Campus Pastor

Journey Church

995 Center Rd, Avon, OH 44011


The Campus Pastor will oversee the life and direction of the campus under the leadership of the Journey Church Executive Team. They have a strong sense of calling to serve on a pastoral team and the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission, vision, and values.


Pastors Jim and Jennifer Wilkes are the lead pastors at Journey Church. When the Journey team asked the lead pastors to give a history of the church, they were slightly
overwhelmed; how can they possibly boil down all the miracles into just a few minutes? Journey Church has changed not only the Lead Pastors lives, but the lives of many. It
has given Pastors Jim and Jen an intimate look on what it means to be a disciple of Christ, as well as the growth that has taken place as leaders. With that said, Pastors Jim
and Jen would like to give you a few brief snapshots of the Journey Church story with the hope that you will recognize similarities in your own story. Back in 2008, while in New Orleans, Louisiana Pastors Jim and Jen had a calling to move back to Cleveland, Ohio. They were both called to plant a church in Cleveland and they submitted to the calling. They packed up their two boys, and moved back to Cleveland. They began, with three other couples, to hold Thursday night Bible studies. Over the next nine months, it grew to 90 people. Through a series of miracles, they discovered a church building in Fairview Park. After holding services there for about a month, they were led to purchase the building, which led to a beautiful remodel. At their first service in March 2009, there were over 300 people in attendance. With the love and compassion for the community as well as the obedience to God, Big Serves was born. Journey wanted to be a church that gathered on the weekend and then walked outside of the four walls to serve in the community. Their desire was so people would catch the heartbeat of what Jesus taught, which was to serve others. Once Big Serve took off, the church grew on many levels, leading to an increase in attendance as well as a second service in June 2009. While all this growth was great and exciting, the heart of Journey was never to have a bunch of attendees but to establish local churches that made an impact on the community and in turn plant other churches to make an impact on their community. God has continued to do more than what they
have thought possible: giving a building in Twinsburg for free, basically having the keys handed for the North Royalton building, identifying the property in Avon, building their
campus from the ground up, along with the series of miracles that led to the metro campus opening into their on-line campus that reaches thousands of people all over the United States. At the end of the day, God is moving. He is working and He is active. God promises to build his church. God spoke to Pastor Jim so clearly while he was worried about trying to solve things for the church. God reminded him all he needed him to do was to be obedient and let God build the church. The story of Journey Church isn’t different from everyone else’s story in life. It’s a story of God calling His people to a movement. Journey Church fully believes in living an open- handed life, fully surrendered to God’s will. Once you surrender and move in the will of God, you will see Him working things out for your benefit.


The Campus Pastor will oversee the life and direction of the campus under the leadership of the Journey Church Executive Team. They have a strong sense of calling to
serve on a pastoral team and the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission, vision, and values.


  • Have a heart for people and want to see them reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ
  • Highly relational and love working with and leading teams
  • A great communicator who can connect with both older and younger people
  • You amplify and complement the church’s senior leadership
  • Thrives in a multicultural environment
  • Experienced at gathering people through mission and evangelism
  • Wired to serve as a second chair leader in a fast-paced environment


  • Strategic Leadership and Planning – The campus pastor will offer pastoral leadership to the campus ensuring the systems, practices and policies of the church, responsibly and effectively support its ministry activities.
  • Oversight of Campus Worship Experiences – Ensures that all worship services are executed with excellence. The campus pastor displays excellent communication
    skills, the ability to make sound decisions, high level networking and relational strengths that enhance each worship experience. Also, the campus pastor delivers relevant, Biblical messages when called upon (up to 50% of weekends/ year are live at the campus).
  • Pastoral Care and Discipleship – Provides pastoral leadership and guidance to individuals and families for their assigned campus, and for the whole church, as needed. The campus pastor will act as comforter, healer, reconciler, mentor, and friend to members of the congregation. The campus pastor is to develop and oversee foundational ministry activities of both paid and unpaid staff for an assigned campus.
  • Staff Supervision and Development – Provides leadership to the campus staff and volunteer leadership teams. The campus pastor will lead, evaluate, and mentor existing staff in their respective areas of ministry and prioritize future staffing needs.
  • Outreach – Have a passion and drive to reach people for Christ and grow the congregation numerically. The campus pastor will develop strategies for the evangelism of targeted neighborhoods around their campus. They will develop strategies for mobilizing congregational involvement in inviting and following up on visitors and have an overall commitment to empowering small groups as the building block of community and ministry at the campus.
  • The campus pastor will evaluate systems for assimilation of new believers, new members and those newly baptized. Finally, they will engage the congregation in
    ministries of mercy and justice


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