Hail to the Chief! Oasis and Habitat Week: Aug 21-27

April 27, 2016

web176x176The 2016 Jimmy & Roslalynn Carter work project is coming to Bearwater Park this summer!

Every year Habitat for Humanity and President Carter chose ONE location around the world to make an impact in providing quality/affordable housing. This year it is in partnership with Oasis!

Mark your calendars for the week of August 21 – 27. There will be many volunteer opportunities to build and serve those doing the building. You may even bump elbows with a celebrity or two.

We so thankful that God connected us with Habitat and are beyond honored that our neighborhood has been chosen to receive this blessing. Connect with us on social media and our website to receive the latest updates on the progress.

If you would like more information regarding this specific ministry, contact Terry. Stay up-to-date by liking us on Facebook, following us on Twitter and Instagram, and checking our website for detailed information.

Pastor Coop Recaps the Easter Service In His Own Words…

April 10, 2016

web3-215x215 Check out Easter Extravaganza pics here.

What an awesome God we serve!

We had an amazing time on Easter Sunday; our Easter Extravaganza was a great success! We experienced rocking praise and worship, a radical word, and a remarkable egg hunt for the kids.

For me personally, the highlight of the day was not the turnout of 350 men, women, youth and children, but the highlight happened when I felt lead to break away from the service and check out the parking lot which was filled to capacity to my surprise. As I was outside, I noticed two young adult females walking away from the lot out the back gate. I immediately engaged them by asking, “Hey! Where are ya’ll going?”

One of the ladies replied as I introduced myself, “I don’t have on the right clothes. I didn’t know this was a church service. I need to go change because I don’t want people looking at me and talking about what I am wearing.”

web4-215x215At that moment it became apparent to me why I had been lead to slip outside. It was a moment that God would have no one else to seize, but the Pastor of this “New Kind of Church!” I comforted the young lady with these words, “We’re not that kind of church. You can wear whatever you have to wear. We won’t judge you. This will be the kind of church where all are welcome to come just as they are. No one will judge you here because it is God’s job to judge us all.”

My words assured her, and we went into the building to worship. That moment confirmed for me that God has us in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons in North Memphis.

Many more stories happened on Sunday and more can be shared by others who also witnessed moving interactions. We’d love to hear other thoughts, highlights, and experiences.

Undoubtedly, I especially want to say, Thank you to all that made this day a success. Thank you to everyone for their prayers and support!

web2-215x215Remember these words, “Eyes have not seen, ears have not heard, nor has entered into the hearts of men, what God has prepared….”

Stay tuned for updates on what is next for the church plant as we reach new milestones, with a goal of launching in the fall of 2016.

Blessings,

Pastor Coop
North Memphis Church Plant

The Latest Update on the North Memphis Church Plant

April 08, 2016

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)

If you believe in what we are doing in inner city Memphis, this is a valuable way to support us. If you’d like more information about our programs, please check out our website, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.