Grace Community Church
Grace Community Church of Orange County, New York is a unique, amazing place. Each Sunday nearly 3,000 people attend this non-denominational multi-site church. It is only 60 miles northwest of one of the largest cities in the U.S. yet reachable by a two-lane rural highway. Senior Pastor Jarrod Jones says, “We want people leaving not thinking “what a great church,” but “what a great God and Savior.” Even so, Grace is the type of place that makes it difficult to not think “what a great church.”
Church Description *
|Grace was averaging about six hundred when Jarrod arrived. Over the past nine years, it has experienced tremendous growth. The church has campuses in the towns of Washingtonville, Newburgh, Middletown, and Warwick. Port Jervis will be the fifth location, opening this year, the furthest campus from the original Washingtonville location.
“All of the locations thus far have wound up in permanent facilities,” says Executive Pastor Adrian Schoonmaker.“This has accelerated much of the effectiveness of the ministry.” Although each campus is unique, the brand, interior designs, and messaging is sharp, common, and clearly defined.
“Our staff is a group of people that demands excellence from one another,” says Adrian, “and we value truth and honesty amongst our teams.” Day-to-day management is handled by the Senior Leadership Team, and the staff is protected by the elders. There is a wide variety of senior leaders who have come from the outside. The team believes this has helped the team make decisions from different perspectives and keeps the team from becoming insular and myopic to issues at Grace. The structure of the staff utilizes campus pastors, as well as a central services team that serves and supports all the ministries at each location.
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|GraceKids is the fun and engaging kids ministry of Grace Community. It focuses on creating large group/small group settings for all ages that engage kids through worship and relationships. The Children’s Pastor gives oversight to all of the ministries from birth through 5th grade at all campuses.
The new Central Children’s Pastor will be responsible for leading the entire children’s ministry at all campuses. There is an opportunity to impact all campuses and develop leaders and systems to make a lasting legacy of ministry. Balancing the development and forward movement of existing campuses, the launching of new campuses and the development of its Children’s Ministry Leaders will be one of the biggest challenges of this role.
Because of the unique seat as the central leader in Children’s Ministry, this role requires a player/coach who can lead from the sideline as well as roll up their sleeves and get things done. The campuses and the multi-site structure will require attention to be given in developing both campus-specific and churchwide areas of kids ministry.