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Journey is a place where questions are welcome and doubts are explored. Journey isn’t perfect, but it’s safe. We seek to love well as a community that welcomes people from all walks of life and encourages them to embark on an adventurous search for the honest, real, and eternal.
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“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” Matthew 11:29-30
The simple and graceful invitation of Jesus is an invitation to imagine. To imagine our story as one he’s custom-designed for each of us. To imagine our role in life’s symphony not as a performer, but as the piece itself. To imagine our identity as a hand-crafted work of art composed by an artist with the highest regard for his creation.
This is the story we desire to know, live, and tell – a narrative written in our souls, expressed through our actions, and shared with anyone willing to hear.
Christ stands at the center of this story and is the object of our attention and affection. Intimacy with Him is experienced through dialogue (Prayer –Ephesians 6:17-19), biblical discovery (Scripture meditation – 2 Timothy 3:15-16), community (Christ-followers – Hebrews 10:25), and nature/creation (God’s artwork – Romans 8)). This process we call Formation. “You are who you hang out with…”
Exploring, discovering, and living a life of freedom, a full and abundant life, is a contrast in living when set next to the way of existence for most of humanity. (John 10:10) Whenever a life flows against conformity, there is friction. The sparks that fly sometimes ignite passion, at other times burn and offend. We understand that contrasted living creates conflict. We do not shy away from change, challenge, and curiosity but embrace these with clarity of mission. (Matthew 18:15-17, Ephesians 4:31, Philippians 2:14) We submit to the Bible’s guidance and direction regarding physical, (Philippians 3:18,19) emotional, (Colossians 3:13), financial, (Nehemiah 10:38, Matthew 23:23) and communal health (Ephesians 4:2-4). Our leadership will be diligent in providing exhortation and accountability as directed by scripture. We understand our responsibility regarding caring for single mothers, neglected children, and those who do not have the means physically and emotionally to provide for themselves. (James 1:27) We will be actively involved in serving our community, our nation, and other cultures around the world. (Acts 4:32)
By serving people we hope to be given an invitation to speak Truth into their lives. We are compelled to whisper, speak, shout, write, paint, portray, and record the truths of the Sacred Text. Ideas shape the world. The Bible, (an account of God meeting with man), and the Spirit provide a foundation of absolute truth (2 Timothy 3:16). From this Rock we will throw salt, light, and seed into the crevices of the earth. (Matthew 5:13-16, Mark 4:13-20)
In the garden Adam and Eve were given this wonderful life-giving guidance, “Be fruitful and multiply.” Embedded in mankind’s origin is the idea of reproducing and giving life. That reproduction seems to flow naturally in the shaping and expression of the church as well.
We are a church planting church. We get excited when those from within our family and from without sense God calling them to the faith risk of shaping a new community of believers.
City Life Church: Charleston, SC
The Story Church: Springfield, MO
Redeemer Church: Jefferson, IN
Red Door Church: Cincinnati, OH
Grace Church: New York, NY
The Well: Buffalo, NY
Conduit Church: Franklin, TN
Restoration Church: Buffalo, NY
Journey of Hope: Capetown, South Africa
Emmaus Church: Nashville, TN
The Anchor Church: Chicago, IL
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