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The Journey Church

Director of Families and Kids

The Journey Church
New York, New York, United States

Date Posted: 08/23/2013
Categories: Children's Pastor - Family Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Director of Families and Kids @ The Journey Church in NYC:


The Journey is a contemporary 11 year old church in New York City with campuses in Manhattan and Queens.  We are currently hiring for the position of Director of Families and Kids at our largest campus in Manhattan.


The Journey consistently has over 1,000 adults attending weekend services, over 1,100 in groups and expects continued growth.  Currently - we have between 70-100 children who attend our Sunday Journey Kidz Ministry.  Our Journey Kidz Team currently has close to 80 committed volunteers who serve together.


We are looking for a young, aggressive person who is ready to live in NYC, work hard, grow as a leader and life-changer in this important role on our staff and make a tremendous difference for Jesus Christ in one of the most important cities in the world!


Do you love children and are you excited to see them learn, grow and come to know Jesus personally?


Are you passionate about raising up new leaders and volunteers on the Journey Kidz Team, seeing people get connected to your team and challenging them to grow as leaders and in their faith? 


Do you love NYC and the families who live here - and are you committed to developing strategies to effectively reach young families in an urban context?


Do you enjoy recruiting new volunteers and working with them to create a great environment on Sundays for everyone who attends - especially for families and first time guests?


Are you passionate about following-up with kids and families who attend and seeing them assimilated into the church (from first-time guests to fully developing followers of Jesus)? 


Are you committed to investing in parents and giving them the support and resources they need to raise their children in a godly way at home during the week?


Do you have a high view of ministry and of  'serving as part of discipleship' and do you have a strong desire to reach unchurched young professionals and their families? 


Are you interested in helping a growing church continue to grow? 


This is not a pastoral care position, but an equipping position that focuses on reaching and investing in children and families and recruiting and developing incredible volunteers to build a great team.





  • Leadership, growth and innovation of The Journey’s children's ministry - Birth through 5th Grade - and helping develop effective age-graded ministries beyond.
  • Leading the Sunday Journey Kidz experience at 4-5 services and planning and leading family events during the week (at least 1 a month).


  • Recruiting leaders and providing guidance for Mom's, Parents and Family Growth Groups each semester.


  • Requires the ability to lead teams effectively, to raise up new leaders at a rapid rate and to communicate clearly.  


  • Organizational and administrative skills are a must.


  • Must be extremely hard-working and bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the table.  


  • Other desired characteristics include strong interpersonal skills; growing leader; team builder; sense of humor; risk-taker (seminary not required).





- A Solid Calling to New York City

- A passion for kids and families - reaching them and seeing them come to Christ

- The ability to manage a large and growing Journey Kidz Team

- A passion for the Bible and innovation

- An ability to communicate, lead small group trainings and lead meetings (volunteers/staff)

- A team player

- A positive attitude

- A familiarity with The Purpose Driven Church Model

- A risk taker

- A passion for helping people take spiritual next steps

- A desire to not let anyone fall through the cracks

- A passion and drive for evangelism and reaching the unchurched

- A high commitment to the local church

- Non-charismatic

- Must be willing to work up to 60 hours a week when necessary



Only resumes accompanied with a COVER LETTER will be considered.  


The cover letter should be personalized for this position and should answer 4 questions:


(1) Why you are interested in this position? 


(2) Why you would feel comfortable relocating to New York City?


(3) And what about you makes you stand out from other candidates for this position?


(4) Are you familiar with The Journey Church?  Have you read any of the church systems books written by Journey Lead Pastor Nelson Searcy (Fusion, Connect, Activate, Maximize, etc.)?


Please send cover letters and resumes to