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Everyone at church is a mess. Here’s why I keep going.

Everyone at church is a mess. Here’s why I keep going.

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  I’ve been going to church since I was three years old. I remember ruby red-heart spotted, thick white tights and shiny plastic shoes with miniature buckles and plenty of scuff marks. Back then, we went to a Pentecostal church (not the...
Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

There is an occupational hazard for pastors — we often see the dark side of people and the soft underbelly of the Church. While there are many in the Church who shine brightly like those referenced in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (the majority in most churches I’m personally...
Kirche or ekklesia?

Kirche or ekklesia?

In his book Deep and Wide: Creating Churches Unchurched People Love to Attend, Andy Stanley reminds us that the original word for church is ekklesia. Ekklesia means a gathering of people united by common identity and purpose. Men and women meeting at the union hall of...
​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

I didn’t grow up attending church regularly. I did attend a neighborhood church on Easter and Christmas if my parents took me. But it seemed like something you did for the holidays. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old and invited by a friend that church...
Church Becomes a Catalyst for Their Community

Church Becomes a Catalyst for Their Community

On Saturday April 9, The Journey Church had an amazing opportunity to partner with Woodside Elementary School and the Maryland Food Bank to distribute more than 35,000 pounds of food to the Glen Burnie community. Woodside PTA President and Vice President, Don and Tina...
Video: Being the church in a pagan society

Video: Being the church in a pagan society

Should we expect the secular society around us to live by our Christian standards? How do we minister in a post-Christian culture? Jacob Thurston gives his take in this five-minute video. Thurston is a student at Indiana Wesleyan University, beginning his first year...
What people look for in churches

What people look for in churches

Americans evaluate churches based on their friendliness, children’s programs, worship music, sermons and pastors, according to the February Evangelical Leaders Survey. U.S. evangelical leaders were asked to list three criteria that Americans prioritize when...
​Five missional misfires

​Five missional misfires

Every church would say they are in it for the mission, which is why misfiring on that mission is something to be avoided at all costs. Yet it happens all the time. Here are five of the most common misfires: 1. Seeing other churches as the competition. When I started...