Building and Grounds Ministry
The Building and Grounds Ministry is responsible for the care and maintenance of the physical facilities of Hope Church. It oversees repair and replacement of systems and equipment, the purchase of expendable supplies, and the payment for utilities and services. This ministry keeps the physical plant functioning smoothly so that all the other ministries can operate efficiently, taking seriously the commitment to be good stewards of our church resources.
Christian Education Ministry
The Christian Education Ministry works to help Hope Church members and friends to increase in their spiritual growth, deepen their faith in God, and develop personal commitments as followers of Jesus Christ. The ministry seeks to nurture and celebrate all ages, helping us at all stages of faith to discern the vision of Jesus for our lives, our community, and our world. The ministry is organized into three proactive teams: children, youth, and adults. Christian Education has a special focus on our children, from nursery through grade school, sharing God’s love and God’s story. As that commitment continues through to youth and adults, our staff and many gifted volunteers provide meaningful opportunities for all. A year’s activities can include:
- Sunday morning church school for all ages,
- groups for Bible study and topical studies of current issues and events,
- family events to celebrate the seasons of the church year,
- service opportunities and outdoor adventures for youth, and
- intergenerational activities that deepen our relationships as a community of faith.
The Adult Education Task Force plans the annual schedule under the umbrella of the Christian Education Ministry.
The Community Ministry informs, engages, and supports Hope Church members as we live out our mission statement, which says, “Hope Church sees to be a servant to the human community.” The Community Ministry’s focus is to encourage Christian action and mission: to unleash the gifts that Hope Church can give to others and relationships that can be formed in the community outside of Hope Church, not only to spread the Word, but to make our world a more loving and caring place. The Community Ministry works with a number of local ecumenical and cooperative agencies to meet needs for food, housing, education, and more; it also supports work undertaken by Hope Church members in pursuit of social justice. Kids Hope and the Caring for Creation Task Force minister under the umbrella of the Community Ministry.
The Caring for Creation Task Force explores and informs about ways to consume responsibly to protect the environment, and to give each of us the tools to live a sustainable lifestyle and enhance God’s creation. Joe Arevalo is the chair.
Congregational Care Ministry
The Congregational Care Ministry is a group of dedicated laity working with the pastoral staff to minister to both the needs and the joys of the Hope Church family. They seek to share loving care and encouragement with the lonely, depressed, sorrowful, confined, handicapped, and elderly all of the body of Christ at Hope Church. They also celebrate the joy of new births, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, confessions of faith, and other significant events in the lives of God’s people. Download Congregational Care Brochure (PDF)
Wisdom of the Wounded: Visit Hope Church member Karen Mulder’s website WisdomoftheWounded.com
The Health Ministry works under the umbrella of the Congregational Care Ministry. Recognizing that we are stewards of our own good health, and realizing the importance of the connection of physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual wellness, the Health Ministry team seeks to involve the members of Hope Church in a healing ministry to each other and the community.
The Fellowship Ministry provides opportunities for fellowship among the members and friends of Hope Church through an assortment of intergenerational events of interest to all members. Pizza Sunday, co-ed softball, summer camping, an ice cream social, church picnic, weekly volleyball, as well as the traditional Lenten Series and Advent Series are planned to involve all who are interested in fellowship. The ministry welcomes suggestions and support from the church community.
Outreach and Hospitality
Outreach and Hospitality seeks to reach out to visitors and nonmembers in the Holland area to encourage their participation and membership in Hope Church. The ministry also works within Hope Church to foster warmth, openness, and hospitality that will enrich the life of the church and promote interaction between members and visitors. The ministry plans and coordinates the Inquirers’ Classes for prospective members, new member and confirmation activities, Sunday greeters, the Welcome Center in the Gathering Area, and media. The group also tends to physical accessibility and promotes the commitment of Hope Church as a Room for All congregation. A new 20/30 Steering Force and a Communications Task Force both work under the umbrella of Outreach and Hospitality.
The Personnel Committee is responsible to the consistory for all decisions related to staffing issues and acts as liaison between the congregation and ordained and non-ordained staff members.
The Reconciliation Ministry focuses on Hope Church’s commitment to reconciliation, peace, and justice. In 2010, the Consistory added this statement of vision to stand along our current mission statement: “Hope Church is committed to multicultural diversity as an expression of our faith in Jesus Christ. This commitment is integral to our life as a community of faith and to our work as peacemakers and reconcilers in God’s world.” This ministry monitors how each of our ministries continues to engage with diversity and inclusivity, offering support and resources. The ministry also provides leadership for events like the Season of Reconciliation, the fifth Sunday multicultural emphasis, and Martin Luther King celebrations. The ministry also discerns appropriate advocacy and actions for issues, like immigration reform, that face our community. This group coordinates the work of Restorative Circles both within and beyond the Hope Church community as a tool for reconciliation. And the ministry seeks to build relationships with organizations within our community who are working at justice and reconciliation.
Stewardship and Finance Ministry
The Stewardship and Finance Ministry seeks to cultivate the outlook and action of true stewards in the congregation through the generous sharing of God-given time, talent, and possessions for service to others. This group plans and supervises the budget of the church, recommending the annual budget to consistory at a fall meeting; plans, organizes, and stimulates giving by members of the congregation so that the church can meet its goals; and performs an annual audit. The ministry advises the Consistory and Executive Committee on financial issues and monitors the performance of the church budget throughout the year.
The Endowment Fund Board works with the Consistory and the Stewardship and Finance Ministry to enrich and supplement the ministry and mission of Hope Church. Working with a professional investment management firm, the Board oversees investment of the endowment funds and receives gifts and bequests to help support Hope Church in perpetuity. Each year a portion of the interest, dividends, and gains received on the invested funds is returned to Hope Church.
Worship, Prayer, and Spirituality Ministry
The Worship, Prayer, and Spirituality Ministry focuses on the creation and maintenance of a worshipful environment for the family of Hope Church. This is done visually through weekly pulpit flowers, seasonal banners, carefully planned music, and the celebration of communion and other special days like Pentecost and All Saints’ Day. This group supports the music ministry of Hope Church and is responsible for the radio ministry to the community, including making audio recordings of services available. The ministry acts as a sounding board for the congregation to express desires and wishes concerning the joy or troubles they experience upon coming together in worship. This ministry also works to develop the church as a praying community; a variety of activities includes adult education classes exploring different aspects of prayer, visual displays to provide a more focused call to prayer and spiritual discipline during Lent and other special times in the church year, the provision of literature to guide daily prayer and devotions, and retreat opportunities. All of these are offered to encourage every church member in his or her own prayer life and spiritual growth.
The Sacristy Guild works under the umbrella of the Worship, Prayer, and Spirituality Ministry to assist in caring for the paraments, art work, and communion ware for weekly worship.