About the Organization:
New Hope exists to Love God, Love People and Serve the World. Our church is in a unique location and position to reach the world locally in Jamaica, Queens and in the Greater NYC region. The nations are in our backyard, world influencers are throughout our city, thousands of college students are in our neighborhood and the city is filled with people made in God’s image to serve and reach for the gospel.
New Hope was incorporated in 1997 with a vision of serving and reaching the urban and immigrant communities of Jamaica, Queens, NY. Under the 14-year pastorate of our outgoing senior pastor, Tom Richter, New Hope has established an impactful ministry around local missions, community outreach, care for families, and small group communities. God has blessed the church with a multi-ethnic congregation that not only has a heart for reaching the communities surrounding the church, but demographically reflects a cross-section of these communities as well. New Hope has seen growth in recent years and prayerfully desires to continue to make a significant local & global impact for Christ.
Throughout New Hope’s existence, the church has consistently strived to do ministry through creative and flexible ways to best steward the resources and location God has given us. As a ministry, we have always sought to convey biblical truth to our diverse audience in culturally relevant ways. The people at New Hope love to serve and joyfully consider New Hope to be a family. New Hope has been supportive of two church plants in its history and we desire to grow in our ability to send and multiply.
The previous Senior Pastor was a very dynamic communicator, and much of the church’s ministry revolved around his preaching. Moving forward, the church desires to grow in its ability to assimilate new attendees into the life of the ministry, grow in leadership development, better train its people for personal evangelism, and better practice life-on-life discipleship.
- Weekly Attendance: 170
- Location: Queens, NY
- Denomination & Affiliations: Southern Baptist Convention
About the Position:
The candidate will serve as an engaging communicator for two weekend services and deliver gospel-centered, applicable, and culturally-relevant messages to a diverse audience. This position will be expected to provide and communicate vision and direction to the staff and congregation while equipping leaders from within the church to implement that vision. The candidate will be required to lead the church in evangelism and discipleship with a heart to see people who have not heard the gospel be transformed into fully-committed followers of Jesus. The ideal candidate will work to ensure the health and stability of the congregation through organizational direction and administrative oversight, while shepherding and attending to the needs of the people as they are met through the various ministries of the church.
What We Are Searching For/Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be a dynamic communicator and will have a strong background and proven success in teaching, leadership development, discipleship and ministry strategy. The candidate will be a strong and prayerful leader who exhibits both humility and decisiveness. The candidate should be intrinsically people-oriented and able to minister in cross-cultural and urban settings. This individual should have a strong desire to see lives and communities transformed by the gospel and Christians mobilized to live out the Great Commission. It is preferable that the candidate is familiar with the challenges that face an ethnically and culturally diverse environment and an urban setting.
The successful individual will reflect the biblical qualifications for overseer in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Moreover, they will align doctrinally with the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000. Possession of at least a bachelor’s degree is required, but a master’s degree is preferred. The successful individual will be a self-starter, not requiring a great deal of supervision, with a solid work ethic and willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. This position requires minimum 5 years-experience in a ministry setting. The successful candidate will have proven pastoral experience with a track record of successfully being used by God to grow a ministry, preferably in a church setting of at least 200.
About the Community
New Hope is located in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, NY. Approximately 48% of Queens’ 2.3 million residents are foreign-born and 56% of those over age 5 speak a mother language other than English.
New Hope is neighbor to large Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Hindu populations. According to the 2010 census, the 11432-zip code where the church meets is a very diverse neighborhood: 25% Latino, 24% South Asian (predominantly Indian, Bengali, and Pakistani), 23% Caucasian, 20% African-American, and 8% East Asian (predominantly Filipino and Chinese). The neighborhood is being gentrified, and there is a mix of lower-income, working-class and professional residents. Many Manhattan commuters live in the Jamaica area.
New Hope is down the block from St. John’s University. York College and Queens College are very close to the church campus as well. The blocks adjacent to the current New Hope campus have a large amount of off-campus student housing.
New Hope’s location is both exciting and strategic. The local mission field possesses global mission opportunities as there are large immigrant populations in the neighborhood. The numerous adjacent college campuses possess both national and international influence. The large number of commuters creates access to wide influence in the industries of NYC.
New Hope also has regional influence, as it is under an hour away from New Jersey, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and suburban Long Island communities. It draws congregants from all of these communities.
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