Hope Community Church is a non-denominational, multi-site church in the greater Raleigh-Durham area. For nearly 25 years, we’ve been intentional about loving people where they are and encouraging them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. As we continue to grow in the number of our multi-sites, we are looking for Campus Pastors who are leaders and share our desire.
One vision, Four Families No Building
In 1994, Mike Lee felt called to start a church in the Triangle region of North Carolina, envisioning a place where people could find hope in Christ and, no matter where they were on their spiritual journey, be loved and welcomed.
Today, this mission continues to impact every decision we make at Hope Community Church.
Our Humble Beginnings, God’s Grand Plans
On Easter of 1994, Mike’s family, along with three other families who made the trek with him from California, opened the doors at Hope Community Church’s first service. “I didn’t really know what to expect,” says Mike. “But I believed that God was calling us to something big.”
No one could have foreseen just how big that “something” would be.
After renting space at various locations around the Cary/Raleigh area for nearly three years, Hope acquired its first permanent location. Shortly after, we outgrew that space and began the search for something larger. After just a few short years, we outgrew that building and moved into Grace Christian School’s building on Buck Jones Rd. while our current facility was being built next door.
More Growth, More Lives Changed
As God continued to lead Mike and the executive team, more people began finding hope within the walls of this church. Moving forward with a vision to reach the Triangle and change the world, we began expanding. In 2009, we opened our Holly Springs campus at Holly Springs High School and in 2011 we launched our Morrisville campus, which now meets in the Morrisville Business Park. In spring of 2015, Ship of Zion, a longtime ministry partner, became an official campus. In October of 2016 the Holly Springs campus moved to a permanent location on the Apex/Holly Springs border and changed its name to the Apex campus. Our 20/20 Vision includes having a campus within a 20-minute drive of anyone in the Triangle — helping to accomplish our vision of “reaching the Triangle and changing the world.”
For nearly 25 years, we’ve been blessed to be a part of what God is doing in the Triangle – and we look forward to being a part of that plan for the next 25 years and beyond.
Our Lead Pastor
Lead/Teaching Pastor and Founder
Mike Lee is the founding and Lead Pastor of the Church and is well known for his dynamic, relevant and insightful Bible-based teaching. A pastor for more than 30 years, Mike received his Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina in 1978, and his seminary degree from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, California in 1984. His ministry experience prior to founding Hope Community Church includes Senior Pastor at Creek Park Community Church, La Mirada, California from 1980 to 1990. He was also Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Walnut Creek, California from 1990 to 1994. Mike and his wife Laura founded Hope Community Church in 1994 with a small group of families. Since its beginning, it has grown to a nearly 10,000 in weekly attendance across four campus locations.
Reach the Triangle | Change the World
Our Church Culture
How do you reach the Triangle and change the world? You start by loving people where they are and encouraging them to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. This vision and mission sounds simple, but it’s the heart of everything we do at Hope Community Church. From the moment a person walks through the doors of any one of our campuses they feel loved — whatever their life-stage. And no matter where they’ve been we want to be a part of where they’re going.
“Loving people where they are,” is the how. We strive to provide ample opportunities to reach people in practical ways by supporting a variety of local and global initiatives that meet people in this often-messy thing called life. From eradicating hunger to providing clean water to helping meet needs right here in our neighborhoods, we touch lives and mend hearts.
“Encouraging them to grow in their relationship with Christ,” is the why and we do this by prioritizing our ministries to help people mature in the five characteristics of a disciple:
Living Obediently | Serving Selflessly | Connecting Intentionally | Giving Generously | Sharing Willingly
Through classes, support groups, small groups and worship, we aspire to live out these five characteristics of someone who is growing in Christ.
And we do it with grace, truth, faith, relevance and effectiveness.
The Triangle area of North Carolina is frequently touted as one of the top areas to live in the United States. Glassdoor, a jobs and career community, released its “25 Best Cities for Jobs,” in which Raleigh was named number one city for jobs in the United States.
The Brookings Institution’s survey of the world’s metropolitan regions found Raleigh among the world’s 50 leading economic growth areas, ranked 41st globally in 2014. Forbes found that Raleigh is the nation’s leading “Baby Boomtown,” measuring school quality, affordable housing and long-term economic security.
Time magazine ranked Raleigh as the third-most educated city in the United States, based on the percentage of residents who hold college degrees– thanks likely to the number of colleges in the metro area. Almost half of Raleigh’s residents have earned a Bachelor’s degree. It also ranks near the top of most lists for safest cities in the U.S.
Home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh is part of “the Research Triangle,” which includes Durham (home of Duke University), and Chapel Hill (home of the University of North Carolina). Research Triangle Park opened in 1959, quickly becoming a center for high-tech and biotech research. The population of Raleigh is 451,066, and the total population of the Triangle area is two million. The ethnic makeup of Raleigh is: 58% white; 27% African American; 3% Asian; and 12% Latino.
Like most of the Southeastern United States, Raleigh has a humid, subtropical climate with four distinct seasons, enjoying temperate weather for most of the calendar year.
OUR STAFF CULTURE
Perhaps no Bible passage describes our staff culture more than 1 Corinthians 12 — we desire to support each other professionally, emotionally and personally with an understanding that none of us are more important than any other.
Because a healthy church culture starts with healthy leadership and a humble understanding of our roles in the greater context of the church mission and vision, the same five characteristics we’ve identified as important to spiritual maturation are an important part of how we do ministry together.
With Christ as the center of all we do, we try to encourage each other to greater heights. Listening with intent to understand, working interdepartmentally on shared projects and goals, guiding and coaching so that we might multiply and lead through service are all key components to building a staff that is passionate about meaningful service here at Hope. And when things go wrong, as they sometimes do, we’re quick with a realistic self- assessment and slow to blame. Because, really, we’re all in this together. It’s our goal to be generous with praise and encouragement, and speak the truth in love.
And we’re here for each other.
Our monthly staff breakfast is an opportunity to celebrate wins and deepen connection. Through staff retreats, professional development and more, our model is servant- leadership — building each other up and creating more leaders. We love to promote from within and grow organically.
Sound serious? It is.
But we aren’t.
Though we’re dedicated to our mission and vision, we love to have fun when the occasion calls for it — celebration is a big part of who we are. It’s not unusual to find yourself in the middle of a Nerf gun battle, a robust game of Risk or a spontaneous donut nosh-down.
We’re known to throw an excellent Christmas party and our annual staff retreat is not only fun and relaxing, but is an incredible opportunity to build cross-team relationships.
OUR MULTISITE APPROACH
Hope Community Church is intentional in living out our mission.
To love people well, we must be where they are. “Hope Where You Are” is our strategic plan to launch campuses in targeted geographical locations around the Triangle and beyond so that we may be used by Christ to saturate the area with the gospel—giving every man, woman and child repeated opportunities to see, hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We believe this plan is an effective means to assist Christ in building His Church (Matthew 16:18). In this passage, Jesus capitalizes on the term that meant “to call out” (ecclesia) a group of people to take the truth and culture of Jesus into new frontiers in order to call people to faith in Jesus and His way of life. Hope is committed to multiplying small groups and campuses as our main strategy of disciple making. This multiplication strategy will ensure we continue to exist for the mission to which Christ has called His Church (Matthew 28:19-20).
With our current strategic locations in Raleigh, South Raleigh, Apex, and Morrisville, we are looking to continue to grow through additional campuses in North Raleigh, Durham, Garner-Clayton, and Fuquay-Varina areas. In each of these areas, a small group base is already being established.
In each of our campuses, individuals and families will experience our vision, mission, as well as our values of faith, grace, truth, relevance, and effectiveness. They will experience consistency in a weekend environment that is a safe place to “kick the tires of Christianity.” For the long-time Christ-follower, it’s a place to serve, connect and grow in their relationship with Christ.
Each campus ensures consistency in our Family and Adult ministries, our Local and Global Hope initiatives, and Pastoral Care Ministries through a centralized support structure for the local campus staff. The teaching team will set the teaching schedule and will serve as the primary communicators either in person or by video. Each of the ministry enabling services such as finance, information technology, human resources, facilities, and land & property development, stem from a centralized backbone of support.
We provide our campus pastors the freedom to champion Hope’s vision, mission, and values at the local campus level through leading a campus staff that is fully equipped and strategically supported.
The Campus Pastor provides spiritual leadership over the local campus to ensure alignment with Hope’s vision, mission and goals. Responsible to create and guard Hope’s culture at their campus and in their community, equip leaders to lead the campus in fulfilling Hope’s mission and vision, and to communicate effectively.
The result will be changed lives through evangelism where people live, work and play and campus growth, both spiritually and numerically.
Our Campus Pastor’s specific areas of responsibility include:
- Champion Hope’s vision, mission, and values at the local campus
- Lead the campus to reach their community with the gospel
- Lead the campus staff to live out Hope’s DNA
- Identify, recruit, and develop staff and volunteer leaders for various ministry teams
- Lead the weekend services (seamless flow of the services, hosting, teaching if gifted…)
- Work effectively with Central Services to carry Hope’s DNA at the local campus as expressed in our “Campus Constants”
- Pastoral care for your campus including: weddings, funerals, baptisms, parent dedications, communion, counseling…
- Effectively manage the campus budget
- Lead Discovery class for those interested in becoming a mission partners (members)
- Connect regularly with the other campus pastors for growth and encouragement
A successful Campus Pastor will demonstrate a pattern for campus growth, both spiritually and numerically through both life-change stories and metrics such as attendance, giving, baptisms, small group participation, volunteerism, changed lives through evangelism where people live, work and play, and local and global outreach involvement.
Must have a level of education and experience commensurate with the position.
- A Bachelor’s degree aligned with the role is required; Master’s level degree is preferred.
- Strong knowledge of the Bible and theological application.
- Proven experience in working collaboratively with others and in team environments; influence others without direct reporting responsibility; passionately drive results through leading strategically and executing tactically; lead and shepherd creative and innovative people. Strong leadership and management are more desirable than creative skills and experience.
- Fully committed follower of Christ whose beliefs are consistent with Hope Community Church’s statement of faith, vision and mission statements. Lives a life that is consistent with God’s Word and Hope’s staff values.
- Personality and giftedness are aligned with the role. Known to be a person of impeccable character; and one with a strong ability to serve, encourage, and develop others as evidenced through:
- Dynamic Leader: A leader other people want to follow! You have a proven track record of leading and empowering a diverse group of people in healthy and growing ministries and you can work well under the leadership and vision of your senior leaders.
- Heart for the lost: You care deeply about reaching people far from Jesus, you lead by example, and you know how to motivate and inspire others to do the same.
- Gifted Communicator: You have the spiritual gift of teaching and experience with public communication. You have experience teaching a variety of room sizes, you are comfortable with Hope’s teaching style, and you can teach to the lost effectively.
- Woo: You win over others naturally, you make people laugh, and people like you!
- Connector: You desire to network with people and build teams and understand the power of “we”.
- Visionary: You have a vision for carrying out Hope’s vision & mission to your unique community
- Strategic Thinker: You can envision the steps that it takes to get from here to there.
- Character: You have demonstrated integrity over time in your words, relationships, and actions and you have an owner’s work ethic.
If you meet the initial requirements and are interested in joining a growing church with a challenging mission, please email the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Your resume with cover letter explaining your ministry philosophy and what sets you apart from other applicants;
• A link to any supporting media, aligned with the role experience
• Links to your social media accounts.