The Journey's life and ministry revolves around seven core values - you might notice that these values are more action-oriented than doctrine-oriented. While doctrines are important, Christianity is first and foremost a way of life embodied by Jesus, and right beliefs (the fancy word is "orthodoxy") thus grows from a certain way of life (the fancy word is "orthopraxy").
Everyone Means Everyone: Jesus is wildly inclusive, so we are too. Jesus welcomes everyone, even the misfit and the outcast. Everyone has a place with Jesus who desires one, and so everyone - regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, class, gender, ability, and sexual orientation - is welcome and affirmed at The Journey.
Radical Hospitality: The wild inclusivity of Jesus goes beyond merely offering a seat at the table - not only is everyone welcome and affirmed, but we want people to feel both like a VIP (very important person) and completely at home when they visit The Journey.
Intentional Generosity: Both The Journey and its members are challenged to openly give of their time, their skills, their encouraging words, and their finances whenever possible. Therefore, as a faith community we promise to set aside at least 50% of the money that comes in for serving and helping people in the community - yes, even people who don’t attend The Journey.
We Still Watch for and Believe in Miracles: While the unexplainable might happen (and we call that a miracle), prayers are also answered when both we and the people around us act as the hands and feet of Christ for the sake of others (and we also call that a miracle). We still believe that God hears and answers prayers; however, we don’t view God as a magic genie in a bottle.
Life Transformation: We believe that everyone has been created by God for this specific time and place in history. You have been given gifts, talents, and passions to make a significant difference in the world. At The Journey, we don’t want you to just come to church - we want to help you become everything that God created you to be! We want to help you find your purpose and make a difference in the world by discerning, cultivating, and celebrating every good and unique thing about you.
The Way of Jesus: The path Christ walked (and the path we now attempt to walk) is not a checklist of do’s and don’ts. Rather, it is a posture, a way of being, and a progressive life journey that can be summed up in the phrase “self-sacrificial love.” Or, as Jesus himself put it, “Take up your cross and follow me.”
Trauma Informed & Resilience Building: We recognize that there is a vast number of people who have experienced either serious and/or repeated trauma in their everyday life with whom we interact on a daily basis. As a church that cares about mental and emotional health as much as spiritual health, we promise to strive to be a safe place for all people to heal and build resilience, and we will actively promote opportunities and activities that will lead to better emotional and mental health.