• Word of the Week

  • Get Plugged In: I Want to Join this Church!

     If you are interested in joining Good Hope Union United Methodist Church, please visit our "Get Plugged In Now" table located in the Narthex to sign-up for our next New Members Introductory Class or contact our New Members Coordinator, Bro. David Marston at for more information. Blessings!

  • Celebrating the Gift of Salvation!

    Beloved, we want to celebrate the gift of God's salvific love (salvation) with you! If you have professed Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior for the first time this year, please let us know. We are excited about God at work in You! If you are uncertain, we are here for you as well. God loves all people and desires for all to live in the abundance of God's life-giving power. As people of faith, we want to stand with you, to encourage you, and to equip you for the journey ahead. Please send us an e-mail at with your name and contact information or call the church office so that we can share the next steps with you. We praise God for your decision and look forward to our time together!

   December 2018   
Upcoming Events


Sunday School Bible Institute
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sunday School for All Ages!
10:45 AM




Sunday School Bible Institute
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Sunday School for All Ages!
10:45 AM


Hear My Prayer
Will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Sunday immediately following services.
Daughters of the King - will not meet on 6/27/2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Young-Adult Bible Study


Hear My Prayer
Will be meeting the 2nd and 4th Sunday immediately following services.
Wednesday in the Word - will not meet on 6/28/2017
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Weekly Bible Study
Bible Search
Staff Parish Relations Committee
Chairperson: David Marston

Lay Member to Annual Conference: Arletta Boston

Lay Leader:  Debra Jones

Committee Members:                                    

Carver Bryant

Wilma Hodo

David Marston

Wayne Richards


Pastor/Staff-Parish Relations Committee Job Description builds a strong positive relationship between staff and congregation so that the congregation makes disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This committee will work with the lead pastor and other staff to fulfill legal and ethical responsibilities related to staff.

Spiritual Gifts and Qualifications Helpful for the Job

Individuals on this committee should have one or more of these spiritual gifts: exhortation (encouragement), wisdom, discernment, administration, shepherding, helping, servanthood, and leadership. This committee should be diverse in age, experience, and interests, bringing all interests of the ministry to the attention of the staff. Some experience in human relations, personnel management, and communications is helpful. These individuals must listen well to both staff and people of all ages in the congregation, while keeping a focus on the mission of the church. This committee must be able to maintain confidentiality.

Responsibilities of the Chairperson

The chair is the congregation’s primary connection with the district superintendent and bishop related to the appointed leadership of the congregation. This individual leads the committee by preparing and communicating the agenda for meetings, leading the meetings, and following up on actions by assigning responsibility for implementation. This person should become familiar with United Methodist resources and organizations.

Responsibilities of the Committee

  • Committee members maintain a healthy and growing personal spiritual life. They engage in biblical and theological reflection about the mission of the church and biblical leadership.
  • This committee encourages, strengthens, nurtures, supports, and respects the pastor(s) and staff and their families. They confer regularly about the personnel conditions and issues that affect the congregation’s total ministry, including healthy life-work balance. They help the staff set priorities.
  • This committee communicates openly and regularly with the pastor(s), staff, and congregation.
  • In consultation with the lead pastor and with awareness of the strategy of the church leadership team, this committee recommends needed staff positions and develops and approves written job descriptions and titles for staff.
  • This committee recommends compensation, travel, housing, and other financial matters to the church council through the finance committee.
  • In consultation with the pastor(s), the committee recommends to the church council a written statement of policy and procedures for hiring, evaluating, promoting, retiring, and dismissing staff members who are not subject to episcopal appointment (procedures must comply with local and state laws).
  • This committee is responsible for carrying out, through appropriate agencies, proper screening (including background checks) for lay employees and volunteer staff.
  • This committee weighs several factors as it meets with the district superintendent and/or the bishop in an advisory capacity related to clergy leadership. Committee members consider the age and stage of the congregation. They must have an understanding of the feelings and desires within the congregation about the pastor’s leadership and appointment. They also consider the culture and needs of the community around the church.
  • This committee provides an annual evaluation of the pastor(s) and other staff for ongoing effective ministry.
  • This committee enlists, evaluates, and annually recommends candidates for professional ministry to the charge conference.
  • The work of the committee may include sub-teams (such as a parsonage committee or a volunteer staff committee). The committee on nominations and leadership development may help identify people for these groups.
  • The committee works with the pastor and district superintendent to develop a church profile that reflects the needs, characteristics, and opportunities for mission of the charge consistent with the church’s statement of purpose. The profile will be reviewed annually and updated as per paragraphs 427 and 428 in the Book of Discipline
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