We are a community of Restorytellers.
Journey is a collective of people who are surrendering their stories to the redemption of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’re a tribe of misfits, outlaws, outliers, poets, and saints willing to bring our honest, authentic selves to the table, a table where we find bread and wine, forgiveness and hope, unconditional love, and intimate community.
What if church wasn't a destination, but a journey?
It’s a question that’s inspired, driven, and, at times, haunted us since our inception more than a decade ago: What if the movement of God wasn’t contained by walls, but woven into the fabric of our neighborhoods? Embedded into the ongoing collision of imperfect stories that construct our city and beyond?
We don’t take this vision lightly. While we realize that physical space is necessary to gather and celebrate collectively, we also know that these kinds of spaces are temporary markers on the way home, that meaningful worship happens when we act justly and love mercy in our homes and around our city.
The greatest liturgy we can participate in is the liturgy of life.
Our Mission: Awaken the imagination to God’s love story.
“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.
Every story is a redemptive journey. And every journey requires a path. As we embark on this journey to know, live, and share the reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, together as a ragtag bunch of unique origins, struggles, shades, and textures, we desire to take the following steps as a tribe
Seek the truth
Journey is a place where questions are welcome. Journey isn’t perfect, but it’s safe. We seek to be 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.
Create space to explore
Journey is a "come as you are" community. We desire to create spaces that are emotionally safe and intentionally loving to those who feel skeptical, cynical, lost, or broken. Our liturgies and environments are designed to allow people the space they need to discover, wrestle with, and contemplate what the Spirit is revealing in the midst of their quest for restoration.
Ask for wonder and embrace mystery
The God we serve is both boundlessly creative and mysterious. While religion shies away from these two realities, we desire to embrace them, knowing that while we can trust the scriptures he’s given us, we aren’t required to know a specified and measured collection of facts. The more we acknowledge our smallness in the midst of his fullness, the more we open ourselves up to his intimate presence in our lives.
Practice sacrificial love
The element that draws us to every great journey whether on screen, in a book, or in real-life, is the moment a character sacrifices his or herself for the sake of others. It’s our deep longing that the people of Journey become a people that loves well, even if it means surrendering our comfort in a culture that’s made comfort preeminent.
Rest & restore
Part of every journey is the homecoming, the victory, the release, and the celebration. The idea of “sabbath” seems difficult for our culture to adopt. We will continually seek to establish rhythms and environments where our souls find rest and rejuvenation.
A sending community
Churches we've helped plant:
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
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.