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Apply Now! Associate Pastor in Lake Mills, WI

Real Hope Community Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, is looking for an Associate Pastor who can serve for a year before being launched with a solid group of leaders to plant a new church in a neighboring community .

Real Hope Community Church

About the Church

Real Hope Community Church (RHCC) was planted in 2000 in partnership with Converge Worldwide (historically Baptist General Conference) and will be 23 years old this October. The church met at the high school for 14 years before building a permanent facility in 2015. Over that time, the church experienced slow but steady growth, forming deeper roots in the community. They are considered and operate as a "community church" by having a strong presence within every facet of the community. 


Craig Legel took on the Lead Pastor role in 2010 after starting with RHCC as an Associate Pastor of Youth/Music in 2005. The original pastor/planter served for 10 years, and in 2010 was called to plant another church out of the area. The church currently has about 125 adult members and is swarming with young families and tons of kids. RHCC has experienced much growth in the last two years and sees new visitors each Sunday. They are on the cusp of breaking the 400 barrier in Sunday attendance and more importantly than numbers, are seeing people coming to Christ and being baptized.


About the Opportunity

As an elder and part of the pastoral leadership team, the Associate Pastor will complement the responsibilities of the Lead Pastor and execute the vision for discipleship, while intentionally preparing over the course of a year to launch a new church plant in a neighboring community with an existing core group of leaders from Real Hope. 

The new Associate Pastor is responsible for: 

  • Developing relationships with core team and strategize church plant launch
  • Strategizing timeline and approach of new church plant launch
  • Leading Real Hope to be a church that makes disciples who make disciples
  • Assisting the Lead Pastor in executing the mission of the church by equipping the saints and leaders for the work of ministry.


About the Area

Lake Mills is a beautiful bedroom community east of Madison by about 20 miles. They are right off of I-94, which bridges Madison and Milwaukee. It is a "Norman Rockwell" like town that has a strong sense of community and sits on Rock Lake where people enjoy boating and water sports in all the seasons. In many ways, it embodies small-town Wisconsin life: micro-breweries, boating in the summer, ice fishing in the winter, and an authentic sense of community.


Apply Today!

Are you a worshiper of Jesus who is humble, transparent, entrepreneurial, and a team player  with a love for preaching God’s word and the skills to lead a congregation? Do you possess a high EQ in understanding how to relate to and lead people? If this sounds like you, then apply today!

APPLY NOW: Associate Pastor in Lake Mills, WI

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Steve VanPoolen

Steve VanPoolen

Steve is currently helping churches thrive as organizations, pursuing his PhD in Organizational Leadership from Concordia University (24′ candidate), and running two coffee-related family businesses with his wife and daughters! Growing up in a Christian household, God instilled in Steve a love for people, place, and organizations. After getting his B.A. in Business Administration from Calvin University and working in several businesses, Steve was called to serve as Executive Pastor at Crossroads Bible Church, where he spent nearly 11 years watching God move and the church grow. During that time Steve earned his M.A. in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, developing a love for the church as an organization, for para-church ministries, and for the health of the people that serve them.

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