Welcome to KINGDOM EXPANSION MINISTRY AT HOPE
Kingdom Expansion Ministry at Hope is responsible for:
- The development, launch and support of Hope satellites, including:
Hope Ankeny, Hope Des Moines, Hope Johnston-Grimes and Hope Waukee.
- The research, prayer, and visioning for future satellites and partnerships.
- The development of future leaders through internships at Hope.
For more information on a specific Hope satellite, please contact that satellite director or pastor. For information regarding internships or general Kingdom Expansion Ministry, please contact 515-222-1520.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kingdom Expansion
Why does Hope start satellite congregations?
We believe that this is part of God’s vision for Hope as a congregation. Starting worshiping communities in areas outside of West Des Moines has been part of the vision of Hope for over ten years for the following reasons:
- God desires for all people to come to a saving knowledge of Him (2 Peter 3:9).
- Thousands of people live in and around the Des Moines area who have no church home and/or have no relationship with Jesus Christ.
- We believe in a Body of Christ image, rather than a geographical one, when it comes to the Church; understanding that the gifts, strengths, and vision of one congregation (Lutheran or non-Lutheran) could make a connection to someone who lives right next door to an individual who might be reached by another congregation.
- The mission of Lutheran Church of Hope is to Reach out to the World Around us and Share the everlasting love of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:18-20)
- God has uniquely gifted Hope to be a relevant and spirited community for many new believers. We have no reason to believe this cannot continue as a strength of the Hope congregation.
- Hundreds of Hope attenders feel called to help develop new and contextual worshiping communities nearer where they live so that they can invite friends, family and co-workers to a place of worship, fellowship, and service.
For these reasons, Lutheran Church of Hope is committed to equip and empower missionary leaders to develop and launch satellite congregations and ministries in Des Moines and central Iowa over the next several years.
What’s the difference between a satellite and a new church or “church plant?”
Hope’s satellites are considered “one church, multiple locations,” meaning that they carry out the mission, vision and values of Lutheran Church of Hope under Hope’s governing structure. Satellites are different than “church plants” in that, unless a satellite congregation desired to be independent of Hope’s structure and support, they will remain part of Hope’s Kingdom Expansion Ministry and part of the Lutheran Church of Hope congregation.
Some of the features of a “satellite” include shared resources such as preaching (via video or rotating preaching staff), close partnering in ministry areas, and the fact that a main site (in our case, Hope West Des Moines) is still the hub for major elements of business and authority/accountability. Satellite directors/pastors report to the Kingdom Expansion Pastor at Hope (sometimes called a multi-site director in the satellite church world).
What satellites does Hope already have?
- Lutheran Church of Hope Ankeny, launched in April 2006. hopeankeny.org. Pastor Scott Rains serves as Hope Ankeny Campus Pastor.
- Lutheran Church of Hope Des Moines, launched in 2008. hopedesmoines.org. Pastor Jon Anenson serves as Hope Des Moines Campus Pastor.
- Lutheran Church of Hope Johnston-Grimes, launched in September 2011. hopejohnston-grimes.org. Pastor Eric Voelker serves as Hope Johnston-Grimes Campus Pastor.
- Lutheran Church of Hope Waukee launched in October 2014. hopewaukee.org. Pastor Pat Quaid serves as Hope Waukee Campus Pastor
How does Hope decide when to plan another satellite?
Hope will continue to start satellites for the same reason Christians have reached out to areas of the world with global missions and church planting since the book of Acts. We prayerfully ask ourselves the question: “Are there still people who do not know the freedom and life offered in Jesus living in an area that Hope could uniquely reach with a new worshiping community and with transformed believers building relationships close to home?”
If the answer is “yes,” then it’s time to begin prayerfully discerning if Hope is in a position to consider another satellite. Budget, personnel, other ministry areas’ work, and prayer are all considered before we move forward, but the major question is one of mission.
How does Hope decide where another satellite might reach people?
The process of discernment is an important one and begins with months of work by a prayer, research, discernment and strategy team made up of members and regular attenders representing a wide variety of gifts, interests, and professional experience. This team is empowered by the Hope Council and led by Hope pastors. Each time Hope considers another satellite, a team is convened (with different people each time) and spends months in research, prayer and discernment. The team’s purpose and scope is to discern general location, general target population (if any) and basic leadership strategy for another satellite.
Members of this team come objectively to the table; most will not even be involved in the next satellite. Their commonality is that they believe that Hope’s mission is primarily outside of its walls in West Des Moines. Former team members often express how they were forced to lay down any personal agendas, preconceived notions, and personal biases very quickly to serve as discerners for the whole congregation. Common sense and statistics tell us that the most effective conversations and research in discernment about where to plant a new worshiping community are with those who do not have a church home, rather than with those that do. So, much of our time is spent in potential target areas going where the Church isn’t already.
Time is spent doing the following:
- Researching those that have no church home, both objectively (statistics, maps, and observation) and subjectively (building relationships, having conversations, spending time in different areas of Des Moines)
- Prayer (walks, drives, assignments, groups etc.)
- Discernment, Processing and Discussion
- Conversation with Hope’s larger church body (The ELCA)
- Conversation with congregations that might be major partners
What happens after these teams decide on a potential area?
We believe that the healthiest model for satellite planting through Hope at this time is one where a “critical mass” of members/attenders from Hope West Des Moines, Ankeny, Johnston-Grimes, and Des Moines commit to being part of a launch group that helps form the foundation of the satellite. Individuals hear the potential vision for the satellite, pray, and have the opportunity to decide if God is calling them to participate in such a mission. Most of these people live in or have a heart to reach the area the vision/research/prayer team proposes. This group is asked to commit to worship, serve, and do the work necessary to start the satellite for approximately its first year.
Because this foundational group is so critical, we consider it part of the discernment process. So, before Hope even “goes public” with a proposed satellite, we hold Interest Meetings to share the vision and determine if there are enough people who feel called to participate in that vision.
If Interest Meetings show that God is raising up enough people to form the foundation of the satellite, we move forward with selecting leaders and building teams to prepare for a new community. At this time we begin more serious conversations in the area to learn from others about what it would mean for Hope to move forward.
Who leads the satellites?
Because the best system for launching satellites at Hope is still developing, each satellite has had a different story regarding leadership. Ultimately, though, each satellite has a dedicated leader (“Pastor” if ordained clergy, “Director” if not-ordained) and then adds staff as its ministry expands.