We’ve identified eight values that really define who we are. Each one is vital to our existence, none is more important than the others. These aren’t just some statements that we came up with to describe what we think a church should look like. We have made these the core of who we are. Every decision we make, every ministry we offer, every event we schedule, everything we do is centered around these eight values. If it doesn’t fit, we won’t do it. The eight values are listed below, and you can click on each one to get a more detailed description of what it means.
8 Core Values
1. Prayer: We pray early and often; about everything.
2. Diversity: We should reflect the diversity of God’s Kingdom and our community.
3. Simplicity: Knowing God is not complicated. Church shouldn’t be either.
4. Growth: If you aren’t growing, you’re dying. We choose life.
5. Multiplication: The Church is a movement. Movements multiply.
6. Urgency: The time is now, not tomorrow.
7. Community: The gospel is relationships; God first, then each other.
8. Involved: The church is an army, not an audience. The question is not “if” you’re called, it is “where and how” you’re called.
Prayer: We pray early and often; about everything.
The Apostle Paul once said that we should always have an attitude of prayer. But, what we think of prayer has changed a lot since then. If you take a closer look at “prayer” in the Bible, its actually a conversation with God. Conversation is a two-way communication in which you talk AND listen. Prayer isn’t just giving God a laundry list of things we need Him to do, rather its an opportunity for us to hear from Him by reading what He’s already said to us in the Bible as well. At The Journey Church, we believe prayer is central to our relationship with God. It’s not just something we do when we don’t know what else to do; it is our lifeline to the One with all the answers. Prayer strengthens our faith when we lose hope, because it reconnects us with God’s unfailing promises. Prayer gives us strength when we are tempted, because God has promised to always make a way of escape from temptation. Prayer helps us to know God more intimately.
Diversity: We should reflect the diversity of God’s Kingdom and our community.
When the Apostle John was writing about the revelation he’d experienced on the island of Patmos, he described a scene from heaven. He said, “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Revelation 7:9 NIV). Heaven will surprise a lot of people when they get there and see the diversity! God didn’t just make a way for one race or nationality of people to have a relationship with Him. He made a way for EVERY race and EVERY nation. We believe the local church should look a lot more like heaven than most do right now. We also believe the local church should look a lot like the community it is there to serve. So, we will intentionally seek opportunities to lead people of all races and nationalities to an intimate relationship with God.
Simplicity: Knowing God is not complicated. Church shouldn’t be either.
Throughout the centuries, church has become more and more complicated, while we drifted further and further from an intimate relationship with God. In reality, God didn’t want our relationship with Him to be some mystical, complicated mess. God knows you intimately and He wants you to know Him intimately as well. He is availaible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year…He never needs a break from you, and He loves to spend time with you. Just like any other relationship, all we have to do to have an intimate relationship with God is spend time with Him. We believe Church shouldn’t be complicated either. Rather than over programming and running our people ragged, we believe our primary responsibility as a church is to lead people to know God, and teach them how to know Him intimately. This means doing less so we have time for relationships, both with God and with each other.
Growth: If you aren’t growing, you’re dying. We choose life.
We believe we should be examples of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The only problem is none of these come naturally to us. The good news is God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us grow into these attributes! As we continue to grow, one of our responsibilities is to teach new believers how these attributes can change their life. We call this “making disciples.” We don’t seek to make disciples of ourselves, we teach others how to be disciples of Christ. We believe that when we are examples of these attributes we are most fully alive, and our life will have a lasting effect on those around us. The reason we say you’re dying if you aren’t growing is simple. Those who know Christ and spend time with Him grow to be more like Him. In Him there is life; apart from Him there is only death.
Multiplication: The Church is a movement. Movements multiply.
Movements are revolutionary and bring about change. About 2000 years ago a new movement began. A Jewish teacher was killed but came back to life, and He told His followers to be sure EVERYONE knew about it. That teacher was Jesus, and we are a part of that same movement. The change Jesus brought to us was how we can relate to God. This movement we call the church is all about telling others how they can have an intimate relationship with God. Movements inherently gather momentum and grow exponentially. Movements don’t just add people, they multiply. At The Journey Church we choose to be a part of The Movement. When we succeed, we make disciples who make disciples and plant churches who plant churches.
Urgency: The time is now, not tomorrow.
Even a casual reading of the Bible leaves you with the keen awareness that there’s no tomorrow promised. We’ve been commanded to make disciples and share the hope and love that Jesus came to bring us. We take this command seriously, and since tomorrow may never come, the command has to be obeyed today. That’s why we believe we have to do everything we can each day to reach our community with the hope that only God can provide. We believe this has to be our primary focus every day and it should shape how we live.
Community: The gospel is relationships; God first, then each other.
The Bible is a window into the very personality of God. The story of His love for His creation and His plan to rescue us from ourselves and our rebellion through the sacrifice of His only Son is woven throughout the entire Bible. From the beginning of creation, we see that God intended us to be in relationship with Him and with each other. Our relationship with God is reflected in our relationships with each other. When we are most intimately connected with God, our relationships with each other can only be enhanced. At the Journey Church, we believe our primary purpose as a church is to create opportunities to grow our relationship with God and with each other. We are created by God with a desire for companionship. The Journey Church is like a great big extended family. We love each other, and genuinely enjoy spending time together and joining God on mission together.
Involved: The church is an army, not an audience. The question is not “if” you’re called, it is “where and how” you’re called.
Jesus taught His followers that they were going to be the catalyst for the movement that we now call the church. Today we should still be a catalyst in our own circle of influence. We believe that every follower of Christ is called to be a part of taking the gospel to the world. There really is no such thing as a passive Christ follower. We believe you are either part of the movement, or you aren’t. We also believe this goes further than just being active in a local church. Jesus asks for our whole life, our home, our job, our family, our time, our talents. As Christ followers, we are all called to join God in His mission to bring life and hope to every person on the planet.