3 Ways Partnering With Journey Can Change Your Life

The main way that Partnering with Journey can change your life is that you have access to a community of people that will love and support you. In a fast-paced world that lives and dies by the latest Facebook post or Tweet, it can be difficult to know if community is really available. I love living in the digital age, and I love how connected I can be if I choose to, no matter where I am in the world. However, I want to always be sure that I am experiencing true community in my life, and the way to experience community at Journey comes through Partnering.

One of our greatest desires for people at Journey is that they would find a community to be a part of, not just a place to attend. If that can happen at Journey, great! But if not, we hope they find community somewhere. We don’t want a bunch of people who just show up to a meeting on Sunday, but never find a community where they can belong. We believe that God calls us to experience authentic community. We call this “Partnering” at Journey and we believe that Partnering brings community.

So how can Partnering with Journey really change Your life? I believe there are 3 things that happen when you take the step to Partner with Journey and begin to develop community with others.
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3 Ways YOU Should Prepare for Easter at Journey

By Matt Dawson


As we approach this coming weekend, many are looking forward to Easter morning at Journey.  Some are just looking forward to the break from school, or a vacation that is coming up.  Others are not really looking at this weekend any differently than any other weekend – let’s just be honest about that.

I want us to really begin to prepare ourselves for an incredible weekend together at Journey Church.  As we approach this special Sunday (a Sunday set apart to celebrate AN EVENT that is the Cornerstone of our faith!), I want us to do the following over the next 4 days together . . .


1. Get Your Heart & Mind Ready

We are so busy and living such margin-less lives, if we’re not careful, this celebration can slip right past us.  Begin to pray today and over the next several days about what God wants to say to you this year at Easter.

If you’re carrying around a heavy burden of stress, or anger, or just frustration in life – give that to God and ask Him for peace.  If you’re struggling for purpose and direction in your life – ask God to reveal HOPE to you.  Don’t allow this amazing weekend that we celebrate the gift of LOVE that Jesus gave us by His death and resurrection to PASS YOU BY without intentionally preparing your hearts and minds for it.

2. Invite/Re-Invite your TOP 5

Have you made your top 5 list yet?  If not, do it today!  

Who are the people God has placed in your circle of influence (co-workers, neighbors, friends, family, people in your network group) that He wants you to invite?  Statistics show time and time again, that so many more people are open to visiting a church (with someone they already KNOW) on Easter and Christmas more than any other time of year.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

If you’ve already made that invitation and they have not committed – DO IT ONE MORE TIME!  You re-inviting them may be the thing that changes the course of their lives as they know it.  Never underestimate what God can do through a simple invitation!

3. Engage/Love OTHERS on Sunday

It’s easy to come to church and enjoy the service we have planned for you.  It’s going to be a powerful day!  But it’s also a day that our house will be filled with many, many guests.  Folks that are looking for a place to belong, looking for a friendly face, looking for HOPE.

Easter is a Sunday that we can all do better and engaging and expressing LOVE to people we don’t know.  To see that person in the lobby (get out of our comfort zone and conversation with close friends) and speak to them.  People are 10x more likely to come back to a church where they feel welcomed (and not judged) and loved.

We don’t want to just be glad they decided to come and join us for Easter services, we want to make sure they know THAT WE EXIST TO HUMBLY POINT EVERYONE TO ABSOLUTE HOPE!


Take advantage of this week, and put all 3 of these things into practice from now through Sunday morning.  I promise, you will never regret getting your heart & mind ready, inviting those in your circle to join you on Sunday, and loving others (those you don’t know) when they decide to come and join us!  It may just be the BEST SUNDAY you’ve had in a long time.

I’m looking forward to seeing each and every one of you this weekend!

6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Life Group

By Zack DeBerry


At Journey, we believe that Community and Life Change happen best in the context of a small environment that we call Life Groups.  The hard truth that we have to realize is that in order for Community and Life Change to happen, there are some things YOU MUST commit to do individually.

By the way, we are having a GroupLink on Sunday, Feb 8 at 5:30pm at Journey Church, where you can meet new people, and leave with a brand new Life Group that night!  CLICK HERE to Register for GroupLink.

The truth is that Life Groups are incredible and they can be work, which means they demand something from YOU.  Here are 6 ways to make sure that you are getting the MOST out of your Life Group experience.


1. Show Up

The first and maybe most obvious way to get the most from Life Groups is to SHOW UP.  It should go without saying that if YOU are not there YOU will not experience the Community and Life Change that is possible.

In an overly scheduled society, it means that we must make Life Group and Community with others a priority in our life.  Hebrews 10 talks about the importance of meeting together in Community for encouragement to get through the tough times in our lives.

And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Hebrews 10:25 (NLT)

2. Share Humbly

It’s not enough to just show face, but YOU must be willing to share your life, thoughts, and opinions with others that are a part of the Life Group.  This is done in a humble and gentle way and with the attitude of both sharing and learning from others.

We are all trying to get through this life together.  The Bible has much to say about not being too proud or selfish to give yourself to a Community.

Live in harmony with each other. Don’€™t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

Romans 12:16 (NLT)

Don’€™t be selfish; don’€™t try to impress others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’€™t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Philippians 2:3-4 (NLT)

3. Show Respect

One of the things that goes a long way in developing authentic Community in Life Groups is showing respect to others.  No one has ever experienced life change and community in the context of a “heated debate”. We must be respectful and realize that many people are looking for answers, they don’t all have them yet.

Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’€™t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.

Romans 14:1 (NLT)

4. Be Honest

If there is one place where we should be able to be honest about our life it should be in the presence of other Christians.  It’s easy to show up, to share humbly, to show respect.

What turns a social gathering into an authentic community is when we drop the facade and get honest about our triumphs and our trials.  The truth is we are all fighting the “Good Fight” of faith and we all need people to fight along side us.

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.  If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth.

1 John 1:7-€“8 (NLT)

5. Show Concern For Others

What I love most about Life Groups is that they help us realize that they are not alone.  If we are the body of Christ that the Bible talks about, then we should care for others and offer support to those in need.  A Life Group becomes a Community and Family when we begin to show concern for others.

Share each other’™s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2 (NLT)

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

1 Corinthians 12:26 (NLT)

6. Be Accountable & Hold Others Accountable

Finally, Life Groups provide a level of care and accountability that’s found nowhere else in your life.  It is a lot harder to skip a meeting if you know YOUR Community will be holding you accountable to your commitment.  We need each other if we are to experience life to the full as Jesus intended us to.

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.

Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.

Romans 1:12 (NLT)


Again, DO NOT miss out on your opportunity to jump into a Life Group at GroupLink on Feb 8, at 5:30pm.  Click Here to Register, and find out what it means to experience true community in a Life Group at Journey!

006 The Journey Online Podcast | Why Partnering Matters at Journey w/ Chris Denning

The Journey Online Podcast

If you’ve been around Journey for any length of time, you’ve heard us talking about Partnering.  We don’t have members at Journey, we have Partners that help us accomplish the mission and vision of Journey Church.  Partners help to carry the heart of Jesus into the world by humbly pointing everyone to absolute hope.

In this episode, Zack DeBerry sits down with our Creative Arts Pastor, Chris Denning, to talk about why partnering is such a big deal at Journey, what partnering looks like, and how you can take steps today to partner with Journey.  


006 The Journey Online Podcast | Why Partnering Matters at Journey w/ Chris Denning

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4 Ways to Humbly Point Everyone to Absolute Hope

By Chris Denning


If you’ve been around Journey, you’ve probably heard us talk about what we’re about:

We humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.

I love how this mission doesn’t really have an end point, nor does it wholly depend on what we’re able to do, but rather it’s centered around who Christ is and how we should respond to Him with our lives.

However, after hearing this for a while, you might be asking yourself what this practically looks like.

“How can I humbly point everyone to absolute Hope in my everyday life?”

I want to help by offering four simple actions that you can start doing today to help you live out our mission in your everyday life. I believe that these four simple things will help you grow in your faith and become more like Christ as you humbly point everyone to absolute Hope.

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Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 2 – We Have to Change

We Can’t Stay Here: Part 2 – We Have to Change from Journey Church on Vimeo.


By Matt Dawson


Growing always brings CHANGE.

The Church of Jesus Christ is a LIVING THING.  It’s either growing and changing or it is stagnant (you can call stagnant things something else… DEAD).  Jesus was as clear as could be: GO and make disciples of EVERYONE!

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

Churches that experience success have a natural instinct to protect that success and resist change.   They become risk adverse because they have much to lose.  Meanwhile, church plants, missionaries, para-church organizations, with less to lose are willing to risk everything to innovate, take risks, and even fail in pursuit of the BEST POSSIBLE FUTURE.

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Weekend Preview | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 2 – We Have to Change

By Chris Denning


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Last week, we talked about how we can’t stay here, why, and where we’re going.

This week, we’re talking about how in order for us to move forward, we have to change.

Change is a necessity in life.  In order to grow, you must change.  Yes, change can be uncomfortable, awkward, and even painful, but without it, you go nowhere.

As a church, we need to be constantly open to change.  We need to be flexible in order to humbly point everyone to absolute hope.

This isn’t just true in the church world, but in our every day lives.  Think about how many things you used even 10 years ago that are now obsolete because they didn’t change with the times.

Think about the other side of the coin.  Companies who have adapted and changed in order to grow have thrived: IBM, Apple, and GE have all changed completely in order to move forward into what was next for their organizations. Continue reading

Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 1 – We Can’t Stay Here

We Can’t Stay Here: Part 1 – We Can’t Stay Here from Journey Church on Vimeo.


By Matt Dawson


If you were not able to attend our service last Sunday, you missed one of the greatest weekends I’ve had the chance to experience. 

There really is NOTHING LIKE celebrating what God has done and is doing together with your church family!  I hope you felt the same way – trust me, you’re going to want to take a few minutes and WATCH IT!

I ended our time together with these words:

Your pastor is ready… your leadership at this church is ready… we are going after all that God has in store for us – we will risk everything and never give up as long as there are people who need the absolute Hope of Jesus!  Are you ready?!”

It’s a powerful thing to stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ – our PARTNERS in mission and ministry – and boldly ask God to ignite passion in our hearts and launch us into His vision for our church.  

I’m honored to be your pastor and cannot be more excited about this moment in the life of our church!

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Message Follow Up | United

United: Better Together from Journey Church on Vimeo.

By Chris Denning


If you weren’t able to make it to Journey yesterday, you’re going to want to make time to check out the conversation we had with our pastoral team called United.

We talked not only about why it’s important for Journey to be unified as we move into 2015, but more importantly, we talked about the importance of unity within the “Big C” Church of Lake Norman.

Like Matt was saying, the goal for unity in the “Big C” Church of Lake Norman isn’t Sameness (a bunch of clones or everyone trying to be exactly the same), but rather is Oneness (unity in purpose and being connected with Jesus).  Jesus thought that unity was imperative for the Church, as we see in His prayer before He was taken to be crucified: Continue reading

Weekend Preview | United: Better Together

By Chris Denning


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Consider a penny.

If I were to take a single penny and throw it at a wall (rude, I know, but go with me here), it wouldn’t really do much damage.  It wouldn’t make much of an impact.

However, if I took 100 pennies and put them in a sock (old school) and threw it at the wall, the damage would be much more noticeable.

Further still, 1,000 pennies would probably go straight through the wall.  Continue reading