The mission of New Hope is to be used of God in helping people experience His grace and become fully devoted followers of Jesus.
Our Guiding Principle
New Hope’s guiding principle is to pursue relationships that change the world.
communicates that we are to be actively involved in what God is doing in the lives of people. Being a follower of Christ requires responsible actions on our part; we cannot take a passive role in this process. We are to diligently and persistently seek a relationship with God, with each other, and with the people that God has placed in our sphere of influence.
demonstrates our commitment to what lasts forever - God and people. Jesus said that his teachings could be summed up in two commands—love God and love others as yourself. Each person we encounter has inherent value as they bear the image of God and yet are in need of redemption as they are broken by the fall. Therefore, we bring curiosity about what the Spirit of God is doing in each relationship we pursue. (Matt. 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-31)
demonstrates that we believe God changes hearts. We do not possess the ability in ourselves to change anyone. But God initiates a process of change with those who trust in His Son, Jesus. (John 1:12; 14:15; Rom. 6:1-4) Through this change we are made alive to God and are enabled to grow up in relationship with Him and others. The Word of God and prayer are vital elements to bring about change. (Eph. 2:4-5; Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 2:2)
indicates the direction that God continues to move us. (John 3:16) God loves people and desires that they turn and trust in Jesus Christ and experience forgiveness and life forever with Him. (1 Tim. 2:4) Though Jesus’ teaching makes it clear that not everyone will receive Him, His message is to be communicated and opportunity given to all peoples of the world. (Matt. 22:14; 24:14; 28:19; Acts 1:8)
- We value the primacy of the gospel. The gospel not only saves us from the penalty of sin but also frees us from the power of sin as we apply it to our lives. (Titus 2:11-14)
- We value groups that are small enough to know and be known yet large enough that a range of spiritual gifts are present and where the ‘one another commands’ can be lived out. (Gal. 5:13-14; Heb. 10:24-25; Rom. 12:3-10)
- Disciplemaking is a healthy expectation for all believers. (Matt. 28:18-20)
- The primary function of leaders is to equip, encourage and enable the saints for the work of ministry so that the body of Christ may be built up in love. (Eph. 4:11-16)
- Team leadership is vital in all contexts of ministry for the health of leaders and those they seek to lead. (Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3)
- God created us as emotional, physical, and relational beings and we value engaging people’s minds, hearts, and emotions as essential in helping them to ground their faith in truth and mature as followers of Christ. (Rom. 12:2)
New Hope is an independent, self-governing, self-supporting local church that is affiliated with the Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists. There is no human authority structure beyond this local church that dictates what we must believe or do. A team of elders lead the church by sharing the responsibility for overseeing our church’s teaching, life and ministry.
New Hope Church started as a small group led by Bob and Sandie Anderson in their home in 1987. From its beginning, our church has valued authentic relationships expressed through personal discipleship and purposeful, intimate communities. Bob and Sandie desired for New Hope to be a church that functioned beyond the four walls of a building and where people were equipped to advance the Gospel in the local community and to the ends of the earth.
Bob and Sandie have always had a heart for college students and were the founders of a campus ministry now called Christian Challenge at K-State in 1972. New Hope Church and Christian Challenge have always been closely connected. The value of reaching college students with the Gospel continues to be evident in the life of our church as there have always been a large percentage of students and campus ministers who attend New Hope.
Over the years New Hope has met in various locations on Sunday mornings—from the Anderson’s basement, to a Show Biz Pizza, to a hotel, to our current meeting space in Flint Hills Christian School (and a few spots in between). Out of our desire to pursue relationships over buildings and events, New Hope has continually been committed to meeting as the church outside of Sunday mornings. Small groups have met and continue to meet in people’s homes out in the community throughout the week.
New Hope purchased land on two different occasions with the intent of eventually building a structure for our Central Gathering. However, over the years, it became increasingly clear that the best way to steward that land was to sell it and build a centrally located office and study center. Through an unlikely scenario, God provided the perfect location, strategically located between K-State, Aggieville, and City Park. The Greenhouse was built in 2013 debt free from the sale of the land, which had appreciated significantly. The Greenhouse provides a great space for our church offices, our library, study space, private meeting rooms for discipleship and counseling, and an open basement for medium-sized gatherings.
We still have lots of room to grow. We look forward to better welcoming, equipping and sending people to invest deeply in our city and throughout the world wherever God takes them.
Watch a video of Bob and Sandie telling the story of the beginning of New Hope Church:
Our Unique Opportunity
During the school year, the greater Manhattan community is over 52,000 people strong. During breaks at Kansas State University, that number can drop below 30,000. In addition to the built-in turnover from the university, a strong contingent of Fort Riley families choose to live in Manhattan during their assignment.
Wild population swings and the highly transient nature of the Manhattan community could be viewed as obstacles for building a healthy church. However, New Hope chooses to embrace these characteristics as a God-given opportunity to share the Gospel and multiply our reach. By pursuing healthy, Gospel-centered relationships, engaging in disciplemaking, and developing servant leaders, New Hope believes that we are equipping and enabling saints to have a reproducible and sustainable impact for the Gospel not only in Manhattan, but wherever God leads them next. This is the essence of our “Greenhouse” vision -- to nurture and grow Christ-followers with the goal of planting them out in their world.
The ministries listed below are the various contexts in which we seek to fulfill our Mission.
Our Central Gathering is on Sunday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am. We gather to hear the Word of God preached, to pursue relationships with one another and to respond to God’s gracious presence through song and reflection. Our children’s ministry, KidsLIFE, engages children from birth through 6th grade with the Gospel during this time.
LIFE Groups are our version of small groups. We believe life change and growth happens most naturally in the context of small groups. Therefore, LIFE Groups are at the heart of New Hope and are the primary way to plug into our church and engage with the Gospel. LIFE is an acronym which stands for the core functions of our Groups:
Learning biblical truth
Extending LIFE to others
LIFE Groups are truly “more than a meeting.” In order to pursue these four functions, LIFE Groups engage in a variety of activities as a community and out in the community. Most of these activities happen in homes throughout the Manhattan area during the week.
Fusion, our youth group, is for 7th-12th Grade students. Fusion exists to raise up student disciple-makers and prepare them to engage their world with the Gospel.
KidsLIFE is for kids, birth-6th Grade, and exists to teach kids in fun and age-appropriate ways the truth about God and His love for them, to shepherd them to know and love Him personally, and to know how to share that love with others.
Thinking Globally; Acting Locally. Glocal Affairs exists to engage the world for the Gospel-here!
Team 1:27 exists to champion adoption, foster, and orphan care. This ministry takes its name from James 1:27—“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...”
While Men’s and Women’s Ministry at New Hope are primarily expressed via LIFE Groups, we do offer periodic opportunities and events for men and women.
New Hope supports (financially and otherwise) organizations whose goals are in line with ours but are beyond our ability to accomplish on our own. For a current list of these strategic partnerships, visit our Strategic Partnerships page.
What We Believe
The elders of New Hope are in process of revising our membership policy. Check back here in the summer of 2017 for our updated membership policy. In the meantime, please contact any of our elders with questions.
New Hope Office and Study Center
Flint Hills Christian School
3905 Green Valley Road, Manhattan, KS 66502
10-11:30am Sunday mornings