HOPE Church operates on a Biblical model of Leadership with a selected group of ordained men who serve as our Leadership Team (Elders), with our Pastor, to lead HOPE Church administratively. They work prayerfully to oversee ministries, teams, provide counsel when needed and serve at the extension of our Pastor. All of these men (Jeff Hopkins, Brad Bivens, Dr. David Locklear, Randy Bragg, Jim Chisum) lead specific ministries, facilitate small groups, and are faithful attenders/financial partners of our church and they have the respect of the congregation.
Our second group of Leaders (Deacons) serve HOPE Church in a ministerial role with our Pastor, meeting the spiritual/physical/emotional/psychological/social needs of our congregation. They are an extension of our Pastor’s ministry, representing him, serving our Lord Jesus, by being examples of Christ-lifed service. All of these men (Rob Mitchell – Deacon, Robby Stewart- Yokefellow, Curtis Stikeleather – Yokefellow) either lead specific ministries, facilitate small groups, yet are faithful attenders/financial partners of our church and they have the respect of the congregation.
Our church believes this motto represents many North American churches today, ‘Most people in the church are more concerned about how the church functions, than they are about the function of the church’. We believe that serves many churches today and is an unbiblical pattern of leadership. The Scripture is clear in 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Acts 6:1-15 on how the New Testament Church should be organized and it’s mission. Thus, you won’t find at HOPE Church monthly, quarterly business meetings. Rather, annually, we meet to approve the budget and on special occasions when a church consensus is needed for a major advancement in obeying God’s direction. We believe this honors the Lord and keeps the congregation focused on God’s mission – making disciples.