Why We Love This Opportunity
At New Hope Baptist Church, what matters most is that they are “transforming lives, families, and communities through the revived people of Jesus Christ.” This mission statement drives how they live and what they do. New Hope believes that faith comes solely through Jesus Christ – not because of works but by grace as a gift. The people of New Hope want to be transformed by Christ to join God in His work of transforming those around them to fulfill the Great Commission. The Gospel is always their aim. New Hope is a church that loves to worship. Even in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, worship services have been well attended and are sweet experiences.
With a 140-year old history, New Hope Baptist Church is a multi-ethnic and multi-generational church with three campuses in the south Atlanta, GA area. Before COVID, around 1500 people gathered for family groups and 1800 for worship each weekend. In a typical month, over 2500 unique people were in attendance. As a diverse church family, they feel it a privilege to intentionally live out the Gospel and live counter-culturally as they follow Christ’s command to preach the Good News. Multi-ethnic ministry is integral to who they are and is a guiding “conscience” in their hearts. They are known for being focused on the mission and for being more than hospitable but genuinely multicultural.
New Hope sees their local mission field as the 550,000 people of south metro Atlanta. South Atlanta is mainly professional and middle-class made up of African-American, Anglo, and many Hispanic families. The area has become increasingly diverse over the last 20 years and grows with a surprising number of young families. Each New Hope campus reflects the demographics of the community immediately around it. The North Campus congregation is approximately 45% African-American, 50% Anglo, and 5% Hispanic. The South and Northgate campuses are 95% Anglo.
The worship gatherings on each campus embrace a modern musical expression. All campuses incorporate repertoire considered by most to be mainstream, contemporary worship in a CCM style. Though, given the relative diversity on the North Campus, additional songs of the gospel genre are regularly incorporated, creating a more eclectic feel. The North Campus also regularly includes brass and woodwind instruments and a choir, vocal team, and rhythm section. The other campuses utilize rhythm sections with smaller groups of vocalists, though the South Campus often employs a horn section into the band.
The Lead Worship Pastor will report to the Senior Pastor while also serving as part of New Hope’s Executive Team. This person will primarily lead worship on the North Campus while overseeing the worship and production teams for all three campuses. The new Lead Worship Pastor should be a skilled worship leader who is relational, humble, and a team player. On and off the platform, this leader should be marked by authenticity. Possessing experience overseeing worship ministry in a multisite model and experience leading in an ethnically diverse church is essential. While musical skill and administrative competence are important, this person should be Gospel-centered and see tremendous Kingdom potential here.