Following The Journey
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We are moving forward with great anticipation of what God is going to do in Crestview. We intend to be a church for the city by immediately establishing a presence in the community. Our goal is not to build a big building with hopes that folks will come to us; we want to build a movement of Christ followers empowered to go to them!
People ask me all the time what kind of church The Journey is going to be. What they are often asking is: what kind of worship style will you use on Sunday mornings, what kinds of programming will you have, what's your plan for age-level ministry. These are all important, but they are secondary to being the kind of church that understands the times and acknowledges the reality that 60% or more of the population will never come to our "church" no matter how cool our worship, or how engaging our youth and children's ministry are.
We must go to them.
So, The Journey will be participating in Music and Arts Downtown on June 10, July 8 and August 13. We will showcase our talented dance team, share some live music, and provide arts and crafts for the children. My wife Sandra will be showcasing some of her mosaic artwork as well. We also plan to have a presence in the Memorial Day Parade on May 28th.
A part of our vision for The Journey is to partner with the community to restore the arts and to play a role in revitalization and service to the poor and needy.
Of course, we will worship as well.
Our plan is to have monthly preview services beginning in September. Our worship style will be casual and relevant with emphasis upon God's amazing grace. Creativity and the arts will play a large part in what we do as we believe that God is by very definition The Artist (in the beginning God created ...) Our music will be modern and organic. You may hear hymns, praise songs, originals or popular country, folk or rock songs. The Bible will be preached and taught in an authentic and engaging way. We are theologically orthodox, in that, we believe the Bible to be the Word of God and the ancient creeds to be our model for sound doctrine. We believe that the Bible is incredibly practical and speaks to the issues that we all face every day; from our relationships, to our jobs, to our recreation. We believe the Bible provides the answers to all of life's deepest questions, and provides healing and restoration through the person and work of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. We will offer childcare and nursery for your children and youth activities and events for your teenagers. Finally, we will strongly encourage all Journey participants to get involved in a community group. Community groups will be held at various areas throughout the city. They will be small gatherings of 10-12 people and will focus on fellowship, disicpleship and service.
If any of this sounds intriguing to you, or if you know of folks living in the Crestview area who are far from God, seeking answers, searching for hope, or who may have disengaged from the church for one reason or another, please consider contacting me or encouraging others to contact me. The best way to connect with me is through this blog, facebook or twitter.
I would love to talk with anyone interested in helping us carry out our vision to be a church for the community in Crestview, FL.