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The Hopewell Network of Churches traces its history to the founding and rapid growth of Hopewell Mennonite Church in Elverson, Pennsylvania, in the 1970s and early 1980s. During the 1980s, Hopewell, part of the Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference, began to plant additional churches during the charismatic outpouring. Within nine years the congregation planted 10 churches. This group of churches began to work together as a district within the Atlantic Coast Conference. Soon the daughter churches began to plant churches, and the fellowship grew even larger.

The Hopewell churches moved toward a more hierarchical, apostolic approach to church governance. While appreciating and holding onto many of the values of Anabaptism, the network become more interdenominational in its vision. It left the Mennonite Church (MC) in 2001 and became the Hopewell Network of Churches.

In 2010 the network consisted of 16 churches in the United States, with an approximate membership of 2,015. Most of these churches were located on the East Coast. Hopewell had established networks in Kenya, Haiti, and Mexico. The membership of these overseas churches was approximately 1,500 in 2010. These churches were also sending missionaries and short-term mission workers elsewhere in the world.

The network’s stated purpose (2010) is: "We are a fellowship of churches empowered by the Holy Spirit to advance Christ’s Kingdom by preparing leaders for ministry and mission. The purpose of the Hopewell Network is to create caring communities of dynamic Spirit-led worship, teaching, and evangelism with Elder Team leadership and small group discipleship based around common network values."

The network lists its affiliation as interdenominational. It’s periodical, Streams, began in 2006, and is issued three times yearly.

The following congregations were members of the Hopewell Network of Churches in 2010:

Congregation City State
ACTS Covenant Fellowship Lancaster Pennsylvania
Good Shepherd Community Church Reamstown Pennsylvania
Grace Christian Fellowship Oxford New Jersey
Hope of the Nations Christian Center Reading Pennsylvania
Hopewell Christian Fellowship Elverson Pennsylvania
Hopewell Christian Fellowship Telford Pennsylvania
Hopewell Community Church--Pottstown Pottstown Pennsylvania
Immanuel Christian Fellowship Manheim Pennsylvania
Kingdom Life Ministries Hesston Kansas
Living Hope Fellowship Forksville Pennsylvania
Living Truth Fellowship Christiana Pennsylvania
Love Christian Fellowship Birdsboro Pennsylvania
Petra Christian Fellowship New Holland Pennsylvania
Rockville Fellowship Belleville Pennsylvania
Spring City Fellowship Spring City Pennsylvania
Tierra Prometida Gaithersburg Maryland

Contents

[edit] Bibliography

Anabaptist (Mennonite) Directory 2011. Harrisonburg, VA: The Sword and Trumpet, 2011: 62-63.

[edit] Additional Information

Address: 565 Airport Road, New Holland, Pennsylvania 17557

Phone: 717-354-5394

Website: Hopewell Network of Churches

[edit] Maps

Map:Hopewell Network of Church - Head Office


Author(s) Lester Zimmerman
Date Published April 2012


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Zimmerman, Lester. "Hopewell Network of Churches." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2012. Web. 26 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hopewell_Network_of_Churches&oldid=82229.

APA style

Zimmerman, Lester. (April 2012). Hopewell Network of Churches. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hopewell_Network_of_Churches&oldid=82229.




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