Hamlets of Hope [HoH] believes the congregational church is well positioned to be a catalyst of spiritual, economic, and cultural transformation that leads to a renewed reality and the creation of the Beloved Shalom Community.
In order to do this requires a shift in our understanding of what the disciple’s role is. The mission of Hamlets of Hope is to cultivate “a ministry doing mindset” among the faith community ---- moving People of Faith from Pew and Pulpit, to the Pavement to serve thereby creating a balance in hearing and doing the Word of God.
This strategy seeks to grow members into disciples who embrace and carry out the believer’s charge to serve the least, the lost, and the left out. In this way, disciples fulfill The Great Commission which calls believers to be Salt and Light--witnessing and serving communities throughout the world.
HoH is part of Cheryl Cook's dissertation project at Wesley Theological Seminary's Doctorate in Ministry program-Urban Ministry Track. As such, the effort is in its formative stage and is being piloted at six faith institutions in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. It is the goal of HoH to establish faith Hamlets internationally focused on being Christ to the world, neighborhood, and community.
As an HoH pilot site, your faith family will join a Community of Ministerial Practice [COMP] in covenant relationship to work towards the creation of Shalom communities of Faith, Mission, and Ministry. If you and the members of your faith institution wrestle with how to re-energize your ministry, engage disciples and the community in a shared vision and faith in action that leads to renewal, restoration and reconciliation---we welcome the opportunity to meet with you and key lay/community leaders to further discuss this initiative and your faith community’s involvement as a partner.