who we are
Our vision is simple - to be a church that people want to belong to, not just attend.
For the greater Seattle community, New Hope Seattle is a gathering of believers and seekers alike. Where our home in the Northwest and diverse roots unite as one in the Holy Spirit, creating a welcoming place for transformation and belonging.
New Hope Seattle is affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. The Foursquare movement is committed to introducing the world to Jesus Christ - the Savior, Baptizer, Healer and Soon-Coming King. More information at Foursquare.org
How to Engage at New Hope
Our vision is to be a church where people truly belong. Belonging, we think, is more than just a social construction. It's a spiritual reality. You can belong to a family, a community, a workplace, but you can still feel on the outside. Jesus came so that our deepest desires to be accepted, loved, affirmed would be fulfilled through his love poured out for us on the cross. Loved not for what we have done or not done, but loved simply because he loved us.
Engaging at New Hope includes three movements: 1. Belong to God 2. Belong together 3. Belong to Gather.
Belonging to God is a process of transforming from our social constructs (being an American, a worker, a mother, a father, a student etc), to becoming first of all a child of God. A son or daughter of God, shaped by God's opinion of us, wanting God's will to be done in us. That transformation takes effort, prayer, study, abandonment, passion, courage and commitment. Kind of like the gym, but better, longer lasting, more fulfilling. Attending regularly, giving, praying, reading...joining a belong to God group are all ways you can engage in belonging to God at New Hope.
Belonging together happens when we fulfill the command of Christ to love one another as he has loved us. We begin to not just "need" to be loved and accepted by other people, we begin to accept and love others regardless of what they have done or not done. This kind of love also takes practice, self-discipline, commitment and time. So we ask folks who make New Hope home to join a dinner fellowship, sign up for our rooted class, and intentionally build relationships with people in our gathering.
Belonging to Gather up others who have not yet experienced the Grace of God and offering the invitation to join his family. When God calls us to become his children, he doesn't just ask us to get along with others....he asks us to go out and bring more in. His love urges us to gather whoever would accept his love as well as to love everyone whether they accept it or not. So we gather by giving, by serving, by reaching out together; by extending the love of God.
Our values shape why we do what we do - and not just on a Sunday morning.
1 | Transformation
Life change is not only inevitable when following Jesus, it is also highly desirable.
2 | Devoted Togetherness
We abandon busy to embrace church family.
3 | Social Concern
The good news of Jesus is for the whole person. Not just one's soul.
4 | Warm Hospitality
We succeed when someone moves from attending to belonging.
5 | Inviting Evangelism
We are compelled, by God’s work in us, to invite others “to come and see.”
6 | Leadership Development
We believe in developing and releasing godly leaders into all areas of life.
7 | Vibrant Worship and Prayer
Our worship inspires people to connect with their Heavenly Father.
8 | Authenticity
We are true to our message and are honest in how we communicate it.
Jake and Rachael Poetzl,
Jake and Rachael have been at New Hope since 2014. Together they have four school-aged children, Clara, Amelia, Henry and Jack. Rachael is also a 1st Grade teacher in the Shoreline schools.
A former high school English teacher and adjunct college writing instructor, Jake left academic life to build a church that shares the transformational truth of God’s love and calls all people into belonging and purpose in Christ.
In addition to a strong passion to build disciples and mentor, Jake has a heart to reach the unchurched and marginalized. His belief is that the local church should be serving in three capacities: inside the church (serving one another), in the local community (serving neighbors), and serving the poor (locally and globally).
Paul & Nichole, Worship
As worship pastors, Paul and Nichole bring a youthful energy to Sunday morning services. They are talented musicians with a passion for leading people into intimacy with God through worship in song. As high school sweethearts they’ve been singing together for a long time and bring great teamwork to their joint role in ministry.
Dave & April Thompson, Associate Pastors and Small Groups
Dave and April have a passion for ministry serving the community of New Hope. For nearly nine years and they have served in roles from children’s ministry, to worship and outreach. Currently they serve as pastors of small groups. Longtime Shoreline residents you can see then around town in their teal VW camper van with four kids in tow.
Adam & Chelsea Bernstein, Youth Ministry
Adam and Chelsea became Youth Pastors at New Hope in March, 2017. They have a passion for Jesus, youth, children and India. Adam has an engineering degree from UW, and Chelsea is a gifted beautician. They have two boys, Judah and Abram.