Join 30+ churches using Communities of Hope to multiply
In a world where news of death and destruction seem to fill the airwaves and newspapers, there is hope—hope for “the lost that are coming to faith in Christ,” shared Larry Black, SBCV church planting strategist and lay church planting equipping manager. People are coming to know Jesus and finding hope through SBCV’s Communities of Hope (CoH) materials, designed to equip pastors with the tools they need to lead their church to extend its reach beyond the walls.
Communities of Hope has been written and compiled for churches and pastors to provide for two fundamental needs. The first is to provide a process for churches to reach communities beyond their normal reach with committed Christians. The second purpose is to provide basic equipping materials for busy pastors that will enable them to equip and empower everyday Christians to reach those under-reached communities with the Gospel.
Twelve churches participated in the CoH pilot phase last summer. After the debut of CoH at SBCV’s Annual Homecoming, 19 additional churches have expressed interest in utilizing the materials. One of those churches is currently training some if its members to start 20 new Hope Communities. SBCV missionaries are prayerful that every Hope Community will result in new believers in Jesus and that some Hope Communities will be the beginnings of new churches.
All Communities of Hope materials are currently available online for free download at www.sbcv.org/coh. The Pastor’s Guide will serve as your how-to guide in utilizing these new materials for maximum impact. Inside, pastors will find sections to help their members know how to gather people; how to lead a community group; how to identify and train new group leaders; and how to transition a group from a Hope Community into a new church.
The SBCV has created a Facebook page for group leaders and participants to share their stories as more churches get involved and new Hope Communities are begun. So get started today by downloading your Communities of Hope materials, training members, starting new groups, and joining the conversation.
Learn more at sbcv.org/coh.640