Welcome to True Hope Christian Fellowship: The Perfect Church for Those who Aren’t!
True Hope Christian Fellowship
2506 18th Ave.
Forest Grove, OR 97116
A little over 20 years ago, Pastor Pat James recognized that there always seemed to be folks who found it difficult to "fit in" , within the structure of the mainline church. Not everyone fits into what has become the "Christian Image" in the Western world, and, most likely, that may be primarily a cultural thing anyway, as the Christians in other parts of the world are not even familiar with it. Many of the "trappings" of Western Christianity are not part of the Bible, and have been established by tradition. Many are good. Some are simply a matter of taste. Some have been "not so good."
True Hope Christian Fellowship was established to try and step outside the "Christian Norm" of our culture, and remember that when Jesus was reaching out to the world it wasn't the "socially elite" who came to him, but the "rest". In fact, he was resisted most strongly by the ones the world saw as "elite"...the Pharisees.
We would like to continue the outreach of Christ, calling sinners to repentance (yes, God still calls us to repentance), and calling the humble to be lifted up by God. God calls to the Proud to "humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time."
Jesus said, "Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." We would like to continue to extend that invitation: "whosoever will..." may come.We have no hidden agendas.
We do take up an offering each Sunday, but we are not asking visitors to give-- all of the responsibilities and church expenses are shouldered by the church members. Visitors are our guests, and are not asked to contribute.
Currently all of our teachers, elders, pastors, deacons, etc. are supported by their own work in other walks of life, and receive no wages, as they are not employees of the church. All of our cleaning, office work and maintenance is done on a volunteer basis by the members. We support a few missionaries financially, and pay our bills, including a small mortgage, through the gifts of the members.