Weekly Attendance: 1714
Denomination / Affiliations: Nondenominational
Location: Newark, DE
About the Organization:
We’re real church for real people — which means we want you to come as you are and be who you are…really. You’re welcome here.
Our mission is simple: we help people find Jesus and follow him fully. Everything we do flows out of our passion to see people give their lives to Jesus and then point their lives in his direction. We believe this happens in three key environments: Gather, Connect, and Serve.
The Journey began in 2007 inside an industrial park off Route 72 in Newark. We began out of a passion for reaching people with the life-giving message of Jesus, especially those who’d never experienced church or had given up on it. We wanted something different from the traditional approach we’d all been used to with a long list of programs and responsibilities and protocols. So we started something simpler – real church for real people. We decided that the sole purpose of our existence would be to help people find Jesus and follow him fully – and that’s exactly what we did.
As we carried out our mission of helping people in our community find Jesus and follow him fully, we were looking ahead. We knew we’d eventually need a larger space to help sustain all the growth God blessed us with. We began our search for a new property, and we didn’t take that search lightly. The new property had to be in our price range, within two to five miles of our current space, and highly visible and accessible. (While we loved that industrial park, about 11 cars drove by our campus daily. Being hard to find was not a great strategy for reaching our community!)
In 2012, after a long and diligent search, God answered our prayers. We witnessed some truly radical generosity from our church which allowed us to purchase our first property, located at 721 E. Chestnut Hill Road, Newark. On March 16 & 17, 2013, we officially opened our doors at 721 for our first weekend gatherings.
Less than two years later, we had grown exponentially and were full in our prime gathering times. Through much prayer and planning, we shared our vision of expanding our current space (we were only in about 40% of our building), allowing us to make room for more and more people to find Jesus and follow him fully. Once again, our church responded, generously giving over $1 million above and beyond their regular giving to make this vision a reality. In December 2017, we finished our campus expansion, making space for thousands of people to join us in a single weekend.
Now, we’re more committed than ever to the original picture we had of being real church for real people. We have a deep heart for serving our region — and we refuse to stop until everyone we know experiences a life-giving relationship with Jesus.
Our mission is taking shape week after week, month after month, in the form of changed lives. That’s our story, our journey. But our story isn’t the one that matters most to us. Your story (your journey) is far more important in our eyes. That’s why we designed this place to be a unique, vibrant community of faith that you can fit into…a place to come as you are and be who you are, and a place to move forward toward God’s best for you.
About the Position:
The Worship Director/Pastor at The Journey will provide leadership, vision, and direction for the Worship Team. They will relentlessly identify, develop, and empower vocalists and musicians to cultivate a life-giving, passionate, skillful culture of music and worship at The Journey. They will plan and implement music for all weekend gatherings and events. They will also oversee the structures and systems of the Worship Team.
What We're Searching For:
The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Worship Director/Pastor:
A bachelor’s degree or seminary education is not required but would be a plus.
At least one year or more experience serving and succeeding in a leadership role or similar environment.
- Follower of Jesus with strong character
- In alignment with “What We Believe” and “Leadership Core Values”
- Likeable and fun to be around
- Proficiency in vocals and guitar and/or keys
- Ability to lead a worship experience with a team
- At least one year experience serving and succeeding (based on core value analysis) in a leadership role at The Journey or another similar environment, exhibiting above average creativity and initiative and the ability to consistently motivate and lead self and others
- Abnormally high work ethic (an executor who makes things happen consistently)
- Healthy relationships with existing staff and leaders (in current position and/or at The Journey)
- A demonstrable calling to ministry
- Significant musical proficiency demonstrated via experience
- Ability to identify, develop, and empower leaders
About the Location:
Newark, DENewark is the third largest city in Delaware and home to the University of Delaware. The award-winning downtown received the honor of becoming a Great American Main Street winner in 2011.
Over 17 miles of trails and 33 parks totaling over 650 acres of parkland exist for visitors and residents alike to enjoy, including the Newark Reservoir. The James F. Hall Trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard.
A full calendar of community events and downtown festivals helps make Newark a fun, vibrant and interesting place to visit and live. The city is rich in cultural offerings that enliven our downtown through our Arts Alliance, Mid-Atlantic Ballet, Chapel Street Community Theater, and multiple music venues.
Newark is home to an eclectic blend of businesses. Whether a designer jeweler who has served the community for over a century or a comic shop, located on Main Street or on Elkton Road, the city has something for everyone.
The downtown area feeds not only the mind but the body. In a place where hip meets historic, there are over 60 restaurants constantly providing visitors with new flavors to enjoy plus a unique food cooperative serving the community for 35 years.
Newark has a college town feel, but amenities that are like a bigger city - it’s the best of both worlds.
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