Hope Project 2019 achieved fantastic public engagement levels. A report can be viewed in the right hand column of this webpage.
However, only 74 churches participated financially – which is too low. The project incurred a deficit. By God’s grace, this was covered by August 2019. Two strategic changes have resulted:
To volunteer – contact your pastor to see if your church is connected with the churches in your city. If not – come back here and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, cell number, church and city – and we will connect you with your local ‘Delivery Coordinator’. The Delivery Coordinators ‘fact sheet’ (role description) is here
The Hope Project is seeking to bring an awareness of Christ back to the public square. The plan is to have THREE annual media efforts that represent the wider Christian community, giving profile to Christ and his message of hope and re-educating us all on our nation’s faith-heritage – which all serves to help the Church be known for what it is for, rather than against.
(i) Hope Project Easter – putting Christ back into Easter
(ii) Hope Project Christmas – putting Christ back into Christmas (from 2019 onwards)
(iii) Hope Project Family – highlighting what Kiwi churches are doing for families (date of first effort yet to be determined).
The budget is under $1m annually – which is a very small in comparison to what the Christian Church does nationally. However, this kind of national voice can obviously only exist where churches are united in their desire to see a public Christian presence existing like this.
> > The connection point to information and resources is our monthly pastors’ updates, or prayer updates.
Where media can initiate a conversation – the Hope Project aims to help Christian believers become increasingly able to engage those conversations. Public TV ads, booklets to 85% of homes, and 500,000 online engagements with Christian media at Easter alone is a wonderful achievement. However, 100,000 or more believers intentionally equipped by their pastors with conversational skills via pulpits and small groups would be greater!
A vital part of each Hope Project campaign provides high-quality, multi-page booklets to every New Zealand household. The majority of stories coming to us continue to be from the booklets – more-so than web media. Previous booklets can be viewed online here