FULFILLING GOD'S MISSION, VISION, AND STRATEGY
We believe that God’s mission, vision and strategy for Hope Chapel Honolulu is to "go and make disciples of the people of Honolulu, the Pacific, Asia and beyond through prayer and meaningful relationships based on the Person and Message of Jesus Christ."
Seeing discipleship as a journey of faith through which we are transformed from enemies to servants and friends of God as we learn to trust God for ourselves, with those we are responsible to, those whom we are responsible for, and eventually that which is beyond our understanding and control.
Believing that such a process of transformation requires both personal and corporate devotion, through three modes of worship and discipleship—celebration, connection and commission—we aim to equip, empower and encourage faithful believers to become fruitful disciplemakers.
Even more than the typical Sunday-type gatherings which we call Celebrations, we encourage devotion to the teaching of the apostles and to the fellowship, the breaking of bread and prayer, giving to the needs of others and praising God through in-person and online MiniChurches where all are welcome and our Disciple Makers Network gatherings which are limited to those who lead and host our MiniChurches or serve as volunteers in our Celebrations.
We are beginning our first virtual and in-person expressions of Tables here at Hope Chapel Honolulu where those who lead more than two MiniChurches and or whose discipleship and witness through their circles of influence extend to two or more generations of disciples, can be further equipped, empowered and encouraged to discern and fulfill God’s call for their lives.
A BRIEF HISTORY
Founding pastors Ralph and Ruby Moore, along with Aaron and Stephanie Suzuki, came to Hawai'i in 1983 to plant a church out of Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach in California. What began under a coconut tree in Kailua Beach Park with just twelve people eventually became a movement numbering 2800 churches across the globe.
After being convinced to resign from the Honolulu Fire Department to lead singles, overseas missions and a local church bible school at what was then called Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay, Pastor C was sent out to church plant in Japan at the invitation of Japan Foursquare. After nearly 18 years of bivocational ministry in Japan and several other Asian nations, Pastor C was led to Honolulu with his wife and children where he led a small simple church network while continuing to teach, lead and encourage leaders in Asia.
Meanwhile, Ralph had handed over the leadership of Hope Chapel Kaneohe Bay to his son Carl in 2012 and started Hope Chapel Honolulu at the Kahala Theatres in 2013. Wanting to retire from pastoral ministry and unable to raise up a successor from within, Ralph approached Pastor C in 2016 and asked if he would dissolve his simple church network to succeed him at Hope Chapel Honolulu. On November 12, 2017, Ralph passed the baton of leadership to Pastor C, and in the spring of 2019, Hope Chapel Honolulu moved from the shopping mall and theater to its present location closer to the center of Honolulu.
OUR MISSION EXPLAINED THROUGH OUR LOGO
THE COLOR RED
Red not only ties to the reality that we are "bought with the blood of Christ," but also communicates action, ambition, determination, energy, passion, and strength—all of which give confidence to those who are shy or lacking in will power. It is also the color used for family seals in many Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Korea, thereby demarcating the direction of our vision statement.
THE OUTER RING
Although both abstract and subtle, the outer circle is a visual representation of the Pacific Rim, wherein the Hawaiian Islands are geographically and strategically positioned.
THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
Home to Hope Chapel Honolulu, this is where our worship and discipleship reproduces locally, and from where we believe God will bless us with key relationships and opportunities to multiply beyond Honolulu.
FOUR GENERATIONS OF THE COCONUT TREE
The four generations of coconut trees—the fallen coconuts, the planted sapling, the young tree, and the more robust tree—represent the four generations of discipleship that God calls us to. The counterclockwise and transitional movement of the four generations conveys the world-defying and counter-cultural nature of the Great Commission.