In 2004, Hope Church began its ministry on the Arizona State University campus. The original team held our first church service in August 2004. Our leadership team has now grown to 31 staff members and 100 student leaders. Each Sunday, we welcome hundreds of students, parents and community guests to our Sunday service. Hope is an active member of the Grace Association, which also includes Living Streams Church, Pure Heart Church and Evident Life.
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According to a recent Harvard study, 7% of the world's population hold college degrees. Today's college students are the future leaders of America and these leaders hunger for influence, not just mere status quo. Research shows that 84% of students say that making a difference in the world is more important than professional recognition, and 61% of students are worried about the state of the world and feel personally responsible to make a difference.
While most students are passionate to lead, they're also reluctant. It can be a daunting task, wanting to make a difference, yet not knowing how. Students need a place to learn leadership skills. With this in mind, we reach college students with the Gospel so that they're equipped to change the world and fulfill their God-given destiny. Our community of leaders mentor students to help them reach their fullest potential. We host a weekly Sunday church service year-round, as well as weekly Connect Groups during the academic year and an annual spring break outreach trip. We also hold small groups for students, community members and married couples.
We believe our church is called to fulfill the Great Commission on college campuses, starting at ASU. Over the past 13 years, the staff and leadership team - made up of students and community members - at Hope has engaged over 88,400 students, held over 19,300 Bible discussions on campus and has seen over 840 students pray to surrender their lives to Jesus.
In addition to our church activities, Hope developed the following impact events to empower students to lead in their giftings and develop their leadership skills.
In 2006, Pastor Brian did something untraditional: he enrolled in comedy school. Through that experience, he had a vision to bring people together to connect through comedy. In 2007, Outlaw Comedy was founded to bring clean comedy to students for free, and it produced its first shows in the residence halls. To date, we've produced shows for over 20,000 college students across 10 different college campuses.
Pastor Brian's wife Wendy had a vision in 2010 to inspire ASU women to reveal self-worth through personal style. One year later, we started hosting our signature fashion event, and since its debut, 2,500 women have attended and been empowered by the runway theme, "Every Body Beautiful." As a Certified Image Consultant, Wendy coaches young women to help others learn their personal style and know that every woman belongs in beautiful. In our newest project, Hope Church is helping freshmen transition their wardrobe from high school to college with our video series, "Your Collegiate Closet."
College students want to have fun and make friends fast, so we host a trip called Survivor Weekend. We love adventure here at Hope! Over Labor Day weekend, students form tribes based off of their residence hall and participate in head-to-head competition out in the wilderness. Experience the mud, the action and the face-paint each fall.
We've always believed that if you change the campus, you can change the world. Now, more than ever, our nation needs young leaders who know how to follow Jesus, the greatest leader of all time. As students graduate, they will be able to influence others and fulfill their God-given destiny. Each student has been uniquely created with specific giftings and abilities - they only need to be developed. In the coming years, we hope to plant local churches on other college campuses across the nation to continue to reach more leaders in the next generation.
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