Executive Leadership Model

Journey Church has a unique Church Leadership model.  You will immediately see that we do not call our leadership by regular names.  We have no Elders, Deacons, Boards or Committees.  Our belief is that these names carry baggage and often the negative past of the church.  We prefer to use words like Leader, Servant, Shepherd, and Pastor.  We believe that these words resonate more clearly and positively to the church. We have two primary leadership roles, namely “Executives” and “Apprentices.”  These two categories refer to the role that each person occupies.  Primarily, those who are in the executive role, are privy to all information in church, such as salaries and offerings of the church. This distinction helps the decision-making process to be streamlined.  However, leadership at Journey by definition is about Sacrifice and Service.  These two elements are the foundation of any person who desires to lead.

Each year, each leader has to be “reaffirmed” in their current role and new team members can be nominated and “affirmed.”  This also ensures that there is transparency, as well as opportunity for new members to serve, and those who wish to rotate off to do so.  Some of the qualities we are aware of during this selection process are things such as:

  • Church Attendance and Involvement
  • Leadership of Groups or Ministries
  • Tithing
  • Serving and Volunteering
  • Support of the Vision of Journey Church.

Our leadership believes in two fundamental actions: Leadership & Accountability.  Our role as leaders (and pastors and staff) is to lead as God’s Called, but also to be accountable for our ministries, yearly goals, budgets, etc.  With this untethering from the ways of the past, each department and Pastor is empowered to lead their individual ministries, making decisions, following God’s lead.

These qualities (Leadership and Accountability) are often far lacking in church leadership, and often lead to a dictatorship or ‘Pastor-only’ Church.  Our leadership also allows those who are younger in leadership to the trained as ‘Apprentices’ for a few years before taking the reins on leadership.  Another facet is that we have women who serve as Leaders, and they are invaluable voices within our leadership. We are not simply trying to be obtuse or defiant, but we believe that their presence and voice helps round out our leadership, making us more considerate, as well as serving as God has called them also. The qualities of leaders are prolific in Scripture and Paul writes to Titus and Timothy regarding what ‘type’ of people leaders are.  There are many Scriptures which include women as exceptional leaders, and at Journey we believe in passages like Galatians 3:26-28, where the boundaries of the past are broken.  As God’s Church, and representatives of His Kingdom, we are called to present ourselves as we will be in eternity – that is that nothing divides us, race, gender, socio-economic standing, age… and so on.  Journey Church is a Kingdom Church – that we believe that we are called to break down barriers, smash down walls and become a representation of the inclusive mission of God.

The Role of the Lead Pastor is to cast vision and set short-term and long-term goals, Leadership Team to decide how monies will be raised and spent. Decisions will be made based on consensus, where possible.

The goal of the Leadership team is not to ‘govern’ the church, the staff or the pastor, but simply to help provide an environment of decisions that will lead to effectiveness within the church and the mission of the church.  This team represents Journey Church and its best interests, but is committed to serving with character, integrity and above all, under the direction and leadership of Jesus.

Leadership Team

Jason-Helton april-leming Ed-Nolte David-Smith Jennifer-Falkner
Jason Helton,
Executive Team
April Leming,
Executive Team
Ed Nolte,
Executive Team
David Smith,
Executive Team
Jennifer Falkner,
Apprentice Team