Formation Pastor (Growth Track, Men’s Discipleship) at Saddleback Church
Lake Forest, CA 92630

The Formation Pastor at Saddleback Church will play a crucial role in shaping and nurturing the spiritual growth of our church community. This position encompasses a variety of responsibilities, primarily overseeing Men's Ministry, Content Creation, and the Activate process, along with other discipleship-oriented initiatives. The Formation Pastor will be responsible for cultivating a culture of discipleship and spiritual growth within the church by developing and executing strategic plans, as well as developing, equipping, and empowering God’s people, for each of these key areas.

What you will do:

  • Activate Leadership: build, launch and oversee Activate for the Lake Forest congregation by creating new processes and practices around the new Activate pathway, teaching Activate’s Formation Step, developing a wide range of Activate offerings for members, volunteers, and mentors, and providing ways to observe data, make decisions, and set vision for Activate.
  • Men’s Ministry Leadership: develop and lead the teaching and leadership teams for Men’s Ministry. Design and deliver a range of engaging and spiritually enriching studies of men of all ages for use at Men’s on-campus studies, coaching and mentoring gatherings, and launch events and retreats. Oversee annual Men’s Ministry calendar for Lake Forest, observe data, make decisions, and set vision for Men’s Ministry.
  • Content Creator and Teacher: Create amazing resources across many platforms that inspire and invite people to experience more deeply Spiritual Growth and Jesus-centered Living. Design and maximize small group curriculum for live and digital courses that cover various aspects of Spiritual Growth, Discipleship, and Christian Living. Teach a core component of our new Activate pathway.
  • Ministries Builder: Collaborate with the Formation team and volunteers to build, launch, and oversee new discipleship initiatives and ministries for our church members, devising and leveraging relational strategies around Activate, app-based Journey strategy, and mentorship/coaching processes.

What you have done

  • You have cultivated a culture of spiritual formation for a church congregation.
  • You have gained sound knowledge of biblical studies, Christian theology, spiritual formation ideas and practices, and Cultural Studies.
  • You have solid experience piloting and strengthening collaborative initiatives and ministries for large church environments.
  • You have taken ideas and turned them into customizable high impact products in the areas of Christian Formation and Discipleship.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of related experience, seminary degree preferred.

On a given day, you will spend time

  • Digging into God’s truth and creating resources to share with audiences and groups across many platforms.
  • Dreaming with other teams and delivering fresh and inspiring formation initiatives and ministries for church members.
  • Discovering opportunities to refresh existing programs and leveraging them to strengthen churchwide formation campaigns.
  • Delivering high impact teaching – live or virtual – so people and families can grow stronger in their Jesus-centered lives.

Who you are

  • You love God and are passionate about his truth and his purposes for people especially men in the church.
  • You have a proven track record of orchestrating large-scale initiatives for diverse groups.
  • You know how to frame issues, ask questions, and communicate compelling content, using your razor-sharp research, writing, and speaking skills.
  • You are immersed in biblical studies, theology, spiritual disciplines, and cultural studies and you enjoy collaborating with writers and thought leaders.
  • You have a gift for crafting inspiring stories and resources that convey Christian formation ideas and habits simply and beautifully.
  • You desire to work in a friendly, fast paced, collaborative environment – Saddleback is one big global family!
  • You can work full-time in the office (this is a 100% on-site position, not a hybrid or a remote position).
  • You can work some nights and weekends to lead teams and teach formation classes.

What we offer

  • Highly competitive benefits plans. Health plans with employee low deductible medical (EPO and PPO), dental, and vision coverage at no cost to the employee. Family coverage starts as low as $250 per month for full health benefits.
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution.
  • Generous holiday and paid time off plans including paid week off between Christmas and New Year’s.


Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Pkwy
Lake Forest, California 92630


Brandon Bathauer
[email protected]


Lake Forest, CA 92630
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Team Building
Church Ministry