Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 09565.AD3

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 100
Church School Attendance 26
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude
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:

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.

We are searching for a pastor who is called to lead our congregation in fulfilling our vision. We desire a minister who delivers text-based, grace-filled sermons that are relevant to our lives today. We desire a pastor who can assist us in working with young adults and children as youth are vital to the future of any church. In the past, we have had more traditional Sunday services, however, we are open to new traditions like adding more contemporary music to inspire younger generations. We envision more fully utilizing our beautiful and unique outdoor “Hopewood Chapel” and “River of Hope Youth Center” which overlook the Crow River. We also envision developing a mentoring program for confirmands and a sponsorship program for new members to help share God’s love. We hope to carry out Jesus’ message with local and national mission projects. Hope Church offers many programs and activities including Deacons, Women’s Circle, adult bible study, HPW, church school, televised worship services, and a Christian radio station broadcasting Christian music and Sunday services. Our Care Pantry offers household and personal care products as well as a noon meal, fellowship, devotions, and prayer for families in need. Through these and other activities, we pray additional believers may experience God’s love and Hope’s caring and welcoming traditions.

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, a non-profit that works to share resources and God’s love with those in need. We open our facilities to support AA and Al-Anon groups. Our congregation works with Campus Ministry at Ridgewater College to provide monthly meals and fellowship, offering the opportunity for small group and one on one conversation with students.
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 will strive to make strong connections with our congregation, visitors, and with the community at large. Our pastor will work with us to guide and teach our youth to strengthen their relationship with Christ while utilizing their God-given talents. We believe that our pastor should value Bible study and prayer and have a desire to help provide opportunities for adults to strengthen their relationship with Christ as well. Although we believe our new pastor needs to be called to lead and serve, we believe that a joint effort is required between our congregation and our pastor in order to achieve our goals and fulfill God’s will.
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 delivers sermons rooted in Scripture and are full of grace that relate to our lives today. We expect that our pastor will be empathetic and have the gifts 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 skilled and ethical administrator of Hope’s staff, programs, and finances. We believe our church is warm, welcoming, and inviting and expect our pastor to embody those 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 sermons rooted in Scripture and full of grace
  • Administer the sacraments of Baptism and Communion
  • Provide pre-marital counseling and officiate at weddings
  • Minister to congregants and their families and community members, who may be injured, ill, dying, home bound, hospitalized, in hospice, or in a care facility
  • Minister to those experiencing trauma, mental health issues, violence, addiction, physical loss, or life changes
  • Minister to the families and officiate at funeral/memorial services
  • Assist in selection of curriculum for Christian education, Bible study, and Confirmation
  • Teach and/or assist with Confirmation classes
  • Teach and/or assist in teaching adult Bible study
  • Act as head of staff
  • Attend committee meetings as needed
  • Assist in financial management
  • Instruct new member classes
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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: $60,000   (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   12/14/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Elder Kathy Terpstra Address  4055 Abbott Dr, Wilmar, MN, 56201-9510
Daytime Phone  320-815-8158 Office Phone  320-346-4158
Fax  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