Student Ministry Director
HOPE CHURCH SNAPSHOT
Hope is alive! In this season of transition, there is a great sense of expectation amongst staff, student ministry volunteers, and the elder board. Hope Church is known as a destination to get answers to challenging faith questions and a place to find community and care.
Hope Church began in 1967 with a core group of thirty-two men and women committed to the idea of bringing the hope of Jesus to their community. The original core group has seen God answer their prayer as Hope Church has developed into a vibrant church impacting Wilton and the surrounding communities and supporting worldwide mission work.
Today's Hope Church family is ready for what God wants to do next, particularly with students and families. Besides being a vibrant and active part of the community, Hope Church strives to lead people into a growing, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and equip them to provide faithful and lifelong service to their community and the world.
Hope Church wants to move students forward, move families forward, and move the church forward towards following Jesus and impacting Wilton and Fairfield County. Hope church is—indeed—a place to find hope!
The Hope Church Mission
"Our Mission is to be a place to find hope. As we do this, our vision is to pursue a growing relationship with Jesus that brings hope and love to our community and the world."
Hope Church is passionate about its role in God's pursuit of people within their church, their community, and around the world. It is out of this passion that Hope invites you into something incredibly exciting: Putting the gospel in motion amongst students and families for future impact in Hope Church and around the world.
Hope Church Values
Three Things We Highly Value: Grow | Connect |Go
GROW in your relationship with God | The most important pursuit you can have in life.
CONNECT with others | God changes you, mobilizes you, and cares for you through relationships with others.
GO out with the HOPE of Christ | God created you for action.
Hope Church is part of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), a collection of over 1,300 churches across America. Evangelical refers to their commitment to the Bible as God’s authoritative word and Free describes their church government as congregational and free from denominational control.
Student Ministry Overview & Job Description
Hope Church is looking for an energetic, biblically-based, high-capacity leader. This person will lead students into deeper relationships with Jesus and celebrate authentic life change. Oversight is 6th–12th grade with continued relationships beyond graduation.
The Oasis Student Ministry is in transition and looks forward to finding stability with its new Student Ministry Director. However, it continues to invest in students and families because of its ten active student ministry volunteers and student-led worship team.
Currently, Oasis has about 30 students (MS & HS) that meet for large group events and 20+ students who participate in a small group. Summer plans are being finalized but historically, an Oasis summer has included participation in the Creation (music) Festival, providing support for VBS, playing games at Lake Compounce, and serving on an international mission trip.
The OPPORTUNITY is tremendous!
There are not many other youth groups in town. Oasis is the place to go for students who are curious about Christ, and a place parents believe is safe.
Oasis has a strong foundation and a good reputation in the area and receives lots of support and encouragement from Hope Church.
CNN has named Wilton one of the Top 25 Towns to Live In. It has a small-town feel with the innovation and creative spirit of a big city and easy access to large cities (50 miles to the heart of Manhattan and 180 miles to Boston, MA). Wilton is a charming respite from big city life but an excellent place to settle and find a fulfilling career.
Family-friendly Wilton, CT, is nestled in western Connecticut's Norwalk River Valley of Fairfield County. Wilton is a modern residential town rich in New England history dating back to 1640.
Amongst its 17,633 residents, Wilton has an estimated 500 restored 18th and 19th-century homes, which add significantly to its rich history and charming modern-day atmosphere. The town has also preserved almost 1,000 acres of land as open space for active and passive recreational use. Although there is limited land for development, Wilton's backroads with trees, streams, ponds, woods and rolling hills are part of its beauty and charm and afford privacy and a pastoral setting.
Wilton has consistently been named an ideal place to live and work and is home to some of the top public schools in Connecticut. The award-winning public school system in Wilton features accelerated classes for gifted students, fine arts and music programs, an extensive language studies program through a language laboratory, and a 13:1 teacher to student ratio. The school system also boasts an impressively high percentage of high school graduates who go to college.