Discovering Hope in Congregations and Communities
Discerning the next, most faithful, step in a changing world
Houses of Hope is a place for people who are actively seeking transformation in themselves, their congregation, and their community.
How It Works
Frequently Asked Questions
While there is no financial cost, as this project is graciously funded by the Lilly Endowment, there are time and energy commitments.
Yes! Every group will have a Guide who will check in regularly, will participate in your group’s meetings, will be available weekly to answer questions, and will keep the conversation and work moving forward.
Attendance and participation by every member of the Core Team is essential. Each meeting, and the assignments for work to be done between meetings, builds from the conversations and work done before. While it is very important to proceed through the discernment path in a timely manner, it is more important that meeting times be chosen so that everyone can attend.
At the conclusion of the Discernment Pathway, you will decide whether to move on into the year-long Building Hope process. Building Hope guides you into personal, congregational, and community-based practices of gratitude and forgiveness that lead to hope in action.
Your congregation will discern how to live out hope just as you discern the other priorities, programs, and ministries of the church. We believe you will be different and different possibilities will emerge. This may be a new ministry, using your physical space in new ways to meet the needs of your community, partnerships with organizations outside your congregation, or letting go of things that don’t hold hope. Houses of Hope Guides will offer their networks and connections as we continue to accompany you in building hope.