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MIF #: 03916.AH0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 03916
Ministry Name The House of Hope Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 797 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone 651-227-6311
Fax 651-227-9969
WWW Address
Ministry Size More than 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 375
Church School Attendance 95
Curriculum Godly Play and DWELL - Marvel
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (Multi-Staff Pastor, who supervised two or more teaching elders and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

As Christians and Presbyterians, we believe in the grace and promises of God, as revealed in Scripture, and in Jesus Christ, who make clear both the character of God and humanity in its most gracious form.

We gather to glorify God; to experience and express God’s love; to explore together the meaning of Jesus’ teaching in our time; to build a community that reflects God’s grace; and to deepen our faith through worship, learning, fellowship and service, guided by God’s Spirit.

We are committed to using our resources in service to others, and to supporting and enriching our members spiritually, intellectually, socially, and artistically.

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

Hope is more than a word in our name—it is why we were founded, continues to be our vision for ministry, and motivates us to reach, work, and fight for God’s promise to make all things new.

We are a faithful home for those seeking spiritual nourishment, intellectual challenge, and active discipleship. Sunday worship within our lovingly maintained Gothic revival sanctuary inspires and enlightens us through stirring sermons, poetic prayers, and uplifting music, helping our members navigate the daunting challenges, anxieties, and tensions of daily life. Music is integral to our faith and worship—our stellar music program enriches our members and attracts new ones from near and far.

A Covenant Network congregation, we welcome all into our accessible building and livestream our services. Sunday ministry is enhanced by adult enrichments, Bible and other study groups, fellowship, social opportunities, concerts, and discussions over breakfast or beer. Children acquire a moral framework, develop bonds to the church family, and grow in faith through worship and program activities from preschool through high school. Our members sustain each other through the Intercessors Guild, Stephen Ministry, and Grief Support groups. We are actively involved in earth care, and peace and justice work. Through stewardship and our endowment we provide generous financial support that extends into the broader community and world with grants awarded annually to more than twenty-five organizations.

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

Founded on hope, and charged by faith and Christ’s example, we feel called to think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as agents of renewal in our uncertain world. Living out an intentional decision to do so, our members of all ages have long been active in tackling homelessness (Prior Crossing, Project Home), criminal justice (Ujamaa Place), housing inequity (Habitat for Humanity), poverty and hunger (House of Hope Community Garden, Loaves and Fishes). Our passionate Peace and Justice Committee informs and compels us to take intergenerational action about these and many other social needs. Members are increasingly concerned with being good stewards of God’s creation and in 2020 we will become an Earth Care Congregation PC(USA).

We sponsor many community events including a Sunday Series of nationally known speakers on social justice issues; the compelling annual Didier Seminar, featuring the best thinkers in religion, arts, letters and science; Community Sing-Alongs; organ and carillon recitals; and National Night Out. We feature local, regional, and international artists in our Cloister Gallery; house the nationally recognized choral artists The Singers; provide weekly meeting space for AA and Al-Anon; and are exploring more community use for our spacious building.

While continuing our active purpose-driven history of discipleship, we are also eager to see where the Holy Spirit may lead us in new paths of service, fellowship, and community connection.

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

Anchored by our rich heritage while navigating toward our emerging future, we envision a new head of staff pastor who will journey with us to help discern God’s will for our church. We seek a dynamic worship leader and strong preacher grounded in a personal vital faith in God who will inspire us to grow in faith through regular individual and group spiritual practices.

Our new pastor will collaborate with the Director of Music and Program Staff to continue the vibrant tradition of our inspiring worship that has long sustained current members and been a significant component in attracting new ones. S/he will mentor, encourage, and empower our clergy and staff to broaden our congregation’s group-life and communal aspects, including inter-generational investment in our children and family ministry. Our new pastor will engage and energize members of all ages—especially those who are currently less involved, nurture strong leadership and stewardship within our church, and be one of the reasons new members join us.

We seek a new head pastor who will share our passion for ongoing mission work in housing, earth care, and peace and justice advocacy. S/he will strengthen our current partnerships with mission and community organizations, and facilitate connections with new ones. We look to our new head of staff to partner with our congregation, church boards, staff, and broader community for ways our members and facilities may better serve within and outside our House of Hope.

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

Believing that only God can contain all, we pray for a spiritual leader who is theological, dynamic, creative, inspiring, and caring. Worship and sermons shape and enrich our culture, so we seek someone who speaks from a wealth of scriptural, intellectual, and cultural knowledge.

Our congregation is a deep well of talents, experience, and wisdom. Our new pastor will value and recognize the congregation as a resource, not just a “flock.” When encountering differing opinions and perspectives vital to the church’s health and well-being, s/he will face those challenges with open-mindedness and understanding as well as conviction and perseverance. S/he will reach out and listen to both the quiet and vocal among our members and broader community, encourage open dialogue and communication, and strive for the delicate balance of humility and self-confidence.

Our new pastor will build and maintain solid relationships inside and outside our church, and must be comfortable soliciting donations and support for the church’s monetary needs and mission initiatives. S/he will strive for how best to employ the skills of the clergy, program and office staff through collaboration and mindful decision-making while remaining ultimately accountable. Our new pastor will value our traditions while looking toward the future—affirming that what lies ahead is not obvious, viewing uncertainty as an opportunity, and aspiring to optimism without illusions.

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


  • Major preaching role: Thoughtfully compose and artfully deliver original compelling sermons.
  • Liturgical leadership: Attend to all aspects of worship—music, liturgy, prayer, preaching and sacraments, to create flow within each service.
  • Spiritual and educational enrichment: With clergy, program staff, and related Session committees, plan and implement special worship, study, and fellowship opportunities.
  • Pastoral care: Assure compassionate responsive congregational care, counseling, and visitation.


  • Vision and strategy: Create a compelling vision and provide strategic leadership to more deeply engage and energize current members, and attract and integrate new ones.
  • Budget and stewardship: With the Session and Trustees set budgetary priorities, see to the wise use of resources, and inspire congregational generosity to ensure the church’s financial health.
  • Congregational enhancement: Recognize and cultivate the way members contribute to the church’s mission through their “time, talent and treasure”.
  • Team leadership: Lead ordained and program staff as partners in all areas of ministry; mentor them to develop and excel professionally.
  • Communication: Model open clear communication and respectful conflict resolution.


  • Voice of The House of Hope: Communicate the church’s values and objectives to the broader community.
  • Community engagement: Build bridges with other church, non-profit, and local government partners to meet community mission needs.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Externally Aware
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $140,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Linda Lane
797 Summit Avenue; Saint Paul, MN 55105
612-868-5140 (c)
House of Hope Member
John Tulloch
797 Summit Avenue; Saint Paul, MN 55105
651-295-7501 (c)
House of Hope Member
Jeff Foels
3755 Dunkirk Lane; Plymouth, MN 55446
651-323-7459 (c)
Former House of Hope Associate 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:  12/2/2019
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   11/11/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

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