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Hope Evangelical Free Church

Pastor/Director of Adult Ministries

Hope Evangelical Free Church
Dubuque, Iowa, United States

Date Posted: 05/06/2011
Categories: Associate Pastor - Discipleship Pastor
Denominations: Evangelical Free
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
The Background
By God’s grace, Hope Church seeks to be a growing community of faith that will make an eternal difference, beginning in Dubuque, Iowa. About 1,000 people per weekend find authentic community, relevant bible teaching, inspiring music, and loving children’s ministries at Hope Church. We also offer multiple ministries for children, teens, and adults beyond our 3 weekend services (visit

Church Distinctives
Hope Church loves Dubuque! Over the past 30 years, Hope Church has developed a consistent presence in our city. We remain committed to reaching even more people by impacting Dubuque and the surrounding communities with the gospel in transforming ways.

Hope Church is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (see, a denomination focused on growing healthy churches.

Hope Church would characterize ourselves by the following distinctives:

• We are a Christian melting pot; with former Catholics, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Evangelicals, etc. all finding common ground here.

• We are committed to accurate, simple, moderate and relevant teaching of Scripture - our worship services are central to our disciple-making efforts, and our preaching is central to our worship services.

• We are passionate about sharing the gospel. We have a high degree of new adult converts within our church. We share the gospel simply and constantly in our various ministry settings.

• We are focused on making active disciples, and as such, promote opportunities for people to work on their own discipleship (through serving, small groups, leading, relational evangelism, etc).

• We are practical and selective about how we spend our time and energy. We prefer to limit what we try to do, so as to do some things very well. We are okay with saying no to good opportunities if we don’t feel it is the right season for us. We want to remain nimble and focused on our aim of making disciples.

• We prefer to be known for what we are for, rather than what we are against. We spend a limited amount of energy defining ourselves against various ideas, movements, organizations, political parties, news stories, etc. We do not shy away from taking a hard stand, but prefer to be positive.

Church Statistics
From an internal census in the summer of 2010, we know:

Over 50% of the attendees of Hope Church are new within the past 3 years.
We have a strong invitation culture, visitor flow, and sense of mission.

Over 30% of our adults and teens have first accepted Christ through this church.
The Lord is working through us as we are focused on helping people connect with God.

Over 65% of our adults and teens grew up Catholic.
Dubuque is considered about 80% Catholic background, so we are reaching our city.

Less than 15% of our adults and teens grew up with an “evangelical” church background.
We have many people who are hungry for Biblical literacy, exploring faith, etc.

Church Vision & Direction
Hope Church has just seen the completion of a 4-point, 3-year vision plan. Senior Pastor Matt Collins first shared these points with the congregation in the summer of 08, with the hope that all of them would be complete by 2011:

• Next Generation Redesign our children and students programs and spaces into vibrant places for families to grow spiritually.

• Worship Arts Upgrade our worship center so that we can better use the arts in our worship services to share the power of the gospel.

• Local Care Develop a multi-faceted care and counseling ministry that will assist individuals and families in their times of need.

• Global Church Start partnerships with Third World national ministries to accomplish life-changing initiatives.

We now have a new children’s and student ministry staff, and renovated spaces for these ministries. We recently renovated our worship center too, to better enhance our arts capabilities. We started a storefront Neighborhood Resource Center in downtown Dubuque in 2009. We started a partnership in Haiti in 2008 with a ministry that is by nationals, for nationals – raising up a next generation of Christian leaders for that country.

Now that this 3-year vision is complete, it’s being replaced by a one year, one point vision to add a fourth worship service at a second location in town. At a weekend attendance of 1,000, our campus is currently near capacity (parking and children’s space especially). To continue to reach our city, we need to add a worship service, and are choosing to do it through multi-site. We’ve hired a full-time pastor (from within our congregation, to start this summer) who will oversee this second location launch in October/November 2011.

Eventually, we wonder if we could have 3 worship locations in Dubuque, where everyone in town would be no more than 10 minutes from a Hope Church site. There are very few Protestant churches in Dubuque. Hope Church is the only Protestant church within an hour’s drive that has an attendance over 300. We celebrate all the churches in town, but also feel a unique responsibility to remain focused on reaching this city at this time. Evangelizing our city is by far our primary focus.

In 2000, Hope Church had an attendance of 200. By 2008, the attendance was 600. Recent attendance has averaged 1,020 (not including Palm Sunday and Easter weekends).

Senior & Executive Pastors
The Senior Pastor Matt Collins has been with Hope Church for 13 years. Prior to this, he pastored in upstate New York. Under his leadership, the Hope Church has grown from 200 to 1,000. Matt is passionate about sharing the gospel and about teaching practical Christian living. He and his wife Carol met in college at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and have 5 boys, ranging from middle school to out of the home.

The Executive Pastor Darrell Cloud has been with Hope Church since June 2008. Previously, he was on staff with Compass Church, an Evangelical Free Church of 3,000 in Naperville, IL. He oversaw assimilation and adult ministries for them as they grew from 900 to 2,300. He’s passionate about seeing the gospel shared, and empowering leaders to influence people for discipleship. He and his wife Laura also met at Moody (coincidence), and have a preschool son.

About Dubuque, Iowa
As the seventh largest city in the state of Iowa, Dubuque boasts small-town warmth and friendliness, and has been a vibrant river town since the early 1800s. Situated at the intersection of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin, Dubuque stands among the Mississippi River bluffs with rolling hills and picturesque views at almost every turn.

In 2008, Dubuque was named as the “Most Livable” Small City by the United States Conference of Mayors. Also in 2008, Dubuque was awarded a national title of “100 Best Communities for Young People”. In 2007, Dubuque was declared an “All-America City” by the National Civic League. In 2007, Inc. Magazine listed Dubuque as 22nd out of 393 “Best Cities & Boom Towns”, alongside annual favorites like Las Vegas, Phoenix, and metro areas in Florida. Dubuque was the only Midwest city listed in the overall U.S. Top 25.

Dubuque is a growing city with a population of about 65,000 people, and a greater tri-state area population of about 100,000. Major employers in the area include John Deere, Prudential Insurance, IBM, Hormel, Medical Associates, Eagle Window & Door, McGraw-Hill Publishing, among others. Visit for more information about the city. Throughout the 2008-2010 national downturn, the Dubuque economy and housing market grew. Many people have moved to Dubuque recently, mostly from other Midwestern cities, to take advantage of the growth.

Dubuque offers 11 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 high schools, 2 private school systems. There are also 3 private liberal arts colleges, a Bible college, and 3 seminaries.

The Position
Hope Church is seeking a gifted person to lead our Adult Ministries church-wide, and to lead our hosting and assimilation on our current campus. This position came open recently when the pastor in this position (for the past 4 years) accepted a new position as the Senior Pastor of another Evangelical Free Church in Iowa.

This staff position is tasked with overseeing all of our adult discipleship initiatives beyond our worship services. Currently, this includes small groups, men’s ministries, women’s ministries, marriage ministry, and a few other specialty ministries. The role is also responsible for all hosting (parking, greeters, ushers, café, information) and assimilation (guest follow-up, new believer follow-up, connections events, etc.) on our current campus.

Hosting and assimilation for our next site will be handled by our new Campus Pastor. He will also be overseeing college and young adult ministries church-wide, as well as local reach ministries, such as our downtown storefront Neighborhood Resource Center.

This Adult Ministries staff position does not currently have any direct report employees. Currently, there are about 130 volunteers in our hosting and connections ministries, led by several lay leaders. About 300 people participate in our small groups, and hundreds more attend our various other adult ministry groups and events. Each of these ministries have current lay leaders. Each staff person is tasked with developing lay leaders to oversee volunteers to do ministry.

Desired Qualifications
Hope Church is seeking to call a new Pastor/Director of Adult Ministries. We’re looking for a proven leader with a professional and educational background that makes them an obvious consideration for the role. This would include full-time staff experience at a growing church with impactful adult ministries. Strong candidates would have:

• A readily observable Christian faith and life. We are called to be set apart, holy.

• Relational, and a pastoral heart. Ministry is about people.

• Leadership ability. This person must be able to equip lay leaders to effectively replicate themselves. They must be able to build teams and attract high-capacity people.

• Entrepreneurial skills. This staff member must be able to effectively re-engineer ministries or start new ministries, and be able to grow them through other leaders.

• Speaking ability. This person must be able to effectively communicate publicly; both through preaching and teaching, and also through coaching leaders and training volunteer teams in effective ways.

• Management skills. This staff must be able to empower others to oversee ongoing structures, teams, and budgets. They must be able to delegate multiple initiatives to multiple volunteers.

Specialist & Generalist Roles
As a specialist, the Pastor/Director of Adult Ministries will oversee all ministries for adults; both those at Hope Church, and any others in the community with which they can gain spiritual influence. This staff person must have a strong understanding of how discipleship happens, and the ability to translate that into effective systems for discipling hundreds of adults.

As a generalist, the Pastor/Director of Adult Ministries will also be expected to contribute to the staff team at large, as the group sets the tone for the disciple-making efforts of the church. There are some special projects and seasonal initiatives of the church where staff members work in taskforces together to benefit the whole church.

Reporting & Governance
This position would be a direct report to the Executive Pastor. The church is Elder governed and staff led, meaning the Elders work with the Senior Pastor on high-level vision and values that set the tone in the long-term picture, but all the year-to-year decisions and strategic planning are done by the staff, under the direction of the Executive Pastor. The Elders are voted into place by the Members (right now, we have about 200 Members). The Senior Pastor is the only Staff who is an Elder (there are 6 other Elders, voted into place by the Members). The position would be a peer to the other full-time Pastors/Directors (Administration, Arts, Campus Pastor, Early Family, Elementary, and Students).

Hope Church is eager to reach as many people as possible in Dubuque for Jesus Christ. We’re looking for an experienced staff person with a similar hunger for new life transformation. We’re prayerfully looking forward to meeting you!