by intentionally forming cross cultural youth ministry teams while focusing on holistic change and spiritual growth.

p658

Project 658 seeks community transformation through the powerful work of Jesus and we are committed to serving families in greatest need in our city and around the world in ways that that are practical, sustainable and burden lifting. They believe that the only way a community is transformed is by putting Jesus at the center and allowing his work to bring change. Their goal is to bring hope back to these communities that feel lost, forgotten, and in despair. The goal of Project 658 is to see hope restored.

samaritan's feet

Samaritan’s Feet shares hope with children in the U.S. and around the world by washing their feet, giving them a new pair of shoes, and helping them believe that their dreams can come true. They believe that a new pair of shoes can be a tangible foundation of hope to a person in need.

UrbanPromise

UrbanPromise reaches younger children through after-school and summer programs and raises high school leaders who are employed as mentors in these programs. Their ultimate goal is to restore community as a new generation of young leaders affects social, economic, and spiritual revitalization in their neighborhoods and the city of Charlotte.

young life

Young Life‘s mission is simply to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. Hope has several members who lead area Young Life and Wyldlife clubs.