Hope Academy

What happens after the 28 Days of Hope? It’s the beginning of forever in our journey together in serving God by relying on His infinite hope. The Hope Academy is designed to be the next step in the process of developing Hope Habits that will bring you closer to God and more effective in your God-given ministry.

If we are filled with God’s Spirit and word, there will be a revival and reformation across our land. If we live with God’s courageous hope, we will see cities turn to the Savior and healing in our families and churches. God is able to do exceedingly more than we can ask, think, or even imagine when we choose to trust Him. The God of hope is eternal. Jesus is full of hope. God’s Spirit and word teach us: Hope is relational. Hope is habitual. Hope is indestructible.

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Welcome

Hope IN ACTION

CHANGING THE WORLD THROUGH COMPASSION

Edgar Sandoval Sr.

WORLD VISION | President & CEO

Edgar shares his personal story of emigrating to the United States as a teenager, overcoming challenges, and eventually joining World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization.

He describes how his faith journey and witnessing the compassion of others like his former boss Steve led him to dedicate his life to serving the poor and vulnerable around the world through World Vision’s work.

GOING VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL WITH OUR FAITH

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez

NATIONAL HISPANIC CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (NHCLC) | President

Pastor Samuel Rodriguez discusses his role as an author, movie producer, presidential advisor and a pastor in California, where he leads a diverse, multi-ethnic church focused on biblical orthodoxy and social engagement.

He shares his faith journey and also highlights the growth and influence of the Latino Christian community in the United States and the unique perspective they bring by embracing both the vertical (relationship with God) and horizontal (service to others) aspects of the faith.

LEADING CITIES TO CHRIST

Kevin Palau

LUIS PALAU ASSOCIATION | President

The Luis Palau Association is one of the most revered global evangelistic organizations. Yet its president, Kevin Palau, emphasizes the importance of first having a local impact at your church and in the city where you live.

Kevin describes how they approached outreach in their hometown of Portland, one of the least religious cities in America. It involved building relationships with civic leaders and mobilizing thousands of volunteers from local churches to meet practical needs. This led to an ongoing partnership between the church and the city in long-lasting and transforming ways.

THE POWER OF POSITIVITY

Jon Gordon

JON GORDON COMPANIES | Bestselling Author & Speaker

Jon shares his personal faith journey, describing how he went from being a spiritual seeker to finding a relationship with Jesus Christ. He discusses how his faith has transformed his life, including his writing career, and how he now aims to bring hope and positivity to others through his work.

Jon also shares advice for connecting with and ministering to people from diverse backgrounds, focusing on building relationships and authentically sharing one’s faith.

FAITH IN THE WORKPLACE

Jason Brown

MARKETPLACE CHAPLAINS | CEO & President

Jason shares his personal faith journey and the mission of his organization to bring hope and truth to the workplace. He emphasizes the need for Christians to be present and authentic in their workplaces, building relationships and earning the right to share their faith.

Jason highlights the challenges and struggles that many employees face, such as mental health issues, isolation, and uncertainty, and how workplace chaplains and everyday Christians can provide a listening ear and practical support.

UNTANGLING YOUR EMOTIONS

Jennie Allen

IF:GATHERING | Founder

New York Times bestselling author and IF:Gathering founder Jennie Allen shares her personal journey of learning to embrace and process her emotions, rather than trying to suppress or fix them. Jennie explains the science behind the importance of sharing emotional experiences, especially traumatic ones, with loved ones in order to process them and prevent them from resurfacing later in life.

She also talks about how her own upbringing shaped her views on emotions, and how she is now working to create a different emotional environment for her own children.

HOPE AND HUMOR

Nazareth

Inspirational Comedian

Nazareth shares his journey of finding faith in Jesus after initially pursuing a career in mainstream comedy. Nazareth explains how he came to realize that he could use his gift of comedy to honor God and bring people to Christ. He discusses the power of laughter to provide relief and hope, even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Nazareth emphasizes the importance of using humor in a way that is uplifting and not offensive, and he encourages others to incorporate more laughter and joy into their lives and ministries.

SHARING FAITH THROUGH SPORTS

Jason Romano

SPORTS SPECTRUM | Director Of Media

Romano previously worked at ESPN and now works for Sports Spectrum, a Christian sports media organization. Romano shares his journey of coming to faith in his 20’s and how that led him to leave his dream job at ESPN to join Sports Spectrum, where he can more openly discuss faith and its intersection with sports. 

He talks about the themes he has observed in interviews with athletes, such as the struggle with pride and identity, and the importance of finding one’s identity in Christ rather than in one’s performance or success.

ENGAGING IN GLOBAL MISSIONS

Dr. Todd Ahrend

THE TRAVELING TEAM | Founder & International Director

Dr. Todd Ahrend shares the vision and work of the Traveling Team, a ministry that has been mobilizing and empowering college students to engage in global missions for the past 25 years. He shares his personal journey of how he became passionate about reaching the unreached people groups around the world and how he has been inspiring and equipping students to get involved in this global mission.

He encourages us to embrace our role as global Christians, to seek God’s heart for the nations, and to take practical steps to get involved in the Great Commission.

Hope Training

EMPOWERING CHRISTIANS IN THE WORKPLACE

Brad Dacus

PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE | President

Don’t believe what the world is trying to tell you. You have many more rights to share your faith in the workplace in the United States than you would imagine. Attorney and legal expert Brad Dacus discusses ways that Christians can share their faith in the workplace, such as displaying religious items on their desks, inviting co-workers to church, reading the Bible during breaks, and praying at their desks.

He notes that these rights apply to both government and private employers, and encourages Christians to be proactive in exercising their rights.

EMPOWERING CHRISTIANS IN THE SCHOOLS

Brad Dacus

PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE | President

Brad shares about the spiritual warfare taking place in public schools in America and the various options parents have for their children’s education, including public, charter, private, homeschooling, and co-ops.

He emphasizes the importance of Christian students to assert their First Amendment rights to express their faith in public schools, such as sharing the gospel, forming Christian clubs, and organizing revival rallies. He also provides guidance for Christian teachers in public schools and for parents on how to get involved and protect their children. He also provides suggestions for pastors and churches in how best to reach out to public school students. 

EMPOWERING STREET PREACHERS

Brad Dacus

PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE | President

Street preaching, or public profession of faith is one of the oldest…and still most effective…ways of evangelism. Brad discusses the rights and legal considerations around public evangelism  in the United States.

He explains how street preaching has a long history in the Christian tradition and is protected under the First Amendment’s free exercise and free speech clauses. However, there are reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions that can be imposed, and Brad takes care to explain these guidelines in detail.

EMPOWERING CHRISTIAN BUSINESS OWNERS

Brad Dacus

PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE | President

Christian business owners have a unique platform for sharing their faith. So why do so few use it in this way?

Most will answer you that they are unsure of their rights in the United States. Join Brad Dacus as he brings clarity to this topic as he seeks to empower entrepreneurs to share their faith through their businesses. He covers various ways entrepreneurs can incorporate their religious beliefs and values into their business operations.

INDESTRUCTIBLE HOPE

28 Days of Hope is a journey together, as we rediscover and recommit to God's indestructible hope in transformative ways.

As you begin this journey, you'll experience a sense of excitement about what God is going to do.

If you have a desire to grow in your faith, strengthen your relationships, gain wisdom, cultivate new habits, experience more peace, and live daily with purpose and passion, then you are in the right place.