This page has been updated on February
28, 2017 and will be updated
frequently. Return here often to keep up with the developments.
Ray Of Hope Church is
looking for willing laborers in the church to serve the Body Of Christ in the
Biblical ministries of Apostles (Overseer, Bishop, District Ministry),
Prophets, Deacons, Deaconesses, Evangelists, Teachers, Nuns, Sisters, Monks,
Brothers, Missionaries, and Pastors.
This list of potential
ordained ministries is just a partial starting
place.We are open to any and every sort of ministry
the Holy Spirit
designs and calls people
This is the church of
potential and possibilities.
We are ready for
If you have been Ordained
previously this is not a hindrance, denominational affiliations are not a
hindrance, race, financial status, age, location, marital status, sexual
orientation, or gender are not hindrances.
ONE THING is a hindrance,
the willingness to step up and offer yourself in service to the Gospel the way countless
others have since the time of the original apostles and disciples.
We are waiting for you.
As declared on the Home
held a vote to decide if we would be an INCLUSIVE church for you.
We are not
AND AFFIRMING church for you.
We are not
RECONCILINGCONGREGATION for you.
We are not
MINDED or ACCEPTINGor WELCOMING
church where you can attend as long as
you blend in quietly and discretely.
THIS is the church where YOU belong.
Ray Of Hope Church is the church
by us, for us, and made by You.
We believe God calls each and every person to active ministry, service, and prayer.We also believe God provides all the support,
the skills, and the desire to be successful at whatever ministry God calls each
person to through the powerful ministry of the Holy Spirit.There is no limit to the number of
opportunities and possibilities for ministry in this dispensation of the
church, the Age of the Holy Spirit.It
is our desire to be a church of potential, possibility, and opportunity for
ministry as God calls and uses each one of us.We will do all we can to help a person prepare for and carry out the
ministries God calls them to.
The classic and traditional ministries of the
church are described in theLetter to
the Ephesians and the Book of Acts.Jesus
gives “some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and
teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the
edifying of the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11,12)
We also are open to the ministry of Deacon, Deaconess,
as started in the Book of Acts, as well as any other traditional ministry that
has developed in the story of the church since the Apostolic age, and new contemporary
ministries.As you page through this
section of our web site you will see in the side sub navigation bar links to
some of the various ministries we are prepared to utilize at this time.The absence of a description of a ministry
you are interested in or looking for does NOT mean we do not welcome it.Please be sure to share all of your ministry
ideas with us.
Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
is an independent congregation.We spend
very little time telling people what we cannot do because of denominational
traditions.Instead, we tell people we
can do all of everything the Holy Spirit has revealed to the Christian people
in various times and places.We can
enjoy all of it from Chant to Black Gospel, monastic Morning Prayer to tent
Revivals to Contemporary Music worship with large screens and praise bands, a
traditional choir and a praise band, and a Gospel Choir.We can hold Worship at a LGBT Pride Event,
inside a popular bar / dance hall, or in the middle of a street protest for
social justice. We can enjoy devotionals, Eucharistic Adoration, silent prayer,
rosaries and chaplets, healing services, charismatic prayer meeting, retreats,
all manner and every kind of worship in spirit and in truth.
People of all sexual orientations and gender
expressions are given equal opportunity to enter any of our ministries.Financial status will never hinder or
manipulate an opportunity to study, grow, discern, and develop a ministerial
gift at this church.
The following is a quotation from our
Prologue to our Statement Of Faith
PRO 3 WE MEET IN THE
NAME OF JESUS: NO DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION
Ray of Hope Church is
not an organization, but it is a living organism, the Body Of Christ, or it
does not exist.Ray Of Hope Church is
Christ-centered in all of its teachings, and therefore does not ascribe to the
dogmas, teachings, or practices of any singular contemporary denomination, or
para-church organization of the Christian Church.Rather, we maintain an autonomous freedom to
draw from the two millennia of immense riches known in all denominations of
Christianity.The Holy Spirit has
bestowed unique charisms to individuals and groups of reformers throughout the
story of the Church.Experience has
shown that often entire denominations have developed around a new gift from the
Holy Spirit that was intended for the entire Body Of Christ, the Church
Universal.Often, when these new
charisms became locked into a denominational system, they were never shared or
made available to the rest of the Church.Ray Of Hope Church actively studies the entire story of the Church
seeking to draw out these gifts and bring them together into our experience of
Christianity.Our goal is to “hold that
faith which has been believed everywhere, always, and by all” [St. Vincent of
Lerins – Fifth Century].
Ray Of Hope is an
“independent” local Church.This does
not mean we stand alone, as though in pride or arrogance, rather we seek to
share interdependence with other assemblies and fellowships of believers who
are also centered on Christ Jesus and who endeavor equally as hard as we do to
bring the Gospel to all people.
PRO 5 WE PARTICIPATE
IN THE ONE, HOLY, APOSTOLIC, UNIVERSAL/CATHOLIC, BIBLE-BASED, CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Our Doctrine, practice,
and teaching is firmly grounded in the one and only true Church, the universal
Body Of Christ that Jesus personally established for this age.Our teaching goal is to unapologetically set
forth in an undisguised way the apostolic testimony to Christ in its classic
consensual form.The experience, and
recorded story of the church has suggested that much of what has endured as
“sound teaching,” was revealed, understood, and set down in writing by the
fifth century.This period from 33-400
AD is known as the “early Church.”Therefore, we look to the historical early Church documents for guidance
on how to be a simple, Christ-centered Assembly of Believers, In His Name.We agree with Thomas C. Oden when he says:
“the further one ‘progresses’ from ancient apostolic testimony to God’s word
the more hopeless becomes the human condition.” (Handbook of Evangelical
Theologians – W. A. Elwell, pg. 404)
……(from PRO 6 section)
Some will recognize this method of theological study as the Vincentian Method,
which is the defining of theology by searching for ancient ecumenical
consensus.This method was first clearly
formulated as a method by Vincent of Lerins in the fifth century.His famous statement has become a guidepost
in this method: “quod simper, quod
ubique, quod ab omnibus creditum sum” (“what has been believed always,
everywhere, and by all”).
*** As you can read
above, our Prologue is a very rich document that beautifully describes the
precious gift of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc., God’s gift
to the LGBTQIS community, indeed to all people.Look for the entire text of the Prologue to be added to our web site
soon.You may request a print copy at
Please click on the link in the sub Navigation
bar to the left to learn aboutthe Ray
Of Hope Church Vocational Ministry Training Program.It is an individualized program that is
tailored specifically to each person’s ministry gifts.We believe it is one of the finest ministry
opportunities in the world at this time.Be sure to see pages 4 and 5 to review our library of materials we draw
our professional ministerial training from.
We are having one very significant problem with our web
site publication.Somewhere in the
process of converting documents to HTML documents, or somewhere in the File
Transfer Protocol action, some, not all, punctuation marks are not being
recognized. The default action seems to be replacing the unrecognized symbols
with diamonds that have a question mark inside the diamond.This is irritating for the most part.One action this has caused is the intentional
avoidance of quotation marks in our documents being published on the web
site.This avoidance of certain
punctuation marks can be confusing to readers as it takes away one of the
obvious markers that some material is borrowed from other sources.In the absence of quotation marks we are
being particularly careful to notate when material is the intellectual property
of others.Hopefully this technological
problem will be resolved in 2017.
The Members, Friends, Council, and Pastor of Ray Of Hope Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc. stand in solidarity and give full support to the organization; Women's March On Washington, and the work of its National Committee (https://www.womensmarch.com/team/). We stand in solidarity with their stated Mission & Vision, the Unity Principles including but not limited to women's rights are human rights, ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIAS rights, worker's rights, civil rights, persons with multiple abilities rights, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and religious freedom. We support their agenda for "10 Actions for the first 100 Days" as outlined on their web site (https://www.womensmarch.com/100 ). We find all points made thus far by this organization to be completely in line with our Statement Of Purpose found by clicking here on the Purpose link in this web site. A more developed page of support will be forthcoming.