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 here 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.” The general consensus of the senior leadership team is that the Youth Ministry at Grace is fertile soil ready for explosive growth.
Grace Community Church has locations spread across Orange County, NY, part of the scenic Hudson River Valley, amidst approximately 375,000 people. Despite its rural roots, Orange County has been among the fastest growing areas within the New York City Metropolitan Area. This area is most identified as the home of West Point, and Grace Community Church has a thriving ministry to the West Point Cadets by providing transportation to and from Saturday evening service and dinner after church.
Grace Community Church’s mission is reaching Orange County and beyond for Christ and making fully devoted followers of Jesus. A portion of their vision statement is as follows: We envision Revival, where Jesus Christ is adored, the Spirit of God frees, lost from God are found, faith and repentance flow, praise and prayer erupt, lives and communities are transformed, love and joy fills hearts, freedom overwhelms, believers are empowered, barriers are broken down, the hungry are fed, needs are met, marriages are restored, families are reunited, sick minds and bodies are healed, and prodigals come home!
Grace Community Church has a thriving outreach culture—one championed by Pastor Jarrod and his lead team—that they want to be developed in the student ministry as well. The new Student Pastor needs to be a person who brings a vision for students reaching their friends along with ideas and a strategy of how to do so. Grace seeks a Student Pastor disciple-making mindset and a vision and strategy for multiplication. As a growing multi-site church, the new Student Pastor has to be able to multiply himself across campuses, equipping, teaching, and encouraging his staff, volunteers, and student leaders.