ONE HOPE Conference

500 years ago a revival happened.  It became known as "the reformation" as the Gospel was recovered, sinners were saved, and churches were formed. It began as a protest and exploded into a full-blown movement. Today, half a millennium later, the battle for the Bible continues.
ONE HOPE Conference is a brand new, biennial conference celebrating the Gospel in Baltimore. This first year, our theme is "Sola Scriptura."  What is Sola Scriptura? It simply means that all which is needed for faith and salvation is found within the pages of Scripture.  Why does this matter for Baltimore’s inner city?


Can we trust the Bible? Aren’t there errors in the Bible?  Do we really need it? Is it enough?  While we claim to be Bible people, is the Bible really our authority? A growing movement casts distrust among the young and disenfranchised. Critical and skeptical statements and questions abound: 

    The Bible is just written by man.
    The Bible was edited and changed hundreds of times.
    The Bible is used for oppression.

As a result, the church is viewed as irrelevant and duped by powerful deceivers. A growing number view Christianity as merely “the white man’s religion.” For some, the church is a thing of the past, an institution which once had a purpose.

Thankfully, there are answers to these questions.  The Christian faith has been questioned and attacked for two thousand years.  Yet we have witnessed the unfolding fulfillment of Jesus’ own promise: He will build his church.

It’s Time to Stand Together on the Word of God

This October we join the martyrs who gave their lives during the first three centuries clinging to the truths found within the pages of Scripture.  We join our African church fathers who boldly defended the divinity of Jesus and first articulated some of our most important truths. And we join with the reformers who left the comforts of religion for an exhilarating life of proclaiming the Gospel. The Word of God remains forever and on his Word we stand.


The ONE HOPE conference is an opportunity to train those “in the pew.”  Designed for lay people, moms and dads, new believers, college students, youth, and even pastors––it is our goal to provide a free conference with the best Bible teaching to equip Baltimore’s saints for the work of ministry. Thabiti Anyabwile, Shai Linne, and Kevin Smith will join Montrel Haygood and Joel Kurz as we unpack truth about the Bible.

Attend, Partner, and Promote

We ask Baltimore church pastors to promote the conference and bring their congregations.  Due to the limited resources of many Baltimore churches, we are committed to providing this conference for free.

Join us in October!

We look forward to a wonderful two days as we celebrate the Gospel in Baltimore and stand on the foundation of his word.

LOCATION: Booker T. Washington Middle School, 1301 McCulloh St. (Madison Ave. Entrance) Baltimore, MD 21217
TIMES: Begins: Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 at 6:30 PM | Ends: Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM


Joel Kurz
Interview with Trillia Newbell: The Role of Community in Sancification

Too often, we think of "sanctification" (a.k.a. spiritual growth) as an individualistic project.  God has wired us for community and it's through community that we grow. In this interview, we sit down with Trillia Newbell and ask, "In what ways does community play a role in our sanctification?"

Trillia Newbell is the author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves (2015) and United: Captured by God's Vision for Diversity (2014). She is currently Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. You can find her at and follow her on twitter at @trillianewbell

Joel Kurz
Inviting Others to Live with You

We believe that intentionally living in the community is one of the most important factors in urban ministry. Even better is when we live together in the community.

In this ONE HOPE urban leadership interview, we interview John Onwuchekwa (John O), of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, GA. "What are the joys and challenges of intentionally inviting others to live in your home?" Join us as we explore this question and consider living on mission through intentionally living with others.

Joel Kurz
LifeCoaching Summer Update

ONE HOPE exists to develop and train disciples from the community for the urban church. We are an urban missions platform which comes alongside inner city churches in order that indigenous-led urban churches may be planted and revitalized. One way we do this is through LifeCoaching. Stephanie Laferrriere is our LifeCoach. Please read Stephanie's summer LifeCoaching update below.

ONE HOPE LifeCoaching Report 2017 (as of June 2017)


  • 7 Graduates from WORKLIFE program connected to employment opportunities
  • 4 WORKLIFE Cohorts October, February and March & May
  • 6 businesses and employers directly involved in our network
  • 150 hours of individual and life coaching sessions and follow up.
  • 190 hours invested into WORKLIFE job training class
  • 10 individuals in preparation for mentor/ally training

Goals for 2017

  • To provide job training for 40 individuals and connect them to further job opportunities
  • To continue to facilitate relationships between allies, mentors and trainees for support.
  • To launch WORKLIFE at two neighboring high schools  

Gospel Conversations:

Khalidah who comes from a Muslim background has always been interested in hearing about the Christian faith. She had no one to help her understand the truth of the Gospel. Through LifeCoaching she was able to get connected, not only with job training and counseling, but with an evangelism class called Christianity Explained led by Pastor Joel.

Richard had always thought he was spiritual but had not grasped the truth about repentance in trust in Christ. Through the work of ONE HOPE at The Garden Church, he has begun confront the realities of sin and the Gospel.

Tori, a young mother has been helped by a ONE HOPE mentor from The Garden Church who has taught her to steward her responsibility as a mom. Her mentor also has taught her the grace of God in forgiveness of sins. This work as just begun and we pray that these relationships would be a beacon of hope that God uses for conversion.

Dwayne is an ex-convict who has been looking for employment opportunities. Daily facing crime and death, he struggles to press on. We've been able to speak Gospel truth into this and he currently desires to stay out of the lifestyle that he was once in. He has expressed his thankfulness in having ONE HOPE as a resource. Dwayne just landed a job and we pray now have his eyes opened to his greater need for Christ.

(Names Changed for Confidentiality)

Prayer Requests:

  • That each of our trainees would know the love of Christ as we seek to love them holistically both through physical and spiritual needs.
  • Pray for fruitful partnerships between partners, local organizations and employers in our business network.
  • Pray for our city in particular the specific families of the people that we serve as there are daily hardships that make it extremely difficult to function.

Thank you for your support of our ministry.
Stephanie Laferriere

Joel Kurz