“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.” Luke 19:26
Since launching in 2017, Hope Ames has been blessed with an abundance of growth. What will we do with this blessing?
- Hope is the largest ELCA congregation in the nation and one of the 25 largest churches in the nation.
- Hope has grown in each of its 27 years of existence with more than 20,000 weekly worshipers (in-person and online). Hope Ames has grown by over 300 percent since 2017.
- Hope was featured in “Outreach Magazine” and listed in 2021 is one of the “Top 100 Largest Church in the Nation” at No. 18.
- Hope Ames has celebrated 20 baptisms in 2021.
- Sixty-four children are involved in Hope Ames’ Children’s Ministry program, HopeKids, and 200 children participated in Vacation Bible School. Sixty students participate in Hope Ames’ junior and senior high ministries, PowerLife and Ignition.
- More than 300 students worship weekly at Hope Ames’ college ministry, Kairos.
- Over 200 adults have completed the Alpha course at Hope Ames.
- More than 500 people celebrated Jesus’ resurrection at Hope Ames’ Easter service in 2019.
- Over 1,000 people celebrated Christ’s birth at Hope Ames’ Christmas drive-thru event: “The Christmas Story.”
With the purchase of land, we will have the capacity to invite even more people in our community to experience the love of Jesus through Hope Ames. The 20 acres of land that our congregation has approved to purchase pending a giving campaign is an ideal and viable location for Hope to deepen its roots in Ames.
“Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!” Matthew 13:8
God has made it clear to us at Hope Ames: we’re here to stay. On this land, each of our ministries will grow, and we will have the space to introduce new, faithful mission initiatives that will bless our community and world.
- Child, Student, and Family Ministries
- Every week, more than 100 children and teenagers, along with their families, experience the love of Jesus through one of Hope Ames’ youth and family ministries. Having a permanent home will provide a safe space for the kids and students of Hope to establish a firm foundation in Christ.
- Imagine a Sunday morning or Wednesday night at Hope Ames in the future. There will be a buzz filling the halls and classrooms of our church home, with kids of all ages and backgrounds enjoying friendship and the love of Jesus through high-energy worship and formational Bible lessons. They will know Hope Ames is a place where they are welcome, free, and secure in the family of God!
- College Ministry
- God has changed what it means to be a college student in Ames through our congregation. Kairos is a grace-based ministry for college students to encounter a soul-satisfying relationship with Jesus.
- Think of when you were 18-22 years old. What would it have meant for you to have a church that believed in your potential and purpose as a child of God? What would it mean for you to know that there is a church that will care for your kids when they move away from your home?
- Imagine over a thousand college students taking refuge on the land we purchase, resting in the grace of God every week.
- Adult Discipleship
- This land will be more than your Sunday morning destination. It will be a place you enjoy multiple times every week to engage in faith-deepening classes, conversations, and relationships.
- Too many adults these days have too few friends. Imagine a place where that changes – establishing lifelong friendships between people and families, rooted in the love of Jesus, partaking in classes that ignite a fire of faith in new Christians and rekindle the flame of Christians whose souls have grown tired, and bringing loved ones to a safe and nurturing place to enjoy community.
- We’re not purchasing land so we have a place to ourselves, but so that we can give more to the community and world through our service. This land will be a home base for us to partake in projects that will feed, clothe, and serve those who are in need financially, physically, and emotionally.
- Ask God, “How are you calling me to serve?” Imagine the opportunities available to live out your calling and experience fulfillment, in part, by the service you provide on this land.