Stop Attending Church – Week 2 Follow Up

We’ve just finished our 2nd week of “Stop Attending Church” as we’ve discussed the difference between ATTENDING vs PARTNERING.

I’ve really enjoyed how Zack and Don have started us off in this series because it’s a HUGE part of my heart, that everyone who desires to call Journey HOME takes steps to partner with the church.

HOME. We don’t usually use this word at Journey, but I want to use it as a great example from the challenge to start volunteering this past weekend.

In a HOME, everyone has responsibilities.  Everyone has a place in the family.  Everyone belongs.  Everyone pitches in.  Everyone invests (according to how they’ve been gifted) in using their gifts and talents.

1 Corinthians 12:7 “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”

How awkward is it to witness someone who comes in and out of a home, sleeps in one of the bedrooms, eats at the table, naturally leaves a mess everywhere they go… and they NEVER engage the FAMILY.  No, I’m not talking about your teenager. 🙂  This person may be IN THE HOME, but they are more like a STRANGER than a FAMILY MEMBER.

The church is a representation of the “family of God”.  We are a family at Journey.  Our church organization is our HOME.  Everyone can have a place in the church home.  Everyone can belong to this church home.  Everyone has an opportunity to PITCH IN, to INVEST, and to USE THIER GIFTS and ABILITIES for the benefit/support of the church home.

1 Corinthians 12:25-26 “This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.”

But, the choice is YOURS.

Journey church can simply be a place you ATTEND… and you are ultimately a STRANGER in someone else’s home.

OR, Journey Church can become the spiritual HOME you’ve always wanted it to be.  It takes YOU engaging/partnering with it.  This house (Journey Church) NEEDS you to become all that God intends for us to be as a church family.

Is Journey your Home?  Let us know… take a step to Partner today!

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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