Hope city church

In 2004 Hope Church followed through on their mission statement “to engage our unchurched neighbors of every age and ethnicity to experience Jesus” by committing to invest in families in an under-resourced area of North Memphis by developing Oasis of Hope and being a daily presence in an area where crime rates, economic decline and infant mortality are among the highest in the country … education, employment and annual income, among the lowest in the city.

In 2014, Hope committed to the natural next step of going even deeper by starting a new, vibrant, relevant, holistic, God-based community church that would leverage the work of Hope’s Urban and Oasis Ministries to comprehensively serve the 38107 neighborhood residents to experience Jesus in an even greater way. Check out Pastor Eli's sermon addressing this issue from 11/16/2014.

Since this announcement, much has been happening behind the scenes and Hope has hired Reverend Colley S. Cooper to serve as the North Memphis Church Planting Pastor. In May of 2015, Pastor Colley began the process of developing the church from the ground up, by strategically aligning himself with families, schools, businesses and other churches to build intentional relationships within 38107. Pastor Colley, a native of Memphis, has extensive experience working with disenfranchised persons and especially youth. He is a visionary desiring to motivate others to “do common things in an uncommon way.”

"We will be planting a new kind of church"

Pastor Colley, his wife Sheri, and two sons, Kofi and Cohen, are fully committing to live out true life-on-life relationships with those they will serve by residing within the 38107 zip code or 1-3 miles outside of the targeted area.

Colley says, “I am moving my family into this neighborhood and will be planting ‘a new kind of church’ to reach those who do not currently go to anybody’s church…. We believe this will compliment (not compete) with the other good neighborhood churches and para-churches as TOGETHER we seek the peace and prosperity of 38107.”

What’s Happening Now?

  • Seeking out 15-20 leaders who will serve as the core launch team
  • Determining the church name/logo
  • Building relationships with community members who will potentially commit to attend the church
  • Starting weekly adult Bible studies to encourage relational and spiritual growth
  • Planning community events such as the Resurrection Easter Sunday Service and Oasis Easter Egg Hunt
  • Hiring a bi-vocational, part-time Assistant Pastor or Music Leader
  • Continuing the search to either purchase a building or to consider building on the land that was purchased in 2015
  • Launching the church in September 2016

Ways You Can Get Involved:

  • PRAY for God to lead in all areas of this endeavor, for Pastor Colley & his family, and for the above tasks to be done
  • DONATE financially to support the church plant
  • VOLUNTEER your time, skills, and passions if you’d like to be a part of the launch team
  • ATTEND the upcoming Bible Studies and community events
  • COMMIT to being a part of the church family as they launch in the Fall of 2016

Contact Info:
Office Phone: 901/881-5877
Email: colley@hopechurchmemphis.com

Don’t give glory to us, O Lord. Don’t give glory to us. Instead, give glory to your name because of your mercy and faithfulness. –Psalm 115:1 (GW)

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