Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09565.AD1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 09565
Ministry Name Hope Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 7730 North Shore Drive
Spicer, MN 56288
Phone 320-796-2650
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 109
Church School Attendance 26
Curriculum The Story
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

What is your congregation’s or organization’s Mission Statement?

As a community of Christians, Hope Presbyterian Church demonstrates the good news of God’s love, grace and hope.

• Our diverse church family welcomes visitors, youth and children to participate in our worship, Bible study, spiritual development opportunities, prayer and service.

• Our church family seeks to build relationships with one another in order that we might strengthen our ability to love God and love others.

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

Our vision for Hope Presbyterian Church is to call a minister who utilizes Biblical, grace-filled preaching and interpretations which relate to our lives today. We have an older congregation with traditional Sunday Services. Younger congregants may desire adding more contemporary and children’s music to worship through a worship team. We want to strengthen relationships by developing a mentoring program with confirmands and a sponsorship program for new members. With new approaches, we hope to increase member participation in our programs. We hope to carry out Jesus’ message with mission projects, which could be beyond our local area and may include adult, youth, and intergenerational participation. As youth are vital to the future of any church, we desire a pastor with experience working with young adults and children. We hope that through our vision, additional believers may experience our caring and welcoming traditions.

Hope Presbyterian Church offers many programs and activities. These include, but are not limited to, Deacons, Women’s Circle, Adult Bible Study, HPW, Church School, music programs, televised worship services, a Christian radio station broadcasting Christian music and Sunday services. The Care Pantry offers products with a noon meal, fellowship, devotions, and prayer. Through these and other activities, our vision is to humbly offer warm and welcoming worship experiences while carrying out God’s will.

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

According to Matthew 28:19-20 NRSV, Jesus commissioned his disciples: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.” As Christians, we believe that this commission was not just aimed at Jesus’ disciples, but that we, as members of Hope Presbyterian Church, are also called to carry out that charge. We reach out in our community and attempt to address some of the needs by broadcasting Sunday worship services on cable TV and on Hope’s radio station and by supplying products through our Care Pantry. Additionally, we offer birthday kits, collect special offerings, sponsor events like “the Giving Tree”, and cooperate with community church organizations like The Link. We open our facilities to support AA and Al-Anon groups. We currently have a staff member who is coaching the local high school volleyball team and working with Campus Ministry at Ridgewater College providing monthly meals and fellowship. These high school and college activities working with teens and young adults open the opportunity for small group and one on one conversation.

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

We believe our new pastor must truly be called by God and will have the training, skills, and energy to lead our congregation in achieving our goals. Our new pastor needs to be able to make strong connections with our congregation as well as the many visitors we have during the summer and with the community at large. Our pastor must work to continue to strengthen our youth programing to help further develop our youth’s understanding of and relationship with Christ and teach them how to utilize their God-given talents. We also value adult Bible studies and desire that our pastor continues to provide opportunities for adults to strengthen their relationship with Christ as well. Although we believe the new pastor needs to be called to serve, we also believe it is a joint effort between the congregation and the pastor to fulfill God’s will, and we will achieve these goals together.

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 minister who utilizes Biblical, grace-filled preaching relating to our lives today. We expect that our pastor will be empathetic and have the disposition to minister to all congregants and their families during times of struggle and times of joy. We desire a pastor with strong leadership qualities and experience in working with people of all ages. We expect our new pastor to be a good, ethical, Godly administrator of Hope’s staff, programs, and finances. We believe our church is warm, welcoming, and inviting and expect our pastor to embody these qualities also. Most importantly, we require a pastor who is truly “Called” to serve Hope Presbyterian Church.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Preach biblical, grace-filled sermons
  • Administer sacraments
  • Officiate at weddings and baptisms
  • Minister to congregants and their families, who may be injured, ill, dying, home bound, hospitalized, in hospice, or in a care facility
  • Minister to the families and officiate at funeral/memorial services
  • Minister to those experiencing trauma, mental health issues, violence, addiction, physical loss, or life changes
  • Assist in selection of curriculum for Christian education, Bible study and Confirmation
  • Teach Confirmation classes
  • Assist in teaching adult Bible study
  • Act as head of staff
  • Attend committee meetings as needed
  • Assist in financial management
  • Instruct new member classes
  • Provide pre-marital and life counseling
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $53,190   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev Leanne B. Thompson
312 6th St SW Willmar, MN 56201
(320) 262-6169
neighboring pastor and interim session moderator
Rev Dr Candace Adams
6039 College Lane Jamestown, ND 58405
(320) 905-5453
previous pastor
Kathy Terpstra
13735 County Road 8 Brooten, MN 56316
(320) 815-8158
retired neighboring pastor
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   5/18/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. SanDawna Gaulman Ashley Address  4055 Abbott Drive SE, Willmar, MN 56201-9510
Daytime Phone  (320) 235-7910 Office Phone  (320) 235-7910
Fax  (320) 235-7539 Email
PNC:  Myron Ficek Address  11031 199th Ave NE New London, MN 56273
Daytime Phone  (320) 354-3196 Office Phone  (320) 905-4267
Fax  Email