Hopewell Church is a Reformed church, holding to the traditional Reformed Confessions (Westminster and London Baptist). We make it our aim to reform our lives according to Scripture, and follow the philosophy of ministry that has characterized the biblical and orthodox church throughout her history.
Someone may ask, "Why should I attend this kind of church?" What benefit is there of being a part of a Reformed congregation? These questions were answered on a recent episode of Generations with Vision. Host Kevin Swanson gave an overview of data of several studies, and the Gen 2 Survey in particular.
The findings expressed that kids are walking away from mainline, Catholic, Pentecostal, and Fundamentalist Baptist churches to the tune of 50% or more. Surveys express that most of these are becoming atheists or agnostic. Reformed Churches, however, are seeing a 200% increase in attendance among millennials.
Reformed Baptist and Presbyterian churches have the ability to attract and retain young people for a variety of reasons. Typically the churches are smaller and stress accountability. They are usually family integrated, focused on discipleship, and dedicated to in-depth, Biblical preaching.
Additionally, Reformed churches stress the sovereignty of God in all areas of life. This translates into a fully developed Christian worldview rather than a piece-meal framework (or sacred/secular view), which easily allows a person to see the Christian faith as irrelevant.
The Gen 2 Survey also revealed that there was an "astronomical" difference when it came to the correlation of home education and young people continuing to hold to the Christian faith into adulthood.