Ministry of the Laity 

The ministry of all Christians in Christ’s name and spirit is both a gift and a task. The gift is God’s unmerited grace; the task is unstinting service. This service includes participating by membership or leadership in the church’s committees and work groups. This involves all the daily workings of a church.

Here are some opportunities for service at New Hope.  If you are interested in becoming involved in any of our committees or need more information about the committees, please contact Nancy at the church office (515-278-2097).

   Administrative Council

According to the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church, the Administrative Council is the group that "shall provide for planning and implementing a program of nurture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. It shall also provide for the administration of its organization and temporal life. It shall envision, plan, implement, and annually evaluate the mission and ministry of the church."

Ad Council meets the Fourth Thursday of the month.



This committee’s goal is to maintain and increase membership and by serving and moving our congregation’s ministry forward.  They lead the effort in creating outreach events for our local community.

Bridges meets as needed.

   Care Ministries

The Care Ministries Team wants to walk with you when you are going through a difficult time. Whether it is a scheduled surgery or an unexpected challenge in your life, we want to be there to listen, pray and care for you.

Care Ministries Team meets as needed.


   Christian Education

The primary functions of the Christian education committee are as follows: to evaluate how the Christian education ministry fits into the general purpose of the church, evaluate and recommend curriculum for all programming.

Christian Education meets as needed.


   Finance and Stewardship

This committee is responsible for providing other committee with annual budget planning and guidelines. 

Finance and Stewardship meets the Second Tuesday of the month.



This committee has general oversight of promoting and coordinating all missions activities within the Church

Missions meets as needed.



This committee is responsible to recruit members to serve on the various church Committees each year and to fill any vacancies that may occur during the year.

Nominations meets as needed.


   Special Events

We create special event committees that are formed for the sole task of planning and executing a special event at New Hope.  Currently, we have 4 main areas where we have special event teams (Harvest Dinner, Rummage Sale, Garlands of Gifts, and Vacation Bible School).  These teams only meet for a few months leading up to the annual event occurring.

Special Event teams meet as needed for their event.


   Staff Parish Relations

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is the administrative unit in a local church where staff and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church.

SPRC meets the Fourth Sunday of the month.


   Trustees and Memorials 

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the church buildings and other properties

Trustees/Memorials meets the First Monday of the month.


   Worship Design

This committee provides and coordinates support for all worship related activities, through the work of coordinators, staff members, and volunteers

Worship Design meets the First Thursday of the month.