Our Ministries

At New Hope Baptist Church we place a heavy emphasis on our ministries because we believe that ministry defines the essence of who we are.  We exist not for ourselves, but as an extension of God; we are now the physical presence of Jesus Christ in the world.  We define ourselves by our tireless and faithful service to the needs of humanity.  Educating, Equipping, and Empowering are the three ministry imperatives that drive all of our activity.

This showcase of our ministries (listed on the right) captures our philosophy of church membership.  It is our prayer that every member of New Hope be a working member.  Through our broad spectrum of ministries, we offer numerous opportunities for individuals to employ their gifts and enhance our ministering community.  Please take time to familiarize yourself with what makes us who we are.  We pray the information will inform, enlighten, and inspire you to find your niche and strengthen our efforts to build God’s kingdom.  If you are interested in joining any of the ministries listed, please contact the church office at (616) 452-4278 or click here.

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Howard Earle, Jr., D.Min.

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  • New Members Ministry
    The New Members Ministry endeavors to greet and orientate new members in the doctrines of the Church body of Christ with Christian love, enthusiasm, knowledge, and excellence. Our purpose is-
    “To prepare God’s People for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up.” Ephesians 4:12.
  • Marriage Ministry
    Our marriage ministry exists to nurture the health of the marriages of New Hope Baptist Church and to prepare engaged couples for marriage.
  • Usher’s & Hospitality
    The Word of God teaches the value of making yourself available to be a ‘doorkeeper in the house of the Lord’.  This is exactly what the Usher & Hospitality ministry focuses on. Ministry’s Purpose: Greet worshippers, making every attempt to help them feel welcome and at ease. Escort members and guests to their seats. Distribute materials related to the service/meeting such as bulletins, hymnals, handouts, etc. Receive church offerings. Maintain an alertness for any emergency that may arise, relieving the need or contacting the person(s) needed to provide the proper assistance. Direct individuals out of the service/meeting in an orderly fashion (in most instances row by row), leaving the auditorium or room ready for the next service or meeting. The hospitality arm of the ministry seeks to provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for our guests and members at New Hope, including all ministries for special events.
  • Men’s Ministry
    “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17 NIV
    Ministry’s Purpose:
    Provide opportunities for men to develop their spiritual gifts in ways that give glory and honor to God
    Main Activities:
    Annual Men’s Conference
    Worship activities
    Monthly Man Cave Fellowship
  • Senior Mission
    Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”  ~ Matthew 9:37-38
    The Senior Mission seeks to acquaint the church body with what the world needs and to accept the call to mission.  Once the love of God takes over in a believer’s life, that person becomes sensitized to the need of sharing it with others. 
    Our main activities are:
    Study God’s word so we will be prepared to show others we are servants of God that they may see God’s love in us
    Pray for our church and others
    Carry God’s word into our homes, neighborhoods, and wherever we go
  • Women’s Ministries
    So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”  ~ Romans 12:5
    Our Women’s Ministries work to create an atmosphere where women can realize spiritual maturity and fellowship, and minister in the local church, their community and the world.
    Ministry’s Purpose:
    To give holistic service, informative workshops, speakers, community networking, and fellowship activities
    To encourage participation of the women of New Hope
    To inspire women to use their gifts, talents, and finances for the edification of God’s Kingdom
    Main Activities:
    Women’s Weekend
    Various Support Activities
  • Women of Encouragement
    “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”  ~ Psalm 68:5
    The Women of Encouragement (Widows Ministry) at New Hope Baptist Church is a community of vibrant, active women who come together with a common bond to support, love and encourage one another. They warmly welcome newcomers of all ages and stages.
    If you are a widow, we encourage you to let Widows Ministry help you put the pieces back together and begin discovering a fresh new vision for your life.
  • Women’s Intermediate Auxiliary
    “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  ~ II Timothy 2:15
    Our Women’s Intermediate Auxiliary seeks to share the love of Christ by providing missionary services to the New Hope family, the community, and to others who are in need.
    Main Activities:
    Domestic Crisis Center
    Hope Community Transitional Housing
    Senior Mission Valentine Fellowship
    Post High School Care Packages
  • Prison Ministry
    I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”  ~ Matthew 25:36
    Ministry’s Purpose:
    To educate, train, support, and pray with prisoners and their families on applying biblical principles in every day life and to assist prisoners and their families with aftercare and transitional needs
    Whom does this Ministry Serve?
    -Prisoners and their families, children, community, and churches
    Main Activities:
    -Weekly Bible Study
    -Angel Tree for Children of Prisoners
    -Serve as community liaison on relative committee tasks forces, etc
    -Assist in the development of responses and opportunities for aftercare needs of prisoners and their families
    What spiritual gifts, special skills, or requirements are needed?
    -Willingness to serve prisoners
    -Available time
    -Biblical knowledge
    -Good communication skills
    -Have a personal testimony
  • Decorations & Logistics
    …and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  Matthew 20:27-28
    Behind the scenes. That’s what comes to mind when you think about the Decorations & Logistics Ministry.
    Serving the New Hope family, including it’s ministries and committees, this ministry:
    Ensures the beautification of the sanctuary with floral and other accents
    Serves as a full service decoration staff for church wide events
    Assists ministries with decoration ideas and supplies for events
    Sets up table and chairs for special internal and external New Hope events
    The Decorations & Logistics Ministry’s main activities include:
    • Acquiring and maintaining all decorative elements o the church
    • Setting up and decorating all church-wide sponsored events
  • Food Services
    Whether it’s the New Member’s breakfast, a Sunday Saints snack, or a meal at a special event, we have many opportunities to enjoy great food at New Hope. And great food is made by great cooks. These cooks and other volunteers are part of our food services team.
    Our volunteers take time out of their days and expertise from their kitchens to bring great dishes to New Hope members, friends and family.
    With food service and preparation happening for various events both weekly and throughout the year, there are many opportunities to showcase your love of cooking and/or serving.
  • BERT
    The BERT team is responsible for assuring that the building and facilities are secure. They are also ready to respond to any emergency situation that arises.
  • Public Relations
    That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you that ye also may have fellowship with us, and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with the Son Jesus Christ.” 1 John 1:3
    Ministry’s Purpose:
    * Help promote New Hope’s activities
    * Help foster fellowship and goodwill among members
    * Attract people to the church for activities using various media, including newsletters, bulletin boards, and displays
    Main Activities:
    * Hosts annual Ministry Fair in conjunction with Church Anniversary in October
    * Family Day/Church Picnic
    * Publish Hope’s Voice Newsletter
    * Produce Welcome Packets
    * Design Promotional Materials
    * Create bulletin boards
    * Maintain Church Website
    How does a person become a worker in the ministry?
    * Become a member of New Hope
    * Be eighteen years old
    * Be willing and dedicated to serve
    What spiritual gifts, special skills, or requirements are needed?
    * Excellent public speaking skills
    * Excellent computer/graphic design skills
    * Excellent written skills
    * Creativity
  • Transportation
    The New Hope Baptist Church Transportation Ministry is a ministry designed to provide shuttle service to members of the church and the broader community to and from Sunday worship services.
    Do you need a ride to church on Sundays for Sunday School or worship service? Please call the church office no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday.  With our church shuttle service, we will gladly pick you up for Sunday morning worship and return you home.  We also have handicap accessible vans available.
  • Music
    Make a joyful noise onto the Lord all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before His presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord He is God it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good: His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generation.  ~   Psalm 100
    Ministry’s Purpose:
    Our mission is to lift up the name of the Lord in song, reach out to His people in fellowship, and live our lives in accordance to the word of God.
    Our primary purpose in the ministry of music is to follow Christ. Secondly, we are to bring forth the good news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through the ministry of song.
    We believe God expects us to minister to His people in harmonies that touch souls and inspire those who may be searching to find the narrow way. We acknowledge that God wants us to be a light and a shining example for others to see the benefit in serving a true and living God.
  • Pathways to Education
    This ministry serves the New Hope family by administering the RW Hamilton and JV Williams scholarship funds. They sponsor activities to promote academic achievement and work in conjunction with the Youth & Children’s Ministry on educational initiatives. They also support continuing and higher education inititives for adults.
  • Media
    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  ~  Romans 10:17
    Ministry’s Purpose:
    To help our church save as many souls as possible for Christ through the work of the media
    The Media Ministry believes that only what you do for Christ will last and through the work of the Media Ministry Christ will be glorified
    Main Activities:
    Record worship and other special services
    Keep an up-to-date computerized list of all services
    PowerPoint presentations on screens during worship services
    What spiritual gifts, special skills, or requirements are needed?
    Computer literate and people oriented.