Who we are

Our Story

Journey Church’s history is rooted in the lives of 8 adults from Houston Northwest Church who in 2005 were called by God to plant a church in the Northwest.  All of them had a single passion to see Christ proclaimed and worshipped in the Northwest.

Journey Church was a cooperative partnership between Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the North American Mission Board, the church planting arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

After months of fruitful planning, Journey Church joyfully launched Easter Sunday of 2006. Originally meeting in local schools throughout the Mill Creek community, a core group of about 35 people began to gather weekly for worship. By God's grace the church continued to grow both spiritually and numerically.

In August 2010, Journey moved into their present location, a permanent facility in downtown Everett. The church has continued to thrive in Everett and truly become a church with a regional ministry.

Our Mission

Journey Church exists to glorify God through making disciples of all nations.

We believe God makes this mission clear to us, and all local churches, through scripture (Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 28:18-20). From this we see clearly that the local church is not merely a building or a provider of Christian goods and services or even friendly group of people who share an interest in religious things1. Rather, the church is God’s appointed means through which He is reconciling a lost people to Himself.  

The church is utterly unique, called and empowered by God and we cannot fulfill our purpose or understand our identity apart from God's calling. For that reason it is absolutely vital we comprehend who and whose we are.

At Journey Church we strive to be a people who proclaim God’s glory by being a faithful witness of the Gospel to the world around us. The work of the church is to make disciples who observe and obey all that Christ commands and equip them for the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12).

Our Values

Five resolutions bring clarity to what we value most highly at Journey Church. These values guide how we achieve our mission and determine our ministry distinctives.

We resolve to live for God’s Glory

There is no greater news than the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If we truly understand the magnitude of what Christ has done for us our lives will be marked by an enthusiasm for the Gospel.

At Journey Church our passion for God’s glory is expressed through joyful and enthusiastic worship services and a spirit of celebration around all the gifts and blessings God has provided. This enthusiasm to see God glorified extends beyond our body in a commitment to personal evangelism, church planting, as well as both local and foreign missions.  (Psalm 100)

We resolve to submit to God’s Word in all that we do

We submit to God’s word in all that we do as the final authority for faith and life. Corporately Scripture dictates how we order the church; individually it dictates how we order our lives.

At Journey Church Scripture will always be central to our large group gatherings, in-home community groups, Journey Kids teaching, and classroom curriculum . The preaching on Sunday always starts with Scripture and seek to explain and apply its truth to our lives. When we provide counsel to one another it will be derived from the Word, believing that we flourish as human beings when we live according to God’s Word. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

We resolve to be doers of the Word

The life of a Christian ought to be one marked by active repentance and faith. As we grow in our knowledge of the remarkable truth of the Gospel we must go beyond listening to response.

At Journey Church we expect Christians who are actively responding to the Gospel will be increasingly distinct in the way they view the world and steward all we have (e.g. time, talents, finances, etc.). Furthermore, our lives are marked by a consistent pattern of repentant living and reliance upon the grace of God. Our faith in the gospel enables us to forgive generously, practice humility and rest in God’s love and mercy. (James 1:22-25)

We resolve to love and serve our neighbor

As we grow in our faith our focus of what we do shifts from meeting our needs to meeting the needs of others. As Christians our acts of service go beyond just practical helps, as they are acts of worship grounded in love and the desire to see the ultimate need of others met, their reconciliation with a holy and righteous God.

At Journey Church we are committed to helping our neighbors through meeting their practical needs directly as well as serving along side other individuals and organizations in Everett seeking to do the same. Our orphan and vulnerable children ministry is an expression of this same value that reaches beyond local adoption and foster care support to supporting home based care programs in Ethiopia through a partnership with World Orphans. (Philippians 2:3-7)

We resolve to live in biblical community and to gather regularly

Much of our spiritual formation occurs primarily in the context of biblical community. Biblical community is one of specific purpose where we foster an environment and relationships where we can: know others and be known, love and be loved, serve and be served. Within the church we serve and love each other in such a way that the world may know that we are Jesus’ disciples.

At Journey Church biblical community extends well beyond our time together on Sunday mornings. We expect all members of Journey Church to participate in weekly small group meetings (Community Groups) and encourage individual discipleship relationships. We place a high value on church membership, as we believe it is an expression of what God has made us: members of a larger body. We seek to live transparent lives confessing sin and encouraging one another to pursue repentance.  We strive to love as Christ has loved us, practicing generous forgiveness and seeking the good of others ahead of our own. We give each other the right to lovingly and respectfully speak truth into our lives that we all may be accountable to the truth of God's Word and grow in our faith. (1 Corinthians 12, Hebrews 10:24-25, Acts 2:42-47)

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