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New Hope Church

Greenwood, Indiana, United States

Date Posted:
Media/Technology - Worship Pastor
Church Size:
501 to 750
Job Type:
New Hope Church
Job Description:
Date Posted: March 5, 2012
Organization: New Hope Church, 5307 W. Fairview Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142
Church Size: Approximately 500 (Intentionally multi-generational)
Denomination: Independent Christian Church (Inter-denominational)
Worship Style: Contemporary
Web Site: www.newhopegreenwood.org
Position: Pastor of Worship Expression
Position Type: Full Time
Pay Rate: Commensurate with education/experience
Education Level: Advanced Degree Preferred!
Credentials: Preferred, but non-credentialed candidates will be considered

Position Description: This position is for a full-time Pastor of Worship Expression at New Hope Church in Greenwood, Indiana. This new pastoral position provides vision, guidance, and direct support to the church's expressions of Worship as well as overall Communications, and Worship Education. All pastoral leaders (both full- and part-time) work together in a shared leadership model to create experiences that invite and encourage individuals and families to “transform”.

This role has leadership responsibility for a.) the church's communication strategies and the tangible expressions of those strategies (planning/consistency, themes, technology, graphics), b.) the church's worship experiences (worship services, communion, baptism, dedications, prayer gatherings, etc.) and their creative components (art, drama, music, etc.), and c.) the church's growing knowledge of living a life of worship (through worship education). This role would take responsibility for the church's website and continuously increase its effectiveness as a place of inspiration, education, and information.
(Note: Apart from this role, is the part-time position of “Worship Leader” which focuses on providing musical leadership during weekend worship as well as other limited times during the calendar year. The Worship Leader reports to the Pastor of Worship Expression.)

Applicants should provide the following:
• Resume and Cover Letter including information about your interest in exploring this position and acknowledgement that you have read, and are in agreement with, New Hope's Statement of Faith and governance structure.
• Conversion testimony - please share how you came to understand and accept the gift of Christ's sacrifice and your decision to follow Him.
• 2-3 visual samples (e.g., links to websites; worship services; attachments or links to communication samples such as ministry- related literature, promotions, educational material, etc.)
All electronic materials and/or questions can be emailed to council@newhopegreenwood.org
Mail any hardcopy materials to: Attn: Debbie Ingle, New Hope Church, 5307 W. Fairview Rd., Greenwood, IN 46142

Amended October 2007


ARTICLE I Corporate Name

This body was duly incorporated in 1986 under the laws of the State of Indiana as New Hope Church, Inc.


New Hope Church is organized for the religious, charitable and educational purposes for the advancement of God's Kingdom. New Hope Church is organized in a manner that is consistent with the teachings of the New Testament. Its ministry and purpose are, therefore three-fold:

A. KNOWING To help persons come to know God through a personal experience with Jesus Christ.

B. GROWING To help persons to grow and mature in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

C. SOWING To help persons share the Good News of God's love through individual conversation, the ministry of the
Church, and the outreach of missionaries.

ARTICLE III Statement of Faith

A. Trinity

We believe God is the Supreme, Eternal One who reveals himself to the human race through three distinct, but equal, Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

1. God, the Father - we believe that God is the Creator of all life, the Initiator of the divine-human relationship and the Source of perfect love.

2. Jesus Christ, the Son - we believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Upon His First Advent into human history, He came as a Humble Child, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. As such, He was both fully divine and yet fully human. Through His sinless life, death upon the cross and resurrection from the grave, He provides the only means for persons to be reunited with God. Upon His Second Advent into human history, He will come as a Victorious Lord to complete the redemption of the cosmos. Evil will be destroyed, all creation will be renewed, a new Heaven will descend, and the believer will dwell in the presence of God.

3. The Holy Spirit - we believe the Holy Spirit is the Eternal Spirit who has been active throughout time revealing God to the human race. In an individual's life, the Spirit creates a restless longing that can only be satisfied by God prevenient grace), enables the process of new birth (salvation) and indwells the believer so that one is inspired with a vision of holy living and endowed with power for daily life (sanctification).

B. Humanity

We believe humanity is the highest expression of God's creation. Created in the image of God, men and women were designed to be with God, one another and the earth. Due to the lack of trust and disobedience (sin), humanity broke the divine human bond thus defacing the image of God within them. Since the event of Original Sin, relationships of persons to God, persons to persons, and persons to earth have been fragmented. Only as persons are reunited with God, through faith in Christ, can the process of rediscovering God's image within commence, and life's relationships be restored.

C. The Bible

We believe the O1d and New Testaments are the only written Word of God. The authority of the Scripture derives from the fact that God, through the Holy Spirit, inspired the authors, causing them to perceive God's truth and record it with accuracy. The Bible is God's written message to the world revealing God's character, calling persons to a relationship with Himself, identifying the essentials of the Christian faith, and guiding believers in aspects of daily living. We affirm the responsibility of each Christian to study the Scriptures, which leads to biblical interpretation based upon the Spirit's guidance and personal reflection.

D. Salvation

We believe God desires for all persons to live in unbroken fellowship with Him. However, all persons experience a broken relationship with God due to sin which results in guilt and condemnation. Because God is Holy, fallen humanity cannot mend
the broken relationship with God through any personal effort (sincere resolutions, humanitarian| efforts, faithfulness to a church, etc.). But, because God is Love, He has provided The Way for mending humanity's separation from Himself (grace). Salvation is made available to all who put their faith in Christ, trusting in His sacrifice upon the cross (redemption). All who receive this gift of salvation experience freedom from the guilt and condemnation of sin (justification) and are born anew
with a heart to follow God (regeneration).

E. The Church

We believe the Church consists of all those who acknowledge Jesus Christ as Savior. Believers are scripturally admonished to come together in local communities of faith to provide a context for Christian nurture and empowerment. The Church provides nurturing towards Christian maturity through worship celebrations, teaching of the Scriptures, and fellowship within the community. The Church provides empowerment for Christian service through training believers and encouraging them to actively represent Christ's presence to the world by being responsive to the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of others.

F. After Life

We believe those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation do, at physical death, immediately pass into God's presence and dwell with Him forever. We believe that those who do not choose to trust in Christ for salvation will, at
physical death, experience eternal separation from the presence of God.

ARTICLE IV Membership

New Hope Church, Inc. will be a non-member, Not for Profit Corporation.

ARTICLE V Government

As a self-governing body, the congregation shall delegate its administrative function and authority to the Church Council who shall be trustees of the church and directors of this Corporation. The ultimate responsibility for programs, decisions and the direction of New Hope Church rests upon the Church Council. The Church Council shall seek affirmation from the congregation on strategic decisions which involve the hiring of senior staff leadership and decisions which
involve the church in debt.

ARTICLE VI Corporate Officers

In keeping with state law, the Church Council will annually appoint a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer to serve as Corporate Officers.

ARTICLE VII Amendments

A. Articles II and III of this Constitution may not be amended.

B. This Constitution, except as specified above, may be amended through the following procedure

1. The amendment must be presented to the members of the Church Council at least two weeks before a regularly scheduled Church Council meeting. The proposed amendment must be affirmed by three-fourths (3/4) of the members of
the Church Council before it is presented to the congregation.

2. A vote by three-fourths (3/4) of the church members present at the annual meeting or a specially-called meeting.

3. Written notice of such proposed amendment shall be made available to the membership at least two weeks prior to said meeting.

4. Voting shall be by written ballot.


The fiscal year of this church shall correspond to the calendar year.

Amended October 2007



A. Criteria for Membership

New Hope Church membership is based on an acceptance in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, by demonstrating your personal responsibilities through a commitment of ongoing service, and ongoing growth in spiritual maturity for God’s kingdom

B. Admission Procedure

Becoming a member of New Hope Church requires an acknowledgment of your faith and commitment to service as documented in New Hope Church policies

C. Consideration of Member Status

The Church Council will determine membership status using documented New Hope Church policies that are based on Biblical principles


Strategic Direction – Steering Team
Policy and Resources – Church Council
Ministry and Program Direction – Church Staff


A. Steering Team

Members of this team must posses the spiritual gift of leadership. They will be appointed annually by the Church Council and will be responsible for providing strategic direction for the Church to the Church Council. Method of appointment, length of service, meeting frequency and other criteria for the Steering Team will be documented in the New Hope Church Policies.

B. Church Council

Members of Council must exhibit spiritual maturity as noted in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Church Council will be responsible for the setting of policy and management of the resources of New Hope Church. Members of the Church Council are to be introduced to the congregation each year at the beginning of the calendar year Method of appointment, length of service, meeting frequency and other criteria for the Church Council will be documented in the New Hope Church Policies.

C. Church Staff

Members of the Church Staff must possess spiritual maturity and have specific skills and training equipping them for oversight of ministry and program direction. Church Staff will be responsible for leading, training and implementation of ministry and programs, as well as the daily activities for the operations of the Church under the authority of the Church Council. Method of selection, supervision, accountability and other criteria for the Church Staff will be documented in the New Hope Church Policies.
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