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The Journey Church

Journey Kidz Pastor/Director

The Journey Church
New York, New York, United States

Date Posted: 01/18/2017
Categories: Associate Pastor - Children's Pastor - Family Pastor - Teaching Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: 1001 to 1500
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

The Journey is a young, contemporary church in New York City with 3 campuses in Manhattan – Village, Upper West Side & Upper East Side.  We are currently hiring for the position of Pastor of Families & Children's Director.


Children and youth are a rapidly growing area in our church.  So - we are looking for a young, aggressive “A” player to fill this pastoral position and lead our family ministry across our 3 Manhattan locations.  Depending on the applicant's gifting, this may also include being part of the Teaching Team.  Or it could be a non-teaching position with other non-teaching responsibilities.


This is a 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?


Do you have the gift of teaching and the desire to grow in this area as part of our multi-campus teaching team?


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


This is an equipping and teaching 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 for middle school and high school.
  • Leading the Sunday Journey Kidz experience across our 3 campuses and planning and leading family events during the week (at least 2 a month).
  • Recruiting leaders and providing guidance for Mom's, Parents and Family Growth Groups each semester.
  • Depending on the applicant's gifting and desire to teach, this position may include teaching upwards of once a month and being part of our teaching team.
  • 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)

- The ability to teach on a regular basis on Sundays

- 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

- Comfortable in a non-Charismatic worship environment

- Experience in a church of 500 or more is a bonus

- 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: Turning First Time Guests into Fully-Engaged Members, Connect: How to Double Your Number of Volunteers or Ignite: How to Spark Immediate Growth in Your Church?.)?


Please send cover letters and resumes to