door of hope
Door of Hope first gathered together in January 2019 around a core planting team of eleven adults and thirteen children in the Old Town neighborhood of Champaign, IL where we live. Our story is simply one of a people redeemed by God who desire to multiply disciple-making communities in the town we love.
There was a period of troubling in our souls, though. As Hosea prophesied, the Lord loves to mercifully meet us in our pain, our mess, our troubles, and reveal the tangible hope of his living presence in Christ. Gathering together as a "church plant" as been an act of hope on our part - hope not in the potential for "success", but hope in our Risen King who is worth our risk-taking.
Our aim in year one has been to patiently lay a foundation focused primarily on our neighborhood from which we can equip healthy micro-church leaders and reproduce healthy micro-churches who embody the Door of Hope framework of worship, community and mission.
This journey has included coaching through the V3 Movement, input from Tampa Underground and 3dM, equipping at The Praxis Gathering, lots of dreaming and planning around the dinner table and over coffee, and discerning together our our calling for our context. We've slowly walked through Mark's gospel, the Church as Movement handbook, studied Paul's letters with The Bible Project, and wrestled through how we can join God's mission to incarnate the good news of his kingdom in our town.
Who do we imagine will join us when there are "so many" other churches in this town? We aren't interested in being in competition with other churches. Our desire is to be a spiritual family devoted to life together under the good reign of King Jesus as we seek the welfare of our neighborhoods and networks. We believe this will look like a multiplication of many micro-churches built upon a DNA of disciple-making.
As Dallas Willard once said, what is most important is not what you achieve, but who you become. Our prayer is to become a community of prayerful love and action that gives a sign & foretaste of God's kingdom here in Champaign-Urbana.
We welcome you to journey with us!
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.