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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Hope Church - Executive Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, United States

Date Posted: 06/28/2017
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Hope Church is a growing church that is conservative in its theology and modern in its methodology. It has a Lutheran history and maintains conservative theology although not part of any denomination.

Recognizing a need for a church that reached and engaged unchurched people in the community, Hope was birthed by a small group of individuals in 2002.

Drawn to its vision, Jason Ewart became the Lead Pastor in early 2009. With a weekly attendance of 75, Hope Church began to prioritize its Sunday services, shaping them to be seeker intelligible while building a strong culture centered around small groups. By 2010, a growth trend began, resulting in the implementation of a Sunday morning kids ministry and the search for a larger facility. In 2011, the church relocated its Sunday services to a local middle school cafeteria. After out-growing the cafeteria by 2012, they began to meet in a larger gymnasium with a second service initiated in 2016.

In early 2017, Hope Church formally left membership in their Lutheran denomination, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and became an independent church. The church has enjoyed remarkably consistent growth since 2009, with a weekend attendance increase of more than 10% each year.

Today, the church averages more than 500 each attendees week, and is poised for continued growth and catalytic success.


About the Position:

The Executive Pastor will essentially create more and better leaders at Hope Church, as they formulate, implement, and oversee systems necessary to pursue the mission and vision of the church. This position will offer leadership to both operations and ministries at Hope Church.

Success in this role will be determined by:

  • Creation of a leadership pipeline that helps scale the future of Hope Church.
  • Effectively working in partnership with the Lead Pastor.
  • Development of emerging and future ministry leadership.
  • Solid and sustainable systems in place for leaders to effectively function in their gifting and role.

What We Are Searching for/Qualifications:

An undergraduate degree is required, although an advanced degree is preferred.

The next Executive Pastor of Hope Church will show strong administrative giftedness complemented with the capacity to effectively work with, and maximize varying skill sets on the staff team. This individual will embody the vision of Hope Church, carry a pastoral disposition and possess an exceedingly strong sense of discernment in thinking both creatively and critically so as to help the church and its staff function as effectively as possible. Additional traits will include:

  • Strong leadership qualities.
  • Strategic thinking abilities that will recognize the big picture and the small details.
  • Exceptional people skills as well as strong organizational skills.
  • Highly value the priesthood of all believers and prioritize the training, empowering and encouraging of Hope guests, members and staff to do effective ministry.

In addition to being fully aligned with the mission, vision and values of Hope, the Executive Pastor will be one who has a propensity for servant leadership, with added strengths in interpersonal reliability and scriptural knowledge. The prospective candidate will also meet the following criteria:

  • Experience leading within a medium to large church or business.
  • Ability to create more and better leaders at every level of the church.
  • A proven track record of effective leadership, judgment and character
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective project management.
  • Adaptable to changing ministry environments.

 About the Location: 

Oconomowoc’s location is idyllic for both rural and metropolitan interests, offering the best amenities of both. The city is located in close proximity to some of the Midwest’s most esteemed cultural epicenters while maintaining a strong culture, vibrant economy and unmistakable smaller city charm all on its own. 

Existing housing offers diversity, ranging from historic lakeside homes and traditional country farmhouses to modern condominiums and in-town apartments. Respect for the environment and a strong sense of community pride are part of everyday life in Oconomowoc. In addition to the proximity of both Milwaukee and Madison health care providers, the Oconomowoc area has not only some of the best healthcare per capita in the Midwest, but arguably in the entire United States. The Oconomowoc Area School District offers a vibrant, challenging and responsive educational experience designed to help students think critically, solve problems, collaborate, adapt, initiate, communicate, create, utilize information, and develop skills for future success. Graduates who desire to continue their education can choose from many excellent post-secondary institutions. Waukesha County Technical College, Carroll University, Marquette University, as well as several University of Wisconsin campuses, are close by.

Visits by Presidents Cleveland, Harrison, Grant, Taft, Coolidge, McKinley and Theodor Roosevelt earned Main Street the nickname, 'Avenue of the Presidents.' Oconomowoc is the perfect blend of small town community, big city amenities and outdoor recreation. The natural beauty and hard work of the city have resulted in unique communities of safe streets, excellent schools, quality health care, progressive government, a prosperous economy and an overall high quality of life.