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Why should we listen to you guys?

Many new leaders will ask a veteran leader for advice on how to avoid making mistakes as a leader. Inevitably, the answer is through experience. And, of course that experience is gained by making mistakes!

Jeff and Heather have combined over 50 years of leadership experience and their desire is to use that experience to help others. Both Jeff and Heather have made leadership a primary field of study, not only learning from experts across numerous fields, but through hands-on experience as well. Jeff Bills is the founding and lead pastor of HOPE United Methodist Church and Heather is their Director of Small Groups. From 2005 through 2016 HOPE increased average attendance 65% from an average of 395 worshipers per week to 654 worshipers per week.  Among United Methodist Churches HOPE currently ranks:

·        Top 10 in the Northeast Jurisdiction and top 5 in Greater NJ in average attendance

·        Top 10 in the Northeast Jurisdiction and top 5 in Greater NJ in professions of faith

HOPE is always striving to be a vital church and typically HOPE has between 35 – 45 small groups running at any given time with over 500 different participants.  They are currently praying and researching becoming a multi-campus church.

·        Top 3 in the Northeast Jurisdiction and No 1 in Greater NJ in Small Groups Participation

·        Top 25 in the NE Jurisdiction and top 10 in Greater NJ in Offering Received

*All statistics are according to the United Methodist Church’s VitalSigns Group database, from 1/20/2016 to 3/16/2017 

Taking seriously, the United Methodist charge to “ReThink Church”  HOPE currently sends 95-100 people on youth mission trips each year around the state and the eastern part of the nation. In addition, HOPE has sent mission trips of 14 -23 people to Haiti for seven years and Cuba for four years in a row.

The reality is we all need to learn from each other and we are looking forward from learning from you as well!

For more on Jeff Bills

For more on Heather Mandala

For more about HOPE Church

What is this Equip thing anyway?

Equip was created first as a way to continue to train our leaders and volunteers.  We looked around and realized that for us to continue to grow, and to grow well (in-depth and personal growth as well as numbers), we needed to focus on intentional leadership.  As we dove into and began to share our experiences with other local churches, it became abundantly clear that the need for strong and intentional leadership is prevalent throughout the local church. And so Equip was born. Passionately investing in leaders, training volunteers and sharing experiences so we can be our best for the Kingdom of God.


equipconference buttionThe Equip Conference is a group effort of HOPE staff and local church leaders sharing their gifts and experiences with others. For information on our church staff visit us here.


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