Key S.T.E.P.S. on the Journey

September 8, 2008 — Leave a comment

Things are buzzing here at Journey Christian Church. We had a record crowd yesterday, six additions, and a bunch of people who are expressing interest in accepting Christ. It’s all so exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

I’m spending a lot of time in these first months of my ministry working to build infrastructure, identity, and a clear vision for the future.

One of the tools I’m using to help communicate our vision has proved really helpful. It’s an acronym designed to communicate the key S.T.E.P.S. we want everyone at Journey to take.

Here they are:

Service
Serving allows you to experience the joy of contributing to God’s work. There is nothing better than letting God use you exactly where He has gifted you to serve!

Teamwork
At Journey, we want you to experience the blessings that can only come from building meaningful relationships with other people.

Equipping
Through Bible study we can be “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17), so at Journey we provide many opportunities to study God’s word. Through our equipping ministry at Journey Christ followers are equipped, built up, and encouraged through teaching, fellowship, prayer, and communion.

Praise
Praise reflects our commitment to gather together and celebrate what God is doing in our lives and in the church. We desire to praise God with every part of our lives, including our finances. We believe God is calling Journey to be a generous church. Generosity requires our hearts, our relationships, our time, and our finances. We want to help encourage and challenge one another along this journey of generosity.

Seeking
At Journey we are committed to building intentional relationships through which we can introduce people to Jesus Christ. We want to go to heaven and take as many people with us as possible.

Yesterday I was asked, “What does it mean to be a member of Journey Christian Church?”

I began my answer by saying, “It means that you are taking the following S.T.E.P.S. . . . . “

It was nice to be able to communicate our expectations so clearly and concisely.

I’m truly enjoying the journey!

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