Hope Church

Lead Pastor

Spencer, Iowa

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    Why We Love This Opportunity

    The Lead Pastor opportunity at Hope Church is the perfect one for a leader who dreams of living and leading in a town where relationships, family, and community are still valued at a premium!

    Hope Church has a passion for being fully integrated into the life of this historic town just south of the Great Lakes of Iowa, and they are seeking a Lead Pastor who loves preaching, leading & shepherding a healthy body of believers.

    About This Organization

    Hope Church was organized in 1950 as a member of the Reformed Church of America with fourteen member families. Seventy years later, God has grown Hope Church to 368 families plus many others who are working to find their place in His family.

    Over the years, Hope Church has completed building projects where the congregation enjoys gathering and is equipped for community outreach, vibrant youth ministry, and similar ministries that reach various groups in the broader community of Spencer. Hope strives to be a welcoming congregation that invites the community to join in passionate worship and meaningful fellowship.

    Hope Church desires to be a light for Jesus in Spencer, Northwest Iowa, the country, and the world. Hope Church is intentional about serving the local community as the physical hands and feet of Jesus, and they are actively involved with multiple global mission projects. They provide support to nine missionaries and their families. Hope is also deeply committed to a long-term mission effort in Haiti – typically sending two teams each year to aid missionaries they support.

    Position Description

    The Lead Pastor casts a vision and leads the organization, including, but not limited to, by providing spiritual guidance, biblical preaching, Christ-centered worship services, accountability, outreach, networking, relationship development, and management of the staff.


    • Provide visionary leadership.
    • Plan and carry out the worship services, serving as the primary preacher.
    • Lead funeral services, as requested, as available for church members and friends.
    • Administer weddings of members, friends, and children of members when available.
    • Administer the sacraments in accordance with designated RCA practices and schedules.
    • Provide supervision to the church staff, leading staff meetings and meeting regularly with each staff person.
    • Partner with the Staff Management team.
    • Lead the Consistory.
    • Partner with the Executive team.
    • Participate in Congregational Care.
    • Participate in and actively promote the local ministerial association, classic pastoral network, regional and denominational programs.
    • Participate in community activities and functions and volunteer time outside of church programs for the community.
      Be a part of the church staff team, attend staff meetings, and encourage and support the church’s overall mission.
    • Additional roles and responsibilities according to giftedness and passion, as well as the needs of the church.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned.
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