Life is a journey. That journey has ebbs and flows. In some seasons, it’s natural to experience a sense of transcendence that leaves us believing that there just might be something more to life than we can place our finger on. In others, it’s natural for a sense of skepticism to shape our views on matters of faith and life.
At Living Hope, we believe that we’re all on the journey together. Some of us are confident believers, while others are hesitant skeptics. We’ve got people who grew up in Christian homes and others who are exploring Christianity for the first time. Whether you’re in a season of intense faith or strong skepticism, there’s a place for you in the Living Hope Church Community.
We understand that it can be intimidating and awkward to visit a church for the first time, so we’ll do everything we can to make you feel at home. You’re welcome to connect with people if you’d like, or quietly remain anonymous. Come in your Sunday best, or roll into service wearing whatever is comfortable to you. We’re a growing, multiethnic community of people who believe that the journey is better together, and we invite you to journey with us.
Children ages six months to six years are welcome in Living Hope Kids, which takes place during our 10:30 AM gathering. You can learn more about Living Hope Kids by clicking here.
Philosophy of Ministry
Living Hope is a Gospel-Centered, Spirit-Filled, Missional Community. That means we:
- Are all about Jesus, only about Jesus and always about Jesus. The person and work of Jesus (called the Gospel) is the foundation, example and motivation for all that we are and do. We believe that a person is made right with God through Jesus and Jesus alone and that this Good News changes everything. (1 Corinthians 15:1-5; 1 Peter 3:18)
- Rely on the power and presence of God the Holy Spirit, not ourselves, to empower us for life and ministry. (John 14:25-26; John 16:5-15; Galatians 5:16-26)
- Seek to be and speak the Good News of Jesus to our non-believing friends, neighbors, co-workers and classmates by taking the message to them through friendship and acts of service, rather than expecting them to come to us. (John 20:19-22; Luke 5:27-32)
- Are committed to doing life together in meaningful friendship with one another so that we can effectively know Jesus as his followers and make him known as his witnesses. (Acts 2:42-47)
Our primary objective as a church community is to become disciples who make disciples. Disciples are people who are learning to believe in and follow Jesus through intentional relationships over time. They’re also people who are committed to teaching others to believe in and follow Jesus with them. (Matthew 28:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:1-2)
Gatherings & Relationships
At Living Hope, we practice what we call a “rhythm of discipleship.” That rhythm includes our Sunday Gatherings, weekly Community Groups and discipleship relationships.
Sunday Gatherings are a time when the whole church comes together to celebrate and learn about Jesus. Community Groups are small groups of church members and curious non-believers who meet each week to process the Sunday teaching and help one another along their faith journey. Discipleship relationships are intentional friendships with both believers and unbelievers for the purpose of growing in Christ and influencing others toward Christ.
We’re a community of people who are not okay with being passive spectators to a religious performance each Sunday, but who are committed to being active participants in one another’s faith journey. You’re certainly welcome to begin your journey as a spectator, but know that we will always be inviting you to take that next step toward becoming an active participant in our church community.
Connect With Us
Facebook: Living Hope Church – Maryville Location
Location & Times
Sundays 10:30 AM
1602 S. Main St. (The Hangar Movie Theater) – Across from Walmart.
Maryville, MO 64468