Who We Are

Hope Lutheran Church began in 1998 as a small congregation of faithful friends meeting for worship in local recreation centers. Since then, Hope has grown into a three-campus church community serving God’s people throughout the communities in and around The Villages and Summerfield, FL. We have experienced phenomenal growth since that time and now have over 2,000 members, including our seasonal associate members. Yet we are a caring church with plenty of activities and opportunities for groups with similar interests and needs. We make you feel right at home. Hope Lutheran places a high emphasis on spending time together and sharing our lives and interests.

Our purpose is contained in a simple statement…

The Mission of Hope Lutheran Church is to Know Christ and to Make Christ known.

As you look through this site, you will see many activities and opportunities to serve that reflect our purpose. All are welcome to worship with us and to participate in our services and activities.

Our Beliefs

We share a confession of faith with the historic Christian Church throughout the world as stated in the words of the three great ecumenical creeds:The Apostles Creed, Nicene Creed, and  Athanasian Creed.  ‍Our faith is lived out in community as we worship, study, serve, and fellowship with one another.  Communal worship is at the core of our community life where, together with the proclamation of the word, our lives are centered around the sacraments of baptism and communion.    

We are a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the fifth largest protestant denomination in North America.  As a member of the ELCA, we join in worship with about 4 million ELCA members at nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Regionally ,we are a member of the Florida-Bahama Synod and share in ministry with our sister congregations throughout the region 

This broad reach of our denomination allows our congregations to fulfill our denomination’s motto, “God’s Work Our Hands” in meaningful ways that are unique and effective in our given environments.  Our members come from a variety of backgrounds and have diverse social and political views. We embrace the potential for discussion between members and leadership, and our pastors would be happy to meet with you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. All opinions are welcome and encouraged at Hope. Your voice matters to us. Above all, Hope Lutheran Church is a church for all of God’s people. We are not defined by race, color, gender, politics, or country of origin. All people are welcome in our church. 

As part of the Lutheran branch of Christianity, we look to the Lutheran Confessions as a guide to our shared expression of faith and life.  Some of our core beliefs are summed up in a list of five statements commonly called the Solas from the Latin word, “alone.” These are: Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, and to the Glory of God Alone. Click here for more information on Solas.  

Our Missions

Hope has always been a mission church. As a community, we know that it’s our duty to serve those in need locally and around the world. Hope has over 60 ministries organized by church members and run by volunteers. Opportunities for fellowship, outreach, study and service are offered. Hope currently sponsors two international missionaries: Pastors Nijhar and Neeraj Ekka. This couple, along with their children, currently serve the Lord through their mission in India.