Why Journey?

MY JOURNEY STORY

I grew up going to church, but I always felt like an outsider. Our church functioned more as a social gathering. My wardrobe was less than lack-luster, and I never fit in. I came to Journey for the first time last year. It was amazing. It was an open forum of smiles and warmth and general caring. No one looked at us as “THE NEW PEOPLE” or assessed our clothing. We weren’t in a fish bowl of criticism.


The message was REAL. It made you ACTIVELY think about your own life and your own person. It was a concise, to the core, thought-provoking message. It was a breath of fresh air and a chance to really pursue God away from the social pressures of life: “what is she wearing” “she isn’t on time” “she isn’t a very good singer” “she doesn’t know the books of the Bible in order.”


I feel like at Journey you can actually praise and worship. Sing your heart out for God, even if you’re tone-deaf. Journey to me has been my chance to truly pursue and know God. We talk a lot more, and He shows me a lot more, when I’m alone, in Bible study, or on Sunday mornings.


Another huge part of Journey for me was how easily you can get plugged into a group, an activity, a service, and really start your own journey. And the people that you meet are tremendous. They always are quick with a smile and a word of encouragement inside OR OUTSIDE the church building.


The sense of community and caring Journey provides are amazing and such a building block in being a Christ follower. Honestly, the best way to describe my thoughts and experiences with this church is by just saying: “It makes my heart smile and my soul glow.”


MY JOURNEY STORY

To me, Journey Church is a place where I can celebrate, worship, and express my love and gratitude to Jesus Christ. Journey provides a casual, comfortable atmosphere where I don’t have to worry about the dogma you sometimes get at other churches. For me, I feel Journey accepts me the way I am, and it allows me to relax and focus on Christ and his gift of salvation. 


I attended a church but never made a connection with it or the people. I felt lost. I knew I didn’t want to go to an old school church like the one I grew up in. Those churches are fine, but I feel as if I can’t relate to the music (old hymns written in a style of English I can’t understand . . . I mean, honestly, it took me years to decipher what “bringing in the sheaves” meant) and often the atmosphere is stiff. 


I like the fact that at Journey I can wear jeans and no one thinks I’m disrespecting God as a result. I am free to be myself and lay myself bare before my Lord without judgment from my fellow church goers. The end result of this comfortable atmosphere is that I now feel relaxed enough to actively pursue a relationship with God. 


For the first time in my life I am earnestly excited every Sunday to get up and go to church. In fact, I actually find myself wishing Sunday would hurry so I can go to church. I have NEVER felt that way before. In the past I went to church because I knew it was the right thing or because I felt obligated. But honestly, most of the time I came home feeling as empty as I did before I went. For whatever reason I just couldn’t allow the Holy Spirit to enter into my heart. Journey has changed that. 


As a result, my relationship with God has grown tremendously, and I can honestly say that I feel God’s love surrounding me in a way I never felt before. I’ve never been closer to the Lord than I am now. In fact, I now wake up with songs (the ones we sing at Journey) in my head! 


I’ve grown closer to my friends, my family, and I’ve grown more confident in my faith, and that has allowed me to witness and share the love of Jesus and what He has done for me in my life with non-believing friends and loved ones. 


I am more patient, kinder, and more loving. The messages I hear each week at Journey have real life applications. Instead of hearing messages of hellfire and brimstone, I’m hearing how God wants to love me and how I should love others as well. I’m learning how to be more Christ-like. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

We started coming to Journey Church when our lives were in complete turmoil. We were going through the most difficult time in our marriage. We had left our previous church abruptly. I knew without question that the most crucial characteristic of my church-to-be would be a place filled with a gracious spirit. I was looking for a church that welcomed believers and non-believers alike and embraced differences among us. 


I wanted a church where dialogue about areas of dissenting opinions could be discussed and debated lovingly while recognizing that we have the ultimate commonality in our Savior. I wanted a church that prioritized outreach to those struggling with their faith and their lives. My husband wanted a church that had awesome music and a strong mission for Christ. Thankfully, God pointed us to Journey immediately, and we didn't have to look any further to find the church that was right for us. 


I didn't grow up in a church, and I didn't really start exploring my relationship with Christ until I was an adult. Unfortunately, many of my first encounters with Christians were ones filled with judgment, condemnation, and self-righteousness. I knew that this wasn't what God intended for us to be in the world. At a time when I was questioning whether or not a different kind of church was out there, we found Journey. Journey Church has reaffirmed for me that there is a place where God is present and working and where his followers are striving to become the body that He has described in Scripture. 


It feels amazing to leave church every Sunday with an uplifted spirit and the motivation to improve ourselves and our world. Journey absolutely oozes positivity and everyone that I have gotten to know has been nothing short of warm and loving. Journey is a place where people are genuinely excited to be there and eager to serve the world for Christ. Journey sets a high standard for Christians but in a way that is free from guilt and full of hope. 


Journey has provided so many opportunities for growth and has been the backdrop to many positive changes in our lives. We have experienced a deepening of our faith over the past couple of years, and Journey Church has been a large part of that. One of the best experiences that we have had at Journey is our home group. It is through this group that we have developed close friendships and a stronger sense of God’s desires for our lives. We challenge each other, encourage each other, and love each other, unconditionally . . . because that’s what Christ has done for us. 


This church truly is a community where we are all learning and working together to make Journey Church a beautiful reflection of Christ in our world. I feel completely fortunate and thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful place. 






MY JOURNEY STORY

Journey is a place where I can worship and grow in ways that I have not been able to in the churches that I have been at in the past. The environment is so comfortable, and everyone is so friendly. The messages at Journey never cease to challenge me and inspire me to have a stronger relationship with Jesus. 


Journey has changed the ways that I think about Christianity in that I focus more on my relationship with God rather than on legalistic rules. The messages at Journey hold me accountable throughout the week, and I always look forward to coming back on Sunday. 


Journey has changed the ways that I interact with many people in my life. I want richer relationships. Being a part of a Journey Group has been a great way that I have been able to connect with some great people who challenge me in my beliefs. Also, I have become hungry for the Word, and I want an honest relationship with God. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

Journey Church has really changed my life. I have searched for awhile looking for a church where I felt comfortable. The people are warm and inviting. I'll never forget the first time I went. As I approached the front door, I was welcomed with a big smile and someone saying to me "Good morning; glad you are here." Each time I go someone always comes up and introduces themselves to me. They make you feel a part of the church. 


I look forward each week to Sunday mornings when its time to go back and worship. I feel so good when I leave, energized and ready to begin my week. I can apply the teachings to my everyday life and use them to help me in situations that occur each day. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

To me, Journey Church means people who really care and who really help others—a people who have been the face of God to me. Journey Church has given me another family, a sense of belonging, and connectedness. I feel God's presence in the power of our community, relationships, worship, service, Bible studies, children’s programs, and fellowship. I experience acceptance, warmth, and God's unconditional love. 


Being involved at Journey Church has strengthened my faith and helped me to walk closer with Christ. I thoroughly look forward to worship and celebrating our awesome God through being together, our wonderful music, and multi-media. Christ-centered messages keep me engaged and challenged. 


After visiting many churches I chose to become a member of Journey Church for its authenticity, beliefs, diversity, teaching, commitment and compassion to living and sharing the Gospel, and the welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere. 


I also value that I have been welcomed warmly whether or not I come alone, with my children, and whether I come with or without my husband. So many times at other churches I felt left out or treated differently because my husband didn't come with me regularly, if at all. 


At Journey I appreciate that my husband is welcomed and not pushed. He has actually chosen to come with us quite often which says a lot about the open, welcoming atmosphere of Journey. In fact, this is the most he has ever attended church with me which has everything to do with the Holy Spirit and with Journey Church. 


Journey is a special place with a passion for Christ. I love being a part of Journey, and I want others to know and experience God's love through Journey as well. 




MY JOURNEY STORY

My husband and I moved to Roanoke and began visiting local churches. I wanted sound teaching in small groups and feeling connected with others in worship and Bible study. My husband was especially interested in meaningful worship and music, and try as we may, we could not seem to find a church that had it all. 


Eventually I attended a local church on my own, but I dreaded going to worship. I left every service feeling exhausted. Many visits and three years later we found Journey. A local businessman told us about the wonderful church he had found and recommended we visit. 


The very first service we attended we felt a strong sense of satisfaction and belonging and felt hopeful that we had found our church home at last. We especially loved the way every detail of the experience fit together: the music, videos, and sermon, all fit together with meaning and purpose. And we both loved the amazing way the sermons could be understood by a seeker and yet had so much for long-term Christians like us. Each message is so balanced with scripture, warmth and humor, relevant illustrations. 


I love the warmth of the people of Journey. We are a wonderful mix of ages, backgrounds, abilities, gifts, and needs, but the Lord is the common denominator that makes it work so well. Every church has people, and people sin, but I don't sense or hear of bickering, malice, and gossip at Journey. At least it has not permeated and poisoned our congregation as some I have experienced. 


Unlike the many churches we visited before, Journey feels fresh and alive every Sunday. And I come away spiritually and emotionally renewed and rejuvenated. May the Lord bless Journey Church. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

I was seeking a church where people didn’t dress to prove prosperity and where they didn’t rush past, ignoring newcomers or those on the fringes to get to those they already knew. I wanted a message for my life, not a sermon for the ages. I wanted music that touched me—where I could clap, move and sing, or cry with quiet joy, sorrow, or something in between. I found these things and more at Journey. 


At Journey I found people who question life but find answers and comfort in faith. I found service that uses my skills, but stretches me just a little more. I found people with real needs and problems who’ve begun to teach me that it’s safe and right to share some of my own. I’ve found a church that is not satisfied with the status quo but strives for relevance and to know the next challenge from God. 


At Journey I’m learning who God really is. That discovery has brought me peace, hope, contentment and joy. I’d made my way through various denominations, and for years I did the “I’m spiritual, but not religious” routine so as to excuse the absence of God in my life. He brought me back to Him in a most dynamic way! Thank you,  Jesus. Thank you,  Journey. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

Journey Church means to me having the chance to get to know others that want to be better people through an active faith in Christ.  Journey Church means a place where people are equal. It means a place where people are valued for their God-given gifts and where we have an opportunity to use those gifts to benefit His church. Journey Church and the people there make me love to go to church. 


When my husband and I married we got involved in a church where I'd grown up. The environment felt fake and condemning. We tried another church but were blown away at how two-faced people seemed who claimed they loved one another in Jesus' name. Thankfully friends invited us to Journey Church, and we've never looked back. 


My husband and I have learned who the other is while attending Journey. Because of Journey Church and the people here I've chosen to be better, to be happy, to believe that God is good and trustworthy.  I've chosen to be forgiving and a servant. I am trying to be generous, and I am trying to be a leader. I am trying to become more like Christ everyday. 


Journey Church trusts us with so much knowing we are not perfect but that we were created in Christ's image and have purpose and gifts that will benefit the church. I feel like I can be a person in progress while still working for Christ's church. I like that I didn't have to "arrive" as the perfect Christian before I could be used for His church. Journey Church has impacted my relationship with other people because I am free to be me while trying to be like Christ. 



MY JOURNEY STORY

Journey for me means a second chance for church. Before coming to Journey I had a bad experience with my church which resulted in a lot of negative feelings about the purpose of church and a false assumption I could do it better on my own. It wasn't long after leaving the church my life began to spiral out of control. I was no longer serving the Lord I once knew and loved so passionately. 


The twist to my story . . . I was once a youth pastor. I never imagined I would ever lose sight of God’s purpose for my life. However, after three years on my own I hit rock bottom. 


I allowed God to take control. It wasn’t long before I found a church where I truly felt I belonged. I now feel so much love and support, free of all biases and judgments. Journey met me where I was and helped grow me into the person I am today. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

I came to Journey Church at the invitation of a friend. I was in a very bad place in life. I had come through some serious medical issues and was suffering consequences of choices personally. I felt like a complete failure and such a disappointment to God. 


Journey allowed me just to sit back for awhile and there was no pressure. Everyone was very casual and that was the norm. 


Three things have blown me away about Journey. One is leadership wants people to have a personal relationship with Jesus above all else. If that means going to another church that’s what one is encouraged to do. I have NEVER heard any pastor say if God is calling you to another church we want you to go with our blessings. 


Leadership says Journey is God's church and not a pastor’s. This was huge! I have been in church a long time and have NEVER seen such lip service put into action! Everyone I have told has the same reaction I did! 


The second is giving financially is taught but not hammered and hammered and hammered. 


The third is you can talk with someone about areas of behavior the church will typically teach on and say "I have not seen that in the Bible and am not sure that's quite right." The person in leadership I spoke with shared some of the same struggles. Imagine someone not having all the answers and admitting it! I am proud to tell people about Journey Church and to be a part of this body of believers. 


The other thing I want to add about why I like Journey is that I have never heard them EVER criticize another denomination. I think that is so cool. 


MY JOURNEY STORY

I started going to Journey because I was at a time in my life when I was searching. I have attended church most of my life, but things were going on that I did not understand. God used Journey to help me understand more of what and why these things were going on in my life. 


The music and the message seemed to be directed solely at me at the times I needed them the most. I often wondered why the other people were even there. But part of my learning was that there are a lot of people that were dealing with the same things I do everyday. I often find myself reflecting on a song or part of message that helps me to remain more focused. 


One of the most important factors of Journey for our house is the youth group. Our daughters LOVE the group and get up looking forward to going on Sunday morning rather than being drug to church. 


When I came to Journey, I was lost and searching for answers. Today I am rewarded by God's blessings in countless ways. God used the awesome people at Journey to help me love myself so that others could also. 


Journey has helped me build a true, loving relationship with my wife. Having God at the center of our relationship has built a commitment level like I have never felt before. And having God at the center of our relationship has helped both of us to love and respect each other in ways that did not happen in our previous marriages. 


I understand that God is truly the one at work. But He is using Journey to touch lives in ways that I have never experienced before. Journey is able to help people understand that God loves everyone, and if we allow Him into our life, others will love