We connect everything to a soul.
Everything we do is done with the purpose of touching hearts and transforming lives. If something we are doing is not connected to a soul and merely just an end in itself—it’s just another activity or sport—and it really is touching no one. We believe that every action, and every purpose, has the potential to transform lives. Imagine what God can do when the church puts purpose behind every action!
We do church as a team.
Everyone is a 10 somewhere—and that includes you! We cannot do church alone, nor did God intend for us to do church alone. God has given each person unique gifts, talents, and passions that He wants to use to transform the world. When each of us is operating in our gifts, and we do it together, there’s just about nothing that’s impossible for us. Doing church as a team means that we are fully committed to helping every single person find their place of greatest contribution so that he or she may find and fulfill their God-given calling.
We are gracious in all our dealings.
Life happens. What matters most is not what we do to respond, but rather how we respond. At New Hope, we choose to be gracious in every situation, kind in every interaction, and respectful toward all people. Although we still must direct people to what God says is best, it must not be done in acrimony or anger, for “the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:20). We choose grace.
We support emerging leaders.
God has placed a call on each of us to train up the next generation of leaders. We need to always remind ourselves: It’s not what you have done; but it’s what others will do because of what you have done. We believe in young leaders and give them a chance because God uses people of all ages, young and old, to transform the world.
We are a volunteer-driven church.
God calls each and every person to be an active part in the work He is doing through New Hope Oʻahu. We give back to God of our time and resources because He has given so much to us. Our church will only be as involved, only as devoted, and only as vibrant as the people are.
We listen to and learn from God through doing daily activities.
One of our greatest goals as a church is to develop people who have learned to nourish themselves on God’s Word on a daily basis. As a church, we read through the Bible in a year together using the Life Journal reading plan. Through daily readings, reflection, and journaling using the SOAP (Scripture-Observation-Application-Prayer) method, God will allow you to grow deeper and stronger in your faith. God wants to speak to you through daily devotions. The question is will you let Him?
We do everything heart first.
This simply means to do everything you do with all of your heart. Whether it is in worship, teaching, serving, or cleaning, do it with your heart. We believe that a mind may reach a mind, but it takes a heart to reach a heart. That is one of God’s greatest tools in reaching the lost. It is not our talent or gifts; rather, it is the heart with which we use our talents and gifts.