Journey Assembly of God

Senior/Lead Pastor

Journey Assembly of God
Bradenton, Florida, United States


Date Posted: 06/01/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Assemblies of God
Church Size: 50 to 100
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

General Information:

After 24 years of service our Lead Pastor had chosen to retire.  It is for that reason that we are seeking God for the next Pastor to lead our church family .  Journey Assembly is a body of believers located in central Manatee County Florida.  We are currently made up of those close to retirement or that have been retired for several years.  We do have a few families with children and teens.  We average 80 people in total attendance on a Sunday with about 15-20 children and 8 youth.  During the winter months we have several families from up north that call Journey home and the attendance can swell to 120.  In recent years we have seen attendance numbers over 300 with multiple services, children’s ministry with over 50 kids and youth ministry over 100 students. 

 

 

Unique Ministries:

One unique ministry at Journey is Family Integrity Training (F.I.T.).  This ministry is run by Dr. Don Pratt and their mission statement is “Teach the Poor, Inmates, Recently Released, Homeless, Addicts, and those in Recovery the ways of being More Productive as Citizens, Parents, Spouses, Employees, and Church Members.”  This ministry is directly aimed at the marginalized in our society and is a vital part of Journey.  A second unique ministry at Journey is our Food Bank.  This ministry, headed by Susan Beawer, reaches numerous families every week.  Both of these ministries receive a majority of their support from the family here at Journey Assembly.

 

 

Our Purpose:

At Journey, we try to live our lives with a “just do it” mentality.  We challenge our church family to actively LOVE people in the community from every ethnic, social, and economic background.  We want to help our guests CONNECT to our church.  Our goal is to EQUIP every man, woman, teen and child in our church family in a systematic, practical way to serve God for a lifetime.  Once trained, we SEND qualified leaders to continue to do the work of the ministry!

 

 

Our Beliefs:

Please follow this link to see more about our beliefs.  https://ag.org/Beliefs/Our-Core-Doctrines

 

 

Our History:

Journey Church (formerly Trinity Assembly of God) was started by Rev. John Cooper on July 14, 1985 with a vision to reach the eastern part of Manatee County, FL. After meeting in various rented facilities, the church purchased five acres and built a 7,000 square foot building. Pastor Cooper resigned in February 1993.

Pastor Don Carter was elected in March 1993 and inherited 40 people, massive debt and seven mortgages. The church under his leadership has purchased five additional acres with two buildings that added 5,500+ square feet of space. One building is used as a children’s building and the other is used for administration and class rooms. Nine acres and two buildings are debt free. The administration building has a debt of less than $80,000 (our total indebtedness).

 

 

Our Current Leadership Structure:

Journey currently has the following part-time or volunteer staff: Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor, Music Pastor, Office staff person, Food Bank Coordinator and F.I.T. Pastor.  The church is run by a board of Deacons (currently 3), of which the Lead Pastor is the chairman.  The philosophy of governance is: pastor-led, staff-run, board-advised.  The board of deacons are here to help and support the Lead Pastor as he hears from God, not to micromanage.  The deacons are also for accountability purposes.

 

 

Are you a good Fit?:

Journey is looking for a strong collaborative leader and very capable preacher/teacher to lead us forward.  This person should have good personal financial responsibility.  They should be willing and qualified to be credentialed with the Assemblies of God (if not already credentialed with the A/G).  This person is confident in their gifts with humility and more importantly knows their own weaknesses.  They should have a Bachelor’s Degree or ministry equivalency training along with Lead/Senior Pastor experience OR Executive Associate experience for at least 2 consecutive years at the same church along with a total of 8 years in full-time ministry.  Our next Pastor should have a deep appreciation for not only where God wants to take us but for where we are and where we have been by supporting current ministries while blazing a new trail for the future.

 

 

Our Community:

Bradenton is one of the most desirable places to live in the State of Florida. The town leadership diligently works with residents to maintain and improve the quality of life in Manatee County, while developing strategies to make all neighborhoods safe and desirable. The population of Bradenton is 55,000+ and Manatee County is 340,000+ with an additional 90,000+ winter residents calling Manatee County home. Manatee County School District is constantly improving the education for their 48,000 students and we are proud to have State College of Florida and University of South Florida in our community. In addition there are a number of private Christian and Academic schools.

Manatee County is one of the leading sports training centers in the world with IMG Academy, Premier Sports Campus, Pittsburg Pirates Spring Training and Minor League Operations, and Nathan Benderson Park that will host the 2017 World Rowing Championship. A diverse business community and growing opportunities for employment drive the local economy. From bioscience and high tech companies to small-town businesses and services, Manatee County offers a unique combination of marketplace opportunity and quality of life for business leaders and their employees.

With all Florida residents enjoying the freedom from state tax, more personal funds are available for the outdoor lifestyle. We are on the Gulf of Mexico that is often referred to as the Gold Coast of Florida. Top rated golf courses, internationally known theme parks are within a short distance of Bradenton.

 

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PLEASE EMAIL YOUR RESUME' AND THREE (3) VIDEO SAMPLES OF YOUR PREACHING.  PLEASE USE INTERNET VIDEO LINKS (YOUTUBE /  VIMEO / PRIVATE WEB PAGE / ETC.)  REFERENCES WILL BE REQUESTED AS NEEDED.  BACKGROUND AND CREDIT CHECKS MAY ALSO BE REQUIRED.

 

 

WE WILL BE ACCEPTING RESUME'S IN TWO BATCHES.  BATCH #1 WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH JUNE 20TH.  AFTER JUNE 20TH WE WILL PLACE RESUME'S INTO BATCH #2.

 

PLEASE SEND TO: resume@journeyassembly.org

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