34856530_10214485494063619_5889546674270896128_nI had heard so much about New Hope Ministries and have been meaning to go for the longest time.   Pastor Keith Davey is someone who is known throughout the region for his passion to connect and help build UNITY in the Body of Christ, an obvious passion of mine through Church Journeys and the Upstate NY Ministry Network. But I had no idea the level of ministry work done through New Hope. This church is blazing a trail and making a huge impact for the Kingdom. Sunday services are held at 10 am at their South Albany campus (334 2nd Avenue). Their church office is located at 148 Dove Street in Albany.   In 2013, Rebuilding the City (RTC) was established to serve as an umbrella to their growing number of outreach ministries. Current RTC programs include:

Hope for Women – Established in 2006, this is a residential program for women in transition, teaching practical and professional skills to women in a faith based living environment.

Gateway – Since 2013, this residential apprenticeship has equipped men ages 18-25 with life-training and specific job skills in one of the construction trades.

Meals for Kids – Serves free, hot, home-cooked meals for kids in our community ages 4-19, 3 times a week.

Impact – An after school program that provides tutoring, arts, sports and training in skills and technology for grades 5-9. Rebuilding the City partners with Habitat for Humanity, the City of Albany, non-profit organizations, local businesses, high schools, colleges and churches throughout the Capital Region.

The heart of Pastor Keith Davey is to bring change to the city by working in UNITY with other churches and ministries. He has an apostolic call and is continuously raising people and ministries up. Their mission is to establish campus churches in the cities of Albany and Troy and to meet the spiritual and physical needs of each community. In fact, during our Church Journey to New Hope he was installing a new campus pastor, Joel Schaperjahn. Pastor Keith and his wife also travel to other area churches 3 Sundays a month to speak and connect with other churches and pastors.

The worship at New Hope is all about Jesus and the music team was focused on praising God. There was no need for them to “try to get the congregation to sing”. This commUNITY was worshiping in one accord. Pastor Keith was sharing today about the mission and vision of New Hope Ministries. God chose the perfect day for us to visit as I was interested in hearing more about them. Their mission is to see people: experience the presence of God, be empowered by the Holy Spirit, be established for eternity and be equipped for every good work. Their two fold method focuses on both the spiritual needs and practical needs. They plan to establish more church campuses and to raise up leaders at each one. Each church will allow the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4:11) to operate freely. New Hope’s purpose is to make disciples, teach others, worship Jesus and evangelize the lost. They preach the Gospel … and sometimes they use words!

Several other ministries are birthing through RTC including the Albany Ministry Center which will equip ministers with recognized college degrees and ministering credentials. An Albany Teen Center will host after school programing to encourage music, the arts, dance, sports and tutoring in a positive, Christ centered learning environment. Find out more about Rebuilding the City by calling 518-449-2335. You can partner with them financially or by volunteering in a variety of settings and capacities. Be a part of what God is doing right here … in OUR city!

God’s plan is the church … not 4 walls, but US!  WE are the Bride of Christ. There are so many people that surround us each day that need to hear about the HOPE they have in Christ. Pastor Keith knows that when we partner together with others we are better equipped to provide for the needs of the community.

I invite you to watch this short video on Rebuilding the City – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgT9db88Q88

Church Website – www.newhope4albany.org

By Donna Hansen Munafo
Me & Pastor Keith Davey
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