In 2018, Star of Hope completed a strategic plan with input from their Board of Trustees, staff, the member network of churches, and key ministry partners. The result provides a clear roadmap for our role in holistic transformation among our cities. Our goal is to increase our annual budget by $450,000 to initiate this plan and sustain hope in our neighborhoods.
Change does not occur in an ivory tower, but through individuals working on the ground to make change happen. This change requires the effective leadership of indigenous pastors and community leaders who are equipped to meet the challenges of living, working, and ministering in underserved cities. For this reason, Star of Hope is committed to training current, upcoming, and future leaders in the “best practices” of urban ministry.
Building upon our current training model, we look to enhance and expand these strategic leadership initiatives to:
- Train 200 local church leaders in a local church discipleship program.
- Enroll 25 key strategic leaders in post-graduate ministry programs.
- Host over 20 different Corporate Prayer events including 6 overnight retreats for local pastors and ministry leaders.
- Provide scholarships to over 120 local pastors and leaders to attend the Global Leadership Summit.
Star of Hope has embraced the proven principles of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and woven them into its signature community outreach programs. The principles are healthy, realistic, and transferrable to our local context as we struggle to live out, teach and advocate for an “incarnational model of ministry.”
The result is a multi-pronged focus on community outreach spearheaded through the local church that expands our current initiatives to:
- Teach basic life skills to over 200 individuals through our John M. Locola Empowerment Center in Paterson.
- Expand our Jobs for Life program to 8 locations throughout Paterson and train over 200 job seekers.
- Distribute more than 5,500 backpacks, 7,500 Boxes of Love, and 17,000 toys and games to children and families through our Trio of Hope initiatives.
- Sponsor more than 200 youth to attend a residential summer camp for one week.
- Establish STEAM training at 10 mobile sites throughout Greater Paterson.
The growth of our strategic leadership and outreach initiatives will necessitate increased capacity, both internally at Star of Hope, and through our member network. This necessary reinforcement will provide a bedrock for our expansion and continued growth for years and includes:
- Hire highly qualified and committed staff members to fulfill key positions in our growth model.
- Re-shape our current network of over 70 local churches and organizations to a more “hands-on” and neighborhood- centered peer group that will help activate transformation in each community.
- Establish free, regular technical trainings on a variety
of topics pertinent to local ministry for our members.
- Expand relationships throughout the State, enabling Star of Hope to replicate their model of supporting churches and strengthening neighborhoods in other urban centers.