Here We Go!

August 5, 2015

“… ‘Go out to the high­ways and hedges and com­pel peo­ple to come in, that my house may be filled.’”  Jesus of Nazareth

 

It is our vision “To lead a church to inten­tion­ally engage the 94% (spir­i­tu­ally unini­ti­ated) meet them where they’re at, intro­duce them to Jesus, and take them deep!” 

 

In an attempt to accom­plish this vision we are about to add 9:00 am ser­vice on Sun­day morn­ings but some have asked the ques­tion, “how does a 9:00 am ser­vice help us reach the 94%?” My goal here is to help us see how this is all sup­posed to work together in order accom­plish this mission.

 

1. The 9:00 am Ser­vice: 

As a staff we want to do every­thing we can do to not only remove bar­ri­ers to serv­ing with us dur­ing our 10:30 am cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice but to make sure that our vol­un­teers are spir­i­tu­ally well fed, shep­herded, and ener­gized to serve the 94% in Jesus name. This 9:00 ser­vice will be a fam­ily style wor­ship ser­vice for these ser­vant work­ers and their families.

 

2. The Sun­day Morn­ing Expe­ri­ence: 

It is our goal that our Sun­day Morn­ing Expe­ri­ence would be so wel­com­ing, the music so inspir­ing, the mes­sages so help­ful and engag­ing, and the kid’s and youth min­istries so life-giving that peo­ple will leave with every inten­tion of com­ing back next week and bring­ing a friend. We believe that more and bet­ter cared for vol­un­teers will trans­late into bet­ter min­istry in these mis­sion crit­i­cal areas!

 

3. Invi­ta­tions: 

How will the 94% get here on Sun­day morn­ings? EVERYONE INVITE EVERYONE YOU KNOW! Word of mouth is the very best mar­ket­ing in the world. Talk to peo­ple. Care about them. Love them. Ask them about their jour­ney. INVITE THEM TO CHURCH! (We have 100’s of invi­ta­tion cards avail­able for you!)

 

4. Enfold­ing: 

While there is a for­mal First Touch Min­istry here at The Jour­ney, EVERYONE WHO CALLS THE JOURNEY THEIR CHURCHHOME ISA PART OF THE WELCOMING COMMITTEE!!! From there we have an enfold­ing process that takes peo­ple from 1st time vis­i­tor all the way into a loved mem­ber of one of our Jour­ney Groups.

 

5. Deeper: 

Only God can take a per­son deep but we can do our part to help that hap­pen and that is what Journey-U is all about.  In Journey-U we learn things like how to read and under­stand the Bibles, dis­cover how our lives fit in with God’s plan of the ages, as well as how to share the good news of Jesus with the peo­ple around us.

 

6. Jour­ney Serves: 

Jour­ney Serves is the min­istry of our church that helps us move our faith into action in the com­mu­nity out­side our four walls. When we serve in the com­mu­nity in Jesus name God is pleased, dis­ci­ples are acti­vated, peo­ple are blessed, and anti-church skep­ti­cism is dismantled.

 

My deep desire is that the peo­ple of The Jour­ney will man up, join up, sign up, and show up so that His House might be filled!

 

Grace to You,

Jim

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