Mission, Vision, Values

Our Mission

Using the Bible as our foundation we will honor God by growing in faith and love, sharing Jesus and giving generously

Our History

In January 2010 several like-minded families in the Parker-Aurora area came together with a common desire to form a confessional Lutheran worshipping community. They were joined by Pastor David R. Fisher who agreed to be their pastor/developer and subsequently led them through the initial stages of establishment of a mission congregation and affiliation with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). On May 16, 2010 Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church was created at a founding event in which charter members adopted a statement of faith, constitution and bylaws, and an official call was issued to and accepted by Pastor Fisher.  Spirit of Hope moved into its permanent home on August 15, 2019 at 7060 Ponderosa Drive, Parker CO 80138.

God has continued to do amazing things at Spirit of Hope! In our first ten years we have developed and maintained deep relationships with nine different mission partners and numerous mission allies. We’ve committed to serving people in need locally, nationally, and abroad. We’ve sent adult and youth mission teams on multiple trips to Estonia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Alabama, and Arizona. We’ve raised up a pastor and supported her entire seminary journey. And, we’ve constructed a permanent church home.

Our current pastor, Rev. Wendy D. Poch, became a member of Spirit of Hope in 2011. She became our youth leader in 2012 and became our seminarian in 2016. After serving as our pastoral intern for three years, on February 1, 2019 Spirit of Hope called Pastor Wendy to serve as our Associate Pastor. On June 7, 2020, Pastor Dave announced his retirement. On June 28, 2020, Spirit of Hope called Pastor Wendy to serve as our future full-time solo pastor. As such, Pastor Dave and Pastor Wendy entered into a ten-month pastoral succession plan. Pastor Dave retired on April 30, 2021 and Pastor Wendy is now guiding Spirit of Hope into the future God has planned for us.

Part of that plan is to continue to raise up and equip those called into pastoral ministry so that we can help deploy pastors into other LCMC congregations. As such, Spirit of Hope now has a new Pastoral Intern, Rev. Joy Wanberg. Intern Joy came to Spirit of Hope in June of 2022 and began serving as our Pastoral intern later that summer. Presently, Intern Joy plans on serving as a part-time intern through December of 2024.

The people of Spirit of Hope are very excited to be called by God to join Him in His kingdom work with the mission to share the good news of Jesus’ love with all people, to make disciples of Jesus Christ, and to love and care for the Body of Christ. In all things, we seek to glorify our Triune God.

Praise the Lord who has been so faithful and generous in his blessings to and through this fellowship.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a church that produces disciples of Jesus Christ who…

  • Have accepted Jesus Christ as God’s Son and their personal savior
  • Know the Bible as God’s Word and study it and apply it regularly to their lives
  • Regularly worship God corporately and privately
  • Can articulate a witness to their faith
  • Fellowship with other believers, give back generously to the Lord, and live out their Christian calling in this life

The Bible and our lives for Jesus are foremost in everything we do. Our members and guests typically want to continue their journey to know and learn more about the Bible and how it all ties together in their personal life and their life in seeking the love of Jesus which can be enhanced within developing a relationship with the church. Spirit of Hope has a vibrant Sunday School Program and weekly education options where we want to focus upon using the Bible to help answer tough questions about life. Attendees will learn how to use their Bible in private prayer, devotions, classes, small group discussions and fellowship events. We welcome everyone who wants this type of relationship with Jesus including children and young adults. We celebrate the good news of Jesus’ love in an inspiring and joy filled worship that uses the scripture as a foundation to understand the Gospel. This includes grace, faith, and scripture. Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church practices personal and community stewardship through tithing and giving of our talents and our time. We also believe and respect the healthy boundaries and balances of work and rest that God sets forth. Finally, don’t show up for worship and expect not to be noticed. We are the friendliest Lutherans you will ever meet.

We will celebrate the good news in Christ weekly in inspiring and joy filled worship that proclaims the Gospel, uses the scriptures as a foundation and employs the best of the Lutheran tradition to understand the Gospel (Grace alone, faith alone, scripture alone; Law and Gospel; Priesthood of all believers; and Two Kingdoms theology).

We will fellowship with each other regularly and be a church that practices personal and community stewardship that allows people and the church to give back to the Lord generously by tithing, working toward tithing or even giving beyond tithing. Further, we will be generous with our talents and time to church and others, but will respect the healthy boundaries and balances of work and rest that God sets forth.

Our Values

  • A Close Personal Walk with God (Micah 6, Romans 8:15-16, John 17:20-26)
  • Living in a Community of Christian Love (John 15:9-17, 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, John 13:34-35)
  • Honoring God with Our Lives (Deuteronomy 5:6-21, Ephesians 4:17-24, Galatians 5:16-26)
  • Holding a High View and Use of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:14-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Matthew 5:17-19)
  • Serving God and Others (Philippians 2:3-4, James 2:15-16, Luke 10:25-37)
  • Sharing God with Others (Matthew 28:19-20, 2 Timothy 4:2-5, 1 Peter 3:15-16)

We look forward to your visit!