New Hope Christian Church
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|A Sunday morning drive through Marshalltown, Iowa is reminiscent of a drive through many quaint towns across the Midwest. Flags line Main Street, families are biking, there’s an airplane decorated outside the VFW, and a family reunion appears to be in full swing at a local park. All is well…or is it?
New Hope Christian Church is the largest evangelical church in town at 750 average weekly worship attendance. “The need here is great,” says Senior Pastor Kerry Jech. “We know there are thousands upon thousands of folks starving for the Gospel in Marshalltown and beyond.” It’s the beyond part that New Hope is looking to capitalize on at some point in 2018 with another campus already chosen for its second location.
Kerry helped start New Hope twenty-six years ago to make a difference in advancing the Gospel in Marshalltown. “Our vision is that every person who calls this place home would be growing in their upward relationship with God, inwardly with their fellow believers, while also reaching out to those who don’t know Christ,” says Kerry. New Hope is made up of multiple generations, people from all socio-economic levels, and various ethnic cultures that have migrated to the area.
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|The Worship ministry at New Hope can best be described as contemporary with a mix of some traditional music. “We try to mix in a hymn a couple times of month,” says Kerry. “Our older folks appreciate that, even when re-arranged in a more modern sound.” The ministry utilizes a four to five-piece band every week with multiple singers to complement the instrumentation. Once a month, auxiliary pieces (brass, woodwinds) are added, as well as at other special times of the year.
This is a church that sings from the front row to the back! The last hour on Sunday morning is packed, and especially engaged. There is obviously a strong history and heritage of worship and music ministry of which the current leadership and volunteers are benefiting. In years past, the church offered dinner theatres and seasonal productions which drew hundreds of folks from the community.
An ideal candidate for this next season of Worship Arts at New Hope would be: