New Hope Fellowship Five Pillar Ministry Structure

  1. Structure is to be aligned with and support the vision of NHF; structure is to be simple and yet able to coordinate complex web of various ministries at NHF.
  2. Our vision is to “live beyond ourselves—in God, with community and for all peoples.” Our missional vision of “living beyond ourselves” has three aspects: 1) “in God” (i.e., relationship with God through worship); 2) “with community” (i.e., relationship with one another centered around discipleship); 3) “for all nations” (i.e., relationship with the world through various mission(al endeavors).
  3. The missional vision with three aspect is to be not only reflected in our structures, but also supported and sustained by them. The most obvious way for us to provide a structure for our vision with three aspects is to have three pillars that supports the vision and coordinates various ministries that falls under the three aspects. So we have following three pillars: Worship, Discipleship, Missions.
    1. Worship pillar focuses mainly on ministries that are involved in Sunday corporate worship. Ministry teams within this pillar includes Welcoming, Praise, Media and Snacks team. We value that people are welcomed into our Sunday gathering to worship our God. Praise and media team leads and facilitate the corporate worship, so that we worship our God in Spirit and in truth. Snacks team coordinates post-service snacks, so that people can connect after the service over food and drinks. All these ministries within this pillar function together to make our Sunday large gathering to be one of the main anchor that leads our people to live a life of worship.
    2. Discipleship pillar focuses mainly on equipping our people through smaller gatherings across different ages. This pillar functions like the strong link between Worship pillar and Missions pillar, in that through Discipleship we nurturing mature disciples of Christ who worship God daily and make disciples of all nations. It includes various ministries like: Intercessory, Classes, Life Groups, Family Life, College Group and Next Generation education. All these ministries exist to nurture our people to be mature disciples of Christ who pray, evangelize, make disciples, build healthy families and invest in our next generation.
    3. Missions pillar embraces God’s call to make disciples of all nations–both locally and globally. It includes local outreach ministries like Micah 6:8, M3 and partnership with TCM. It includes Overseas Missions Committee (OMC) that especially target unreached and unengaged people group (UUPG) in China and India.
  1. What drives all three pillars (Worship, Discipleship, Missions) is our passion to see our God exalted and lifted high by all peoples and for the glory of God to spread in and through our people across the generations and nations. For the three pillars to function together with coherence towards the common missional vision, we have two other pillars to support and sustain it: Leadership and Administration.
    1. Leadership pillar focuses mainly on pastoral leadership who are called by God and by the church to work as under-shepherds for Christ, the chief-shepherd who direct and leads our church through his Spirit and Spirit-led pastors and leaders. Pastors and to work alongside elders and deacons as well as ministry team leaders to train and equip God’s people for the work of ministry so that the body of Christ may be built up to the glory of the Father.
    2. Administration pillar stands to support the three main pillars as well as the leadership pillar so that all the ministries can run smoothly. It includes finances, building, denomination and newsletter. It functions like the electric wires and water pipes that runs throughout the house, providing need and support for life and ministry. Without a good administrative support the rest of the pillars will not be able to function well or with coherence.
  1. Think of the five pillars in the following way: The first three pillars—Worship, Discipleship and Missions—are like three legs of a stool; the last two pillars—Leadership, Administration—are like two connecting rings of the three legs for the stool to stand strong.
    1. We need all three pillars to fulfill the missional vision of our church, just as we need all three legs for the stool. We need all three pillars to be strong; we want none of the pillars to be disconnected. For instance, we want to make disciples of all nations (Missions); mission exists because worship doesn’t, and ultimately we want to see all the nations to worship our Creator and Redeemer God (Worship). Furthermore, we want to be worshippers who lead more people to be worshippers; in other words, we want to be disciples who make disciples (Discipleship). Each of the three pillars are inter-connected and they need each other for a healthy and balanced growth of a church that reflects God’s glory, edifies His people and blesses the nations.
    2. We need good leaders and administrative support that allows the three pillars to function well with coherence. Just as a stool needs connecting rings for stable and strong support, we have Leadership pillar (upper ring) and Administration pillar (lower ring). Pastors and leaders are called by God and by the church to equip the saints for the work of ministry so that the body of Christ may be built up (cf. Eph 4:11-12). They are to work for the church and lead the people of God so that the church fulfills its mission of Worship, Discipleship and Missions. Administrative system supports all of ministries to flow smoothly and flourish fully.
  1. Now with the three legs (Worship, Discipleship, and Missions) and two connecting rings (Leadership, and Administration), the stool is to have Jesus Christ to be seated as the King and Chief Shepherd to lead and guide His Church.
  2. By the power of the Holy Spirit and in the spirit of love we are to live beyond ourselves in God, with community and for the joy of all peoples—all for the glory of God our Father.