It's about community
Community is at the heart of the Hope Center. And, at the heart of the community
are people of faith living lives committed to personal transformation and service.
We'll begin with that group, then add a mix of other folks including the working poor, persons on fixed incomes, persons in transition, pilgrims, and interns. All will live under one roof, share a common kitchen, contribute according to their means, be responsible to and for one another and tend to the community's assets.
There are all sorts of intentional communities. The one we have in mind is a 21st Century version of the early Christian Church - a group of committed people who come together each day to pray, share a meal, bear one another's burdens, and go out in service.
The community will express itself through the operation of a Spiritual Center, a Center for Peace & Justice, a café, a shop, cottage industries and other activities which reflect Ecclesia's call to serve homeless and other marginalized women, children, and men in the City of Newburgh.
Everyone at Hope will:
- Help plan, organize and run the community’s work;
- Contribute to the financial well-being of the community according to her/his means;
- Share responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the property;
- Share dinner together;
- Participate in weekly house meetings where we review our mission statement and discuss issues pertaining to the welfare of the Hope Center.
In addition, a core group of members will live a life of prayer and ministry as they continue the work of Jesus (Luke 4:18-19). That means:
- Embracing Micah 6:8, Matthew 22:35-40, and the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-7:27);
- Praying together each morning before going off to work at secular jobs or in ministry;
- Supporting and encouraging one another on the
journey to becoming fully alive human beings;
- Preaching the Gospel with actions more than words.
Room with a view
Maybe you've read all of this and wondered if this intentional community "thing" might be for you. Or, maybe someone you know came to mind.
This is a heavy lift, a counter- cultural kind of thing. But, it can happen. In fact, it happens all the time. Folks realize that they've been sold a bill of goods, that the "good life" isn't all that good, that something is missing, that getting connected with a tender, loving, Creator God would be a swell thing to do and that it would be sweller if you did it in community and got to keep your day job and do ministry too . . .
If any of this resonates with you, drop us a line - firstname.lastname@example.org - or give Steve a call at 845-527-0405 and explore . . .
Almost but no cigar!
There's more to community than living together, you know!
You may feel the call and can't do it. You've got a job, a house, family and other "stuff" of life that make it impractical or impossible for you to drop everything and move to the Burgh with Amy and Larry and Joe and Ruth and Steve.
We get it! Click here to learn how you can be a nonresident resident.