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Hope Church

Groups Director/Pastor

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin




Denomination: Non-Denominational

Weekly Attendance: 520

Location: Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

The Role: Groups Director/Pastor


Meet Hope Church:

Hope Church was started by a small group of 30 people with a God-sized vision for Oconomowoc. They didn’t have the money, the experience, or the pastor to plant a church. All they had was a burden. It broke their hearts that their community needed an outward-focused church. Compelled by this burden, Hope Church was born. Today, Hope Church is still relentlessly committed to the vision of creating a church that attracts and engages the unchurched. The three core values that shape their ministry and culture are Generosity, Community, and Outward Focus. In the Lake Country community, Hope Church is known as a church that is generous and partners with local charities, and it is known as a church to check out if you aren’t a church person.

This summer they are taking occupancy of their first facility, which was designed from the ground up for a peak efficiency of 600 people per service. This facility will become a launchpad to create more engaging digital content and to launch future sites. 

Hope Church is a member of the North Point network of churches as well as a local network of churches in Wisconsin that are dedicated to multiplying the church in Wisconsin.


About the Groups Director/Pastor:

The Groups Director will develop and implement an effective and scalable Groups system to support a growing number of Hope Groups. The Groups Director will have strong leadership qualities and communication skills and a strong ability to coach and empower Group leaders. Your primary responsibilities will be to oversee Groups by recruiting, training, and providing ongoing coaching for our Group leaders to be successful and to oversee the Groups system by building the system to keep pace with church growth and keep Group Leaders growing in their spirituality and leadership skills. 


The Groups Director/Pastor Will: 

  • Recruit and develop new Group Leaders while providing ongoing training and support for current Group Leaders.

  • Develop the appropriate systems to keep Group Leaders informed, growing, and on-mission.

  • Meet with Group Leaders on a regular basis to mentor and shepherd them in their group leadership.

  • Visit Groups to evaluate and provide feedback and mentor leaders.

  • Be the point of contact person for complex or difficult Group issues.

  • Develop training sessions and materials for Group Leaders.

  • Be an active part of Hope Church - participate in a Hope Group, be present at Sunday morning services, attend Hope Church staff meetings, and be actively embedded into the Hope culture.

  • Play a key role in helping people at Hope Church take their next steps in engagement.

  • Lead and perform additional tasks as identified by the candidate and Hope Church.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • Undergraduate degree is required.

  • Seminary degree would be a bonus.

  • 8-10 years of ministry experience much preferably on church staff.

Skills & Personal Characteristics

  • Detailed knowledge, agreement, and adherence to the Hope Church mission, vision, and values.

  •  Self-motivated and organized with the ability to build, engage, and lead a team of volunteers.

  • Have strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Is highly relational and able to connect with people.

  • A good communicator - charismatic and professional on stage specifically.

  • Able to use discernment to place people where they need to be - a leader of leaders.


What it's Like to Live in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin: 

Many people move to Oconomowoc because it is a family-friendly community that enjoys a low crime rate and safe neighborhoods. The Oconomowoc Area School District offers rigorous curriculums and award-winning programs. Students have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular, club, athletic, and service-learning opportunities. The city has access to excellent health care and many fun, free activities such as concerts and movies in the parks, summer and winter farmer’s markets, community events, and parades.

Oconomowoc is in the heart of Lake Country, Wisconsin, which is a beautiful area with over two dozen lakes where residents swim, water ski, fish, and sail. There are also many hiking and biking trails in the area. This outdoor paradise is only 30 minutes from downtown Milwaukee, and Madison, the state capital, is 50 minutes to the west. Oconomowoc was established in the late 19th century as a premier vacation destination for wealthy people in the Midwest and beyond. Numerous visits by Presidents like Cleveland, Harrison, Grant, Taft, Coolidge, McKinley, and Theodor Roosevelt earned Main Street the nickname “Avenue of the Presidents.” 

With its desirable location and safe, friendly atmosphere, Oconomowoc is the perfect blend of small-town community, big-city amenities, and outdoor recreation.

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