The New Hope Discipleship Program has been established to minister the grace of Jesus Christ to men and women who are determined to turn their lives around. What specifically we feel called upon to do is provide them a setting in which they can make good on that commitment.
The Discipleship Project is . . .
- not designed to "dry out" addicts;
- nor is it a job-training or job-placement agency.
The Discipleship Project will work collaboratively with other programs that provide these kinds of services, but will not itself provide them. Our program is more restricted; more specifically, it is designed to help men and women from troubled backgrounds ...
- cultivate a relationship with Jesus Christ - who alone can transform their lives from the inside out;
- find encouragement and support from mature Christian counselors, many of whom themselves come from troubled backgrounds and have overcome powerful addictions;
- insulate themselves from both the temptations of the "street" and the fear that too often plagues unsafe neighborhoods;
- find gainful employment through collaboration with other agencies - either immediate job-placement or job training leading to job-placement;
- form enduring relationships among their peers - relationships that will both . . .
- support their efforts to cultivate new attitudes and habits to replace the destructive ones that have undermined their lives;
- provide a sense of "belonging" - without which men and women inevitably feel destitute and impoverished.
Very briefly, each of the disciples is expected to ...
- Hold down . . .
- a full-time job; or
- a part-time job that will enable him to contriubte financially to the house while at the same time enrolling in a job-training and/or job placement program.
- Attend a Monday evening "house meeting" to take care of "house business."
- Attend a Tuesday evening class designed to help them overcome destructive attitudes and habits and lead a victorious Christian life. It's a class Pastor Doug Shearer personally teaches.
- Attend a Thursday evening class designed to ground them in the Word of God - a class overseen by teaching pastors who are either Bible school or seminary graduates - or both. The Thursday evening class is administerd by Pastor Jerry Helmen. Those who complete the full year of Bible Study will be awarded a diploma.
- Attend Sunday morning services and other events hosted by New Hope Christian Fellowship.
- Take an active role in up-grading the neighborhood in which their house is located.
Further training will be made available for "graduates" who wish to become missionaries themselves and eventually, perhaps, to head up a discipleship house of their own as a house leader. Donations to The Discipleship Project can given by pressing on the PayPal button above. All donations are used for support of the houses (rent, mortgage, food, etc) - with nothing being allocated to salaries for the staff. The staff consists of men and women who have volunteered their time and skills.