New Hope is a congregation that has been doing ministry for over 200 years. The church has been through many ups and downs in terms of membership and number of viable ministries. We currently do not have any active ministries for children or youth. We are located in an area that is seeing significant growth and many moving into the area are families with children. This position is a ground up opportunity. The person filling this position will work closely with the Senior Pastor and the Board of Elders in building a viable ministry for children and youth.
The primary purpose of this ministry position is to lead and oversee effective ministry to pre-school through high school students. Pastor leadership will focus on relating directly with students, partnering with parents, and recruiting, leading and equipping volunteer staff. The pastor will include an emphasis on students being encouraged to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior and the ongoing spiritual development of each student.
Student Ministry (pre-school through 12th grade)
• Envision, design, and lead strong, balanced ministry by building and utilizing teams of volunteer staff with an emphasis on discipleship and mission.
• Maintain a hands-on involvement and direct participation in ministry to these ages, cultivating pastoral relationships with students, leaders and parents. We anticipate that the relationship development and direct participation will become stronger as the students progress from elementary age to middle school age on to high school age. We see this role as one that partners with parents and the rest of the church in creating wholehearted followers of Jesus.
• Cultivate, equip, and deploy volunteer staff in ministry to all age groups. We value the pastoral ministry that focuses on training others for ministry.
Other Pastoral Ministry Duties
• Contribute to New Hope’s overall leadership, direction, and ministry working with the Senior Pastor and Board of Elders
• Contribute to additional ministries where gifts, interests, and church needs coincide, as determined by working with the Senior Pastor
• Perform other pastoral and associate duties as needed and directed by the Senior Pastor.
• Meet weekly with the Senior Pastor and monthly with the Board of Elders.
In each of these areas it is not expected that the pastor will perform all of these ministries herself/himself but will identify, develop, deploy and oversee leaders and teams who will do these ministries. In addition, we want this pastor to bring his/her unique gits, passions and interest to this ministry of New Hope, and we will encourage and support all efforts to participate in fulfilling the mission of New Hope and Jesus’ commission to all disciples.
About New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church
The people of New Hope see this congregation as a family that is always looking for new family members. Even though the people here are a very close-knit group, they are very welcoming of new people and gladly accept the involvement of new members.
Our worship area is approximately 15 years old and seats 250. It is a traditional style area with beautiful stained-glass windows, but we have very tastefully added professional projection capabilities that are utilized in our worship. There is a small educational wing attached to the worship area that has 3 classrooms. At the rear of our facilities, and connected, is a fellowship hall with full kitchen and two additional classrooms. We have adequate paved parking and at the back of the property and a wooded area that has a small playground. This area in the back gives us room to expand parking when the need to add a new building arises.
New Hope currently is about evenly divided between people over 65 and people in the 40-65 age range. There are a few young adults (20-30) and 3 children that attend regularly. We have folks who have post graduate degrees and some who are high school graduates who have successful businesses. We have professional people and hourly employees and on Sunday morning you would be hard pressed to determine which are which.
In addition to our regular weekly and monthly ministries our facilities are open to and used by the community. We currently have a dance group (Ballroom Dancing) and two local home owner associations that regularly use the facilities. In the winter months we participate in the local homeless ministry and house and feed several men each Saturday night in our fellowship hall. Each fall we leave the building and have our annual Worship in the Park in Don Fox Community Park (a city park) in Lebanon, TN We rent the large pavilion for the service and have a meal that is open to everyone in the park after the service