The New Hope Church of Michigan (NHC) is PCUSA and is on the more conservative side of the spectrum.
Our Ministry Information Form (MIF) is 12298.AB0 and is posted on the PCUSA CLC site. Below are our five narrative questions and responses to provide more information about the Senior Pastor position (which is full-time and has benefits and housing and educational and relocation expenses) and our NHC vision. Please pray and discern if this is a potential next call for you and let’s discuss and pray together.
1. What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
New Hope Church (NHC) was born in 2009 out of a vibrant English Ministry of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Metro Detroit (KPCMD). Although we started out mainly as a 2nd generation Korean-American church, we continue to draw people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, many of whom identify with the cultural narrative of our community in various ways. As an increasingly multiethnic congregation, we want to shine God’s light thru vibrant and meaningful worship, a strong education program, a healthy community of small groups, an effective discipleship program, and ongoing outreach and mission programs. We aim to nurture growth by fostering greater ownership by the members, developing new generations of leaders, and creating an environment that is welcoming to not only 2nd- and 3rd- generation Korean-Americans, but to seekers of all cultural backgrounds. The cultural ties are what initially brought and continues to bring many of us together, but our desire to know and follow Christ is what keeps us together and moving forward. Although we are a small church, we have been blessed with generous members, predominantly well-established professionals, who are willing to offer time and resources to obey God’s calling for our church. As a body of Christ, we are hungry for God’s Word, believe in the power of prayer and rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and unify our vision and mission for His glory.
2. How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
As a multigenerational congregation, we have a growing number of young families, a budding young adult group, and we have recently started reaching out to the Korean-adoptee community. Based on our self-study and the emerging needs of NHC, our current efforts and vision for the future include:
Gather – Simplify and focus on the core of what it means to be a Christ follower, using Acts 2:42 as a model. As NHC continues to grow as an independent church, we find ourselves in the planning stage of seeking a new location for worship where we can live out this model more effectively and have ownership of all church ministries.
Grow – Cultivate an environment of personal discipleship and accountability. As a regional church, it is essential that the needs of the pockets of community be met in a robust home group life. We offer bible studies and fellowship activities tailored to the needs of each home group. We launched the first NHC VBS for young children last summer. The initiative to provide a more comprehensive leadership training for elected leaders has also been started.
Go – Provide opportunities for members to live out the Great Commission locally and abroad. We have begun building relationships with the Korean-adoptee community and have planned programs to support them. We currently collaborate with KPCMD in reaching out to migrant workers thru a family-oriented local mission. We continue to explore, develop and participate in mission opportunities locally and overseas.
3. How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The role of the pastor will be to shepherd the congregation to live out the vision of the church in accordance with the Great Commission. The pastor will help members navigate thru all aspects of Christian life by providing Biblical wisdom and guide the staff and lay leaders in funneling all church ministries and activities thru Christ-centered lenses. The pastor will continue to remind us that we are doing God’s work and for His glory, and that we are working together with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The new pastor will provide direction thru focused bible study and training for evangelism in local and overseas missions and other events. The pastor will work with the current Music Ministry Coordinator to provide a more cohesive presentation of the praise content and the sermons. In order to meet our growing needs, NHC is prayerfully seeking a new Assistant Pastor, to shepherd the Young Adult Group and help develop our education/discipleship programs. We expect our pastor to help us navigate thru these changes and keep us Christ-centered throughout.
We have learned from experience that to have a higher level of engagement, a more personal approach is needed where the focus would be on the building of personal relationships. As described in the Grow section of Question 2, the pastor will need to foster an environment of personal discipleship and accountability, and equip staff, leaders and members to do the same.
4. Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and/or organization.
Some of the characteristics that are needed for our congregation are as follows:
– Passionate: One who is passionate about living for Christ and understands the importance of making disciples of Christ. One who is passionate about teaching the congregation, but also learning from/about the congregation. Our congregation needs a refueling of sorts, so this person would need the ability to inspire a rekindling of our desire to seek Christ.
– Believes in the authority of the Bible: One who understands the importance of Bible literacy and encourages obedience to the Word by grounding us in biblical knowledge thru various methods, including expository preaching. One who will boldly proclaim and teach the true and unadulterated Gospel. This person will not be influenced by the changing cultural trends but be able to speak God’s unchanging truth in love without fear of unpopularity.
– Good Communicator: One who is able to effectively preach from the pulpit as well as convey ideas clearly in planning meetings. Since the pastor will be leading the congregation, good communication skills are essential in all aspects of church life.
– Relational: One who is willing and has the ability to build relationships with members of various life stages. Our congregation is multigenerational. Life stages range from college students and families with young children all the way to retirees. This person will also need to be a bridge builder between NHC and KPCMD.
5. For what specific tasks, assignments, and programs areas will this person have responsibility?
The responsibilities for this role will become clearer as we go thru a discerning process together. Initially, the expectations for this role would be to provide Christ-centered direction and action in the areas of worship, education, community, service, and missions. Tasks would include preaching, teaching, equipping and walking alongside of the members of the congregation.
The main areas of focus would be:
● Preaching inspiring sermons (including expository preaching) – attendance and engagement are highest on Sundays so we need to offer impactful interactions starting with the worship service and sermons.
● Leadership and Discipleship Training – this would include mentoring and equipping leaders in Bible education and discipleship, with the ultimate goal of making disciples who make disciples.
● Interaction, cooperation and support of various groups and laity within the church (Session/BoD/committees/home groups, etc.) as well as groups within KPCMD. This may also include the hiring and mentoring of full-time/part-time staff in the areas of education, worship, music and administrative, as needed.
● Pastoral counseling of members having personal, family and/or work related issues, including the sick, shut-in and bereaved.
● Strategy and Vision – ability to discern, inspire and facilitate future progress and growth of the church and lead the congregation in taking steps towards that future vision.
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