What denomination is Hope?

We are a non-denominational church, which means we are not formally aligned with an established denomination and are completely autonomous. The governing leadership of this church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is vested in the Elder Board, whose authority is derived from the body of believers who compose this church.

We have the privilege of affiliating and financially partnering with numerous faith-based organizations who also practice the great commission as outlined in Matthew 28:18-20.

Willow Creek Association
Campus Crusade for Christ International
Southern Baptist Convention and the North Carolina State Baptist Convention
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

What are your office hours?

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 1-5 p.m.

Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Garner (Offices at Raleigh campus):
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

What should I wear to weekend worship services?

Casual dress is the norm at Hope, but we encourage you to come as you are in whatever makes you comfortable.

What type of music do you play?

Our worship style is contemporary. Click here for recent examples of worship at Hope.

Do you offer a Wednesday night service?

While we do not offer a Wednesday night worship service, many of our classes and small groups meet during the week. We encourage you to check them out and get plugged in!

Does Hope practice infant baptism?

Since the Bible clearly states that baptism is an outward symbol that a person has entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ, we do not baptize infants as they are not capable of making the decision to follow Christ. We do, however, offer dedication services for parents to publicly profess their commitment to raise their children in a Christ-centered home with intentional, spiritual discipleship. Please contact KidCity to learn more about child dedication.

Jesus clearly commands us to profess our faith in him through baptism (Acts 22:16). If you have a relationship with Christ but have never been baptized, click here.

Is it difficult to develop relationships at Hope since it’s such a large church?

Most people say Hope is as big or as small as you make it. If you desire to develop relationships with others and get plugged in, it’s as simple as joining a small group or committing to serve as a weekend volunteer.

What is the significance of communion and how often do you take communion as a congregation?

We take communion because God commands us to (Luke 22:19). The Bible also makes it very clear that if you’re not a believer or if you are a Christian living in rebellion you should not take communion.
Because of this, we offer communion once each month after services to all of those ready and willing to participate. We also encourage small groups to take communion together.

Is there a reason that you do not pass offering plates during weekend services? Where can I place my offering?

We never want you to give out of obligation. God delights in cheerful giving so it’s important not to create an environment where people give under pressure. Instead, we have offering boxes in the atrium next to the auditorium doors for our guests to place their offerings.

What is your policy on children in worship?

We recognize that a church service designed for adults is challenging for children to quietly sit through. Because we love kids and want the hour they spend in church each weekend to be the best hour of their week, we’ve designed services and experiences to uniquely meet their needs in KidCity.

Does Hope offer Sunday School classes?

With the amount of people attending Hope there is simply not enough facility space to hold Sunday school classes each weekend. Because of this, we have a thriving small group ministry and classes throughout the year  we encourage you to participate in.

Why does Hope have video teaching?

The short answer is so we can reach more people. By using video technology, we can keep the message consistent and add locations as necessary without having to hire more staff or build more buildings. Video teaching is sustainable and scalable.