New Hope Church recognizes that saturating growing urban populations with gospel-centered church planting movements has become one of the most effective means of cultural engagement and renewal. More importantly, scripture backs up this model and the statistics are very motivating as we continue to move ahead with an emphasis on church planting. These plans currently involve Gospel Life Church in the Minneapolis neighborhood of Marcy-Holmes as well as globally with a church plant partnership in the Czech Republic through Kostel Jinak.
Marcy-Holmes is the oldest neighborhood in Minneapolis. It’s situated as a gateway into the University District, downtown, Northeast and many other dynamic areas of our city. With a 50 percent population increase over last five years, Marcy-Holmes is uniquely positioned to continue a strong growth rate. The vibe here is energetic and vibrant. In addition, there are a lot of spiritually-interested people working, going to school and raising families in this area. Unfortunately, there are very few churches.
Pastor Jeremy Deck is passionate about serving alongside the people in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. “My family and I love this community and I’m excited about what I see God doing here. One of the really attractive things about planting a church in this densely urban area is how walkable it is. Imagine a church family living largely within walking, biking or a short drive to their church home.”
Status & Start-up
A Gospel Life Church launch team of about 25 people has been meeting since October 2016. In January, they began meeting intentionally right in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood for prayer, training and vision casting. April is set for a “soft launch” phase with relationally-driven events and worship gatherings. The aim is to fully launch the church plant in September.
Pray. Ask God to bring renewed life to Gospel Life Church team members, non-believers and the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood. Pray that the Spirit of God draws people to Jesus Christ. And pray that the launch team is humble, thoughtful, winsome and bold.
Advocate. If you know anyone who lives in or around Marcy-Holmes and may be interested learning more about the Gospel Life church plant, connect them with Pastor Jeremy Deck or someone on the launch team.
Join. Check out a launch team meeting and one of the upcoming community events. Consider if God is leading you to connect with the vision, mission and the people in this community.