“… ‘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!
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!)
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.
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,