Welcoming Dave & Cathy Dent

We are thrilled to have Pastor Dave Dent and his wife Cathy as leaders here at New Hope Fellowship Church. Pastor Dave has been helping to revive our congregation and to give life to once dead ministries through the power of the Holy Spirit.

If you are interested in seeing more photos from our 'Welcome' Sunday - please click the link below! A wonderful 'thank you' to our friend, Shelly Pearre for capturing this special day!

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Lead Pastor Chosen

On Sunday, February 12th, the New Hope Fellowship Church congregation gathered together after the service for a congregational meeting to discuss the possibility of hiring Pastor Dave Dent as the new Lead Pastor for NHF Church. 

There was a time of question and answer with the leader of the search committee, Greg Pearre, lead elder, Steve Johnson, lead trustee, Mike Hott, and Dave and Cathy Dent.

As the Q & A time concluded, the members voted - the ballots were collected and counted. We are excited to announce that the vote was a unanimous. resounding yes and that Pastor Dave Dent will now serve as the full time Lead Pastor of New Hope Fellowship Church.

Welcome, officially, to New Hope Fellowship, Dave! We are thrilled to have you.

Lead Pastor Recommendation

Posting


The Pastoral search started with a posting that was advertised on churchstaffing.com for a one
month period. During that time, 76 applicants, across six countries, submitted resumes, notes,
audio recordings, videos and various other materials to express their interest in the position.
Each of the candidates were reviewed for experience, training, organization, presentation and
for expression of their salvation. Five applicants were chosen to move on to the next phase of
the process.


Questionnaire


The next phase of the process was to send out a questionnaire to each of the five contenders.
The questionnaire was designed to be open ended and to allow the applicant an opportunity to express themselves. Only two of the candidates provided insightful responses with details that sought to establish a connection to the search team and did not introduce concerns that
resulted in elimination.


Interview


The final two candidates completed a personality index and moved on to the interview phase of the process. The interviews were setup to be one hour of time and they focused around 14 core questions allowing the applicant and the search team to dive down to a low level of detail about the candidates experiences, goals and styles in ministry.


Summary


It is the opinion and recommendation of the Pastoral Search Team, through extensive prayer
and being careful stewards of the information placed before us, that God has led DAVE DENT to New Hope Fellowship to fill the role of Lead Pastor and to lead our church, alongside its elders, in the direction of God’s calling. While neither of the final candidates provided responses that eliminated them from consideration, Dave surfaced as a clear leader. The approach that he uses for his leadership style of working together as an equal member among a plurality of men; combined with his experience in larger churches makes him an ideal candidate for a lead pastor role at any church which is elder led. Dave’s desire to build deep meaningful relationships, his quest for accountability, his transparency and his passion to equip the members of God’s church are the proof that his direction comes from God. It was important to to the Pastoral Search team to make the right choice, the God honoring choice, for our church, regardless of how difficult that be. We were prepared to come before the church and indicate that Dave would no longer be the pastor because God had led us in a different direction. However, each step of the process only continued to confirm that Dave Dent is intended to be a part of the family and leadership of New Hope Fellowship Church.

There will be a congregational meeting on Sunday, February 12th after the service where there will be a Q&A time for Dave and Cathy as well as a time to vote.