Journey was started in 2004 with the idea that some people have given up on church, but not on God. Does that describe you?
We want you to understand that we do not see other churches as competitors, but as partners. Our concern has to do with current research which illustrates an alarming trend in the United States: more people than ever have given up on church…many never to come back again. There may be valid reasons for giving up on church. Here are a few that we have heard over the years:
- The church just wants my money.
- The church is not relevant to my life.
- The church follows traditions more than God.
- The church is too hypocritical.
- The church is too judgmental.
- The church is not involved in fighting injustices.
Please understand no church is perfect, including ours. But we have based our church around three important principles to address these concerns:
1. Biblically Faithful AND Culturally Relevant.
We need both. If we were only biblically faithful and not culturally relevant, we would be inward focused, not really caring about the world around us. On the other hand, if we were only culturally relevant and not biblically faithful, we would simply become whatever is popular in our culture.
2. Everyone is on a Spiritual Journey.
We came up with a simple motto: real people on a real journey. We encourage people to simply take one step at a time. We have all sorts of people at Journey at different places in their journey. Some are exploring God. Some are just finding their way back. Some are fully devoted followers of Jesus. The important thing is that we keep moving. Paul says in Acts 17:28 “In Him we live and move and have our being.” We were meant to move. Discipleship is a process of moving. The temptation for people is to stay stuck and become content with life as is.
3. All People Matter to God.
As we read the Scriptures, we recognize that God loves people. All people. Jesus hung out with the “sinners” of his day: tax collectors, prostitutes, and lepers. The ones He had the harshest words for were those pretending to be religious. We believe that if people mattered so much to God, they should matter to us as well.