Small Groups Pastor Wanted @ The Journey Church in NYC

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I’m looking for just the right “A” player to fill a key pastoral position here at The Journey Church!

We’re looking for a Groups/Teaching Pastor to join our team – Don’t apply unless you love semester-based groups & my book Activate!

However, if you’re passionate about groups and willing to devote yourself to “giving the people of New York City the best opportunity to become fully developing followers of Jesus,” you may be just the right fit!

Here’s the official position description:

Growth Groups Pastor @ The Journey Church in NYC:

Are you called to serve in New York City?

The Journey is a contemporary 9 year old church with 4 campuses in New York City (Upper West Side, Village, Queens and Brooklyn). The position of full-time Growth Groups Pastor is currently available.

The Journey consistently has over 1,000 adults attending weekend services, currently has over 1,100 in groups and expects continued growth.

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 1,100 people signed up for a group every semester?

Can you work with our team to increase the number of groups every semester (approximately 80) as well as the number of leaders that serve each semester (approximately 150)?

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

Do you have a high view of ‘serving as part of discipleship’ and do you have a strong desire to reach unchurched young professionals?

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

– Leadership, growth and innovation of The Journey’s semester-based small groups ministry of over 1,100 people each semester.
– Requires the ability to lead teams effectively and to raise up new leaders at a rapid rate.  Also, organizational and administrative skills are a must.
– The ability to teach and contribute to The Journey’s teaching team is a plus as well as the ability to work well with and lead 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).

– 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 teach, 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
– Non-charismatic
– Must have experience in a church of 500 or more
– 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) Have you read the book “Activate: An Entirely New Approach to Small Groups” by Journey pastors Nelson Searcy and Kerrick Thomas? And are you familiar with the semester-based model of small group ministry?

(3) Why you would 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 emailing me or contacting the church in other ways shows that you can’t follow instructions and thus you won’t be considered – ha (but true!).

– Nelson

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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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