About Hope Fellowship

What to Expect

* Services: Sunday morning worship is available at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Our Sunday worship service is also streamed online. Under normal circumstances, we also offer Bible study classes at 9 a.m. Bible study classes are currently on hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions. For more information about our COVID-19 plan, click here.

* Worship Style: Our number one goal in worship is to help people experience the presence of God and express their worship to Him. We have a praise band that leads us in singing contemporary praise songs, but we also include a hymn or two. The messages are Bible-based and apply to daily life. Drama, video clips, etc. are occasionally included to help emphasize the theme for the day.

* Nursery and Kidz Worship: Under normal circumstances, nursery is provided during both Sunday morning Bible study and worship for children age 0-3. Due to COVID-19 our nursery care is not currently available. Kidz Worship is currently available. Children age 4 through 5th grade may attend Kidz Worship, which is dismissed halfway through Sunday a.m. worship.

* Dress: The dress, for the most part, is fairly casual. We are more concerned about what is on the inside, so wear whatever makes you feel comfortable.

Our Congregation

On an average Sunday, about 150 people gather for worship at Hope Fellowship. Approximately 75% of the congregation is under the age of 50, making it a great place for young families and older adults alike. Those who make up our church family may come from a broad range of backgrounds and religious traditions, but have a common desire for Bible-based teaching and study in an effort to grow in their faith.

Statement of Beliefs

1.We believe the Bible is God's Word given by divine inspiration, the record of God's revelation of Himself to humanity (II Timothy 3:16). It is trustworthy, sufficient, without error-the supreme authority and guide for all doctrine and conduct (I Peter 1:23-25; John 17:17; II Timothy 3:16-17). It is the truth by which God brings people into a saving relationship with Himself and leads them to Christian maturity (John 20:31; I John 5:9-12; Matthew 4:4; I Peter 2:2).

2. We believe in the one living and true God, perfect in wisdom, sovereignty, holiness, justice, mercy and love (I Timothy 1:17; Psalm 86:15; Deuteronomy 32:3-4). He exists eternally in three coequal persons who act together in creation, providence and redemption (Genesis 1:26; I Peter 1:2; Hebrews 1:1-3).

A.The Father reigns with providential care over all life and history in the created universe; He hears and answers prayer (I Chronicles 29:11-13; Matthew 7:11). He initiated salvation by sending His Son, and He is Father to those who by faith accept His Son as Lord and Savior (I John 4:9-10; John 3:16; John 1:12; Acts 16:31).

B.The Son became man, Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary (John 1:14; Matthew 1:18). Being fully God and fully man, He revealed God through His sinless life, miracles and teaching (John 14:9; Hebrews 4:15; Matthew 4:23-24). He provided salvation through His atoning death in our place and by His bodily resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4; II Corinthians 5:21; Romans 4:23-25). He ascended into heaven where He rules over all creation (Philippians 2:5-11). He intercedes for all believers and dwells in them as their ever-present Lord (Romans 8:34; John 14:23).

C.The Holy Spirit inspired men to write the Scriptures (II Peter 1:21). Through this Word, He convicts individuals of their sinfulness and of the righteousness of Christ, draws them to the Savior, and bears witness to their new birth (James 1:18; John 16:7-11; I Thessalonians 1:5-6); Romans 8:16). At regeneration and conversion, the believer is baptized in the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 12:13). The Spirit indwells, seals and gives spiritual gifts to all believers for ministry in the church and society (Romans 8:9-11; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 12:5-8; I Peter 4:10). He empowers, guides, teaches, fills, sanctifies and produces the fruit of Christlikeness in all who yield to Him (Acts 4:31; Romans 8:14; I Corinthians 2:10-13; Ephesians 5:18; II Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 5:16, 22-23).

3. We believe God created an order of spiritual beings called angels to serve Him and do His will (Psalm 148:1-5; Colossians 1:16). The holy angels are obedient spirits ministering to the heirs of salvation and glorifying God (Hebrews 1:6-7, 13-14). Certain angels, called demons, Satan being their chief, through deliberate choice revolted and fell from their exalted position (Revelation 12:7-9). They now tempt individuals to rebel against God (I Timothy 4:1; I Peter 5:8). Their destiny in hell has been sealed by Christ's victory over sin and death (Hebrews 2:14; Revelation 20:10)

4. We believe God created man in His own image to have fellowship with Himself and to be steward over His creation (Genesis 1:26-28). As a result, each person is unique, possesses dignity and is worthy of respect (Psalm 139:13-17). Through the temptation of Satan, Adam chose to disobey God; this brought sin and death to the human race and suffering to all creation (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; 8:22). Therefore, everyone is born with a sinful nature and needs to be reconciled to God (Romans 3:9-18, 23). Satan tempts people to rebel against God, even those who love Him (Ephesians 4:27; II Corinthians 2:11; Matthew 16:23). Nonetheless, everyone is personally responsible to God for thoughts, actions and beliefs and has the right to approach Him directly through Jesus Christ, the only mediator (Romans 14:12; I Timothy 2:5).

5. We believe salvation is redemption by Christ of the whole person from sin and death (II Timothy 1:1-10; I Thessalonians 5:23). It is offered as a free gift by God to all and must be received personally through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (I Timothy 2:4; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 20:21). An individual is united to Christ by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27). As a child of God, the believer is acquitted of all guilt and brought into a new relationship of peace (Romans 5:1). Christians grow as the Holy Spirit enables them to understand and obey the Word of God (II Peter 3:18; Ephesians 4:15; I Thessalonians 3:12).

6. We believe the Church is the body of which Christ is the head and all who believe in Him are members (Ephesians 1:22-23; Romans 12:4-5). Christians are commanded to be baptized upon profession of faith and to unite with a local church for mutual encouragement and growth in discipleship through worship, nurture, service and the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Acts 2:41-42, 47; Luke 24:45-48). Each church is a self-governing body under the lordship of Christ with all members sharing responsibility (Acts 13:1-3; 14:26-28). The form of government is understood to be congregational (Matthew 18:17; Acts 6:3-6; 15:22-23).

The ordinances of the church are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:18-20). It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s identification with the death, burial and resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ (Romans 6:5). The Lord’s Supper is the partaking of the bread and of the cup by believers together as a continuing memorial of the broken body and shed blood of Christ. It is an act of thankful dedication to Him and serves to unite His people until He returns (I Corinthians 11:23-26).

To express unity in Christ, local churches form associations and a conference for mutual counsel, fellowship and a more effective fulfillment of Christ’s commission (Acts 15; I Corinthians 6:1-3).

7. We believe religious liberty, rooted in Scripture, is the inalienable right of all individuals to freedom of conscience with ultimate accountability to God (Genesis 1:27; John 8:32; II Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:21; Acts 5:29). Church and state exist by the will of God. Each has distinctive concerns and responsibilities, free from control by the other (Matthew 22:21). Christians should pray for civil leaders, and obey and support government in matters not contrary to Scripture (I Timothy 2:1-4; Romans 13:1-7; I Peter 2:13-16). The state should guarantee religious liberty to all persons and groups regardless of their religious preferences, consistent with the common good.

8. We believe Christians, individually and collectively, are salt and light in society (Matthew 5:13-16). In a Christlike spirit, they oppose greed, selfishness and vice; they promote truth, justice and peace; they aid the needy and preserve the dignity of people of all races and conditions (Hebrews 13:5; Luke 9:23; Titus 2:12; Philippians 4:8-9; I John 3:16-17; James 2:1-4).

We affirm the family as the basic unit of society and seek to preserve its integrity and stability (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 6:1-4). We value both the sanctity of life and the importance of traditional marriage.

9. We believe God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring all things to their appropriate end and establish the new heaven and the new earth (Ephesians 1:9-10; Revelation 21:1). The certain hope of the Christian is that Jesus Christ will return to the earth suddenly, personally and visibly in glory according to His promise (Titus 2:13; Revelation 1:7; 3:11; John 14:1-3). The dead will be raised, and Christ will judge mankind in righteousness (John 5:28-29). The unrighteous will be consigned to the everlasting punishment prepared for the devil and his angels Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). The righteous, in their resurrected and glorified bodies, will receive their reward and dwell forever with the Lord (Philippians 3:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10; I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Core Values of Hope Fellowship Church

We deeply value:
1. Bible-centered preaching/teaching. The Bible is the Word of God, and therefore, we use it as the basis for what we believe and how we live.
2. A welcoming and accepting atmosphere. We are excited to have visitors attend our services and have a desire for more and more people of our community to become part of our church family.
3. Praise and worship. We want people to meet God face-to-face at our services, to be molded and shaped by that meeting, and to express their joy, wonder and thanks to Him.
4. Prayer. In every aspect of personal life and ministry of the church, we want to seek God’s direction, will and power.
5. Godly servant leadership. We expect leaders of Christ’s church to reflect the life of Christ and to serve others just as He served.
6. A well-mobilized lay ministry. We want to help every believer develop and use their abilities and gifts so that we can fulfill God’s intention and effectively minister as the body of Christ.
7. Committed Christians. We seek to help every person keep growing spiritually and develop into healthy, mature followers of Christ.
8. Christian Education. We provided learning opportunities for people of all ages so that they may learn to understand the Bible and the Christian faith.
9. Community. We have been called by God to express love, genuine caring, encouragement and support to each other in the context of a family beyond the family.
10. Evangelism. We have the good news of Jesus Christ and must share it with lost people so that they can receive His forgiveness and eternal life.
11. Strong families. We provide ministries that encourage healthy relationships and provide support for individual families.
12. Financial responsibility. We are accountable to God and the church family for the use of every gift received and openly report all of our financial activities.

Our History
• 1985: Home Bible Study group began meeting.
• 1987: Official beginning as a "Church Planting Project" of the North American Baptist Conference (NABC), with Pastor Dennis Dewey, as the founding pastor. Meeting place: 7520 NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO
• 1988: Charter members were received and the church was recognized as a member church of the NABC.
• 1992: The Church purchased a 6 acre tract west of Park Hill High School. Meeting place: Park University Chapel, Parkville, MO.
• 1996: The building project was completed and the congregation moved into the current location at NW Barry Road & N. Conant Avenue.
• 2003: Parking lot expansion was completed.
• 2007: Mrs. Jackie Howden was added to our staff as our part-time Director of Children's Ministry.
• 2012: Celebrated HFC's 25th Anniversary.
• 2012: Pastor Jordan Bradley was added to our staff as Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor.
• 2015: Mrs. Rebekah Canales began as our part-time Director of Children's Ministry.
• 2017: Began a capital campaign to pay off the mortgage and raise funds for other capital improvement projects.
• 2019: Pastor Josh Luevano began his position as our Youth Pastor.
• 2019: Founding Pastor Dennis Dewey retired after 33 years of faithful service.
• 2020: Interim Pastor Mike Frantz begins serving the congregation during the search for a new Senior Pastor.