Worship Leader

The Journey Church

Job Description

The Journey Church in New York City has four locations across Manhattan and we’re looking for a talented, passionate and innovative individual to join our growing Worship Arts Staff. This position is a part-time role that will work in our Midtown Manhattan offices two days a week, lead rehearsal for their location on Thursday evening, and then lead worship at one of our Manhattan locations on Sunday.

- Are you passionate about raising up musicians and volunteer leaders, leading a proven music and worship planning system, and growing a music ministry in a multi-site setting?

- Are you interested in expanding an already healthy volunteer structure of over 150 volunteers?

- Can you lead worship at a high level, and bring musical excellence to the stage, to worship planning, and to cultivating highly experienced musicians in New York City?

If you answer yes to the questions above, keep reading.

- At least 3 years of experience in worship/music ministry including leading on and off stage
- Proficiency in one or more instruments – strong vocal and stage presence
- Ability to work with tracks for our worship services in programs like Ableton Live, ProTools etc.
- Problem-solving skills under time pressure (all of our locations are portable, set up and tear down)

- Understanding that Worship Ministry is more than singing on Sundays. Think 80% equipping, 20% music.
- Creative but organized and hard-working.
- Not afraid to get hands dirty during load-in and load-out.
- Love challenges and always brings creative, doable solutions.

You Should
- Play guitar (electric or acoustic) and/or piano in a modern/contemporary setting.
- Be familiar with the Purpose Driven Model
- Be able to chart out a song in the Nashville Number System
- Be able to work with Pro Presenter in the context of a worship service
- Love the idea of living and doing ministry in the most influential city in the world
- Loud noises, large crowds, busy sidewalks and public transportation don’t bother you. In fact, they excite you.

You Will
- Lead worship 3 - 4 times a month at one of our Manhattan locations.
- Be responsible for recruiting and training weekend stage teams – band and production
- Be part of the creative team that helps plan and implement all creative ideas into our worship services each week.

Send your resume, links to a video of you leading worship and a cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line: Manhattan Worship Leader. Although every qualified candidate will be considered, those that already live in NYC or the surrounding tri-state area will receive higher consideration.

Applications that do not include all three of these items listed above will not be considered.

The cover letter should be personalized for this position and should answer 3 questions:
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What excites you most about leading worship in New York City?
- What about you will cause you to stand out from other candidates for this position?

About The Journey Church

Casual. Contemporary. Christian Church

Before Facebook, Twitter, and Yelp, before smartphones, YouTube, and Instagram; yes, before most social media even existed—let alone dominated the way we interact—a handful of young adults, who were not native New Yorkers, got together and managed to plant an innovative, casual, contemporary, Christian church in New York City by handing out invites (and free chewing gum) throughout Manhattan. By the grace of God, 15 years later The Journey Church has grown exponentially, changed lives, and led thousands of people to Christ.

In 2001, Kerrick Thomas, now Lead Pastor of the Journey Church-Manhattan, and his wife Lorie—at the time both recent seminary grads—answered the call to move to New York City to help start a new church with Pastor Nelson Searcy, The Journey’s Founding/Teaching Pastor, and his wife Kelley. In doing so they became part of God’s plan to bring the world into salvation and relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as His specific plan to spread God’s love and the message of the Cross throughout New York City.

The Journey has evolved from a smattering of worshipers who gathered for the very first service on Easter Sunday in 2002, to thousands of members and attenders from all over the country and the world who have called New York City home. And The Journey makes a home wherever God leads. We have held services in public schools, an empty comedy club, other people’s churches, off-Broadway theaters, a hotel ballroom, concert venues, and in our own office space when necessary. For the past 15 years the Lord has always provided a place for The Journey to gather to worship and hear His Word. In addition to New York City, we are blessed to have locations in Queens, NY, and Boca Raton, FL.

As a Believer, feeling connected—on and offline—in NYC can be a challenge, and from day one The Journey has been about connection—to God, to each other, to the city. The hallmark of fellowship at The Journey is our Growth Groups, small affinity groups created by our founders that meet weekly for book/bible study, support, prayer, and fun. There are countless stories of members finding new friends, job opportunities, relationships, mentors, themselves, and God through engaging in Growth Groups at The Journey.

Our membership has always reflected our city. We are professionals, musicians, teachers, actors, students, dancers, and much more. Since the early days, The Journey has been home to born-and-raised New Yorkers as well as those who have come to the city to pursue their dreams, and our church has a tradition of encouraging everyone to use his or her gifts to make a difference in the world.

Today, the world has changed considerably since 2002 but The Journey’s mission remains the same: To give you the best opportunity to become a fully developing follower of Jesus.
Position Filled
Experience Required
1 – 5 years


Education Required
Some college

Date Posted
2 years ago
New York, New York


Church Size
1,000-1,500 people