Hope Church

Lead Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Keith Twigg

Senior Associate

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 Reformed 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 365, attending two services in person and online on Sunday, seeking 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 is 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. Until recently, Hope has been deeply committed to a long-term mission effort in Haiti – previously 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, providing spiritual guidance, biblical preaching, Christ-centered worship services, accountability, outreach, networking, relationship development, and management of the staff.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide visionary leadership
  • Plan and carry out the worship services, serving as the primary preacher.
  • Provide supervision to the church staff, leading staff meetings and meeting regularly with each staff person.
  • Participate in and actively promote the local ministerial association, classis pastoral network, and regional and denominational programs.
  • Participate in community activities and functions and volunteer time outside of church programs for the community.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

    The first thing the ideal candidate needs to know about Hope Church is that the Bible matters – and so does the preaching and teaching of it.
    Hope Church’s community has a small-town feel with a big focus on relationships.
    The Lead Pastor will be able to show they are wired for and passionate about, empowering the staff to lead the church on the path Jesus is calling them to follow.
    One of the most critical pieces of understanding Hope Church is an intention to integrate into the life of the Spencer community.

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