The Next Era of Building Hope in the City

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New mission statement and program structure better reflect the heart of its ministries

As you might remember, 2018 was Building Hope in the City’s (BHITC) 15th anniversary year. As the organization and its board of directors reflected on those years, adjustments to more clearly reflect the heart of the ministries led to a rewriting of the mission statement and a reframing of the program structure.

The overall goal with the changes is to structure BHITC’s ministries around WHY and HOW the organization does what it does, rather than focusing on the programs themselves. In doing so, the ministries now better align into one cohesive approach to provide the greatest impact for the city and the Body of Christ. The following outlines a high-level explanation of those changes (and you’ll hear plenty more details throughout 2019).

OUR MISSION:
ADVANCE THE GOOD OF THE CITY.
MAGNIFY THE MISSION OF JESUS.
UNLEASH THE CAPABILITY OF UNDERESTIMATED PEOPLE.

Advance the good of the city.
BHITC prays, advocates, labors with and contends for a God-honoring vision of the 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. BHITC is 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 capacity of underestimated people.
Jesus’ heart was for the poor, broken, despised, feared and misunderstood; He raised and empowered leaders from nontraditional and questionable backgrounds. BHITC lives into His passion through initiatives that seek to partner with and develop those who the world undervalues. This 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

Program Restructuring.
The ministries you are so familiar with are now reframed into fewer areas where the Lord’s favor is clearly present to yield greater Kingdom results. There is also overlap and integration between the four areas, demonstrating the multiplied impact of joining forces.

EQUIP CITY MINISTRY LEADERS
Transform 216 and Urban Church Planter Development
Leadership Residencies
Volunteer Discipleship and Deployment

STRENGTHEN NEIGHBORS AND NEIGHBORHOODS
Housing & Community Development
Good Neighbors & Co. (property management)
After-School Education Enrichment

ENGAGE IN BUSINESS VENTURES
Common Threads Thrift
Good Neighbors & Co. (property management)
Future Refugee Technology Venture

PARTNER WITH REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS
The Hope Center
In-Home Mentoring
After-School Education Enrichment

Watch for more information on the new program structure throughout the year ahead.

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