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LISTENING TO THE FUTURE

O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending,
by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage,
not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As Hope Lutheran Church seeks to fulfill God's mission in South Minneapolis, we claim these truths:

  • We are called to use our assets for mission, not self-preservation
  • We have many great ideas, but lack the people-power to carry those ideas forward
  • Recognizing our current financial picture, our current model of ministry is not sustainable

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
Psalm 139:7

We trust that God is present as we, as a congregation, listen to our future and discern where God is leading us and how we are being called to continue to serve our South Minneapolis community

  • We have engaged conversation about "site sharing" (moving our ministry to another location, remaining an independent congregation) and discerned that with our current resources such a plan would not lead to congregational vitality or better serve our neighbors
  • We have begun conversation with neighboring congregations regarding consolidation of our ministries. These conversations are ongoing and updates are provided in the bulletin, eNews, and Ray of Hope 
  • We have begun to consider options for how our current ministry site might be used by another owner or tenant

... it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us ... 
Acts 15:28

As we continue to discern where God is leading us:  

  • Hold this process in prayer. Invite God to provoke questions, speak wisdom, and provide direction.
  • Ask questions, share comments, voice concerns. Please share them with members of the Listening to the Future Team or Council.

Members of the Listening to the Future Team are:

Mary Peterson
Deb Christensen
Dorian Thompson
Carol Farnham
Marlan Karbo

Therefore, since it is by God's mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as servants for Jesus' sake. We have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4