By 2025, The Journey will be a spiritually vibrant, outwardly focused, numerically growing church with a rapidly spreading presence throughout Journey City (a 30 mile radius around our broadcast location, populated by 1.8 million). When unchurched people need hope or help, or when believers are recommending a church to someone searching, The Journey will come first to mind. We will accomplish this through four strategies: a spiritual strategy, a compassion strategy, an empowerment strategy, and an expansion strategy.


Spiritual growth happens in three environments: gather, connect, and serve. Our spiritual strategy is to relentlessly simplify, improve, and scale gathering, connecting, and serving and to effectively teach, encourage, and celebrate investing and inviting, practicing a slot and spot, and giving our first – and to pass all of this on to the next generation, fueled by united, faith-filled prayer. Our church has to grow because we have been commanded to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20).


Our compassion strategy clarifies how we serve those who are near us and need us; we call this “Code Red”. As the kingdom of darkness seeks to enslave people through hunger, homelessness, addiction, racial injustice, poverty, isolation, mental and physical disabilities and illnesses, and despair, we will be the hands and feet of Jesus liberating people. One humble act of serving at a time, we reach those who feel as if they have no voice and no hope. We will let our good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise our heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).


The development of people’s gifts for the fame of Jesus is deeply embedded in our culture. Jesus said that the harvest is great, but the workers are few (Matthew 9:37). We are driven to raise up workers and to raise up a generation who will change Journey City for Jesus by leading workers. Paul describes church leaders as “gifts Christ gave to the church”, and clarifies that their responsibility is “to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church” (Ephesians 4:11-13). We deliver God’s gifts by developing and deploying leaders he has called.


Everything we do matters for one reason: to see the kingdom of God advance. We don’t just create environments to maintain our church: we do it to see God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:9, 10). We don’t just serve people to alleviate a crisis: we do it so people will see Jesus in us and desire to know him. We don’t just raise up leaders to make the world a better place: we do it to empower others who will reach people for Jesus. We believe that the church is Jesus’ primary plan for the evangelization of the world; that he didn’t die for a concept or organization or religious institution, but laid down his life to save people and bring them into his living, thriving church (Acts 2:47, 20:28). Jesus has given us a role to play and a responsibility to embrace called “Journey City”.



given in the Christmas Offering from 435 households


recurring givers 

As followers of Jesus, we believe that Jesus calls us to give our first — the first 10% of our income back to God as a way to trust him and surrender our finances to him before anything else. When you give your first, you are making it possible for other people to find Jesus and follow him fully.


2021 was an unforgettable year filled with growth! Hundreds of lives were changed because of your generosity. Thank you for not only giving financially, but thank you for serving, praying, and encouraging along the way. We are excited to see what God will to do in 2022. Continue to invest in what God is doing as we reach those who are desperately seeking for the hope that Jesus has to offer!

The story of real church for real people is just beginning. The same God who grew our church this year will grow it for the next… and beyond. So let’s go. Let’s grow.

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