As Hope moves closer to beginning the call process, it becomes important for all our members to understand the congregational self-study process and be engaged in it. This is a main reason we are in the process of updating contact information for all members. We want YOU to have a part in the process.

Before a congregation calls a new pastor, the Kansas District requires the completion of a congregation self-study. The information from the self-study is used by Rev. Peter Lange, the Kansas District President, to provide candidates in addition to those submitted by Hope members, and to provide the called candidate detailed information about our congregation.  

If you would like to see the complete congregation self-study, it can be found on the district website at the following address:

The first twelve sections are primarily focused on data about Hope’s ministry including congregational and community demographics. Gathering this information is fairly straightforward and will be compiled by the elders and church council. We need your input for the last two sections of the self study, the sections about pastoral expectations and congregational goals. Here is how the process will work:

One – Pastoral Expectations Survey

In order to gather the information from the congregation about pastoral expectations, we will be sending an online survey out to all members for whom we have email addresses. Be looking for this survey soon. If there are members who do not have email addresses, we will mail a hard copy of the survey.

Two – Congregational Goals Small Group Forums

Following completion of the survey, there are six questions that we need to answer regarding congregational goals. We will be utilizing a small-group forum facilitated by a Hope members to compile responses. Be watching for information about participating in a small group forum.

Three – Congregational Review Meeting

The goal is to finish both efforts by the third week of July. The self-study process will then conclude with a congregational meeting to review the self-study in August. The meeting in August will be facilitated by Rev. Lee Hovel, the District Visitor.

As our congregational family works through this transition year, there continues to be much exciting activity taking place within Hope’s ministries.  Transitions can be filled with both apprehension and excitement; however, in Philippians 4:13 we are assured that we can “do all things through Christ.” That is what gives us our congregation’s name – Hope! With God’s guidance, we have “a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11)!

See you in church!

In His Service,

Bob Hollman

Bob Hollman