JOURNEY, 2019 WAS

A YEAR TO REMEMBER

Looking back at the past year, there is so much to celebrate — we saw God move and work like never before. Thank you for making it happen; it was your faithful and consistent generosity that paved the way for life-change to occur.

Take a look at what God
has done through you…

On average,

2,092
PEOPLE GATHERED AT THE JOURNEY EACH WEEKEND.

FIRST-TIME GUESTS

1,492

FIRST-TIME FAITHS

2,349

BAPTISMS

295

Putting our faith in God and getting baptized was the best decision we ever made… Life is different now. It’s real, yet purpose-filled. It’s not defined by our past mistakes and decisions. It’s hopeful. We openly share our story to let others know that they aren’t alone and there is peace on the other side of life’s chaos.”

— Justin + Helana

EASTER WEEKEND

4237

PEOPLE GATHERED

92

FIRST-TIME GUESTS

122

FIRST-TIME FAITHS

CHRISTMAS WEEKEND

3858

PEOPLE GATHERED

90

FIRST-TIME GUESTS

90

FIRST-TIME FAITHS

410
NUMBER OF J-GROUPS
OFFERED THIS YEAR
1,489
PEOPLE SIGNED UP
FOR A J-GROUP
INCREASE0%

Mandy on leading a J-Group:

“The best thing for me was seeing my J-Group get raw and real. They really started opening up about things they are struggling with and leaning on each other.”

Freedom J-Groups

Freedom J-Groups are designed to equip you to live the abundant life Christ came to give you. Freedom helps you embrace the truth of God’s Word as it relates to your entire life. It will help you remove every obstacle to move towards intimacy with God and walk in true freedom.

691
JOURNEYERS SERVING ON THE J-TEAM

From leading worship and giving high fives to guests to investing in the lives of kids and students and serving behind-the-scenes, our J-Teamers are using their gifts to live out their purpose!

409
number of people who have completed growth track this year

“The vision behind Growth Track is really simple! We are here to help people grow closer to God. We help people find their church home in The Journey, see what spiritual gifts God has given them, understand and develop a heart for connecting and serving others, and find an opportunity to use their gifts at The Journey. I love Growth Track because I believe that this is the way to making a large church feel close-knit. I’ve become part of a family here by serving on the Growth Track team and it has truly transformed my life.”

— Vernon

J-TEAM NIGHT

We love getting to celebrate our J-Teamers and all the ways they are serving God and others! This year’s J-Team Night was full of worship, inspiring teaching, surprises, and a whole lot of old school cool at “Journey City High.”

“The love of Jesus is so powerful in this community — you’ll want to be part of it. It’s contagious. I never knew how fulfilling pointing my life to Jesus, finding my purpose, and serving others could be. It’s been life changing for me.”

— Wayne

LEAD EVENT

This year, 123 of our leaders joined us for our one-night leadership event, called LEAD. Through teaching from Pastor Mark and our staff, leaders were encouraged, equipped, and inspired to lead themselves and others!

Through Potential, a nine-month, hands-on leadership intensive, we help emerging leaders steward their potential and become everything God designed them to be. We partner with Highlands College to offer leaders top-quality ministry training, character formation, and spiritual development.

CLASS OF 2019

36

GRADUATES

Daryl’s Leadership Story

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“Last summer, we made the third big move for our family in 5 years. A couple from our church in Michigan had also relocated to Wilmington and invited us to their new church, The Journey. We loved the welcoming atmosphere at the church, but our kids loved it even more than we did. As soon as we picked them up from their first trip to Journey Kids, they asked if this could be our new church in Delaware. It is great to know that they are in a safe environment with people who will treat them like family. Even though they may not realize it, the time spent with Journey Kids each week helps to set the foundation for them to build their personal relationships with Jesus.”

Claude + Mary

JOURNEY KIDS
FIRST-TIME GUESTS

828

CHILDREN BAPTIZED

21
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JOURNEY STUDENTS
FIRST-TIME FAITHS

57

AVERAGE CONVERGE ATTENDANCE

(Journey Students Monthly Gathering)
151

STUDENTS SERVING
ON THE J-TEAM

57

RISE SUMMER STUDENT CAMP ATTENDANCE

114

STUDENTS

INCREASE0%

“God was there at RISE and he did some amazing things during camp. Everything from the slot and spots, to the sessions, to the J-Groups — God was in it all.

I can’t thank those who invited me enough.”

— Konnor

As a church, we give at least our first 10% of everything that’s given here, investing it back into the communities around us and globally to help meet the various needs we have identified.

THIS YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE AN EVEN GREATER IMPACT.

OVER

$200

THOUSAND

was given back to the community and around the world to make a difference.

CODE RED is all about helping those near us who need us… just like Jesus calls us to do. We mobilize ordinary people on a mission to change the world.

GLOBAL MISSIONS

”I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect in Guatemala. I think my only expectation was that God would meet us there. I never expected to meet people who I now consider family in that community, faith that felt like it could move mountains, and kindness so strong for strangers.”

— Jess
46

JOURNEYERS PARTICIPATED IN GLOBAL OUTREACH

GUATEMALA

Community water well project; children’s ministry

EL SALVADOR

Built a kitchen and dining area for a school; children’s ministry

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Health services; water filtration; micro business; children’s ministry

TANZANIA

Built a kitchen for a school; children’s ministry

Around the globe, we have partnered with multiple organizations to help identify the needs of women and children, schools, families, shut-ins, the elderly, and the local church.  In doing so, we have built water wells to provide clean water to communities without, built kitchens to help provide cleanly prepared food for hungry children, packed groceries for community food distribution, and taught Bible and hygiene lessons in schools.

LOVE WEEK. Hundreds of Journeyers rolled up their sleeves to serve thousands outside our walls.

OVER

$35,000

WAS GIVEN

to meet the needs of our community during Love Week.
1,402

PEOPLE SERVED

2,500

HOURS SERVED

25

DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS

600

BACKPACKS FILLED
WITH SUPPLIES FOR
STUDENTS IN 3 SCHOOLS

108,216

MEALS PACKED WITH FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN

MINISTRY

20%

$529,375

MANPOWER

40%

$1,050,000

MEETING SPACE

24%

$623,785

MISSIONS

10%

$262,500

MARGIN

6%

$159,340

THE JOURNEY | WEST WILMINGTON

We’re already seeing lives changed at our new West Wilmington location at Brandywine Springs School, which launched this September! Through first-time faiths and baptisms, God is working in the lives of those in this community we are reaching out to.

ONE CHURCH.
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS.

THERE ARE 1.8 MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN A 30-MILE RADIUS OF OUR NEWARK LOCATION.

 

We like to think of it as “Journey City” — it’s filled with our friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, bosses, and baristas. We want to see them all have a life-giving relationship with Jesus.

 

We have a dream to plant locations all across Journey City to help more people find Jesus and follow him fully. The dream started with West Wilmington, but doesn’t end there. Together, we’re putting a dent in the darkness.

Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands spoke a life-giving message at The Journey this past fall. We are so grateful for the many ways Pastor Chris and Church of the Highlands have poured into us as a church — providing leadership coaching, and most importantly, relationships.

in Outreach Magazine’s
Fastest Growing
Churches in America

5,200+

FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS

13% INCREASE

2,200+

INSTAGRAM FOLLOWERS

36% INCREASE

“I currently live in Abu Dhabi, but my hometown is in Newark, Delaware. During a trip home, I saw the sign “Real church for real people.” I attended and loved it! My husband and I continue to listen to the podcasts online from afar, and I am honored to give to a ministry that is making such an impact in the community.”

— Vanessa

THANK YOU

In 2019, you generously gave to see more people find Jesus and follow him fully. All of this would not be possible without your giving, praying, and serving. THANK YOU for helping us reach Journey City together!