Hope Network Ministries

Mentoring Leaders. Guiding Churches.

What We Do Hope Network Ministries provides mentoring to church leaders and guidance to church leadership groups across the United States through eleven experienced ministers (Mentoring Partners) working individually or collaboratively. How We Do It Hope Network Ministries Mentoring Partners connect relationally with ministers and church leaders needing mentoring or guidance using phone conversations, GoToMeeting video conferencing or personal visits. We strive to understand the contextual nuances as we walk alongside the minister or church, aiming to build capacity for the minister or church to continue with less and less contact overtime. Why We Do It Hope Network understands the difficulties and pressures associated with doing ministry in today’s chaotic, broken, and pluralistic world. Those who choose ministry choose a lifestyle full of emotional strain and spiritual stress. Serving others can be difficult and having someone near who understands and can provide perspective and wisdom can help keep ministers from burning out and leaving ministry altogether. For church leadership groups, experienced ministers from outside the “system” can help those groups gain perspective on their service and provide helpful guidance through new territory as well as movement away from unhealthy patterns.

Work in God’s Kingdom does not usually come with clearly defined, easy, straight paths. There are twists and turns and dead-ends and confusing trails that sometimes just lead back to where problems began. As an individual or an organization, it is helpful and comforting to have a trusted team of Christian leaders who have been through trials before and helped others find the right direction through the challenges. Hope Network uniquely brings the experience, knowledge and tools that help provide guidance towards effective work in God’s ministry. They know that sometimes the right path may mean going back and retracing steps to get back on the track to progress. Hope Network Mentoring Partners walk alongside church leaders in authentic, supportive relationships to provide encouragement, direction and safe people who will listen deeply and without judgment. We know leaders in today's churches need to hear the compassionate voices of those who understand the trenches of ministry. We also know that leaders occasionally need healthy admonishment. Mentoring means relationally providing proven practices and processes that improve leaders as they serve selflessly, to the glory of God. Hope Network Mentoring Partners listen deeply to gain awareness and understanding of group leadership contexts in order to supply sound counsel, assess group dynamics, lend support in times of crisis, or even rebuke when personalities clash or the system is stuck. We help leadership groups engage in crucial conversations that address whatever is blocking the church's path forward. We also make it a point to engage with church leadership in such a way as to develop leadership capacity that depends on God and not us.

It's Time to Encourage!

"Drooping hands and weak knees"--That's how an ancient preacher described some of his people who were exhausted and in need of endurance. What if, his description applies to church leaders as well? The time is now to encourage our church leaders.

Message from Grady - It's Friday....Sunday is comin' Most of us are ready to get back to "church!" What are we learning in this COVID-19 storm that moves us beyond the "get back" only mentality? It's one thing to get back to "church" and quite another to have learned what really matters and adapt out of a sense of mission, not maintenance.

Here's three minutes to consider. Be encouraged! Onward!


webinar 5 28 2020 Rural Ministry w Grady King Warren Baldwin and Jake Perkins prproj

Catch our webinar replay here about the challenges and opportunities for rural churches during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hosted by Grady King with guests, Jake Perkins and Warren Baldwin.

During COVID-19 rural churches can and do minister well in the community. Rural churches have so much going for them because: 1. They are family. 2. They are...


5 26 2020 Webinar w/ Shannon Rains and Josh Kingcade about a plan to reconvene in church building

Catch a replay of our webinar today with Shannon Rains and Josh Kingcade to discuss how Memorial Road Church of Christ is planning to reconvene church starting May 31 and the "kid aware" service they will initiate. Their published plan is linked in the comments of the video. You'll be glad you listened!

The reality of churches reconvening in their buildings is here. Shannon Rains and Josh Kingcade discuss how the Memorial Road Church of Christ has planned to...


Your Church and Covid-19 Recovery Webinar 4 May 12 2020

Webinar Replay: Tim Woodroof discusses Your Church and COVID-19 Recovery with host, Great Lakes Bible College. https://vimeo.com/418913583/760c1fec37

This is "Your Church and Covid-19 Recovery Webinar 4 May 12 2020" by GLBC on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

In light of the announcement today about houses of worship reopening, you may want to gauge your congregation's anxiety about doing so. We have created a survey that you may use for free to see what your congregants are thinking.


Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Worship with the Whole Church: Shaping Congregational Worship to Worship with Children. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

For Tuesday's webinar, we will have a discussion led by Shannon Rains and guest, Josh Kingcade, Education Minister at the 2,000 member Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, OK. Josh will discuss their reopening plan including an intergenerational and “kid-aware” family worship service

Register in advance for this webinar:

Webinar, Tuesday, May 26, 10 am (Central time)

Please share this invitation with those who may find it helpful.

us02web.zoom.us As churches embrace intergenerational worship, how might pulpit ministers and worship leaders shape the service in such a way as to embrace children and call them into worship.


Intergenerational worship ideas for preaching ministers

Preaching Ministers - If you missed our webinar today with Shannon Rains, Jeff Cary, and Jim Martin about ideas for preachers to enhance intergenerational worship at your church, then you will want to catch the replay. They have some very helpful ideas for preaching ministers, and it is time well spent.

Replay of 05.19.2020 zoom webinar with Shannon Rains, Jeff Cary and Jim Martin with ideas for preaching ministers to intentionally include all ages (includin...


Co-hosted by Mission Resource Network & Hope Network

Dates: Main Sessions: June 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd 24th, 25th, from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm (CDT)

Plus, two important 90-minutes Follow-Up Session, which are a part of your training: July 7th and 21st, 8:30 am – 10:00 am (CDT)

Online Using Zoom
Cost: $549.00 /person (registration closes June the 8th) Limited to 12 participants
For more information, contact Jay Jarboe at [email protected]

Register online at: https://www.gripbirkman.com/events/

Reminder about our webinar tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19 at 10am (Central time) featuring Jeff Cary and Jim Martin. Hosted by Shannon Rains. We will discuss creative ideas for preaching ministers to incorporate intentional methods to appeal to every generation - including children.
Register here https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4i4JbUMGRRu9ks_O8GzhAA
Note: if you registered for the meeting series last week, you do not need to register again.

Rural churches make a difference. I am collaborating with Jake Perkins, Canadian TX and Warren Baldwin, Ulysses, KS to host a webinar sponsored by OC Church Resources and HOPE Network on May 28 at 10am (Central time) about rural ministry. Ironically, during COVID-19 rural churches can and do minister well in the community.

5 Great Attractions to Rural and Small-Town Churches
According to Thom Rainer, from his podcast, Revitalize and Replant, "beginning in 2013, the decline rate in rural areas began to decrease. In 2017, not only did the decline rate decrease but those arriving in rural and small towns exceeded those exiting." Because of this trend, rural churches can be vibrant, endure, and mission-oriented.
Here's why:
1. They are family.
2. They are often integral parts of the community.
3. They can be agile.
4. They are often volunteer-centric.
5. They can be tenacious.

What an opportunity! Register here for the May 28th webinar:

If you are in a rural ministry context and want more information about the webinar, email me: [email protected] or [email protected].


Survey of Members’ Thoughts on Meeting Together :: HOPE Network Ministries

As the restrictions on social gatherings begin to ease, churches are faced with the task of determining when and how to resume their public worship services.

To that end, HOPE Network has partnered with ACU to develop a survey that we hope church leaders will find helpful as they gauge the fear and anxiety levels of their members. It is an attempt to help congregational leaders listen better.

You can either download the survey as a PDF or you can register to have your congregation take this free survey online.

Again, we invite you to go to our website and explore a range of resources we’ve recommended to help in these difficult times.

We exist to serve you and your congregation. Our hopes and prayers are with you.

HOPE Network / Interim Ministry Partners


hopenetworkministries.org As congregational leaders, we can meet on a video conference and make decisions about the first gatherings of our churches in a post-COVID-19 world. But why not listen to our people as we prepare … to see what they’re thinking … to gauge their levels of fear and anxiety … to know how they wi...


How to embrace intergenerational Worship and call all ages into meaningful worship

For video link to our webinar today about including all ages into the worship experience click here https://youtu.be/1j9HFumdOOE

As churches re-open and embrace intergenerational worship since children's ministry can't open yet, how might worship leaders shape the service in such a way...

Some resources for churches and leaders during this chaotic time.

Preaching Ministers, Worship Ministers, Youth Ministers, and Children's Ministers are invited to our webinars. As churches re-open and embrace intergenerational worship since children's ministry can't open yet, how might worship leaders shape the service in such a way as to embrace children and call them into worship, and how might pulpit ministers speak to every generation.

Register in advance for these webinars:

May 12:
Worship with the Whole Church: Shaping Congregational Worship to Worship with Children

As churches embrace intergenerational worship, how might worship leaders shape the service in such a way as to embrace children and call them into worship. This husband and wife team will lead us in a fascinating conversation.

Brett Morris, Worship Minister, North Davis Church of Christ
Summer Morris, Children’s Minister, North Davis Church of Christ

May 19th:
Preaching for the Whole Church: Shaping Congregational Worship to Worship with Children

Preaching is already challenging but now, more than ever, pulpit ministers need to prepare sermons that speak to every generation by including them, challenging them, and encouraging them. This might be a new territory for many preachers. This conversation will inspire the imagination for preaching that engages children.

Jeff Cary, Dean of the Smith College of Biblical Studies at Lubbock Christian University, and the Preaching Minister at Idalou Church of Christ

Jim Martin, Vice President Harding School of Theology, Memphis

May 26th:
Children’s Ministry Special Topics

This call will address special topics that children’s ministers are facing, many of which are time-sensitive. Submit topic requests to [email protected].
#kidmin #childrensministry

Link to a replay of our webinar yesterday regarding Children's Ministry: Social Distancing and Inter-generational Ministry

Dear Children's Ministry Community, please join our Zoom call on Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00am CST as our experts discuss Best Practices for Reopening Children's Ministry at your church building.

The call will be led by Dr. Shannon Rains, Assistant Professor of Children's Ministry at Lubbock Christian University, and Dr. Debbie Zancanaro, a pediatrician with 35 years experience, and a volunteer in Children's Ministry at her church.

***Please email [email protected] with your name and email address by Monday at noon CST (4/27) and you will receive an email with the Zoom link and password by Monday evening.***

Please share with members of your faith community who may benefit from this information.

We hope to see you on Zoom, but if you cannot join us on Tuesday, we are planning to record the session and post it on YouTube. The link will be shared on this page.


First Sundays Back :: HOPE Network Ministries

We at Hope Network Ministries and Interim Ministry Partners hope you are well and safe...and staying sane during this difficult time.

We’ve been working on some resources for church leaders (both formal and informal) during the COVID-19 pandemic that we hope will interest you.

We invite you to go to our website and explore. The first article we would point you to in our "COVID-19: The Path Forward" series is: “First Sundays Back”—an article about some of the challenges and opportunities facing God’s people as they contemplate gathering again for worship and fellowship.

We hope you find these resources helpful and we encourage you to share our "COVID-19: The Path Forward" articles with anyone you think would benefit from them.

We exist to serve you and your congregation. Our hopes and prayers are with you.

hopenetworkministries.org The day will come when restrictions on gatherings will ease, people will emerge from their homes, and life will lurch back to normal once more. That means congregations can start to assemble again.

[04/20/20]   "People don't resist change, they resist loss." Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing the Mountains: Leadership in Uncharted Territory.

This is a great insight. As change is forced upon us by COVID-19, we are more able to see what is essential and that which we wouldn't change was, in effect the fear of loss. This is good to acknowledge and see the gifts we have been given for being church post-COVID. Of course, there will always be something. It's life. Change is life.

[04/09/20]   5 Great Attractions to Rural and Small Town Churches

According to Thom Rainer, from his podcast, Revitalize and Replant, beginning in 2013, the decline rate in rural areas began to decrease. In 2017, not only did the decline rate decrease but those arriving in rural and small towns exceeded those exiting. Here's why:

1. They are family.
2. They are often integral parts of the community.
3. They can be agile.
4. They are often volunteer-centric.
5. They can be tenacious.

What an opportunity!

HOPE Network and OC Church Resources will host a Rural Ministry Webinar in October with ministers in rural churches that are flourishing. Stay tuned.


COVID-19 Resources :: HOPE Network Ministries

A few resources to share as needed during this COVID-19 crisis. The Chinese symbol for CRISIS comes from two symbols..One for DANGER and the other, OPPORTUNITY. Many churches and believers are experiencing both.


hopenetworkministries.org In these unprecedented times, HOPE Network wants to be helpful to you as a church leader. This page addresses two areas that likely require your attention:


The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

An insightful and timely work about TRAUMA given our current crisis.

amazon.com #1 New York Times bestseller“Essential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.” —Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress StudiesA pioneering researcher transforms our underst...


Churches of Christ and coronavirus: giving

For Church Leaders. Thanks to Bobby Ross for keeping us in the loop for helpful information and resources.


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Area churches cancel in-person gatherings over COVID-19 concerns

One of our HOPE Network partners, Greg Anderson is the lead minister for the A&M Church of Christ. His comments about the church are a good reminder. https://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Area-churches-cancel-in-person-gatherings-over-COVID-19-concerns-568905951.html?fbclid=IwAR062hRveDFthJcPKJFjZxSetLJAzVr3KyHC0_armJ5PyQgx76jOlYRQfhc

kbtx.com Churches across denominational lines are making plans to live stream services to Bible studies.


Agility is not optional for leaders and churches who will thrive in the future. COVID-19 has forced us to a posture of agility—like it or not. The pace of change is exponential. Being nimble, able to adapt quickly and easily is at the heart of kingdom living. Those of us who work with leaders and churches have been talking about agility in a variety of ways for a number of years. Here are some of them:

1. Vision matters
Clarify what is most important for decision making.
2. Eliminate debt
Create an emergency fund to help people.
3. Focus on discipleship
Call people to go deeper with others in the Christ life.
4. Equip the church to be the church rather than dependency on “the building.”: Commit to appropriately sized small groups for worship, shepherding and witness.
5. Turn Outward to the Community: Challenge the church to think and act in gospel focused, loving neighbor ways

COVID-19 has exposed our over-dependency on building centric activities. It is refreshing to see how responsible, discerning, creative, and flexible churches have been in staying connected and helping people. As my friend, Dan says, “We are now experiencing non-incarnational church.” Pray for leaders—faith, wisdom, discernment and ministry.

The societal implications of the virus are innumerable: increased anxiety, depression, loss of jobs, and financial devastation. No doubt, the changing rhythms of Christian community are yet to be seen. Yet, new opportunities have emerged to minister, be inclusive and engage in caring for others. There are stories of people reaching out to the vulnerable and high-risk people even in their own neighborhood. Prayers for those in the medical community and putting their health at risk matters--thank God for them.

God is faithful. Agility is essential.

But then, a cursory reading of Scripture reminds us that God has always been faithful and called his people to be agile. These days are a sobering reminder of what really matters for those of us who claim that JESUS IS LORD and are filled with the Spirit!

Hold to Christ!
Be flexible!
Serve others!
Pray always!

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