Jacob's Well Church - Formation Pastor

  • Senior Leadership (Executive/Associate)
  • Chippewa Falls, United States

Jacob's Well Church - Formation Pastor

Job description

Why We Love This Opportunity 

Jacob’s Well is a growing church of approximately 2,000 people on an average weekend and is the largest evangelical church in the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, area. The ultimate goal of their ministry is to introduce people to the transformative power of a relationship with Jesus and to encourage life change.

Church or Org Description

Jacob’s Well Church is a growing church of approximately 2,000 people on a weekend. The church is about an hour and a half east of Minneapolis in the town of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It is attracting young families in the region and reaching people other churches don’t reach.

In 2000, Paul Berthiaume and his family, along with two other families, moved to Eau Claire with the intent to plant a church. Jacob’s Well had its beginning as a group of five families assembling in Paul’s living room. After six months of meeting, studying, praying, and working to develop, the group had grown to forty-two adults.

The church’s vision emphasizes process over conversion. “We seek an emphasis on the Gospel shaping every aspect of our lives”. The vision states, “Wherever we are on our journey we will take steps to know and become like Jesus”.

Jacob’s Well constructed a new 700 seat auditorium and converted its existing space into children’s space and launched a second venue with a simulcast message and live worship. They continue to dream and build for the future of the church. It’s a really exciting time to be part of what God is doing through Jacob’s Well.


The Formation Director leads the Care and Formation Teams in the ongoing strategizing and implementing of Jacob’s Well Church’s care and spiritual formation ministries. Alongside other staff teams and partners, the Care and Formation Teams will work to continually create, communicate, and provide meaningful opportunities church-wide. The Formation Director is mindful of and oversees the congregation’s care and spiritual formation, in terms of providing next steps for growth.


  • Champion the overall spiritual formation of the church
  • Create clear and concise next steps to help people grow in their faith journey
  • Guide a vibrant small groups ministry as part of spiritual formation
  • Lead and develop the Care Director, Guest Services Director, and Formation Ministry Assistant
  • Manage and steward the Formation and Care ministry budgets
  • Wake up thinking about how to positively challenge the congregation to take next steps in formation and community
  • Create and manage systems and structures for group leader and volunteer development
  • Recruit and equip volunteers
  • As part of the Teaching Team, participating in series planning, message preparation, and speaking delivery
  • Lead the development of in-house study guides, prayer guides, and personal devotions based on the ministry calendar, weekend messages, and various church-wide emphases


  • Is a mature and fully devoted Christ-follower who is seeking to know and become like Christ
  • Has a pastor's heart, gifts of leading and shepherding, and the ability and passion to effectively coach and care for staff and volunteer leaders
  • Is an emotionally and relationally healthy person
  • Is a self-motivated, action-oriented leader who values people over program
  • Has a deep understanding—and lives it out in regular practice—of spiritual formation, as well as a pattern of living in Biblical community
  • Has the ability to deliver excellent and engaging and Gospel-centered messages for weekend services