Pastor of Groups & Teaching Pastor Position Available @ The Journey Church NYC

The Journey is currently looking for an “A” player to fill the role of Pastor of Groups & Teaching Pastor at our NYC campus in Manhattan.

The Journey is a young (20 years old), growing, contemporary, outwardly-focused church in New York City with services each week in Times Square and Online.

We are looking for an experienced, go-getter who is ready to live in NYC, work hard, grow as a pastor and leader 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!

This role is ideal for someone with a bachelor degree minimum and a masters preferred. And for someone with the gift of leadership, growing teams and communication — and who wants to develop as a minister and grow with the church. This is a key position on our team and this person would serve on our Executive Team.  The position is available immediately.

Are you called to serve in New York City?

Are you passionate about raising up new leaders and volunteers, seeing people get connected in the church and challenging them to grow in their faith?

Are you interested in expanding an already healthy Growth Group ministry that sees over 100% of our average Sunday attendance sign up for a group every semester?

Are you a gifted teacher who can adapt to our teaching style and add strength to our teaching team?

Can you work with our team to increase the number of groups every semester as well as the number of leaders that serve each semester?

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

This is an equipping position (not pastoral care) to make a difference with the best and the brightest from around the world that make up the Journey Church NYC.


  • Leadership, growth and innovation of The Journey’s semester-based small groups ministry (goal of getting 100% of our church in groups).
  • Leadership, growth and innovation of our ministry and volunteer systems (goal of getting 50% of our church involved in meaningful ministry on a weekly basis).
  • Requires the ability to lead teams effectively and to raise up new leaders rapidly. Also, organizational and administrative skills are a must.
  • The ability to contribute to The Journey’s teaching team as well as the ability to work well with staff.
  • Must be extremely hard-working and have had leadership experience on a large or growing church staff.
  • Other desired characteristics include strong interpersonal skills; growing leader; team builder; sense of humor; risk-taker (seminary not required).
  • Solid communicator


– A Solid Calling to New York City

– The ability to manage a large and growing Growth Groups system

– A passion for the Bible and innovation

– An ability to communicate clearly, lead classes and lead meetings (volunteers/staff)

– A team player

– Experience in a large/growing church

– A positive attitude

– A familiarity with The Purpose Driven Church Model

– A risk taker

– A passion for discipleship and not letting 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

– Bachelor’s Degree required; MDiv or Master’s Degree or greater preferred

– 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 are you interested in this position?

(2) Have you read the book “Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups” by Journey Pastors Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas?  Do you have any familiarity or experience with the semester-based small groups model?

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

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

*Also – if you have a recent video/audio of you teaching in front of a group (large or small) – please include that along with your resume and cover letter.

Please send cover letters and resumes to

Sorry – but we won’t consider applications or resumes that don’t follow the above directions.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church growth strategist, pastor, church planter and coach, consulting with churches around the world. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has personally trained more than 3,500 church leaders in over 45 denominations through live events, seminars and monthly coaching. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in Boca Raton, FL. Nelson and his church routinely appear on lists such as “The 50 Most Influential Churches” and “The 25 Most Innovative Leaders.” He is the author of over 100 church growth resources and 18+ books, including The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life, Ministry and The Difference Maker: Using Your Everyday Life for Eternal Impact, and At the Cross with the People Who Were There. He and his wife, Kelley, have one son, Alexander.

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