Advance the good of the city.
Magnify the mission of Jesus.
Unleash the capability of underestimated people.

Here’s a closer look at what each of these pieces of the mission statement mean to Building Hope in the City and the interweaving of its programs, which demonstrates the multiplied impact of alignment –

Advance the good of the city. We pray, advocate, labor with and contend for a God-honoring vision of our city as it is meant to be:  a place of peace, dignity, mutuality, relationship, prosperity and opportunity for all people.

“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”  Jeremiah 29:7

Magnify the mission of Jesus. The mission of Jesus is the restoration of all of creation to the Father through faith. Thus, all our efforts, initiatives and programs seek to make Jesus and His Word known. We’re most interested in building relationships that ignite hunger and thirst in people to know and embrace the purpose for their lives in Christ Jesus. Some of BHITC’s efforts are more direct in these efforts, others are subtle. This mix of approaches is intentional and strategic.

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.” Luke 19:10

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me, to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4: 18-20

Unleash the capability of underestimated people. Jesus’ heart was for the poor, broken, despised, feared and misunderstood; He raised and empowered leaders from non-traditional and questionable backgrounds. We live into His passion through initiatives that seek to partner with and develop those who the world undervalues. Our work seeks to create leadership pathways for those we encounter.

“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom He promised to those who love Him? James 2:5

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

The infographic (below) summarizes BHITC’s mission expression.  There is overlap and integration between the four areas, demonstrating the multiplied impact of joining forces. You will also see a breakdown of how the ministries, programs and initiatives you are familiar with connect back to our infographic. 


  • The Transform 216 School of Urban Church Planting
  • Leadership Residencies
  • Volunteer Discipleship and Deployment


  • Good Neighbors & Co. (property management)
  • After-School Youth Enrichment and Programming
  • Asset-Based Community Development Efforts


  • Common Threads Thrift
  • Good Neighbors & Co. (property management)
  • Future business ventures


  • The Hope Center
  • In-Home Mentoring
  • After-School Youth Enrichment and Programming


A vibrant Church in the city, sharing the hope of Christ with all people.


Core Values · Building Hope in the City from Brian Upton on Vimeo.

ABIDING WITH JESUS – We exist to share the unfailing hope of Christ with our city.  We believe all people – regardless of background, economic status, race, culture or denomination – can find hope in Jesus, who restores all of our brokenness.  Apart from Him, we can do nothing, and we follow closely after His teachings and example for our work.

COLLABORATING WITH PURPOSE – We believe the Church has a significant role to play in solving the issues of our city.  We pursue partnerships with intentionality, focusing on meaningful ways to unite faith leaders as valued contributors to addressing urban challenges and believe collaboration yields the best long-term results.  Partnerships across industries, denominations, cultures and backgrounds are powerful, exciting and beautiful.

INNOVATING WITH RISK – At BHITC, we pilot new approaches to faith-inspired ministry.  We have no fear of failure, knowing efforts that dare to share Christ and give witness to Him always produce new growth and opportunities.  We invest resources in exploring innovative means to effectively build real and meaningful relationships where people are free to become all they were created to be.

NOURISHING WITH COMPASSION – Relationships rule at BHITC.  We’re passionate about investing in people, generously offering the gifts of know-how, training and friendship, and through it, we learn more than we give away.  We press on to see the city restored to God, generation after generation, and to see hearts and lives transformed.

REJOICING WITH PERSEVERANCE – Ministry in the city is a marathon, not a sprint.  We celebrate what God is doing and believe successes are meant to be shared.  Resiliency, commitment and a love for our city are essential as we journey with and honor others who are being renewed, just as we are.  Making room for joy, prayer and honest dialog creates space in our efforts for God to give us His perspective in all things and to proclaim His name.