Date posted Jul 03, 2022
Deadline Sep 01, 2022

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Next Gen Pastor
Intro Video to The Journey Church –

The Journey is searching for a Connections Pastor who will oversee helping people take their next steps in their faith journey. This person  would continue to develop our next step processes, oversee our neighborhood groups, lead guest services teams, help develop our communications systems, and also be a part of our teaching team. They will work within The Journey’s coaching model to recruit leaders, build teams, coach others, connect people into the life of the church community, and work alongside the Lead Pastor. The ideal candidate will be a coachable leader who can grow this ministry by building a team of leaders to care for others.

The Journey Church, in Springfield, is located in Northern Virginia (NOVA), just 12 miles southwest of the Capital District of Washington, DC. With the history of Old Town Alexandria, the modern sites of National Harbor, the best museums in the nation around the National Mall, not to mention all the local sports teams (Capitals, Commanders, DC United, Mystics, Nationals, and Wizards), there is always something to do nearby. Beaches are 3 hours away, with the Blue Ridge Mountains looming less than 2 hours away. And if you have kids? The Fairfax County School System is one of the biggest in the country, but also one of the best, and the job market here continues to grow. This is a great place to live and to grow a family.

The Journey Church has been a growing, healthy church for 50 years. The people who attend The Journey are young with an average age of  around 37 years old. They are ethnically diverse, coming from many different nationalities. Although The Journey’s history is with the  Restoration Movement of churches, people who attend come from all different types of backgrounds. Many in the church work with federal government agencies and they have a large contingent of military.

Pre-COVID, The Journey was averaging over 700 people in three services with over 200 of that total being children in their Journey Kids ministry. Currently, The Journey is averaging almost 600 people with about 25% still joining us online weekly.

The Lead Pastor, Chad Simpkins, has been at The Journey for six years. He emphasizes leadership development through coaching leaders and ensuring the staff models health for our church. The current staff of 9 is a mixture of full and part-time positions, making for an engaging, team-oriented culture.

Next Step Process
Develop a next steps process for moving people from visitor to growing follower of Jesus.
Recruit and lead a team around this process.

Neighborhood Groups
Oversee group system.
Recruit, build, and coach group lead team.
Recruit & coach group leaders.
Develop a system to connect people into groups.
Develop group material based on sermon series, Discovery Bible, and develop other resources as needed.

Guest Services
Create an environment which is welcoming to new guests.
Develop plans and strategies for great first impressions.
Recruit, coach, and lead guest services team leaders.
Developing a follow up process that ensures visitors get plugged into the life of the church.

Oversee all aspects of communication forms for the church.
This includes social media, website, invite cards, etc.
Determine best methods for communicating with the church and in our community.
Build a team around communications.

Teaching Team
Help develop sermon series with teaching team.
Preach 12-15 times per year.
Work with the creative team to think through elements for series and specific sermons.

Requirements and Compensation

  • Four year degree required with five years experience in ministry. Prefer a bible college or seminary degree.
  • This is a full-time position with competitive pay for Northern Virginia. Salary dependent on education, experience, and pastoral status.
  • Family health insurance is offered as part of the package for this position.
  • Additional benefits include four weeks of vacation, four Sundays off per year, and regular counseling paid for by the church.

To apply, please contact for more information.

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Robyn Ross