New Hope Committees
Church committees are the roots which are at the foundation of a Methodist church. They are comprised of many church and staff members that meet in various groups to budget, plan, and help oversee everything from church finance to music programs; mission activities outside the church to the lighting of the candles in worship services. Members of these committees enjoy fellowship, spiritual enrichment, and get firsthand experience at the inner workings of a thriving, growing church.
If you are interested in becoming involved in any of our committees or need more information about the committees, please contact Nancy at the church office (515-278-2097).
According to the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the Administrative Council is the group that "shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church."
The membership of the Ad Council at New Hope includes the pastors, officers (chair, vice-chair, treasurers), lay members, chairpersons of other committees, directors (staff members), and members-at-large. All other church members are invited to attend the meetings and participate in discussion, although only the Ad Council members can vote.
Ad Council meets the Fourth Thursday of the month.
This committee’s goal is to maintain and increase membership and by serving and moving our congregation’s ministry forward. They lead the effort in creating outreach events for our local community.
Bridges meets as needed.
The Care Ministries Team wants to walk with you when you are going through a difficult time. Whether it is a scheduled surgery or an unexpected challenge in your life, we want to be there to listen, pray and care for you. Some of the things we offer are:
- Praying with you concerning your needs.
- Sending an intercessory prayer request on your behalf to our Church leadership.
- Letting the congregation know of your needs via the church bulletin or prayer list.
Care Ministries Team meets as needed.
The primary functions of the Christian education committee are as follows: to evaluate how the Christian education ministry fits into the general purpose of the church, evaluate and recommend curriculum for all programming, discuss personnel needs for each of the children’s ministries within the church, compile a budget for youth programming, develop a master calendar of all expected events and activities for the year, provide training for volunteers in the program, oversee facilities and equipment needs, examine outreach efforts of the programs, oversee publicity and promotion of children’s ministry programs and events, evaluate all Christian education programs once per year to identify areas of weakness and seek solutions to improve those areas.
Christian Education meets as needed.
Finance and Stewardship
This committee is responsible for providing other committeess with annual budget planning and guidelines. They review all major expenses not in the budget and have the responsibility for the overall financial management of the church. The committee is responsible for the development and execution of our annual stewardship campaign.
Finance and Stewardship meets the Second Tuesday of the month.
This committee has general oversight of promoting and coordinating all missions activities within the Church. They identifies the monthly Mission Partners and promote these causes to the congregation and encourage voluntary giving to them.
Missions meets as needed.
This committee is responsible to recruit members to serve on the various church Committees each year and to fill any vacancies that may occur during the year.
Nominations meets as needed.
We create special event committees that are formed for the sole task of planning and executing a special event at New Hope. Currently, we have 4 main areas where we have special event teams (Harvest Dinner, Rummage Sale, Garlands of Gifts, and Vacation Bible School). These teams only meet for a few months leading up to the annual event occurring.
Special Event teams meet as needed for their event.
Staff Parish Relations
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is the administrative unit in a local church where staff and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church. Specific tasks for the SPRC include:
- Explaining the nature and function of ministry to the staff and the congregation
- Conferring with the congregation and the staff/pastor about ministry direction
- Assessing the ministry of the congregation and the staff/pastor at least annually
- Conferring and consulting with the district superintendent
- Supporting lifelong learning for all staff (continuing education)
- Identifying and supporting individuals from the congregation whom God seems to be calling for ordained ministry
- Making recommendations regarding compensation, travel, benefits, and housing to the church council
- Recommending needed staff positions and developing written job descriptions and titles for associate pastors and staff
SPRC meets the Fourth Sunday of the month.
Trustees and Memorials
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and other properties. As a subgroup of the Trustees; a special committee (Memorials) handles all memorial gifts given to the church. They see that designated gifts are used as directed and decides how un-designated funds will be used for the betterment of the church.
Trustees/Memorials meets the First Monday of the month.
This committee provides and coordinates support for all worship related activities, through the work of coordinators, staff members, and volunteers. Responsibilities include organizing: acolytes, altar flowers, communion stewards, lay readers, organists, sound booth attendants, special music, media design, as well as both regular and special music programs. The committee also supports special services including Christmas Eve Program, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday Services.
Worship Design meets the First Thursday of the month.