Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04924.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04924
Ministry Name Hopewell Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 80 W. Broad Street
Hopewell, NJ 08525
Phone 609-466-0758
Fax 609-466-1818
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 72
Church School Attendance 13
Curriculum Drawn from many sources
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Hopewell Presbyterian Church strives to…

Proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ

Foster spiritual and personal growth

Nurture and encourage one another

Respond to Jesus’ call to serve and provide for His sheep

Go into the community, see what God is doing and join in

Invite others to an abundant life in Christ

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

In this time of rapid social change we struggle to convey the good news of Jesus. We are developing a vision that embraces the opportunities presented by that change: one which will lead us down new missional paths by building on the diverse gifts and strengths with which we have been blessed. Recognizing and responding to our community’s perceptions of “church” and of the meaning and relevance of Christianity, we understand the urgent need to join people where they are, not just within the walls of our building. We intend to bridge the “spiritual” dimension of life that people are seeking and the abundant life that Christ brings.

We know we are loved, trusting in God’s word. We wish to grow as followers of Jesus Christ. We seek to show compassion and grace to all in Jesus’ name, and to go where God is making disciples and to join in. Therefore:

Through worship, service and small groups, we pursue faith-filled spiritual growth of all members of our church family, encouraging each other to be better disciples and witnesses in our daily lives.

Our worship, pre-school and outreach events are inclusive and welcoming. The extensive use of our facilities by a variety of external groups is making a reality of our vision of the church as a central part of our community.

We seek and support missions, such as The Church Has Left the Building and Family Promise, which provide opportunities for our community to show compassion and grace to others.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

HPC has a history of supporting our community. From local service projects to inter-generational mission trips that serve communities in need, we have sought to respond to God’s love and grace by connecting with and serving others.

Our Deacons’ hands support the local food pantry, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and a local rest home, and their funds support ministries close to home as well as worldwide. One of our most exciting local missions is the Family Promise ministry; we host, feed and care for homeless families for 5 weeks annually, working closely with other Hopewell congregations.

Our “Making Connections” capital campaign has made our building fully ADA accessible. We currently open our doors to about 20 community groups including Girl and Boy Scout troops sponsored by HPC, musical groups, yoga classes, a quilt guild, model flying club and not for profit organizations. We seek to expand our role as a community meeting space.

HPC supports and nurtures our Creative Connections Play School, providing space and financial support and making their success a priority.

We feel a strong call to erase the boundaries between us and those whom we seek to serve and introduce to Jesus Christ. We seek to support the missions of community groups who use our building and who are engaged in service. We seek out the hidden hurts in our community: stressed caregivers, single parents, the lonely, youth and an aging population, all in need of spiritual and earthly support.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

In 2018, HPC faces a paradox. We have facilities that are as good as they have ever been. Giving is strong and our finances are sound. We have a loving, caring, faithful congregation seeking to do God’s work. However, our membership, like that of many congregations, is aging and declining in numbers, and we are failing to connect with an important demographic group in our community – young families.

As our numbers decline it is becoming more difficult to discern where to devote our energy without a more defined vision. In our next pastor we seek a collaborative leader to challenge us to focus on a common vision and lead us toward achieving it.

HPC desires to be more missional – to be deliberately and actively part of God’s specific mission and purpose in our community. We seek a leader with the gift of nurturing and equipping individuals to develop and implement ministries that allow us to reach out and connect to our neighbors. Our next pastor will also be engaged with our community to help us recognize its needs and earn its trust. Moreover, HPC understands that our mission field is ever changing. Our next pastor will walk with us to embrace changes that are necessary for us to be more effective disciples.

We seek a leader who will inspire and challenge us through biblically based worship that is creative and inclusive, continuing our tradition of Christ-centered worship services and small group ministries.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We desire a highly relational pastor who is approachable and engaging, a people person; a pastor who is visible in the community and participates in community and church functions. We want a Christ-centered pastor who is gifted in modeling interpersonal relationships both within and beyond the congregation; someone with skills that include nurturing, affirming and empowering. We seek a leader who has a proclivity for discerning spiritual gifts and making disciples, someone who will support and encourage us to use our gifts as leaders and ministers in reaching out, relating to, and connecting with the people in our congregation, community and the world. This leadership will powerfully inspire others to join us in our mission.

We desire a pastor who is gifted in planning worship, in engaging others to participate and in preaching inspired, biblically based sermons that call us to respond. Our pastor will provide inspiring leadership to our excellent staff and lay leaders.

Our next pastor will be someone who is aware of and responsive to the rapid changes in society, the church and the denomination. We desire a future oriented person who thinks outside the box and is not afraid of challenging the status quo…someone who has a clear vision of God’s call for him or herself; a vision which will creatively lead us into the future of fulfilling Christ’s “great commission.”

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Supporting and Building the Vision of the Church

  • Develop specific strategies for taking the church outward into the community, engaging with the de-churched and the un-churched

  • Identify and develop a strategy to engage youth and young families

  • Implement proven and innovative approaches for effective discipleship

  • Be a dynamic ambassador for the church in the community

Leading and Caring for the People

  • Attend to the needs of the congregation, including home and hospital visitation and counseling

  • Support and periodically lead and teach Christian Education

  • Strongly encourage, support (and be supported by) small group ministry

  • Lead in the development of lay leadership and nurturing of spiritual gifts

  • Mentor and encourage congregational leadership in worship

  • Attend to their own spiritual development and need for rest and relaxation

Leading Worship

  • Preach/Lead dynamic worship services

  • Perform the sacraments and coordinate special worship services

Managing and Communicating

  • Moderate monthly Session meetings and support Deacons and church Ministries

  • Mentor/nurture and supervise Seminary Intern

  • Contribute to monthly newsletter, The Messenger, the church’s website and social media

Optional Links

Hopewell Presbyterian Church website -

HPC Mission Study Report/monthly newsletters -

Hopewell Boro website -

Hopewell Township website -

Hopewell Regional School District website -
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Merle Wilson
17 Holly Hill, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
(609) 532-6703
Former HPC member, Pastor sponsored by HPC in semi
Barb Pauley
33 Manners Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551
(732) 236-4318
HPC member
Rev. Dennis O’Neill
Calvary Baptist Church, 3 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Church: (609)466-1880, Ce
Pastor, member of Hopewell Council of Churches and
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   6/6/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Bob Tomilson Address  820 Silvia St. .Bldg. 800B Ewing NJ 08628
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (609) 882-9521
Fax  (609) 882-9524 Email
PNC:  Douglas McCleery (Doug) Address  23 Princeton Ave., Hopewell, NJ 08525
Daytime Phone  (609) 410-3994 Office Phone  (609) 466-3609
Fax  Email