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!

010 The Journey Online Podcast | The Importance of Having a Top 5 w/ Matt Dawson

The Journey Online Podcast

At our last Partner Night, we debuted the idea we’re calling Top 5.  Your Top 5 is basically answering this question: Who are the 5 people you are PERSONALLY humbly pointing to absolute hope?  We believe that your Top 5 is an incredibly effective way to help make the mission of Journey Church more personal for you.

In today’s episode, Zack DeBerry is joined by our Lead Pastor, Matt Dawson to talk about the concept of a Top 5, why it matters that every single Partner at Journey has one, and what the Top 5 concept could look like lived out in LKN.  We hope you enjoy it!

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Message Follow Up | We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go

We Can’t Stay Here: Part 3 – We Have to Go from Journey Church on Vimeo.


by Matt Dawson


Ready . . . Get Set . . . Go – NO

Go . . . Get Set . . . Ready – YES

What an amazing weekend we had together as a church looking at what God wants to do among us.  It takes steps of faith, going when He calls us to GO, praying for discernment along the way, and getting ready for God to do what only He can do.

However, this is not just a way to try and force God to act on our behalf.  We have to be clear about what GOD is calling us to do.  We can jump off a cliff with all the faith in the world that God will make a way for us, but IF HE DIDN’T CALL US TO JUMP OFF THE CLIFF, then we are facing a hard lesson when we hit bottom.

So, how can we be sure of what God is calling us to do? 

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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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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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5 Things to Celebrate From 2014 | 5 Things to Look Forward To In 2015

By Matt Dawson


Happy New Year Journey family – I’m so excited about 2015!  I’m honored to be your pastor and wanted to quickly share a few things I’m celebrating this year and a few things I’m looking forward to in our future.  

5 Things to Celebrate from 2014

1. Staff Transitions

If you didn’t know, we lost 4 staff members towards the end of 2013 and this entire year was a rebuilding year for our staff and leadership.  It was hard, but not as hard as it could have been.  We knew at the end of 2013 we were experiencing some GOD-LED changes that were out of our control, so we knew He would be faithful to walk us through that transition.  

After experiencing this past year, I remain convinced that God brought us the right people and some incredible leaders to help us during the interim and are now in place to help us have an incredible 2015!  One lesson I’ve learned: when God is leading CHANGE in your life – trust Him, He is faithful!  Continue reading