Jennifer and I are excited to announce that in early 2015 we will be launching Hope City in Houston, Texas. Our first vision night is on July 15 at 7:30 pm. It will be held at the historic 1940 Air Terminal Museum at 8325 Travelair Street, Houston, TX 77061. You can RSVP here or visit yourhopecity.com. This isn’t a church service. It’s not our launch. It’s simply a chance to have some fun, meet people, and hang out in a cool spot in Houston. Jennifer and I will share our hearts for the future of Hope City and how you can be a part.
In 2009, Jennifer and I drove into Houston, Texas and knew that we were home. In March of 2010, under the leadership of Grace Church of Humble, we started the429. It began as a ministry focusing primarily on 20s and 30s. In three years, the429 morphed into a church that experienced a weekly attendance of more than 1,500. We have seen thousands of people come through the doors and receive the complete and life-changing love of Jesus Christ. In 2013 alone, there were more than 500 baptisms and over 1,000 people gave their lives to Jesus. The incredible work at the429 still continues to celebrate stories of life change.
Early this year, we passed the torch on at the429 and have embarked on a new journey to plant another life-giving church in the Greater Houston area in 2015. According to a recent Rice University study, not only has Houston surpassed New York City as the most international city in our country but it is also growing by more than 2,000 people per week. This astonishing rate of growth has been consistent for more than a decade and shows no signs of stopping. That’s one mega-church per week moving in to the city.
Houston’s needs are great. It is considered the epicenter of human trafficking in the United States. The I-10 corridor is the most heavily traveled thoroughfare for traffickers and victims of international human trafficking. Hundreds of “massage parlors” exist in the greater Houston area. Many of them are filled with illegally trafficked women and children. With nearly 6.3 million people in the Greater Houston area it is one of the most massive mission fields in the world.
Our hearts are turned towards this city and its people. We’ve already seen God do awesome things here and we believe that was just the beginning. Hope City will be a thriving church that not only teaches the eternal truths of the Word of God, but also mobilizes individuals and families to live them out every day. We want to give people the opportunity to find the life-altering love of Jesus Christ. We believe that this church will impact generations of believers and ignite them to spread the hope of Jesus like wildfire. We will see countless thousands finding their destinies by equipping, empowering, and releasing them to fulfill their God-given passions. Hope City will be a haven for the broken and the lonely that have been overlooked, lost, and forgotten. From the starving artists to the booming business professionals we all come together under the banner of hope in Jesus.
Hope City will create a Christ-centered culture of worship with the heart-pounding, eclectic sound of funk, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. We want to touch Heaven and shake the Earth.
We see a church filled with people who are loving God, loving people, and changing the world.